Instructor Development Course - IDC

Anti Gravity Divers started conducting PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC) on Koh Lanta in April 2013 in association with GoProMalaysia and Platinum Course Director Azman Sulaiman.

Are you a Divemaster who is ready to take your Diving Career to the next level or a diver who dreams of being able to share your passion with others?

Do you want to live your dream of introducing others to our amazing underwater world and have a career that lets you travel the world?

This is your chance. Ready to transform your life?

PADI Course Director Azman Sulaiman has been awarded the prestigious Platinum PADI Course Director rating since the first year PADI introduced this award in 2005. Platinum rating is awarded only to PADI Course Directors who train at least 100 PADI Instructor candidates during each calendar year with the highest success rate and have a strong PADI Instructor level continuing education program. There were only 63 PADI Course Directors worldwide who received the PADI Platinum Course Director rating in 2009. In 2009, PADI Course Director Azman certified more than 200 Instructor candidates from PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) up to PADI IDC Staff Instructor (IDCSI). 

PADI Professional-Level Training:

  • Helps you expand your knowledge of dive theory.
  • Teaches you to apply the PADI System to confined water skills, knowledge development presentations, and open water training.
  • Provides career opportunities worldwide.
  • Expands your knowledge of scuba gear.
  • Enables you to meet and network with other dive professionals worldwide.
  • Provides you with professional continuing education options.
  • Lets you do what you love!  

There are hundreds of PADI Course Directors and PADI IDC Centers around the world offering PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC), but not all PADI IDCs are the same. So why Go Pro with us?

IDC Lanta, Koh Lanta Instructor Development Course
Our PADI Instructor Development programs has been proven to be successful and conducted to the highest quality available in Asia. GoProMalaysia and PADI Course Director Azman Sulaiman have received several PADI Instructor Development awards and recognitions in the last 8 years! We are the winner of PADI Asia Pacific PADI Instructor Development Award for two consecutive years - 2009 and 2010!

For more details about this IDC contact us now. And contact PADI Course Director Azman for more information about all his PADI GoPro and PADI Instructor Development Courses on the Perhentian Islands Malaysia, and Koh Lanta Thailand.

Are you ready to take the plunge and transform your life?

If you are still unsure, read about what our resident dive instructor Lynsey Bartram has to say about her experiences.

Upcoming IDC & IE Dates


IDC Prep............. 8th to 10th
IDC......................11th to 22nd
IE.........................24th & 25th

Can I take the PADI Open Water?

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This is probably the question we hear asked most often. Obviously taking a Dive Course means you will learn new skills that will allow you to dive in the future, but it is your Instructors job to introduce you to these skills and get you through the course. But there are 3 important things you need in order to be able to take the PADI Open Water Course in the first place and if you cannot meet these requirements, these are the things you should work at before taking your Open Water Course.

1) Minimum Age - The minimum age to take the PADI Open Water Course is 10 years old. Only time can help you with this one ;)

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2) Medical Questionnaire - The purpose of the Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training. A positive response to a question on the medical does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. It just means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities. If you can answer "No" to each question then you do not need to visit a doctor prior to taking the course.

Download a scuba medical questionnaire here (PDF)

3) Swimming Skills - You do not need to have expert-level swimming abilities in order to dive.  However to complete the PADI Open Water Course you do need to be able to complete the following...
  •  swim, float or tread water for 10 minutes without using any swim aids.
  •  swim continuously for 200m OR snorkel for 300m with mask, fins and snorkel. 

padi discover scuba divingIf you cannot meet these requirements, it does not mean you cannot dive. Maybe consider building confidence in a pool first before attempting the PADI Open Water Course or you can consider taking the PADI Scuba Diver Course (only the 10-minute float requirement is needed) or participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience (no swimming skills required) to gain some experience. 

If you can already meet these 3 requirements then you're ready to take the PADI Open Water Course. 

dive course, koh lanta, swimming pool
Everyone who takes the PADI Open Water Course has their own personal concerns and fears to overcome. Maybe you are scared of how it will feel or the thought of breathing underwater seems alien to you. You might worry about meeting certain fish or think the equipment will be complicated to use.

All of these are normal concerns and that is why we provide books, dvds and classroom sessions to help answer these questions and we begin the Course in the swimming pool so that your Instructor can put these fears to rest. The most common concern is fear of the unknown - the only way to overcome this is to give it a try and see for yourself.

By the end of the Course you will approach your fears differently and will think about life in a very different way. It is no coincidence that so many people say that diving has changed their lives. So what are you waiting for.  A new life awaits you :)

Optimum Weighting Tip to Consider

Being over-weighted is one of the most common mistakes that divers make. It's easy to assume that having an extra kilo or two will not make much difference, but it really does. Every extra kilo of weight you carry requires an extra litre of air in your BCD to compensate. This increases the size of your BCD and creates more drag which in turn will require more effort from you to move through the water. This now means you expend more energy and use more air - exactly the opposite of what you want when you dive.

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So how to determine the correct amount of weight to carry? During the PADI Open Water Course we learn to adjust for proper weighting as follows – carry enough weight to float at eye level at the surface with an empty BCD while holding a normal breath. If you can do this with 50 bar in your tank your weighting should be about right. This is a good rule of thumb but maybe there is more to consider?

buoyancy control tips, improve air consumption
The time you need to have enough weight to stay underwater comfortably is at the end of your dive when you are at 5m making your safety stop. If you are perfectly neutral at this point of your dive then you will be slightly positively buoyant during your final ascent, but this is compensated by the fact you can make your lungs slightly smaller during the ascent and it is good practice to be exhaling while you ascend anyway.

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So here is a great way to calculate the correct weighting for yourself on your next dive. Carry your normal number of weights but leave one of them inside the pocket of your BCD. At the end of the dive when your tank is at 50 bar, make your safety stop near a buoyline just to be safe. When ready, pass the weight to your buddy and empty your BCD. If you can hover comfortably without moving your hands or fins, then you now are wearing the correct amount of weights.

Of course there are times when it makes sense to carry extra weight, such as when there is surge, if you haven't dived in a while or if you might need to pass an extra weight to a buddy. But in general it is best to have the exact weighting as this will give you much better buoyancy control and will dramatically improve your air consumption. 

PADI peak performance buoyancy
If you wish to find out more ways to improve your diving skills and use less air, check out the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course. Not only will it bring you closer to diving like a pro, but you also get to make 2 dives at some of the best dive sites in Thailand. A great time to take this course is when you haven't dived for a while and wish to get back in the water. Not only will you refresh the diving skills you previously learned, but you will amaze yourself with how effortless diving can be when you do it properly.

Plus, better buoyancy control helps protect you and also our fragile corals, so you can help yourself and also the environment :)

Behind the Scenes of a Dive Center

Obviously every business wants to offer a polished service with everything in place to accommodate its customers. Anti Gravity Divers is no different, and in order to achieve this goal we have enlisted help from friends, a lot of elbow grease, called in favours, suffered many late nights and generally grafted non-stop to get to where we are today... but we will never forget our humble beginnings :)

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Day 1 - Thinking  :)
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Having good friends always helps :)
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Masterpiece - Pook & Malee
Deciding to have a Dive Shop in an already established Dive Area such as Koh Lanta was quite a challenge. We love challenge! Our plan has always remained the same... to offer a service that will result in happy customers and happy staff. If everyone is happy than we know we're on the right track.  Our vows from the beginning... never be scared to grow, to add more variety, to make more friends and always remember that the life we choose to live is because we love what we do.

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First Trips - Dsd's @ Koh Ha
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Lunch at the Emerald Cave
during our longtail days :)

Our first trips were done on traditional Thai long-tail boats. From here we managed to share a boat for one season, and finally obtained our own boat MV Angry Bird. We love our boat! :) :) :)  Having our own boat finally gave us the freedom to organize trips the way we've always wanted to, making the journey comfortable and the day out on the boat something to look forward to. The saddest part of the day is when the boat returns from a day trip :)

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Promotion Time :)
MV Angry Bird, dive boat
MV Angry Bird enters the water

MV Angry Bird sun deck
The sun deck
While our pool at Amantra still serves us well for our dive training, MV Angry Bird remains our pride and joy, faithfully transferring us from Klong Nin Beach in Koh Lanta to Koh Ha, Koh Bida, Koh Muk, Koh Ngai, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang - just some of the amazing Dive Sites available to us from Koh Lanta. 

PADI 5-Star Dive Resort
And finally, after 3 seasons of grafting and a lot of help from our amazing staff and friends we get our reward! Anti Gravity Divers is proud to announce our new status....

     PADI 5-Star Dive Resort !!!  

Thank you to everyone that has helped us on our journey so far... and this is only the beginning :)

This season we are adding Tec Courses and Sidemount Diving, as well as all our usual Beginner Courses and Dive Trips. We will still never forget our promise.... lots of happy divers and memorable Dive Trips and Courses.
Hope to see you Underwater very soon :)

PADI Scuba Diver Course

Why PADI Scuba Diver?
PADI Scuba Diver Course, entry level course, diving, no experience, want to learn, beginner course
The PADI Scuba Diver Course is an entry level course, and is perfectly suited to someone who does not have the time to complete a PADI Open Water Course, or for someone who simply wants to obtain a license to dive with minimal effort. 2 days are all that are required and afterwards you get a license to dive but with a few restrictions compared to a full PADI Open Water License. Upon completion, you will be certified to dive under supervision professional to a maximum depth of 12 metres.

What are the requirements?
Minimum age is 10 years, but if you are between 10-14 years old you will qualify for the Junior Scuba Diver certification, after which you can only dive under adult supervision.
PADI eLearning requires a minimum age of 13 years due to international internet laws.
Take the medical questionnaire to determine if you meet health requirements, and you should be comfortable in the water and in good health.
You must be able to float in water too deep to stand for 10 minutes.

What can I expect?
Knowledge Development (online with PADI eLearning, home study or in a classroom) to understand the basic principles of scuba diving, via watching the PADI Open Water Diver video, browsing through the Open Water Diver manual and doing 3 knowledge review exercises and 3 short quizzes.
3 Confined Water Dives to learn and master basic scuba skills.
2 Open Water Dives to review your skills and explore.
Dedicated Instructors to help guide you along the way.

How long does it take?
The PADI Scuba Diver Course takes 2 days to complete.

PADI Scuba Diver Course, entry level course, diving, no experience
What’s next?
With the PADI Scuba Diver qualification, you are able to dive, and can always choose to upgrade in the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Course Location
The confined water portion of the PADI Scuba Diver Diver course will be conducted at the Amantra Resort & Spa swimming pool and the open water dives at any of the following dive sites: Koh Ha, Koh Bida, Koh Ngai, Koh Muk, Koh Waen & Koh Ma.

THB 10,800
THB 8,900 with e-Learning 

PADI open water diver online e-learning

Why Should I Take a Dive Course?

I want to go on dive trips with my friends but I don't dive... what should I do?  
Why do so many people take up diving? Will I enjoy diving? Sound familiar?  
Thankfully there are many options available for you to answer these questions...

Free Try Dives
Free Try Dives - Can I just try to see what it's like?
We train divers in our swimming pool every day. Feel free to drop by and watch to see how much fun the students and instructors are having, and while you're there, why not try it out for free? Our instructors will happily show you how the equipment works and bring you for a quick swim around the pool so you can experience breathing underwater for the first time. 

Discover Scuba Diving - Can I see the underwater world without taking a course?  
Koh Ha, Scuba Diver Course, Discover Scuba DivingThe perfect choice when you are unsure whether a diving course is for you.  Wearing dive equipment in the pool you will practice some exercises in very shallow water until you feel comfortable and then practice swimming underwater so you can experience the freedom that diving gives you. The next day you can join the other divers on the boat and your instructor will take care of you while you explore the amazing reefs and meet the incredible underwater creatures that we are so lucky to get to see at Koh Ha or Koh Bida. You will experience what diving is all about... the freedom, the weightlessness... the incredible marine life.
***warning - It is very addictive***

PADI Scuba Diver Course - Can I dive now and again without doing the pool sessions?
In just 2 days you can complete some dive theory to get familiar with dive practices, practice more exercises in the pool to become more comfortable, and then go diving around the reef to get used to diving in the open sea. At the end of this course you will have a license that allows you to dive anywhere in the world with other divers to a maximum depth of 12 meters while under the supervision of a PADI professional. Best part is you pay the same price as experienced divers every time you dive in the future.

PADI Open Water Diver - How can I plan my own dives?
Koh Ha, PADI Open Water Diver Course, Koh BidaAn additional 2 days after the PADI Scuba Diver Course, some more theory, some more pool work, and some more dives on the reef and you gain enough experience to be called a PADI Open Water Diver. Although you will probably opt to have a professional guide you around the reef, you actually learn enough in this course to plan dives, dive safely, take care of yourself underwater and dive with a buddy to a maximum depth of 18 meters. Now you can see the things you want to see underwater, take photos, see the fish you like and dive at your own pace.
Your Choice... Your Experience... Your New World Awaits !!!
What are you waiting for? Your holidays will never be the same again!  Happy Diving :)

How To Choose The Right Dive Fins

dive fins, open heel fins, full foot fins, split fins, how to choose the right scuba finsOne of the first pieces of dive equipment you may want to consider purchasing after completing your dive certification is a pair of dive fins. In this post, we will give you enough information so you can make a definitive decision on choosing the right dive fins to buy.

First you will need to determine what TYPE of fins you need, whether or not you need full foot fins or open heel fins. To do this, you need to ask yourself a few questions. First, "Will I be walking on a rocky shore?"

Second, "Will I be climbing up a boat ladder wearing heavy equipment?" If the answer is yes, you will need open heel fins. Open heel fins allow you to use diving boots (booties) making entry and exit into the water easier. If the answer is no, then full foot fins will do just fine. Going for the open heel option is also more expensive and with the addition of boots, can add significantly to the cost. One thing to note if choosing the full foot fins option is that sometimes they can cause blisters to your feet. Wearing neoprene socks or just normal socks will get rid of this problem.

There are numerous STYLES of fins. They are:
1) Split fins that have as the name suggests a split down the centre of the fin allowing water to spin directly behind the diver, maximising efficiency.
2) Paddle style fins that move water behind the diver in an up and down motion, creating thrust.
3) Classic style fins that use the same paddle style design but are generally wider, creating more of a surface area needed when moving heavier equipment through the water. They're also generally vented to reduce stress on the diver's legs. This style of fins is very popular in Tec Diving, where a diver may have to dive with many tanks.
4) Radical design fins are new styles and shapes of fins that sometimes mimic marine animals. Divers that use these fins get a new edge in underwater efficiency.

After reading this article, you should be able to go out and pick the right fins for your diving needs.

Drowning doesn't look like Drowning

This enlightening article on what drowning looks like may change the way you watch your children the next time they go swimming.

Drowning victim, splashing, gasping for airDrowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning

Whether you work near water, live near water, intend to be anywhere near water in the future and most especially if you plan to bring your family on a holiday near water, please set aside the 5 minutes it will take to read this article before you do.

With so many beautiful beaches along the west coast of Koh Lanta, it's no wonder it's becoming a favourite destination for young and old alike and is the perfect place for friends and families to visit. Once the monsoon weather departs, swimmers of all ages get to enjoy the pristine water and bask in the glorious sunshine.

As divers, we work hard to ensure diving is fun, exciting and above all safe. But not everyone dives, and sometimes it's easy to forget how many people come to our beaches to just swim and enjoy that wonderful feeling of freedom you get by just floating in the sea. Please take the time to ensure that you, your family, friends or your children get to enjoy it safely.

Antigravity goes Tec

This season Anti Gravity are excited to be offering a number of new courses, from PADI Sidemount Diver Courses to Tec 50 Courses. 

PADI TecRec, Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50, PADI Sidemount, Sidemount Diver, Tec Sidemount, Tec Diving Do you want more flexibility to move about in the water? Do you want to take the pressure off your back? Do you want to try something new?  Would you like an increased gas supply for longer dives? Then the PADI Sidemount Diver Course might be just what you are looking for.

The prerequisites for this course are to be 15 years old and a PADI Open Water Diver.  Experience the underwater world for longer and with greater freedom of movement.

Or maybe you feel it's time to see the things that were previously beyond the limits
of recreational diving? Maybe you feel the need for greater challenge? Or maybe it's just time to try out all those cool toys that tec divers always have.
PADI TecRec, Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50, PADI Sidemount, Sidemount Diver, Tec Sidemount, Tec Diving 
Then maybe it is time for you to consider enrolling in the PADI Tec 40 Course, PADI Tec 45 Course or PADI Tec 50 Diver Course.

With these courses, you get to make actual decompression dives as deep as 50 meters, use enriched air nitrox and/or oxygen for decompression and even qualify to make technical decompression dives independently. You use recreational scuba equipment, with some minor additions to enhance your ability to deal with tec diving conditions. 

Are you ready for the challenge? Anti Gravity Divers are!

New Dive Season 2012/13

scuba diving season 2012 2013 October cannot come soon enough! That is how we feel about the coming dive season!

Anti Gravity Divers is getting ready to kick off the new season this coming October. We have all enjoyed the monsoon season, between visiting family, diving in various locations around the globe, weddings, meeting new divers and getting to dive with our friends we've made over the last few years, teaching instructors, eating good food and generally enjoying life as dive instructors :)

diving krabi thailandHowever, during this time we have not forgotten our goal to make diving the beautiful waters around Koh Lanta accessible to everyone and striving to make it as enjoyable and memorable as possible. We have lots of new additions to our diving arsenal this season, which we cannot wait to incorporate into our diving lives. We hope you have all enjoyed your summers, now it's time to prepare for high season on the west coast of Thailand.

If you have not made Christmas plans yet, or you are planning to spend your winter in Europe but are looking for a break from winter weather, or you just want to plan a quick weekend away over the coming months, then we are here to help you. We will keep you updated with our plans and promotions in the coming months. Right now we are just putting the final preparations together before we get ready for a season of fun, sun, sand, friends......oh, and not to mention incredible diving!

We hope you're ready....we certainly are!  Hope to see you all soon :)

Approaching the end of Season

diving 4 islands koh muk seahorse
February has been great fun and the season continues to bring us great dives and very hot weather - even though evening rain has reared it's head a few times. Angry Bird continues to take us to our favorite sites and we were extremely happy to see that there are still sea-horses at the 4-Islands and that the soft corals are thriving.  Our computers showed 30 degrees underwater at Koh Mook the other day which was like diving in a warm bath.

nudibranch koh waen koh kradanWe've made many more new friends this month and had many memorable days at Koh Ha with our new divers, as well as having some of our previous divers join us for another round.  Conditions are really nice, warm blue water and great visibility.  Koh Ha continues to provide us with stunning dives, and we have even been lucky enough to see Whalesharks at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang.  

soft coral emerald cave 4 islands Thanks as always to all who dive with us and share our underwater (and above water) experiences. We are looking forward to more excellent diving in March, and right now we are enjoying the slight breeze that is breaking up this hot hot weather.  Hope you all are well, and we hopefully will get to share more experiences with you all in the future.

Happy Diving :)

Students February 2012

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ChinAi, Monis, Kathleen, Dalton & Shawn
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Eva, Hann, Apek & Zafira
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LJ & Sarah
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Woon & Emil
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Gus & Chris
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Poo, Dennis, Nic & Steve
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Stephane, Cyril, Olivier, Sarah & Linda
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Ati, Gus, Tiffany & Ying
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Kenzea, Jessica, Apek & Lee
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Shahrul, Dalton, Frankie & Joseph
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Leo, Sarah & Ryan
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Lee, Lisa, Gus & SuPing
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Tony, Dayna, Iris, Koi & Shaun
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Peter, Corvina, Emma & Owen
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Su, Clayton, Gus, Lim & Davis
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Raymond, Ricky, Ai-Leen, Kim, Iris
KinHung, Teh, Ester & Nic
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Irene, Raymond, Dalton, Jass  
& William
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Sophie, Fazli, Irvin, Nic, Lah
Low, Kenny, Jonathan, Bryan & Iris
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Yu, E, KS, GK, Gus & Koi
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Sue, Ching & Emma
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Zak, Nani, Nadrah, Aliyah, Sarah & Dar
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Thean, Carmen, Aerine, Gan & Dalton
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Farid, Amelia, Kelvin, Yap  
Joanna, Su & Sarah
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Ivan, WeiLi, Germaine  
Lim & Iris
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Amy, Yen & Emma
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Patt, Gift & Woon
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FoongKuan, Shiann, YeeSim & Nic
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Carl, Therese & Emma
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Michelle, Meor & Woon
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YeeCheng, Michael, Jia, Dar & Sarah
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Jay, Felicia, Adam & Sarah
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Equipment Speciality Course