PSAI China Cave Diving Education & Training Week
The largest single group from China came to Florida for a week of very intensive PSAI Cave Diving education and training. PSAI Executive Chairman, Gary Taylor, was delighted to get out of the office and away from the cold Great Lakes winter weather to direct the special event. Gary was assisted by Gallup Y.T. Lee (Administrator for PSAI China & Full Cave Instructor Trainer) and James Charles (PSAI Full Cave Instructor Trainer Examiner & Board Member). Other important PSAI figures putting in an appearance during the week included: Hal Watts (PSAI Founder & CEO) and Trace Malinowski (PSAI International Training Director & Board Member).
The group from China included:
- Gallup Y.T. Lee – Administrator for PSAI China-Hong Kong-Macau, Full Cave Instructor Trainer, Sport & Technical ITE.
- TUNG Kwok Leung “Victor” – PSAI Instructor.
- Kenneth Cheung – PSAI Instructor.
- LAU Hin Shun “Andrew” – PSAI Instructor.
- NG Mei Lin – PSAI Diver.
- YU Chi Kwan – PSAI Diver.
- KO Chi Chung – PSAI Diver.
- CHAU Tak Fai – PSAI Diver.
Each day the entire group was up at the crack of dawn prepping for the day’s cave dives. The day lasted long into the evening with lectures and discussion sessions. Gary Taylor said, “The week was a huge success, with everyone (divers and professional alike) increasing their rating levels. They will no doubt be the group who will have the greatest influence on cave diving and exploration in the People’s Republic of China. Congratulations to everyone on their achievements!”
Jim Charles demonstrates temporary line repair
Gallup watches as diver performs broken line search and repair drill while blindfolded
Gallup watches another diver perform broken line search and repair drill while blindfolded
Gary Taylor discusses Tee navigation
Gary Taylor and Gallup discuss line committee issues
Gary Taylor giving the Full Cave lecture
Divers preparing for a dive
Jim Charles, Gallup, Gary Taylor, and Trace Malinowski
The entire group with PSAI Training Director Trace Malinowski
Divers are entering Peacock
Instructor configures equipment
Gallup performing pre-dive planning
Divers ready to enter Peacock
Divers performing S-drill components at surface
Divers form into dive plan groups
(left to right) Gallup Lee, Kenneth Cheung, Hal Watts & Gary Taylor
Gary Taylor pre-dive lecture
Gary Taylor pre-dive sermon
The PSAI China group with Hal Watts & Gary Taylor