Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Time for celebrations again with another 'PADI Certificate of Recognition for Excellence', this time coming from Jason Moustache who participated in the November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak in Thailand.
It seems like they keep coming in hard and fast, just like last year. This is the second certification that I receive this year already, but I still have a long way to go to get anywhere near to the almost incredible figure of 8 certificates that I received last year.
Come and experience yourself the educational and fun PADI IDC's that I conduct. Your next opportunity is on very short notice, in two days time, 13th March, I start my first IDC in Phuket, Thailand, followed by an IDC which is scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan in Thailand, which in turn is followed by an IDC starting 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia and then it's on to my first IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines. The remainder of my schedule for this year can be found here.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
When the hard work of the PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia is done, which is directly followed by a PADI IE, it's time to relax, kick back and do some fun things. Fun according to newly certified Instructors involves diving!
Never seen this fish before and am still doing research at Oceans 5 House reef on Gili Air in Indonesia. Tuns out it's a juvenile rock mover wrasse
This makes it a very small step towards specialty instructor training and we had a few dives before I left the island on my way back home to Thailand.
At depth at Shark Point at the Gili islands in Indonesia during the deep dive with Ian and Anton
The specialties that we covered included side mount, deep, digital underwater photography, underwater navigation, Nitrox and Emergency Oxygen provider. The latter doesn't involve diving though!
Color changes at depth during the deep dive at Soraya around the Gili Islands
Sander, the owner at PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air and fellow PADI Course Director, will continue with more specialties and complete the training that I couldn't complete because I'm on the move to my next IDC program.
Safety stop after the deep dive at Shark Point at the Gili islands after a deep dive with Rose and Manon
Don't forget to check out my up and coming IDC dates around South East Asia, starting with 13th March on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 8th April on Koh Phangan in Thailand which is followed by an IDC scheduled to start 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia and that is followed by my first IDC in Moalboal in the Philippines and more to follow throughout the year, please check out my IDC schedule.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The PADI IE has been completed by all the candidates of the February 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia.
From left to right; Anton, Rose, Ian, Dan (PADI Examiner), Camille and Manon
The next couple of days we will look into some Specialty Instructor training and dive around the various dive sites that the Gili islands offer.
If you have been dreaming of a career change, my next program is scheduled to start 13th March in Phuket, Thailand, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand which is followed by another IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia, scheduled to start 2nd May which in turn is followed by an IDC scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.
Monday, March 3, 2014
The hard work is over, the February PADI IDC on Gili Air has been completed and tomorrow it's show time when the PADI IE starts.
Confined water presentation
We've been working hard and got everything done what needs to be done and a bit more, except for Manon, who had a cold with sinus and ear problems, she didn't complete her open water presentation yet, so we give that one last shot in a few hours and we all hope she can equalize and get down so she can complete her skills.
Confined water lift bag workshop
We had lots of fun and we even received an unexpected visit by Paul 'Tosh' Tanner, PADI's Indonesian regional manager towards the end of the IDC.
Open water compass briefing, closely watched by Allen and Riet
Allen and Riet staffed and got valuable experience in evaluating along the way and were a great help for me. Thanks guys!
Open water presentation
We also had plenty of workshops during the IDC, here are some pix from the lift bag and know tying workshops.
Open water, knot tying workshop
The candidates are ready and full power and energy to tackle the next two days, they will be nerve wrecking, full of exams and evaluation, but that's a PADI IE for you but I'm confident that they will do just fine!
From left to right; Camille, Manon, Riet, Rose, Allen, Anton and Ian in the pool
Isn't it time for your PADI IDC? My next program is scheduled to start 13th March in Phuket, Thailand, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan, Thailand which is followed by another IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia, scheduled to start 2nd May which in turn is followed by an IDC scheduled to start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Before you know you're already halfway though the course. Today we reached that mark. We have a great group and we got lots of work already out of the way during this PADI IDC.
Manon showing us her her air depletion skills
Rose and Manon showing off their alternate air source skills
The new air conditioned is brill! we're nicely cooled down when in the meantime the sun is sweltering outside. We also have a baruga net to the classroom so you can relax there during the breaks.
Ian is incognito, as this picture proofs
Allen is staffing away in the pool and recording some skills on his Go Pro camera. I will see Allen again in July, when we start an IDC in South Korea.
Diver, diver, drop your bcd and inflate your weight belt. Rescue exercise # 7 in full swing
Stay tuned for more updates on this IDC. If you're ready to start fulfilling your dream and become a PADI Instructor, my next IDC program starts 13th March in Phuket, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan in Thailand, which is followed by an IDC scheduled to start 2nd May on Gili Air in Indonesia and this is followed by an IDC scheduled start 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.
See you there!
See you there!
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Come 25th July I will conduct a PADI IDC in Osan, South Korea again, followed by a PADI IE on 4th and 5th August 2014. It will in conjunction with Allen from Aquatic Frontier. It's really good to back to Korea for an IDC, it's already 3 years ago since when we had our first Western PADI IDC and PADI IE in South Korea.
Camille and Allen in February 2014
If you're interested in participating in this PADI IDC in Osan, contact me for more information.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Yesterday I received an email from PADI, confirming that I reached the Platinum PADI Course Director rating for the 8th consecutive time in a row, making me one of the very few PADI Course Directors in the while wide world who have received this rating non stop since it's inauguration and one of 66 that received the rating this year.
Here's part of the email;
Dear Course Director,
Congratulations! Based on your Instructor Development productivity in 2013, you’ve achieved the Platinum Course Director level for 2014. By doing so you've become one of 66 Course Directors worldwide to earn this level of recognition in the Frequent Trainer Program.
This made me very happy and if you're thinking of becoming a PADI instructor, you're at the right place with my next couple of PADI IDC's starting 13th March on Phuket, Thailand or 8th April on Koh Phangang also in Thailand or 3rd May on Gili Air in Indonesia or 26th May in Moalboal in the Philippines.
See you there,
Friday, February 21, 2014
It's showtime again and my 3rd PADI IDC of this year has kicked off. I'm back on Gili Air in Indonesia, where I also conducted the previous IDC this year, which was rudely interrupted by me becoming ill and Sander, fellow PADI Course Director and owner of PADI 5* IDC Center 'Oceans 5' on Gili Air, had to take over for a few days. 'Oceans 5' is the only dive center on the Gili islands where two PADI Course Directors are active!
Me in front of the class giving an introduction to the IDC
As part of my recovery process, I had to cancel the Khao Lak IDC scheduled in February, but now I'm all good to go again and ready for action and am looking forward to the remainder of this IDC. It seems like a nice group and we're teaching this IDC in a brand new, air conditioned and dedicated IDC classroom! Let the games begin.
Sweating it out over the exams; from left to right, Manon, Rose, Ian and Anton
Tomorrow Allen will arrive who will staff this IDC and in a few days Arash from the January IDC will join us again
It's an international IDC, as is almost no exception with my programs, with candidates originating from Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, Greece, Iran and staff from the USA.
Come and participate in one of my IDC's and find out what these abbreviations mean!
Stay tuned for more updates on this current PADI IDC and if you have the urge to become an instructor and live your dream, my next IDC is scheduled to start 13th March on Phuket in Thailand, followed by an IDC which is scheduled to start 8th April on Koh Phangan in Thailand, followed by another IDC on Gili Air in Indonesia, which is scheduled to start 3rd May and this is followed by my first IDC scheduled in Moalboal in the Philippines which is scheduled to start 26th May.
See you there,