Thursday, December 12, 2013
The first PADI IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Centers 'Blue Planet Divers' and 'Scubafish'. Spaces are still available and this IDC is directly followed by a PADI IE on Koh Lanta on 15th and 16th January.
PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' and PADI 5* IDD Center 'Scubafish', both on Koh Lanta
If this is too early in the year for you, feel free to check out my other programs in a busy and actions packed start of the new year; on 21st January a PADI IDC is scheduled to kick off on Malapascua in the Philippines, followed by an IDC scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak, Thailand which is followed by a PADI IDC scheduled to start 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia.
Hope to see you there!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
This is already the 7th 'Certificate of Recognition for Excellence' that I receive this year from PADI! I think I never had more than 2 in a year before this year! This one comes from Gary Wong, who participated in the October PADI IDC on Koh Samui.
Maybe it's time for you to see what my PADI IDC's are all about. You have plenty of locations to choose from, with the next program and the first in 2014 starting 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand, followed by a program scheduled to start 21st February on Malapascua in the Philippines which in turn is followed by a program scheduled to start 5th February in Khao Lak, Thailand and to finish off a busy start of the year, 22nd February on Gili Air in Indonesia.
If you want more information or have any questions regarding these programs, please contact me.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Today and yesterday was reserved for Instructor Specialty training with Jason of the recent PADI IDC in Khao Lak. Yesterday we went for two dives to the Boon sung wreck off Bangsak beach and today we went to Khao Nai Yak for three dives and Andi joined us.
Honeycomb moray eel
The dives at the wreck were very nice and we completed the DUP and Mulitlevel specialties with Jason but at Instructor level!
During these dives my friend and fellow PADI Course Director Imad Khashfeh joined us and we both completed the dives on side mount.
It was a good days diving, nice weather, great dives and plenty of fish to see! It almost was fish soup at the wreck. Various big groups of fish were swimming around and I've never seen so many honeycomb moray eels during a single dive.
Jason shooting pictures
After two long dives, each around an hour, we called it a day and went back to the dive shop where some more briefings and training was waiting for the underwater navigation specialty, which was scheduled for the next day, or rather, today! For this we were joined by Andi, an instructor working at PADI 5* IDC Center Sea Dragon.
The Boon sung wreck at Bangsak beach
Jason and Andi during navigation practice on land
Today we had an interesting underwater navigation dive with rather interesting conditions, among other a strong swell had us moving around a bit, the longer the day lasted, the stronger the swell became.
We also completed a Fish ID dive with bot Jason and Andi and an Underwater Naturalist dive with Jason today and both Jason and Andi also completed their Nitrox specialties.
Underwater navigation explained
Two busy days of diving but nothing that can't be handled here, with regular trips on the live aboard boats where up to 4 dives per day are scheduled. Tomorrow both Andi and Jason are back to diving and are ready to welcome students and divers!
Friday, November 29, 2013
Yes indeed, congratulations to my November 2013 IDC candidates, since we have 5 new PADI instructors and one IDCS Instructor on the block! Well done, great job!!
It was hard work and did cost lots of nerves, but the end result is something to be proud of!
From left to right; Chrissy, Jason, Rob (PADI Examiner), Alex, Ann (IDCS), Anni, Pato and myself
A great result and it was well worth the effort, the blood and sweat and tears, so to speak! Also thanks to Ann for completing her IDCS course and for the help she gave the candidates during the PADI IDC and the moral support during the PADI IE.
Tonight is gonna be a good night! Somewhere in Khao Lak there might be a party on.
If you feel like participating in one of my PADI IDC programs and have the opportunity to 'live the dream', my next program and at the same time the last program of this year is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
The first program of 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand which is followed by an IDC on Malapascua in the Philippines, scheduled to start 21st January 2014.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Yesterday, after we completed the last part of the November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, an open water training dive, we also completed during the afternoon the last parts of the EFRI course in Khao Lak, Thailand.
From left to right; Chrissy, Alex, Anni, Pato, Jason and myself
It was a long day and we had the PADI IE waiting for us the next day (today), but we did complete it and as the picture above shows, we did have some fun as well along the way!
Now it's just one more day before the PADI IE is completed and tomorrow it should be party time! Just one more step to complete; the open water dive!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to start a PADI IDC with me and the EFRI course will be part of the IDC, although there's only one left this year, scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
For next year things look busy and the first PADI IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand followed by a program scheduled to start 21st January in either Dauin or Malapascua in the Philippines.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
It's done and dusted and my job is over now! The November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand is officially over and has been successfully completed by all candidates and on top of that, Ann completed her IDCS course. Well done to all of you!
After the open water dive, from left to right Alex, Chrissy, Pato, Ann, Anni and Jason
It's been hard work but also lots of fun and they're ready to tackle the PADI IE, starting tomorrow morning come 8am here in Khao Lak! All 5 of them should be ready for that!
There are plenty of opportunities for you to start your PADI IDC with me, although there's only one left this year, 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
For next year things look slightly better and the first PADI IDC for 2014 is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand followed by a program scheduled to start 21st January in either Dauin or Malapascua in the Philippines.
Looking forward seeing you there, so you can start living the dream!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Time flies by and we already passed the half way mark of the November 2013 PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand. The good news is that Chrissy did indeed join us again after she had to sit out the second day of the course.
PADI IDC Khao Lak November 2013 briefing in confined water, from left to right; Chrissy, Jason, Alex, Patricia and Anni
There are two 'firsts' on this course and that's Patricia or better known as Pato who is my first Spanish IDC candidate and Jason who is from the Seychelles is my first candidates from this tropical part of the world! welcome to the club!
Pato's air is depleted!
We're getting along well and although the days seem long, they actually fly by with classroom presentations by the candidates and myself, lots of time in the pool and great lunches, with plenty but also delicious food!
Our 'handsome stud' Jason talking about Project Aware
Ann staffing away during her IDCS course and getting the hang of evaluating IDC candidates
Before we know it we'll have the PADI IE at hand but there will be another update until that time, so stay posted here!
In the meantime, my next PADI IDC is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines, followed by the first PADI IDC for 2014 which is scheduled to start 4th January on Koh Lanta, Thailand and later in that same month, 21st January, I will be back in Dauin in the Philippines again.
Contact me if you would like to receive more information about one of these programs.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The current PADI IDC in Khao Lak, Thailand hasn't even finished and we're already looking forward to the next IDC program that is scheduled to start 8th December in Dauin, Philippines.
Originally this PADI IDC was scheduled on Malapascua, but due to the damage that typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda caused to the island, we had to move this PADI IDC to a different location, and Dauin just seems to be the right choice and perfect location with all the great teaching facilities that are in place.
PADI CDC Center 'Sea Explorers' in Dauin
If you're interested to participate in this IDC program, please contact me for more information and I'm looking forward seeing you there.