Friday, July 11, 2014
Another reason to be happy, here's my fifth Certificate of Recognition for Excellence from PADI this year, written by Mariusz Paziak who participated in the May 2014 PADI IDC on Gili Air, Indonesia, in conjunction with PADI CDC Center 'Oceans 5'.
Certificate of Recognition for Excellence by Mariusz Paziak
Thanks a lot Mario, it's much appreciated.
Come and see me for another PADI IDC, coming up soon, starting with 26th July in Osan, South Korea, followed by a program starting 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia, 14th September in Moalboal in the Philippines and 31st September on Koh Samui, Thailand.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
The tickets are booked and everything is set to go for the 2nd Western PADI IDC in South Korea, in Osan, to be precise! It's been three years since the first Western IDC there, which shows that it ain't easy to get programs running there on a regular base, but I'm very glad and happy that we have this PADI IDC on track, to be followed directly by a PADI IE on the Eastern coast.
Three years ago, PADI IE in South Korea
We will have 5 candidates for this program and I'm looking forward to meet them and get going with this IDC program, officially introducing the new Open Water diver course presentations.
See you all soon in Korea!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Yesterday evening saw a very interesting and enthusiastically received presentation by Shark Guardian at the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon.
Brendon in action
Brendon and Liz guided us through some interesting information regarding sharks, with lots of bits and pieces of information that most of the audience didn't know. Among others, we learned the name of the smallest shark in the world, which fully mature and grown only reaches 20cm of length.
With videos, statistics and great anecdotes, an hour flew by after which some interaction with the audience started and hopefully some good contacts were made, so we can have some more Shark Guardian presentations on Samui in the future.
Liz and Brendon
I truly hope that we can see more of Liz and Brendon and their Shark Guardian charity on the Gulf Islands and especially on Samui!
Thanks for the informative evening and see you soon!
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
For the first time ever, this coming Wednesday 2nd July at 7.30pm or 19.30 'Shark Guardian' will hold a presentation at the Imperial Boathouse in Choengmon. Presenters will be Brendon Sing and Elizabeth Ward-Sing.
It's free entrance and the presentations are very interesting and deal with the current, worldwide situation of sharks.
Shark Guardian has held shark presentations for school children and dive professionals alike and everything in-between in among other; Thailand, Indonesia, Hong Kong and United Arab Emirates, just to name a few countries.
Hope to see you there, this coming Wednesday.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Two days full of nerves aka the PADI IE, are finally finished, done and over with and we have 3 new PADI Instructors on the block from the recent PADI IDC on Koh Samui. Well done and congratulations to Dee, John and John.
From left to right; John, John (kneeling), Brendon (PADI Examiner), Dee and Camille
If the speedboat can go out, we will be doing some Instructor Specialty training at Sail Rock, to which we're looking forward to.
First we celebrate tonight though!
Come and join me for one of my next PADI IDC's, starting 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 26th July in Osan, South Korea, 16th August on Gili Air, Indonesia and 14th September in Moalboal, Philippines.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Yesterday we completed the EFR Instructor course on Koh Samui with the candidates of the current June 2014 PADI IDC.
From left to right; John, Camille, Dee and John
We did some classroom work, an exam and some hand on practice with skills. During the last bit we had quite some fun as well. We were glad it was all over though and everybody was looking forward to the start of the PADI IE, which kicked off this morning.
Friday, June 20, 2014
After 10 intense but also fun days, the current PADI IDC on Koh Samui is in the can. Today we finished the last bits and pieces of the course and since there's no rest for the wicked, as they say, tomorrow will see the start of the PADI IE here on Koh Samui.
From left to right; John, Camille, John and Dee
Stay tuned for updates on their performance over the weekend. There's going to be a lot of blood, sweat and hopefully no tears!
You can join one of my PADI IDC courses and EFR Instructor courses, the next opportunity is 1st July on Phuket, Thailand, followed by 26th july in Osan, South Korea and this is followed by 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia.
Monday, June 16, 2014
Time flies by with action packed and busy days during the current PADI IDC on Koh Samui. Before you realise it, you're already passed the half way mark.
Air depletion skill by Dee
We're fully immersed in confined water skill circuits, confined water presentations, class room presentations by students and by me, workshops all over the place, rescue exercise # 7 practice, good lunches, healthy and interesting discussions and on top of that, open water presentations are still to come, with even more workshops.
John showing off his hovering skills
John explaining the good old RDP table
Stay tuned for more updates and if you're interested in one my PADI IDC programs, the next one is scheduled to start 1st July in Phuket, Thailand, followed by a program to start 26th July in Osan, South Korea and on 16th August on Gili Air in Indonesia.