The year 2010; A flashback
A busy diving and teaching year has passed!
Another fantastic highlight were the Manta Ray
encounters at Hin Daeng and Hin Muang in December. This was easily the best diving experience this year and it's great to still enjoy some fun dives besides getting wet whilst teaching all the time!
Back to the teaching side than, with great pride I received for the Platinum Course Director
rating, the 4th consecutive time in a row, since PADI
Asia Pacific introduced this rating. Less than 49 PADI Course Directors
worldwide receive this award.
On the IDC
front it was really busy with 12 IDC's
being conducted by me! That's the highest number of IDC's taught by me during one calender year.
The total number of IDC candidates reached 27 this year, the lowest number of candidates since I became a PADI Course Director in March 2003. Maybe a reflection on the worldwide economical state, the strong Thai Baht plus the social unrest earlier this year in Bangkok
The IDC's were fun though and the initial pass rate of all my candidates during the PADI IE's
was 100% this year! For the first time I conducted IDC's outside of Koh Samui
and the honor for this went to Koh Phangan
with Joep and Aldo. Koh Lanta followed with two IDC's, one in October/November
and one in December
and in-between I also conducted an IDC in Kao Lak
I also had candidates for the first time participate in a Phuket PADI IE
Furthermore I had 5 PADI Instructors complete their IDC Staff rating
, well done to Preben, Thomas, Dijana, Ami and Philip. As if this wasn't enough, plenty of IDC Staff instructors
helped me staff some IDC's this year and two have sent in their applications for becoming PADI Course Directors. Good luck to Richard and Jeffree.
On the EFR Instructor
course front I certified 16 Instructors this year and I took a step back during the end of the year when Richard certified some of my EFRI students
. Well done and thanks to Richard for helping out and I hope you enjoyed getting the experience.
On the Specialty
front it was busy, but most of the certifications were handled by various Staff Instructors who're looking for their continual education certifications, so that one day they can apply for their own PADI Course Director rating, Paul, James and Richard were handling some of these certifications, leaving me some Emergency Oxygen Provider
and Gas blender
certifications. Thanks for the help guys and I hope you enjoyed the experience.
Thanks to everybody who took courses with me, who worked together with me and put up with me! Looking forward seeing you in the 2011!
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