Looking back at a busy and successful 2011
Busy it was indeed, I conducted 16 PADI IDC's
this year with a total of 59 candidates! On both accounts a record. Last year saw 12 IDC's and 27 candidates, a big difference. So far it looks that the road I took seems to be the right one and after 11 years teaching on Koh Samui
, out of which 8 years as a PADI Course Director
, the change did do me right.
On top of that I could welcome students from 5 countries that I never had in my classes before; Argentine, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia and the Philippines.
More stats are here;
16 IDC’s in 2011 with 59 candidates and 2 IDCS candidates;
10 IDC’s in Thailand with 36 candidates (compared to 27 candidates in 2010) including 6 IDC’s on Koh Samui, Thailand with 21 candidates (compared to 17 candidates in 2010)
1 IDC in the Philippines with 5 candidates
4 IDC’s in Indonesia with 12 candidates
It was a great year and I like to express my gratitude and best wishes for 2012 for all the people who made this possible;
Paul and Sarah at 'The Dive Academy' on Koh Samui, Andrea and Richard at TSD on Malapascua, Mellisa at Blue Planet Divers and Saffron at Scubafish on Koh Lanta, Sander and Simone at Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia, Allen in Osan, South Korea, Guenther and all staff at Sea Dragon in Khao Lak, Chris Heim and all the folks at Sea Explores in the Philippines and of course to all my candidates. Thanks for being there and making things happen.
A special mention to all the folk at PADI Asia Pacific for the support shown this year!
Oceans 5 on Gili Air in Indonesia
All this and on top of that I had the chance to dive at some great places and get to see many 'firsts' especially in the macro field. Oceans 5 house reef on Gili Air is one to keep an eye out for! Thanks for the great dives I had on and around Malapascua, Gili Air, The Liberty on Bali
, Chaweng Beach
on Samui (an all time favorite), the Hardeep in Pattaya
, the Sattakut near Koh Tao
and a great live aboard
North of the Similan islands.
Labels: Dauin, Deoksan, Gili Air, IDC, Indonesia, Kao Lak, Koh Lanta, Koh Phangan, Koh Samui, Malapascua, Osan, PADI, PADI IE, Philippines, South Korea, Training