Monday, December 29, 2014
It's a good feeling, looking back at a great diver year; 2014! It was fun and successful.
With 13 programs, 53 IDC candidates, 2 IDCS Courses, 151 Instructor level specialties, 16 EFR Instructor courses and 20 diver level specialties, it was s busy year and there was progress compared to last year in the total number of certifications.
PADI IDC Osan, South Korea, July-August 2014
There were 6 IDC's in Thailand with 19 candidates, 4 programs in Indonesia with 20 candidates, my second program in Osan, South Korea which was also the second ever Western PADI IDC ever in South Korea, after I taught the first ever Western PADI IDC in South Korea in 2011 and I'm back teaching IDC programs in the Philippines again, 2 programs with 4 candidates in Moalboal, a slow but sure start of setting up a successful IDC program in the Philippines.
My 2000th logged dive was also due this year and happened to be in Sacheon-Myeon in South Korea and ooooh, what was the water cold. I will never forget the upset eyes of my students at 35 meters in 10C water when I gave the let's go up sign after about one minute! Next time I need a 7mm semi dry or dry suit when diving in these conditions!
PADI IDC Khao Lak, Thailand, November 2014
There was also for the 8th consecutive time my Platinum PADI Course Director rating, which by now makes me one of the few PADI Course Directors in the Asia Pacific region who can boast that he received this rating uninterrupted since it's induction. On top of that there were also 7 'Certificates of Recognition for Excellence' received from PADI, written by some of last years IDC candidates.
A very special award and event was the 38th Parallel dive in South Korea. Special thanks to Larry for organizing this.
PADI IDC Moalboal, Philippines, December 2014
There were some countries represented from which I had for the first time students; Norway, Bahamas and Estonia.
Thanks to all the dive centers in Thailand; Khao Lak, Koh Lanta, Phuket and Koh Samui and also in the Philippines, South Korea and Indonesia that I worked with this year and to all my candidates. Thanks a lot for choosing m IDC program and making this a memorable year!
I'm looking forward to 2015 with two new additions; PADI 5* IDC Center 'Easy Divers' on Koh Samui, Thailand and PADI 5* IDC Center 'Atlantis Dive Resort' in Puerto Galera, Philippines.