Looking back at the dive year 2016

Looking back at the dive year 2016

It's a good moment to start looking back at the dive year 2016, with just one more day to go.
With ten PADI IDC programs this year, two programs on Koh Lanta, two programs on Koh Phangan, five programs on Phuket, all in Thailand and one PADI IDC program in Moalboal in the Philippines, I conducted two more programs compared to last year.

It also added up that there were a few more candidates, 32 PADI IDC candidates in total and a whooping 8 PADI IDC Staff Instructor candidates. That's the highest number of PADI IDC Staff Instructors to ate, that I ever taught during one calendar year. Four of them were split over the two PADI IDC programs on Koh Phangan, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers'.

Looking back at the dive year 2016; Happy PADI IDC candidates after another successful PADI IE
This picture was taken in March on Koh Phangan

Throughout the year I also taught 112 PADI Specialty Instructor courses, with Nitrox or Enriched Air being the most popular specialty, followed by Emergency Oxygen Provider and Deep. There are also two new PADI Instructor specialties I'm able to teach now; Self-reliant diver and Delayed SMB.
On top of that I also taught 27 EFR Instructor and 27 EFR Care for Children courses.

It looks like the Platinum PADI Course Director rating for next is secured and with over 200 certifications under my belt this year, one more PADI Elite Instructor badge should also be in the mail soon.

Besides these numbers, I also worked on a regular base at the hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui and delivered a few presentations on box jelly fish awareness and prevention around the island. 

Many thanks for making all this possible to my PADI IDC and IDCS candidates this year, to PADI Center 'Dive Asia on Phuket, PADI CDC Center 'All 4 Diving' on Phuket, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Blue Planet Divers' on Koh Lanta, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Haad Yao Divers' on Koh Phangan, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, PADI 5* IDC Center 'Neptune Diving Adventure' in Moalboal in the Philippines and the Hyperbaric chamber on Koh Samui.

Special thanks to Benno, Pray, Philippe, Richard, Michael and Vincent on Phuket, Gedimis and Ben on Koh Lanta, Heike on Koh Phangan, Stephan in Khao Lak, Johan and Jesper in Moalboal, Philippines and Ricky on Koh Samui.

Extra very special thanks to my wife and my children, who have to live half the year without me being home. It wouldn't be possible without you!

For my 2017 PADI IDC schedule look here and don't hesitate to contact me if you like to receive more specific information about any of my PADI IDC locations.

See you next year,

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