September brought Thresher Shark Divers’ largest PADI IDC to date with candidates from all over the globe, including quite a few Scandinavians. Some had been with us from the start, going all the way from Open Water, and some just joined us for the Instructor Development Course.
Steve, from the UK, came to us back in March to do his Open Water Course. He loved the quality and style of his Instructor, Xesus, so much that he decided to come back and make a career change to scuba diving.
Niklas and Patrik are from Sweden and are twins! They took both the Divemaster and the IDC courses.
Thimo from Holland came to us as an Open Water Diver to go all the way up to Instructor.
Jeff from the US arrived on Malapascua in June to do some fun dives and just stayed! He took advantage of volunteer opportunities on the island and also picked up some work as a freelance DM for a while before deciding to expand his job options by taking the IDC.
Mia, a law student from Germany, was also a familiar face! Mia first came to us last year to take her DM course. She used a break in her university schedule to fit in the IDC after some travelling.
Janneke, also from Holland, came to Malapascua with her partner, Dax, who was taking the Divemaster Course at the same time. Janneke did her Divemaster course a few years ago so took advantage of our personalised packages and unique DM Refresher for those who completed their DMs a while ago.
Lis, from Denmark, dived with us last year and liked it so much she returned for her IDC. She is hoping to find a job in the Philippines.
Paolo came over from Manila to broaden his knowledge and skills and become an Instructor.
Magnus was also from Norway. He came here with his brother to do the Divemaster course. He liked to so much he stayed on for the IDC.
We also had 5 Spanish candidates joining us and Master Instructor Rubi did a lot of the lectures and in-water sessions with them in their native language.
So mostly familiar faces with a few new ones thrown in for good measure! Phew!
The whole IDC ran very smoothly from the beginning. Mark and Jason were our CDs, along with Rubi helping out with the Spanish contingent.
It started as usual with well prepared candidates. They are sent plenty of studying tools in advance, and had apparently all been studying hard as the group ended up a day ahead of the schedule. This is always great as it means more time for remedial work on skills etc. or they can go fun diving. And of course one of the main reasons for doing your IDC on Malapascua is to catch some of our great dive sites!
Various workshops were conducted. One of these was in the garden of Palm Place where one of our classrooms is located. This is a control workshop: a dry run where the candidates learn how to organise students for descents before they go out in the water.
And why does everyone come to Malapascua? For the sharks! So of course they got to go on a couple of early morning shark dives as part of the Deep Adventure Dive workshop and for Specialty Instructor ratings.
As always, many of the candidates took Nitrox Specialty Instructor rating which is our most popular rating by far. Some stayed on afterwards to take more Specialties and Janneke and Steve stayed on a few weeks for our Learn to Teach program, developed at TSD especially for our candidates to get a great start in their teaching careers!
Before they knew it, the Instructor Exam was upon them!
Huge congratulations to all our candidates!
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