We had 4 candidates for this month’s PADI IDC:
Philipp from Germany came to us just to complete his Divemaster but ended up staying on for the IDC as he wants to make diving his career. He was joined by his girlfriend, Aivin, who also learned to dive whilst here, so that was a nice bonus for him.
Cey is from Sweden. She left her job in telecommunications to pursue her love of diving and become a PADI Divemaster and Instructor.
Jasmin is from Switzerland. She did her Divemaster course a year ago and now wanted to become an Instructor. She felt she needed to refresh her skills and so she took a week’s refresher before starting the IDC. We offer a specially designed “DM Refresher” for anyone who is feeling a little rusty.
Joe from Australia had been diving for some time and took some courses with a previous instructor who graduated from TSD.
And so it started…
As usual, the course officially started off with the IDC prep course. However, all candidates had been here for a week or so beforehand so we had started them off early and they were already well prepared. We try and do this as much as possible as it spreads things out and lowers stress during the IDC-proper.
With all the candidates ready and raring to go they were put to the test (literally!) with dive theory. Making sure each candidate is well versed in the physiology, physics, equipment general skills, the environment and not forgetting the RDP was the easy bit. Next came preparing presentations, both for the classroom and in the water which is a new thing for most people.
“I’m a little nervous at getting up and talking in front of people,” said one of the candidates from the March IDC, echoing how almost everyone feels on starting the course. But consequently, after being guided through by our resident course director Jason, they started to feel much better.
This IDC was blessed with great weather and conditions for all of the water work. A couple of the candidates even got to go to Kimud Shoal, in the hope the hammerheads were there, but alas they were aloof that day!
There was plenty of homework and study time to keep everyone busy, but also time for a bit of fun and a social! On the evening before the (usually pretty relaxed) remedial day, the guys relaxed at Oscar’s, above the dive centre, over a few drinks. A nice half way point through the IDC.
The candidates were breezing through the IDC, and so they were well prepared for the upcoming PADI Instructor Exam. Although the nerves really set in the night before, their minds were put at ease during the orientation. Two exciting days later we had 3 new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors (Joe will be taking his at a later date). The smiles and relief were apparent on their faces as they were handed their certificates from the examiner. With all the hard work put in they definitely deserved a few drinks that night!
After the party was over the work was not finished, as Cey and Jasmin took full advantage of the pre-booking rate for Specialty Instructor Ratings. During these they got to dive at some the best and most popular dive sites around Malapascua: Monad Shoal for thresher sharks and other big stuff, the Dona Marilyn Wreck, known as the best wreck in the central Philippines, and Gato Island which is just an all round beautiful site, full of life. During this time they learned how to teach specialised areas of diving such as wreck diving and deeper diving. It is a great learning experience and really helps any CV.
Congratulations to all our new Instructors and good luck to Joe when he completes his IE!