As always, our PADI IDCs seem to come around very quickly, and September was no different. This month we hit the ground running with four candidates joining us from three continents.
Neil joined us from the UK. He first completed his Divemaster with us with a thought to eventually progress to Instructor to gain more experience and travel around South East Asia a little, working along the way. Many of us have started out with the same idea!
Karen who is already a Divemaster came over from Australia to start a few months travelling around the Philippines, hoping to find work as a PADI Instructor along the way.
Jennifer who currently works in Macau and dives for her job on a daily basis, wanted to have more options and decided to take the IDC here at Thresher Shark Divers after some recommendations from colleagues.
The first few days of any IDC are, in part, a getting-to-know-each-other process. For Kate and Neil who had joined us earlier, this was much easier as of course they already knew each other. They had a cracking snorkel test to celebrate the end of their Divemaster course and transition to Instructor Candidates! As for the other guys it can be quite a change of pace coming to such a relaxed place like Malapascua, but they took it in their stride.
Relaxing place or not, they still had a course to do, so they got their heads in their books, the Diving Knowledge Workbook to be precise, and they studied hard with the support of Course Director Jason and the TSD team.
Jason started the IDC with a few presentations, followed by the first classroom presentations from the candidates, then it was off to Confined Water. Open Water presentations followed and the guys also had the chance to practice skills and rescue assessments.
If you think it is all study, you’d be wrong! We always make time for some fun stuff during the Instructor Course. A few days in, as they were ahead of schedule, they took a bit of a break to eat some birthday cake with Jason who was celebrating that day Another afternoon the guys stepped out of the classroom and helped with our beach clean up for International Coastal Clean up day. They even got a visit from Mr. Whaleshark 😉
After that bit of fun, it was back to the grindstone, with more classroom presentations and water work. And of course a day for EFRI (Emergency First Response Instructor). This day is some serious fun and includes Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, which we offer FREE OF CHARGE to all our IDC candidates!!!,
During this time, Neil, certified as an Assistant Instructor as he was not yet planning to do the full IDC. Congratulations Neil!
Time was ticking on and scores were good and it was almost time for the PADI IE, the “Instructor Exam”. The candidates were getting excited and nervous as this is what they have worked so hard for during their time here.
The girls went off to the exam and although the weather was a little wet nothing could dampen their smiles after the first day was complete with passing scores. After some time on the boat it was back to the classroom for the final section, classroom presentations, but being well prepared they aced it!
After getting their certificates the skies had cleared up and it was definitely time for a beer!!
For Neil and Jennifer, it was time to say goodbye. But Karen and Kate stayed on to complete some Instructor Specialty ratings including Wreck, Nitrox and Deep, the three most popular Specialties at TSD.
Congratulations again to all of you and good luck with your future careers as diving instructors.