PADI IDC, January 2016


Well, 2015 is over, and what a good year it was for all on Malapascua, home to Thresher Shark Divers. We had many divers come and go. Some came just for a few days to see our famous thresher sharks. And some came for for much longer to train as PADI professionals; our intern program remains possibly the most active of its kind in the country and so is always popular.

One of these interns was Ben Clark, Ben came to us in the beginning of October 2015, just after his 18th birthday, to start his PADI Divemaster training.

Smart Ben

A very young Ben!

Despite his young years, Ben was already an experienced diver by the time he reached us. He was lucky enough to have lived in the Philippines when he was younger, and with over 7,000 islands, diving was never far away. Ben completed his PADI Open Water when he was only 12 years old and soon moved upwards to his Advanced Open Water in Puerto Galera.

So by the time he arrived, he was ready to jump into EFR and Rescue. He completed those with ease and in no time he began training on his Divemaster, the first PADI professional qualification. He also wanted to gain more experience in diving as a whole and so took a few Specialties, including Deep, Wreck and Enriched Air. This meant he certified as a truly well-rounded and well-trained Divemaster.

DM Ben

Sadly, Ben’s time with us was at an end, and he went home for Christmas, but he had truly gotten the bug! He decided he wanted to be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and what a better place than Malapascua?

So he returned at the beginning of 2016, and came back full of drive and focus, wanting to fulfill his new dream of becoming a PADI Instructor.

Starting just over 2 weeks ago, Ben was on a steep learning curve, studying the ins and outs of what it takes to be an Instructor. The work began with the help of myself as Course Director and some other future candidates including TSD’s long-term DM, Rissa, who will be attending the IDC in full herself very soon!

PADI IDC on Malapascua


The IDC focuses on learning about the PADI System, why all the Standards are there and how to find them. It includes information on building a business and the importance of the 4 E’s: education, equipment, experience and environmental experience.


And Ben got to know the inner workings of Annie, in the Emergency First Response Instructor Course, always a good chance for a bit of a giggle!





Throughout the course, Ben showed us the skills he had learnt previously which we polished off, and he made many presentations throughout his Instructor Development Course.

He scored really well on most of his presentations, but we never expect you to be perfect; the day we stop making mistakes is the day we stop learning. And learning is what the Instructor Development Course is all about!

Ben went on to complete the IDC and do really well in the Instructor Exam, and became a PADI Instructor as well as completing 3 Specialty Instructor Ratings afterwards.

Well done and all the best in the future, Ben!!!

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