The first PADI IDC of 2014 on Malapascua Island!

  On the 16th of January 2014, Course Director Bas landed in Cebu. It was time for him to say goodbye to traffic, cars and too much noise for a blissful three weeks! Destination: Malapascua!!! Shortly after having touched the sandy beach, he was introduced to the Thresher Shark Divers team he would be working with for […]

December’s PADI IDC on Malapascua

  November 2013 saw one of the biggest typhoons in history hit the Philippines and Malapascua was quite badly affected. But Thresher Shark Divers and our loyal crew of very cheery Filipinos are never ones to let adversity get in our way, and we soon got the place cleaned up and ready for diving again. This […]

Our PADI IDC for September

September 9th marked the arrival of Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka and that meant only one thing  (well aside from a few welcome beers on arrival :-)) — another Instructor Development Course was about to start here at Thresher Shark Divers on the beautiful island of Malapascua, Philippines. This month we had 3 candidates hoping to begin a new chapter […]

The July PADI IDC on Malapascua

  July is low season on Malapascua Island, but nevertheless we had two eager candidates for the PADI Instructor Development Course!     First off was Frank.  Frank had recently relocated to the Philippines from Kuwait where he was working as a tank mechanic. The Middle East has some great diving and he found time to […]

What will it be like at TSD?

If you are thinking about or have recently made the decision to take the plunge and become a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, you may still be wondering what it is going to be like and how everything works. Whilst many people who complete their diving internships simply “fall into” a program, usually when they are travelling and […]

PADI IDC, May 2013

After a long journey from Thailand to Malapascua it was great to arrive again on this beautiful island to conduct my second PADI IDC with Thresher Shark Divers.   Again, I received a really warm welcome, especially from the local dive and restaurant staff, although this time, it might have had something to do with […]

PADI IDC, March 2013

We had an auspicious start to the March PADI IDC, or at least Instructor Candidate Henry did, as it was his birthday on the first day. Henry, from the UK, arrived at Thresher Shark Divers on Malapascua Island in January to work towards his PADI Instructor qualification on TSD’s Diving Internship Program. He was already […]

TSD’s first PADI IDC of 2013

Dive Careers Course Director, Chris Freestone writes about his first impressions of Malapascua, and what we hope will be the first of many IDCs at Thresher Shark Divers! After a long overnight trip from the Gulf of Thailand to Cebu in the Philippines I was welcomed at the airport by a friendly guy named Paul, who […]

7 new PADI Instructors!!!

November saw the last PADI IDC of the year at Thresher Shark Divers. It was an exciting two weeks with many-times PADI Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka teaching this month’s batch of new instructors. This time, we had a range of candidates from all over the world. Dom and Will from the UK and James […]

The First PADI IDC on Malapascua, Philippines

Written by TSD’s new Course Director, Mark Soworka: July 2012 saw the first PADI Instructor Development Programme conducted by on Malapascua Island in the Philippines. The programme was conducted in conjunction with Thresher Shark Divers and was a great success.  With a full year of IDCs scheduled for the next year, we are looking forward to going […]