During the last IDC in October this month, I reached a milestone with my 200th IDC Candidate!
Either Maurice, Xavier or Tom has the honours!
It’s been almost 6 years ago now that I became a PADI Course Director, in March 2003 in Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Straight out of Kota Kinabalu, I started my first IDC in April 2003 and have been going ever since. Very soon I can celebrate my 50th IDC!
During these 5 years, it has been a very international affair, I have had IDC candidates coming from a total of 26 different countries; Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Columbia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, UK (Incl. Scotland, Wales and Jersey), and the USA.
Out of these 200 IDC candidates there were a total of 95 that ended up working on Koh Samui after their IDC, 14 that owned a shop on Koh Samui at some time and 19 have or still work(ed) outside of Koh Samui but still in Thailand, mainly in Phuket, Kao Lak, Koh Lipe and Koh Lanta. A total of 42 ended up working outside of Thailand, like various places in Europe (a.o. the Netherlands, Belgium and Serbia), the UK, the USA, the Caribbean; Belize, Bonaire, Bermuda, the Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Cayman Island, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica. Lucky guys!
During these five years I also certified 19 IDCS Instructors, coming from Austria, Belgium, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, the UK and the USA.
Since two consecutive years I’ve received the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating, the highest rating a PADI Course Director can receive and a rating which is received by less than 10% of all PADI Course Directors worldwide.
I’m still going strong and am still enjoying it!