IDC Thailand Blog

The February 2008 PADI IE has been successfully completed

The February 2008 PADI IE has been successfully completed By all 9 of my candidates, after an action packed and for the participants, a nerve wrecking weekend. Under the skillful guidance of George Wegmann, the PADI examiner, who’s send over by PADI HQ to evaluate the candidates, all 4 segments of the PADI IE were […]

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The February IDC finished yesterday and the PADI IE started today!

The February IDC finished yesterday and the PADI IE started today!Yesterday everybody completed the IDC program successfully. However, there’s no rest for the wicked and today the PADI IE started. This morning at 8 am all 9 candidates gathered at World Resort, where today and tomorrow they will be evaluated by George Wegmann, PADI’s examiner […]

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AI course of the February 2008 IDC completed

Yesterday we completed the AI part of the current IDC.Last night James threw a BBQ at his house where all attended, thanks James, it was great, despite the fact that you created a new meaning for the word blackened! The Chili and salads were excellent though! Whatever happened to the fireworks, by the way? During […]

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First IDC of 2008 about to kick off!

Tomorrow the first IDC of 2008 starts! Today we completed the prep course. It shows a fairly crowded classroom, there are 9 IDC candidates and 5 IDCS participating. In this picture we can see Adam, Gideon, Fred, Ulrike, Simon, James and Marcus. On the back row are 3 IDCS; Paul, Chris and Wahid. Chris and […]

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Influences of Marketing Factors on Diving Trip Selection

Help a Thai University student with her project by filling out her questionnaire; Influences of Marketing Factors on Diving Trip Selection Browsing the net I found this questionnaire by Ms. Jittima Srivoranart, a student at Kasetsart University in Bangkok. She is studying MBA (International Business) and this questionnaire is for her IS (Independent Study) which […]

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The Royal Thai Naval Museum in Samut Prakan.

The Royal Thai Naval Museum in Samut Prakan. Yesterday my family and myself had a day’s trip in Samut Prakan, a province and city next to Bangkok, direction Pattaya. We visited a few other attractions, like the Erawan Musem and the Ancient City and on the way back to our hotel in Bangkok, we visited […]

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Unexpected sharks in Prachuap Khirikhan.

Unexpected sharks in Prachuap Khirikhan. On our trip to Isaan, to meet a school friend of my wife, we had our first stop over in Prachuap Khirikhan. After having checked in to a hotel, we decided for a small tour to see what was up here and we discovered ‘Ao Manao’ or Lemon Bay. Funnily […]

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RIP Amit

Yesterday was a sad day since Amit passed away. Amit arrived on Koh Samui late 2002 /early 2003 to start his Open Water diver course, all the way up to Instructor! Straight out of Bombay he showed up with no previous diving experience.That was a tremendous step. He worked as a Divemaster and in June […]

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Specialty of the month January 2008

Specialty of the month January 2008; Nitrox or Enriched Air. Nitrox or enriched air is one of PADI’s most popular specialties. Diving with enriched air nitrox lets you safely extend your no stop time beyond the no decompression limits for air. Diving with enriched air means more time underwater – but you need to be […]

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First courses in 2008; Nitrox and Gas Blending

Gideon and Simon kicked off the IDC related courses for 2008. Yesterday they both completed the Nitrox courses, a prerequisite for the DSAT Gas Blender course, which they completed today. Gideon, currently a PADI Divemaster who’s working as such on the Samui boats and waters, is using the Nitrox tanks for his work out!Gideon is […]

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