IDC Thailand Blog

Instructor Specialties after the IDC completed today

Today, we completed the Instructor Specialties after the September IDC/IE.We, being Nienke and me. The Specialties that I taught Nienke where on Monday; Search & Recovery and Night diving. The Search & recovery dive turned out to be a very interesting dive by the amount of fish we encountered on Chaweng Beach, including a Lion […]

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PADI IE September completed

The September PADI IE has been completed. Both Nienke and Jeff did well. Nienke had almost straight 5’s for all of her presentations and Jeff did also very well, except on the Open Water presentation where he had a problem with tying a sheet bend. On the picture from left to right; Thomas Knedlik, the […]

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PADI IE September 2007 started

The September PADI IE on Koh Tao started today. With a good 30 candidates, including Nienke and Jeff and 3 PADI Examiners, Thomas, George and Young Hee the IE kicked off at 1 pm with an introduction by the examiners, followed by the 5 exams and a General Standards and Procedures exam. The official PADI […]

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The September OWSI part of the IDC is on it’s way.

The September OWSI part of the IDC is on it’s way. Today was already day 2 of the OWSI program, part of my current IDC. Jeff and Nienke are doing fine and Amit is looking on in the background, picking up more evaluation skills during his IDCS course. Here’s Nienke in action during her first […]

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September IDC in full swing

The September IDC is indeed in full swing. Yesterday we kicked off with the first day of the IDC and today, the second day has already been completed. Jeff and Nienke had their first classroom (knowledge development)- and confined water- presentations and they did well. Here’s Camille in action during the Project Aware presentation, earlier […]

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IDC prep course started today

Today the IDC prep started. With two candidates, Jeff from the UK and Nienke from the Netherlands, and one IDCS candidate, Amit (see yesterday’s blog post) we started to sort the red tape and completed all the required paperwork and started with the first presentation by me, the introduction to the IDC. Before lunch they […]

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IDCS Course started today

Today I started an IDCS course. Amit, who participated in my 2nd IDC ever as a PADI Course Director in June 2003, started his IDCS course today. He worked all that time for one of our shops on Koh Samui, and started with us as an Open Water diver, from absolute scratch. Hats off Amit!! […]

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Dive friends in Phuket

During my recent visit to Phuket, I took the opportunity to visit some friends who run dive shops in Phuket. Trip reports about my Phuket visit can be found on my Samui weather blog. First there’s Chantal and Kevan who run Phuket Scuba Club in Kata, a very friendly South African couple who’ve been over […]

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DSAT Gas Blender Instructor Course and Equipment Instructor Specialty

The DSAT Gas Blender Instructor Course and Equipment Instructor Specialty Was on the program today (well, technically yesterday, the 23rd). The DSAT Gas Blender course consists of two parts, the Gas Blender part and the Gas Blender Instructor part. Laura is participating in this course and on the same day we were also looking into […]

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Instructor Specialty Training

Today we were diving again! Back in the water and off to Koh Tao for some Specialty Instructor training dives. Yesterday we tackled the Underwater Navigation Instructor Specialty on Chaweng Beach and today a mixture of Multilevel, Underwater Naturalist and Digital Underwater Photography (aka DUP) was on the schedule. Later on this week the Deep […]

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