PADI would like to applaud the efforts of two PADI Instructor Development Centres in Thailand – Sunshine Divers (Koh Tao) and Sail Rock Divers (Koh Phangan) who offered a recent Divemaster in Training exchange. The energetic owners, managers and dive crews of these centres created an opportunity for four PADI DMTs to spend 3 days experiencing life at a different dive shop. The exchange allowed these soon-to-be PADI pros to gain a greater appreciation for the training and operations offered by these reputable 5 Star facilities.
Olly and Nadine of Sunshine Divers were the first to head off to a new location and were greeted by the Sail Rock Divers crew who are famous for their hospitality. During the exchange they were spoiled with multiple dives at Sail Rock dive site which were “truly incredible” offering countless barracuda, trevally, batfish and triggers. The 30 metre visibility and abundant aquatic life didn’t distract them however from their Divemaster responsibilities which included boat briefings, role calls, tank checks, assisting and leading.
During the next instalment of the exchange, Gemma and Emma of Sail Rock Divers had a chance to be part of the Sunshine Divers family. The impressive list of dive sites which these DMTs experienced over 3 days included the HTMS Sattakut, Buoyancy World, Southwest Pinnacle, White Rock, Red Rock, Chumpon Pinnacle, Mango Bay and Lighthouse. The great visibility helped them perform in their various roles of boat master, dive master and pretend ‘bad students’ for the Instructor Development Course.
PADI Regional Manager Tim Hunt had the pleasure of meeting all participants and was thrilled to receive such positive feedback about this unique initiative. After sharing his praise for the efforts that the dive centres had put into the program, DMT Olly from Sunshine Divers wrote… “I really just wanted to emphasize how beneficial it was for both myself and Nadine, and for the girls from Sail Rock also to see a different dive operation for a few days. I think it would make a great part of all Divemaster programs..”
For more information about the DMT exchange please read the following blog posts: