Eight New PADI Course Directors from the Asia Pacific Region

Success comes from striving to be the best and for a select group of PADI Master Instructors this motivation has led them to the PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC) in the Dominican Republic. Conducted from the 9th to 17th June, 2015, these PADI Professionals joined PADI staff on the final part of their journey to attain the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving.

The CDTC trains experienced PADI Master Instructors from all over the world in the responsibilities and duties of a PADI Course Director.

“The PADI organization has offered the PADI Course Director Training Course for over 35 years,” said Thomas Knedlik, Director of Training and Quality Management at PADI Asia Pacific. “This program is unique in the dive industry and it offers the broadest scope of training and education available. PADI Course Directors teach PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and other instructor-level training, and thus are the industry’s most influential leaders and role models. Candidates use what is a lifetime of experiences and knowledge to earn this rating. The entire PADI organization proudly welcomes them into the family of PADI Course Directors worldwide.”

The course comprised of six and a half days of developmental work followed by two and a half days of evaluation by PADI staff from all Regional Headquarters. From day one, candidates learn from a variety of presentations, workshops and exercises, and complete intensive classroom and in-water evaluations. Each day, future PADI Course Directors develop the tools to help them thrive in today’s business climate, including sessions on marketing instructor development courses.

PADI Asia Pacific are delighted to congratulate the eight PADI Members from the Asia Pacific region who travelled to the Dominican Republic to successfully complete the CDTC.

  • Tim Bradley
  • Nicolas Di Costanzo
  • Chris Hailey
  • Justin He
  • Stephen Hemstalk
  • Steven Schwankert
  • Paul Tanner
  • Joeri Van Hal

If you dream of joining this elite team of PADI Professionals and want to learn about the PADI Course Director Training Course visit the PADI Course Director section of padi.com or contact your PADI Regional Headquarters.


Left to Right: Nicolas Di Costanzo, Justin He, Chris Hailey, Tim Bradley, Paul Tanner, Steven Schwankert, Joeri Van Hal & Thomas Knedlik.

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