PADI Instructor Examinations for June, 2018

01 June | Pondicherry, India

02 June | Sydney, Australia

05 June | Malapascua, Philippines

05 June | Port Blair, India

08 June | Bohol, Philippines

09 June | Sanya, China

09 June | Singapore

09 June | Tioman Island, Malaysia

12 June | Gili Islands, Indonesia

12 June | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

16 June | Cairns, Australia

16 June | Phuket, Thailand

16 June | Bali, Indonesia

19 June | Gold Coast, Australia

19 June | Koh Tao, Thailand

19 June | Semporna, Malaysia

22 June | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

23 June | Jeju Island, South Korea

23 June | Shenzhen, China

26 June | Nha Trang, Vietnam

27 June | El Nido, Philippines

29 June | Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course

There is something quite mesmerising about entering the underwater world on your own terms and only for as long as your breath will allow you. Not only does freediving allow you to extend your personal limits in a gentle manner, but it also encourages you to learn inward control, discipline and power.

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Freediving has become an increasingly popular and powerful way to explore the depths of the ocean floor. If  you have ever wanted to enter the underwater world quietly, without equipment and on a single breath, then freediving is for you! 

In May and for the second time ever, the PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Course was completed in Cebu, Philippines. The program was hosted by the PADI Asia Pacific team but also had global representation amongst both staff and candidates. This international program bought together 15 candidates from 6 different countries, with presentations being translated into 5 different languages.

During the course, candidates learned about instruction and learning theory, psychology of counselling and evaluation techniques, risk management and marketing. Furthermore, each candidate also completed several teaching assignments and assessments in the classroom, confined water and open water. The program was supported logistically by PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer, Do Yen Kim and staff from Poseidon Cebu. The course also featured a guest speaker presentation by PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Jean-Pol (JP) Francois from Freediving Planet Moalboal.

Speaking about the event, PADI Territory Director Thomas Knedlik said:

The PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer program brought together experienced PADI Master Freediver Instructors from around the globe. It has been incredible to witness the transformation of several national and international Freediving champions, all of whom with extensive experience teaching the PADI Freediver program, leaving the program with the required skills and knowledge to teach the popular PADI Freediver Instructor Course. The tremendous growth in demand for the courses that were released by PADI in 2015 will ensure these new PADI Freediver Instructor Trainers will have plenty of work and the unmatched marketing and business support provided by PADI will help to support the growth of the Freediving industry in its entire.”

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Interested in becoming a PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer?

Due to its tremendous success and the demand for additional programs, PADI will be running PADI Freediver Instructor Trainer Courses at an ongoing basis, in various locations around the globe.

To apply, candidates will need to be renewed and in teaching status as a PADI Master Freediver Instructor, completed the Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course and have experience teaching all PADI Freediver program levels beyond those required for the PADI Master Freediver Instructor level.

In addition, applicants will need to have experience staffing PADI Freediver Instructor training courses and not have had any verified Quality Management complaints in the last 12 months, prior to the course date.

For further information about the Freediver Instructor Trainer Course, it’s prerequisites, requirements and future programs, please contact your Regional Manager.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PADI Instructor Examinations for May, 2018

04 May | Wellington, New Zealand

05 May | Hong Kong

09 May | Amed, Indonesia

11 May | Komodo, Indonesia

11 May | Taipei, Taiwan

12 May | Auckland, New Zealand

12 May | Bali, Indonesia

12 May | Singapore

15 May | Gili Islands, Indonesia

16 May | Cebu, Philippines

16 May | Pattaya, Thailand

19 May | Phuket, Thailand

19 May | Shanghai, China

22 May | Koh Tao, Thailand

22 May | Perhentian Island, Malaysia

22 May | Puerto Galera, Philippines

24 May | Dumaguete, Philippines

26 May | Christchurch, New Zealand

27 May | Anilao, Philippines

28 May | Lembongan, Indonesia

PADI Instructor Examinations for April, 2018

04 Apr | Mabul, Malaysia

04 Apr | Whitianga, New Zealand

05 Apr | Koh Lanta, Thailand

06 Apr | Komodo, Indonesia

06 Apr | Neil Island, Andamans, India

07 Apr | Bali, Indonesia

07 Apr | Cairns, Australia

09 Apr | Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

10 Apr | Gili Islands, Indonesia

14 Apr | Sanya, China

14 Apr | Semporna, Malaysia

15 Apr | Moalboal, Philippines

17 Apr | Malapascua, Philippines

21 Apr | Bohol, Philippines

21 Apr | Jakarta, Indonesia

21 Apr | Phuket, Thailand

21 Apr | Shenzhen, China

21 Apr | Sydney, Australia

21 Apr | Tioman Island, Malaysia

24 Apr | Koh Tao, Thailand

24 Apr | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

26 Apr | Dunedin, New Zealand

28 Apr | Jeju Island, South Korea

28 Apr | Melbourne, Australia

PADI Instructor Examinations for March, 2018

02 Mar | Khao Lak, Thailand

03 Mar | Bali, Indonesia

06 Mar | Gili Islands, Indonesia

09 Mar | Kenting, Taiwan

09 Mar | Lembongan, Indonesia

10 Mar | Koh Chang, Thailand

10 Mar | Sydney, Australia

14 Mar | Pattaya, Thailand

14 Mar | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

15 Mar | El Nido, Philippines

17 Mar | Northland, New Zealand

17 Mar | Phuket, Thailand

18 Mar | Dumaguete, Philippines

18 Mar | Nadi, Fiji

20 Mar | Koh Tao, Thailand

21 Mar | Cebu, Philippines

24 Mar | Boracay, Philippines

27 Mar | Nha Trang, Vietnam

27 Mar | Puerto Galera, Philippines

31 Mar | Goa, India

31 Mar | Santander, Philippines

Interview with Two PADI IDC Resorts Working With, Not Against Each Other

Sometimes working together instead of against each other yields huge benefits. A great example of this is Atmosphere Resort and Liquid Dive Dumaguete in the Philippines who are two very similar, but still very different dive resorts working constructively together.

Atmosphere, winner of the “Luxury Resort Award” in 2017, is a PADI 5 Star IDC Resort with numerous, similar accomplishments. Liquid Dive Dumaguete, also a PADI 5 Star IDC Resort, focuses on a different clientele and during the last couple of years have managed to build a big name within the dive industry.

What these two business have done is combine forces when it comes to their PADI Instructor Development Courses by creating ‘Instructor Development Philippines’ (IDP). Together they currently have 4 PADI Course Directors on staff as well as multiple PADI Master Instructors working in both resorts making sure that each and every one of their students gets the attention they need and require.

PADI Regional Manager Conny Jeppson contacted Gabrielle Holder (Owner/Course Director at Atmosphere Resort) and Tim Latimer (Owner/Course Director at Liquid Dive Dumaguete) to ask them a few question about how and why they decided to join forces.

   

Why did you make the decision to work together when conducting IDC programs?

GH/TL: We felt that there was a hole in the IDC market in the Philippines and we believed that by working together we could have a bigger impact by bringing in the expertise and knowledge from our different backgrounds. This combined with our separate marketing efforts and students being taught in the different dive centres also increases the combined reach.

Your program includes a unique ‘Learn to Teach’ element. Can you tell us a bit about that?

GH/TL: Our candidates have the opportunity to teach in two separate dive resorts which focus on separate markets and clientele. Candidates often do not know where they are heading after becoming an instructor. We wanted to offer two different venues through which they could conduct their first courses. This teaches them how to apply varying teaching styles to suit the student, and candidates work closely with our instructor teams to gain experience and teach a variety of PADI courses.

What else is unique about the program you offer?

GH/TL: We have four Course Directors in house at all times, with two being the owners of the resorts and Instructor Development Philippines. This means at any time we have the staff to give candidates individual attention whenever necessary. All candidates are signed up for IDC Online Study and they have individual tablets fully loaded with PADI materials during their IDC, ensuring they are well aware of how to function as a PADI Instructor in today’s digitalized world. We are also keen advocates of the environment, operating Project AWARE monthly clean-ups (Dive Against Debris) and a general environmental thinking throughout both resorts.

Do you have any memorable moments from the program thus far?

GH/TL: Every IDC is unique in its own way, but the main highlights are seeing candidates succeed in the future. We stay in touch with our candidate and we have seen them find their dream jobs and open their own dive centres, which is just fantastic.

How has coming together to run a joint IDC benefited your dive shop?

GH/TL: Working together has lead to benefits for both dive shops by growing our IDC reputation, including our ‘learn to teach programme’, as well as the reputation and brand awareness of both dive centres in general within the area.

What’s in store for the program going forward (e.g. growing, continuing to run etc.)

GH/TL: A venue purely for DM to IDC training to make us the ultimate experience in professional training; not just in the Philippines but also globally.

What advice do you have for any dive shop owner thinking about joining together for an IDC program?

GH/TL: It is very simple really. You need to offer something unique and find someone you are willing to work together with who has the same goals as you.

Thank you to both Tim and Gabrielle for taking the time to answer these questions and I hope that you, the reader, have some good ideas of how you and your neighbouring dive centers can start a similar cooperation be it in IDC’s, Freediving, TecRec or even normal courses working with different referral systems.

Conny Jeppson
PADI Regional Manager for the Philippines

PADI Instructor Examinations for February, 2018

03 Feb | Cairns, Australia

06 Feb | Gold Coast, Australia

10 Feb | Jeju Island, South Korea

10 Feb | Perth, Australia

13 Feb | Anda, Philippines

13 Feb | Bohol, Philippines

13 Feb | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

14 Feb | Ao Nang, Thailand

16 Feb | Moalboal, Philippines

16 Feb | Semporna, Malaysia

17 Feb | Papeete, French Polynesia

17 Feb | Phuket, Thailand

19 Feb | Malapascua, Philippines

20 Feb | Koh Tao, Thailand

23 Feb | Manado, Indonesia

24 Feb | Singapore, Singapore