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

PADI Instructor Examinations for January, 2018

17 January | Ao Nang, Thailand

17 January | Cebu, Philippines

20 January | Boracay, Philippines

20 January | El Nido, Philippines

20 January | Phuket, Thailand

23 January | Anilao, Philippines

23 January | Dumaguete, Philippines


23 January | Gili Islands, Indonesia

23 January | Koh Tao, Thailand

26 January | Koh Phangan, Thailand

26 January | Komodo, Indonesia

26 January | Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

26 January | Puerto Galera, Philippines

27 January | Bali, Indonesia

27 January | Koh Lanta, Thailand

27 January | Sydney, Australia

30 January | Lembongan, Indonesia

30 January | Pattaya, Thailand

PADI Instructor Examinations for December, 2017

01 December | Amed, Indonesia

01 December | Jakarta, Indonesia

02 December | Sanya, China

02 December | Mabul, Malaysia

05 December | Sihanoukville, Cambodia

05 December | Malapascua, Philippines

06 December | Gili Islands, Indonesia

08 December | Dumaguete, Philippines

09 December | Cairns, Australia

09 December | Bali, Indonesia

11 December | Liloan, Philippines

11 December | Boracay, Philippines

11 December | Phu Quoc, Vietnam

12 December | Gold Coast, Australia

12 December | Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

14 December | Nha Trang, Vietnam

16 December | Melbourne, Australia

16 December | Sydney, Australia

16 December | Zhuhai, China

16 December | Rarotonga, Cook Islands

16 December | Singapore, Singapore

16 December | Jeju Island, South Korea

16 December | Koh Phangan, Thailand

16 December | Phuket, Thailand

18 December | Khao Lak, Thailand

19 December | Koh Tao, Thailand

PADI Instructor Examinations for November, 2017

01 November | Gili Islands, Indonesia

01 November | Khao Lak, Thailand

04 November | Shenzhen, China

04 November | Bali, Indonesia

04 November | Auckland, New Zealand

06 November | Tauranga, New Zealand

07 November | Christchurch, New Zealand

08 November | Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

10 November | Dunedin, New Zealand

13 November | Northland, New Zealand

15 November | Pattaya, Thailand

17 November | Bohol, Philippines

18 November | Phuket, Thailand

20 November | Cebu, Philippines

21 November | Koh Tao, Thailand

23 November | Moalboal, Philippines

24 November | Koh Samui, Thailand

25 November | Adelaide, Australia

25 November | Sydney, Australia

26 November | Puerto Galera, Philippines

28 November | Bangkok, Thailand

30 November | Auckland, New Zealand