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Alban Fabre

Changing Careers & Becoming a PADI Pro

Working in a very stressful environment, I decided to take a long break (1 month, which I considered very long:)) in December 2018. Being passionate about scuba diving, which I discovered with my Open Water Course 7 years ago, I wanted to take a first step into professional diving and do my PADI Divemaster course.

South East Asia & Thailand has always been a region that I loved. I therefore started to look at where I should do my PADI Pro journey. I always heard that finding the best PADI Instructors, and a team that you get along with, is the key in professional training, I hence looked after who would be the best.

After reading few online reviews, I came across PADI Course Director Darren Gaspari, who was one of the most recognised course directors in Phuket, Thailand. I reached out to few PADI dive centres in Asia and Darren was not only the first to answer me, but his answer was not a generic one, was really personalised and with great attention to details I needed. Aussie Divers was then the team with whom I would do my PADI Divemaster and professional courses.

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Aussie Divers Phuket IDC Instructor Exams

The Divemaster course was amazing: I was welcomed warmly, all the Aussie Divers Phuket instructors were involved, even if this were not on their duty, the team is so passionate and highly skilled and professional, they do not count hours they spend with you afterwork to give you advice. Not only I have been trained, but have been welcome in the Aussie Divers Phuket family, a very solid team: instructors, owner & course director, as well as all of the shop staff.

I therefore decided, after my Divemaster “snorkel test”, this is the life I want, time to become a PADI Instructor. Forget about 9-5 office work, P&L, shareholders, mergers, daily meeting’s, redundancy plan’s…. I want to be an instructor, and I decided to train by the “best-in-class” PADI Course Director: Darren Gaspari.

The two weeks IDC is not a piece of cake, Darren trains you at the highest standards, along with his team of PADI Staff Instructors. He is so passionate, caring and pedagogue that you quickly get it and forget this is hard. Darren is adjustable to your weaknesses and always have a solution, and will spend all extra hours you need to be successful. In addition, you still have a full support from Aussie Diver team during these two weeks, all helping to get you through the IDC & IE weekend & supporting you very kindly.

I only know Aussie Divers Phuket for professional training, but I can’t imagine any other PADI 5 Star IDC center being better…


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Finding work after becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor can sometimes be a daunting task, you are competing against people with much more experience who have been working in the industry longer. The best thing about doing your Instructor Course in Phuket is that there is almost always work for new instructors and Aussie Divers will help you to get it. We have awesome and varied post graduation programs, ranging from 'Ride Alongs' with our elite instructors to instructor internships where experience & responsibility can be had in real world environments with real customers, getting you the qualifications & certifications you need to be attractive to employers.

The absolute best way to ensure employability after you graduate to a fully fledged (OWSI) Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor is to continue your training with PADI, especially when it comes to the PADI instructor specialties we teach here at Aussie Divers. Once you have five Instructor specialties under your belt you will become an M.S.D.T or Master Scuba Diver Trainer, which looks much better on your diving resume'. Specialties include being able to teach the PADI Deep Diver (40m), Enriched Air Nitrox, PADI Wreck Diver, Sidemount Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer courses, plus many many more!

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Here at Aussie Divers IDC Phuket we do not worry about the number of divers or IDC candidates we have, we worry exclusively about the quality of your education, be it one person or many, you'll never feel abandoned or bored when training, working or diving with us. Maintaining relationships before during and after any courses done with us is what Aussie Divers is all about. To help manage such a huge base of divers & industry professionals we built this diver network, connecting on every social media platform we can think of coupled with extremely helpful blog articles, to keep you engaged & to keep you engaged with us for the entirety of your diving career!