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Andrew Dahl

Andrew Dahl

Comprehensive & Enjoyable IDC experience

After a non-teaching gap of 20 years, I decided to re-certify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor making me a bit of an unusual PADI IDC student. Having already been an instructor working professionally in the industry many many years ago, I knew that my relationship with my PADI Course Director was vitally important.

Given that I have reached the grumpy old man stage of life, I also knew that I needed someone with not just significant dive industry experience but also some life experience. So I booked my Instructor Exams directly with PADI, then came to Phuket to look for the right man and the right PADI 5 star IDC Centre for the job.

I corresponded with a few potential Course Directors before I came, and arriving early I went to speak to a few to find out about their dive operation and the way that they do business. From the earliest emails, Darren Gaspari and his team at Aussie Divers Phuket stood out, and after meeting Darren and seeing his facility and operation, I knew I had found the right place to do my IDC.

PADI Sidemount Specialty Course Aussie Divers Phuket

PADI Sidemount Specialty Course Aussie Divers Phuket

With accommodation right above the dive shop in Chalong, the course was easy and enjoyable, convenient and both professional conducted and comprehensive. The program was easily adjusted to suit the needs of this grumpy old man who had done much of this before and just needed the cobwebs blown out, the skills refreshed, and the new materials covered.

I went into the IE totally confident that barring some personal ‘brain fart’ that I was going to pass easily, and that was the final result. In our opening meeting Darren did bet me his left testicle that I would enjoy the course more with Aussie Divers Phuket than anywhere else and looks like his reproductive organs are safe for another year.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Darren Gaspari and his team at Aussie Divers Phuket to any Divemaster looking for a professionally conducted, enjoyable and comprehensive Instructor Development Course.

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Living The Dream After Instructor Graduation

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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Turning Divers Pro From Around the World

Where will the next Aussie Divers Professional Come From? Turning Divers Pro in a few short years Aussie Divers Phuket has come a long way. The Aussie Divers Phuket Recreation team have served scuba divers from over 127 different countries around the world, the PADI Pro team have also been busy. In the five years that Aussie Divers Phuket has been a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre they have trained PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors from a number of different countries including Australia, USA, England, Maldives, China, Belgium, France, Thailand, Germany, Holland, Austria, United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, South Africa [...]

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PADI IDC Phuket Endorsements

Michael Odendaal – IDC October 2020

I have wanted to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor for a long time, ever since I tried my first dive and instantly fell in love. After that I blazed through my AOW, Rescue and then did a DM internship. Fast forward 4 years of being stuck in an office in Europe, and I was very eager to finally become an Instructor and get back in the water. I was looking at a lot of places all over the world and even other places in Thailand, before finding Aussie Divers. After reading some of the reviews and having a look at the package deals they had available, I decided to reach out for some more information. From how helpful and profe [...]

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Divemaster Flashback #1 – Thomas Wetteland Kristiansen

Thomas was from Skjeburg in Norway. He did his PADI Divemaster course with Aussie Divers Phuket way back in 2013. He was Aussie Divers Phuket first ever Divemaster Trainee. He was originally here for a bartenders course, walked into Aussie Divers Phuket to book a day trip dive and left Phuket as a PADI Open Water Instructor. Thomas possessed excellent underwater buoyancy and score very high in both his exams and skill circuit. He completed his PADI Instructor Development Course with ease and again score highly in all areas. He also possessed excellent social and customer service skills and was a loved and respected member [...]

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The Best Instructor Development Center In Thailand

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!