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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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As a PADI professional and particularly as a PADI Instructor we hold a great deal of responsibility each time we take a student into the water, be it the swimming pool or open water. The onus is on the instructor to provide a safe dive and complete that dive or pool session with the student/s without incident. I believe that the core of being able to do that is good student/assistant and dive control. Here we will try and explain why control is so important when you are a dive professional. I sometimes hear the excuse of instructors “I told the student not to do that”. Instructors should not get into the habit of relying on ver [...]

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Thomas Aebersold

I run my own Nursing home, so it was not easy to get free time or holiday. In February 2016, the first holiday after 7 years of working I came to Thailand to relax. But, I can’t. I was bored after a half day at the beach so I decided to do anything, which could give me a challenge and I also can keep distance to my business… I started with Aussie Divers Phuket 2016 doing the PADI Open Water Course and PADI Advanced Open Water. I so enjoyed those Courses and the Fun Dives day trips & liveaboards with Aussie Divers that I found a new passion. I decided to come back to Aussie Divers Phuket to go on with my Dive development care [...]

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Andrew Dahl

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 j [...]

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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!