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PADI Divemaster – Dan Fredericks

PADI Divemaster – Dan Fredericks

Diving Bucket List – PADI Divermaster

Stuck in Phuket due to Covid? Why not cross something off your bucket list and get your Divemaster certification? While not every decision that I made during Covid was a good one, I couldn’t be happier with my choice to do my PADI Divemaster course with Aussie Divers in Phuket. I had been diving with them a few times before, pre-Covid, and always appreciated the customer-first approach that they took, and how seriously they prioritized safety as well. I always felt comfortable and confident while diving with them so I figured there was no better shop to take the first step towards becoming a professional diver with. Becoming a PADI Divemaster had always been a goal of mine so I was excited to finally check that box on my diving resume.

Working with my mentor Ash, along with Darren, Martin, and Tom, I was able to gain a lot of wisdom, experience, and always had fun. Learning how the dive industry worked with such knowledgeable instructors was insightful, and busy. Learning to become a PADI Divemaster is a lot of work, and you take on a lot of responsibility but you also gain a new appreciation for your role as an assistant leader underwater rather than a customer who is just out to have fun. You still get to enjoy all of the best parts of diving in Phuket, but with an added layer of consideration and awareness of what is going on around you at all times. Ensuring that equipment is set up and working properly, talking to customers and getting them excited for the dives or answering questions they might have, and assisting the instructor you’re working with are all part of an average day in the life of a PADI Divemaster.

The confidence that I gained in my own abilities as a diver was worth the price of admission on its own. On top of that however, I got to learn more about teaching a variety of students in different courses, got to learn a lot about how the dive industry in Phuket is run, and got to meet a lot of great people in the wider dive community. The crew at Aussie divers takes their Divemaster training seriously and they have high expectations, while also making sure to have fun and ensure that you will be confident in any situation you may encounter. If you make a mistake they are there to talk you through what went wrong, and how to make sure that it doesn’t happen again. Plus, they will never, ever bring it up again… just make sure you never jump in without your weight belt. They were incredibly welcoming, and even on non-diving days I would end up hanging around the shop and having almost as much fun as we would on the days underwater by helping out with whatever I could, and keeping the Aussie Divers cat ‘Doormat’ entertained.

If you’re thinking of doing your PADI Divemaster training in Phuket I would definitely recommend going with Aussie Divers. I had a great time, and will hopefully be back there someday soon once the world goes back to normal to do my PADI IDC with the Aussie Divers owner and course director Darren Gaspari (whether he is prepared for all of my questions or not).

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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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Darren Gaspari – PADI Gold Course Director Award 2018

After a great year teaching Instructor Development Courses at Aussie Divers Phuket, PADI Course Director Darren Gaspari received the converted Gold PADI Course Director Award. It was a fantastic award to receive and very humbling to be in the company of some of the world's best PADI Course Directors. Aussie Divers Phuket will be running monthly Instructor Development Courses every month for 2018. Book You PADI IDC With Aussie Divers Phuket Today [...]

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What to expect on your PADI Instructor Exams (PADI IE)

One of the most common questions during the PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) is "What happens at the PADI Instructor Exams (PADI IE)?" Ultimately scuba diving is fun, and teaching should be fun as well right? During the PADI IE weekend, you will actually have a lot of fun. Aussie Divers Phuket's intensive IDC program is designed to prepare you for the PADI Instructor Exams, and by the time you reach the IE weekend you’ll be very well prepared to not only pass but also go on to teach with confidence. After multiple pool sessions and classroom presentation practice there will be nothing you do with the PADI Examiner t [...]

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Suzy Parrasen

I was referred to Aussie Divers Phuket and Darren Gaspari by Platinum Course Director Christophe Pace I had a very enjoyable and professional IDC with Darren and Ash. Both had a great sense of humor which made the course go quite quickly. Both spent extra time with me working on areas that I had trouble with. Unfortunately I am not very good at Physics and Physiology and both spent many of extra hours making sure that I was able to pass the exams comfortably. I came away from the course not only as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor but with a new approach on scuba diving. I also made many friends amongst the Aussie Divers team wh [...]

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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!