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Course Directors

What Is A Course Director?

There is no real easy way to answer this question, ‘what is a Course Director’? Some refer to them as hell beasts bent on making your life difficult, others will tell you they are all coffee fueled fanatics who want you to be a really dam good diving instructor. Whatever they are on the day, sadly you need them to run your IDC and sign you off to attend your IE and become a PADI scuba diving instructor.

We have two great Course Directors here at Aussie Divers Phuket and we are pretty sure no one has ever called either of them ‘hell beasts’ before, you can find out more about them below and see why both are regarded as industry leading Course Directors.


Darren Gaspari PADI Course Director Phuket IDC

Darren Gaspari – PADI Course Director

Born and raised in outback Australia Darren took a while to get into scuba diving. Once it took hold he was there with a passion. Darren relocated to Phuket in 2008 after a 10 year stint with the Victoria Police Force in Australia. He completed his PADI Instructor Development Course with Scuba Cat, Phuket Thailand. His Course Director there was Christophe Pace and for the next few years they worked very closely together with Darren Staff Instructing and assisting [...]

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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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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!

Idc Candidate At Racha Yai Bay 1 Giving Ok Sign Endorsements

Donald Booker

I did my PADI Divemaster course with Ashley Walker in Queensland in 2013. Ash mentioned he was having a great time working in Thailand with Aussie Divers. Ash convinced me to head to Phuket and to do my PADI Instructor Development Course with Aussie Divers Phuket. Darren and the team really made the course a couple of weeks to remember. Ash recommended that I do PADI IDC online and I am glad that I did. It freed me up to work on other parts of the course and even let me have a days break in the second week which I really needed. The support I got through the IDC not only from Darren and Ash but from the whole team was unbelievable. [...]

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Aussie Divers Idc Candidates Hard At Work In Phuket Thailand Endorsements

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 who made me feel like one of the [...]

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Training At Kata Big Rock Swimming Pool Idc Phuket Endorsements

Jamie Madalyn

From the 26th June to the 8th of July 2016, I took my PADI Instructor Development course (PADI IDC) with course director Darren Gaspari, of Aussie Divers Phuket. The Instructor Development team including, Darren, Simon, Ash and the rest of the instructor staff at Aussie Divers Phuket personally assisted with my development as an instructor. Going above and beyond in the training and preparation to ensure I not only passed the PADI Instructor Exams, but also passed the PADI IE with top scores. The entire Aussie Divers team, with many years of training behind them was able to provide me with ample opportunities to learn and develop my practical skills. All provided in a professional environment and manor, working [...]

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