Sicily PADI Dive Instructor Course and Diving Week.

Great PADI Professional Diver Training planned for Sicily October 2016.

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This October we have a great couple of weeks of diving planned in Sicily, Italy.  We kick off with a PADI Dive Instructor course starting on the 7th October.  On the 12th of October PADI representative Jonas Samuelson and Fabio Figurella will conduct a Go-Pro Evening for all PADI professionals and anyone interested in becoming a dive professional. Scubapro will be running equipment workshops and world renowned Akim Adhari will be conducting free diver training.

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Deborah giving confined water briefing to marco on our Sicily IDC

The PADI Dive Instructor Course, PADI IDC, will be attended by candidates from all over Europe and taught by Platinum Course Director Mark Soworka and Master Instructor and owner of Sea Spirit Diving Sicily, Carmelo Sgroi.  The course starts on October 7. We have a great couple of weeks planned with loads of extra workshops from Marine Resource Management Seminars through to diver rescue scene management training. Sea Spiriti Sicily is a great location for your Dive-Careers.com IDC.  We use the facilites at Ata Hotel.  Olympic swimming pool for the skills, confernece room for the lectures and nip out on the zodiac to Isla Bella for some diving.  Excellent logistics making your instructor training relaxed and enjoyable.

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On October 10 Mark Soworka will conduct a Scubapro ProSales workshop.  This is free of charge and all are welcomed.  Participants will have an in depth look at how dive equipment from regulators to computeers function and the importance of equipment sales to a dive business.  Seminar completion is awarded a ProSales certificate from Scubapro.  Federico Garaventa, the Area Manager for Scubapro Italy, will also conduct an equipment workshop on the afternoon of October 12.  PADI have offered all PADI professional attending this seminar, free Equipment Specialty Instructor rating.  Sign up soon to ensure your place.

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Scubapro Equipment certificate issued to our candidates on our Sicily IDC

Also on the evening of October 12, Jonas Samuelson, PADI Regional Director, and Fabio Figurella, PADI Regional Manger, will condcut a GoPro evening for all in Sicily area.  They will be providing aperitivo and will look at the myriad of possibilities you have as a dive professional.  Career pathways from technical diving, liveaboard work through to apnea will be discussed.  Should be a great evening with a remedial day the following day unwind and wake up late after enjoying a night of Sicilian hospitality.

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Successful completion of the Sicily IDC. Now for aperitivo

After the PADI Instructor exam on 21st and 22nd October, it is planned for world renowned free diver, Akim Adhari to conduct free diver training.  Akim has given a great offer to get PADI instructors certifed as PADI Free Diving Instructors with a 5 day course.  Excellent opportunity to hone your free diving skills in the picturesque waters of Taormina, Sicily, where many scenes in the free diving cult classic ‘The Big Blue’ were set.

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Become a PADI free diving instructor with Akim Adhari on our Sicily IDC

We also have loads of diving planned for the  Sicily IDC, with specialty instructor training diving the canyons of Isla Bella and deep dives down to ancient Greek columns.  Plenty of time to enjoy the great diving conditions Sicily provides in October.  Our October 2016 IDC programme on Sicily is packed with so many great workshops and seminars to help you become a confident and competent dive professional.  There is no better way to launch your PADI professional dive career than joining the Dive-Careers.com network.  It is your passport to a truly global netwrok with genuine job placement opportunity.  Join us this October 7 2016 or enquire for our programmes in 2017 May 6 and Otober 11 2017.  Contact mark@dive-careers.com to launch your career int he dive industry.

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Out diving ancient Greek columns on our Sicily IDC

Our First Bali IDC in Amed

Excellent Destination for your Bali IDC

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In July 2016 we conducted our first PADI Dive Instructor Course, the IDC, in Amed, Bali, with Two Fish Divers.  The location was perfect for dive instructor training with such easy logistics, helping create such a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere.  We conducted the IDC at Suriya Rainbow resort, Amed, Bali.  Calssroom is in the on site classroom, 15 meters away is the swimming pool and jump over the pool side to the beach and we had our open water destination.  A thoroughly enjoyable IDC with Andrea and Melissa participating and Matt staffing. Great location to teach in and eagerly awaiting the next IDC in Amed starting the 23rd of October 2016.

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Candidates on the Amed, Bali IDC relaxing int eh pool.

During the IDC we ran a Scubapro seminar for our candidates which was joined by some staff.  This gives them a more in depth look at dive equipment how it functions and importance to dive businesses.  Participants were issued with Scubapro certificates.

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Scubapro Equipment certificate issued to our candidates on our Bali IDC

Yvonne from the Two Fish Technical Diving Department also gave the candidates an intro into sidemount and technical diving.  Gave them a chance to play around with different configurations of diving equipment in the pool.  Even Remi from a previous Koh Tao IDC joined in to get a taste of tec diving.

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technical diving intro conducted on our Amed, Bali IDC

Half way through the IDC we had a GoPro evening with some wine and some beer sponsored by PADI.  It was  a great chance to meet a load of dive instructors from the other dive centers in Amed.  We had short talks about the state of Bali reefs by Reef Check representatives, Technical Diving with Yvonne from Two Fish, Free Diving wit Yokram Zekri from Ocean Prana and I looked at other opportunities in the dive industry.  An excellent evening to look at many of the different paths you can take as a PADI Dive professional.  We will do another evening like this when back in October.

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And,most importantly during the Bali IDC we got to dive on some great artificial reefs.  We conducted specialty training on both the Liberty wreck and artificial reefs of Jamyluk.  Great dives and definitely a drawcard for completing your IDC in Amed, Bali.

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I am looking forward to being back in Amed for another Bali IDC on October 23 2016. I had a great time on the July IDC and judging by the reviews, so did Mel and Andrea.  Congratulations on becomign instructors and already finding successful careers.  See you in Amed again soon.

Top Course Director!

“I can only recommand course director Mark Soworka if you plan to become a dive instructor 🙂 He not only prepares you for the exam, he adds extra courses about marine life, equipment and has a lot of anecdotes to share with you that will prepare you for your future carreer as an instructor! ” Melissa

Dream Job as a PADI Dive Instructor on Koh Tao

“See you soon on the way to work (usually it’s a nice walk on the beach) or in the office (yep…that will be underwater!)!”

The dream job…this is what we always hear.

Working in the diving industry is as a matter of a fact the dream job. The office for us, is “The sea”. How does that sound to you?

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Out in the water after your Koh Tao IDC

Every month, along with Dive-Careers.com, our PADI Dive Masters take the step up to Instructor. Once their have completed their IDC (Instructor Development Course), they are ready to work, to share their passion to others and start their new careers.

Dive-Careers.com is not only offering a great training, but we are also offering a lifetime of support once our candidates have completed their training. Helping them finding a job is part of what we do, what we want and like to do.

Job opportunities are not only for Koh Tao, Thailand. The fact that we teach IDC’s in 8 different locations around the world, that we’ve been in the industry for two decades, that everywhere we go we like to meet and spend time with our former graduates, gives us the advantage of having a great network throughout the industry and the strong plus of being able to really help our dive instructor candidates network and find great careers.

The PADI Dive Instructor level is a ticket to travel the world. Certification is valid globally. The PADI Instructor is the one that can grab his bag, go where the sea looks great and settle down for the time of their life.

Last month on Koh Tao, we had 9 IDC candidates. I am writing these words 1 month later and I am proud to state that all 9 of them are now working as dive instructors.

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Successful group of new instructors after their Koh Tao IDC

This time, most of them chose Koh Tao  for now, but who knows what destination they might end up in as PADI Dive Instructors.  That’s the beauty of our job anyway, being able to simply choose.

Shadeh, England, decided to complete her MSDT along with the new trendy specialties of Sidemount and Self Reliant. Not even having the time to complete her internship, poufffff, she is now working and applying to her daily life what’s she likes.

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Shadeh teaching her first Advanced student after completing her IDC on Koh Tao.

Lisa, New-Zealand, started off with some assisting courses as part of her MSDT and, as well, didn’t get the time to complete it yet as she has been asked and contacted for work in dive centres around the Island.

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Group of happy students taught by successful Koh Tao IDC Instructor Lisa.

Carlos, Portugal, started off right away with Open Water and Advanced courses. And in Portuguese as well! What are the chances to teach his first course in Portuguese,  his native language?! It all happens for a reason!

Since he started teaching and freelancing around the Island, we tried to get him to teach a course for us…but he is always busy!!

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Carlos with newly certified divers at Siam Diving center after his Koh Tao IDC.

Szandra, Hungary, got a call for 2 Open Water students. She thought she would be more assisting to get use to the dive center’s operation, but no! Surprise, they are yours!! Ready for it?! Of course she was! Nothing can stop Szandra!!

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Szandra on her first open water course at Coral grand Divers after her Koh Tao IDC.

Stephen, England, used to work as a Photographer/Videographer. He decided to leave the camera on the side and start teaching instead. First phone call: Rescue Course. Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! The one that a lot of Instructors fear (which they really shouldn’t!). Did he get it done, yes he did! Was the student happy, Yep! Since then, the phone is ringing non stop! When was your last day off Stephen?!!!!

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Anna with a group of Open Water students after completing her Koh Tao IDC

Anna, France, is jumping around! She is literally walking around with her arms up, dancing and singing on the “I love my life” beat! Her first course was a PADI Scuba Diver in English. It has been followed by some DSD (Discover Scuba Diving) in French and it is continuing with Open Water Diver student in Spanish! Speaking a few languages can be pretty useful sometime!!

Ming, Wen and Shun, team China, didn’t waste time and were in fact assisting courses the morning after their IE (Instructor Examination), meaning the morning after the IE Party (I still don’t know how you managed that!!). Waiting for their numbers, they were assisting on Chinese Courses, but as soon as they received the email from PADI with their Instructor number, paf, straight into work with their own courses. Ming is now on a holiday in Bali (not a bad life isn’t!!) and Wen and Shun are on the boat…diving everyday! Though life!!!

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Chinese team out teaching open water courses with whale sharks after their Koh Tao IDC

And this is just the last IDC we had! Every month it is the same. Here and every where we go to teach our Instructor candidates.

These guys are in, doing what they like, sharing their passion and promoting themselves via social medias which is now a very important of their and our job.

Australia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sicily, South Africa, Sri Lanka, it’s the same every where we go. The words “Dive-Careers” stand for something important and we make sure we are there to support it with our huge network around the globe.

If you fancy the sea as your office, don’t hesitate! It’s possible as you can see!!

Cheers and see you soon on the way to work (usually it’s a nice walk on the beach) or in the office (yep…that will be underwater!)!!

Cheers!

Marie

Platinum PADI Course Director

marie@dive-careers.com

www.dive-careers.com

www.divingonkohtao.com

 

Conducting PADI Divemaster Internships on Koh Tao, Thailand

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PADI Divemaster Skills workshop in the Buddha View pool, Koh Tao Thailand

My father once said, “if you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life.” I think this was the best advice I could have ever received, and I used it as a catalyst in finding my dream job as a dive instructor in paradise. Now working with students hoping to enter the professional world, just as I once had, I hope to inspire and help lead the way. Running the Dive Master program in one of the busiest dive schools in Thailand, has been an amazing experience so far. It definitely keeps me busy and there is never a dull moment.

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PADI Divemaster Beach Clean up on Koh Tao, Thailand

My days are usually filled with workshops or lectures on diving theory. This allows me to have constant variety in my schedule, and the flexibility to try new things. Since I’m constantly working with divers of such a diverse background, I can easily adapt and change things to meet their needs. For example, if I know they have completed the workshop before, or have more experience under their belt, I can add new skills to challenge them. I always enjoy coming up with new ways to make my workshops as beneficial as possible for my candidates.

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PADI Divemaster Skin Diving Workshop Koh Tao Thailand

Allowing myself to keep learning as well, definitely gives me an advantage in my own teachings. I was very excited to complete my Tech40 & Side mount course. Even though I’m teaching within a recreational scope, I can incorporate these skills in my workshops to make my candidates more knowledgeable and well-rounded. In Tech40, a large amount of time was given to dive planning. We calculated our own personal surface air consumption rate, then used a more conservative SAC rate, to figure out exactly how much gas we would need for each stage of our dive. Every single ascent and stop was planned in advance, and we were taught to follow it diligently. It was great to apply this concept to the Deep Dive Scenario workshop. I had the candidates collect data on their dive to calculate their own SAC rate, then use it to plan the second dive. Supervising the workshop in side mount configuration, allowed me to also act as an emergency drop tank, where my candidates could simulate emergency decompression, breathing out of my long hose. ( A great tip a I learned from my Tech Instructor Julien Fortin). The point is that the more we learn, the more we can pass down as teachers. Even if it doesn’t directly apply to you and what your are doing at that time, it will allow you to have a better understanding and respect for your trade.

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PADI Divemaster certification Buddha View, Koh Tao Thailand

I hope to keep my candidates excited about diving, and allow them to continue to grow as I do. It’s an amazing feeling, to see how much someone can accomplish in such a short time. I remember how it felt to lead my first dive, and the pride that came with being a leader. I can see that feeling evolve in my own students, and I am glad to be a part of it.

Everyday I get to wake up and go to a job I love, in an office that constantly amazes me. Thanks for the great advice dad!

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PADI Divemaster celebration at Buddha View Koh Tao, Thailand