Become a PADI Instructor in Sicily

Become a PADI Instructor in Sicily, Italy

Sicily IDC
The most progressive PADI IDC center in Sicily.

Becoming a dive professional with Sea Spirit Diving Resort (Taormina, Sicily) and start your dive career in any part of the world you want. Sea Spirit in cooperation with Mark Soworka make this a reality. Our Sicily IDC Candidates are spread out all over the world to make their dream come true and work as a dive instructor. Some of our new dive instructors started to work in Koh Tao, Thailand, others moved to the Maldives and Dominican Republic. Some IDC Candidates end up working in the Sea Spirit Team, continuing their dive career in the Mediterranean Sea!

 

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Happy new PADI Instructors in Sicily, that have gone on to work as dive instructors from Maldives to Dominican Republic and Palau.

 

Sea Spirit is located in Giardini-Naxos/Taormina, Sicily and is the only PADI 5* IDC Dive Resort with international IDCs. Located in one of the best hotels Sicily has to offer, the ATAHOTEL Naxos Beach, we can give a great service organizing our IDCs in a conference room for the academic part, an Olympic Swimming pool for the confined part and the Isola Bella Marine Park for the Open Water part. Just perfect!

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At disposal are our minibus for transportation, our 8-meter-long zodiacs for the diving and our office for information and the washing and drying area for all comfort for your scuba gear.

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Beautiful view of Mount Etna where we launch for our IDC open water presentations

To get an idea about the IDC, you can watch our video of the last IDC, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmYABssLIhA, held together with Mark Soworka from dive-careers.com, Territory Director Jonas Samuelsson from PADI and Gilbert de Coriolis, technical director from SCUBAPRO. A one of a kind IDC! Sea Spirit is an unique diving resort, organizing SCUBAPRO Events, PADI Events and at the same time continuing to receive customers from all over the world, introducing them to diving, improving them as divers and showing them our beautiful under-water-world at the Isola Bella Marine Park in Taormina. For more information about our activities visit our website www.seaspiritdivingtaormina.it and leave a message, or visit or facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/SeaSpiritDivingCenter.

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A scuba diving story from Dubai

Working as a PADI Dive Instructor in Dubai

Nick completed his PADI Dive Instructor trianing in Sri Lanka with Dive-Careers.com then returned to work weekends as a dive instructor in Dubai, maintaining a real job during the weekdays.  Now plans are full in motion to make teaching diving his full time career.  

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Nick Hawkins looking towards a future as a dive instructor

Okay, I  passed my PADI OWSI in April 2017. Now what? I still have my current job in Dubai and my contract has me tied in for another 10 months. Do I wait? How will that gap look to future employers once I take the plunge (couldn’t resist) into the dive industry?

These are probably questions everyone that completes their IE asks himself or herself. I made a simple choice, get working now. But how? Where?

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Nick the sailor questioning his decision about becoming a dive instructor

It took 10 minutes to google several dive centers in the UAE and obtain their email addresses. A quick look at their webpages and some social media stalking and I got a feel for each one of them and their main customer type. I was after a high volume of students not just recreational divers.

Next step, I emailed the ones I thought suitable, introducing myself and what I could offer in terms of freelancing for them. I also inquired about their policy when it came to me bringing students that I sourced myself to their center; mainly, how much of a cut of the course fee they would take.

Most replied within 24 hours.

The next step, go and visit each manager and simply have a chat. Nothing too specific just an opportunity to meet and greet.

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Nick learning to control Nuwan and his hair

So, here I am, a bit over a month from completing my IE and I have certified 2 Advanced Open Water students, 2 Open Water students, 2 Junior Open Water students,  conducted 5 DSDs and have 3 students currently under training. All this while still working my regular desk job.

My message to new instructors is BE ACTIVE.  In the yacht industry “dock walking” with CVs is common practice. I see no reason why, if you’re in a popular dive location, this approach shouldn’t be your first action.

Happy hunting and remember why you did your IE.

Nick Hawkins

P.S. I will be available from the end of this year for anyone looking to hire a fulltime (phenomenal) OWSI with full commercial skipper license

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Nick helping Justine out of the water on their Sri Lanka IDC

If you are interested in getting into diving in Dubai be sure to contact Nick at hawkinsnick@yahoo.co.uk for a great experience and quality training.  

Nicks review on https://scubatribe.com/profile/dive-careers/review/6817 about his instructor training in Sri Lanka with Dive-Careers.com

Perfect solution

I discovered Dive Careers when the IDC I was preparing to attend elsewhere was cancelled. A quick internet search led me to the IDC in Sri Lanka. The sign up was simple and from the very beginning Mark was very professional and supportive with the theory preparation.
The IDC was very smooth and was conducted in a relax but informative manner and the candidates were able to see each other develop daily with each practice lesson we delivered.
I felt very confident going into the IE and the results for each candidate were very high.
I would definitely recommend the company and Mark personally to anyone looking to complete their IDC.

 

Scubapro Seminar during our Sicily PADI IDC, Italy.

Sicily SCUBAPRO Seminar as part of Dive-Careers.com Italy IDC

On the 13th of October, 2016, during the IDC from dive-careers-europe.com, we had the honour to welcome SCUBAPRO Technical Director Gilbert de Coriolis at the ATAHOTEL Naxos Beach in Giardini-Naxos, Sicily, Italy. It was going to be a day full of passion for scuba dive equipment and brilliant tips for our PADI IDC-participants. SCUBAPRO Sales Director of EMEA Gianluca Bugli and Area Manager Federico Garaventa also attended, adding a marketing perspective to an incredible dive equipment seminar.

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Aperitivo Sicily style during the Scubapro seminar on our Sicily IDC, Italy.

From 09.00am in the morning we could fasten our seatbelts, in a few minutes we were blown away by the passion and enthusiasm that Gilbert spread throughout the conference room about the developments of scuba diving regulators in the last 50 years and the technology behind it. Gilbert took us on his journey, taking us from piston and diaphragm first stages, to a precise explanation of the differences between unbalanced, balanced and overbalanced first stages. Holding different parts of first stages in our hands, showing the newest models and listening to explanations about several second stages, we were taken on a journey through regulator development. Terms like ‘inhalation effort’, ‘instant flow’ and ‘hydrostatic pressure’ were explained clearly in a relaxed, passionate manner.  Gilbert also shared with us the new innovations and developments at SCUBAPRO that continue to maintain that initial company goal, to have the safest and the best dive equipment on the market.

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Gilbert from Scubapro inspiring the IDC candidates on our Sicily IDC

It was a fantastic way to integrate an equipment seminar into the PADI IDC of dive-careers-europe.com, dive-careers.com and Sea Spirit Diving Resort. As a dive instructor, you should have a strong working knowledge of dive equipment.  The SCUBAPRO seminars integrated into www.dive-careers.com PADI Instructor Development programmes, ensure our instructors attain that thorough understanding of dive equipment. With the team from SCUBAPRO, our Sicily instructor candidates gained a unique opportunity to increase their dive equipment knowledge and will definitely explain things better to their students and divers in the future with advice on buying equipment and how to take care of it. For more information about equipment workshops during our PADI IDC, please contact Mark Soworka (mark@dive-careers.com) or Cilla Lentz (info@seaspiritdivingtaormina.it).

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Scubapro, PADI, Sea Spirit and Dive-Careers.com staff enjoying the beauty of Giardini-Naxos Sicily, Italy

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

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