So…… What happened in the Philippines so far this year???
To start with there is SO MUCH is going on in DIVE CAREERS…WHOOP!!
First I would like to congratulate Marie and Arnaud with an upcoming event hahaha. Marie is going to have a little break because she is about to run her private MCDTC that is new but means Mini Course Director Development Training Course back in Canada but she will be missed.
El Nido is a truly magical place, with beautiful limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and a great marine bio-diversity. Stunning scenery, great dives and a genuinely friendly atmosphere in Deep Blue Seafari Dive center make it an ideal location for the Dive Instructor course.
The view from the beach of our El Nido IDC
March 2016 saw our first IDC In El Nido. Only a couple of candidates, Sean and Chris, made a great little course. Allowed us to even schedule to meet Seans special needs. Guess they had a great time judging by their reviews on Scubatribe
"Scenery that cant be beaten and staff that were amazingly helpful and friendly made for a great experience during my IDC. The guys at Deep Blue Seafari made me feel like a part of their shop family and did everything they could to make my time there as easy as possible. The shop, their boats, the staff, everything was 5 stars. Mark the course director wasn't bad either. :) All in all a fantastic place to do an IDC." Chris.
"What a great experience! The owners and staff could not do enough to make our stay and learning experience there as great as possible. The diving was awesome with deep blue seafaris many dive trips and saw many critters and flambouyant cuttlefish on night dives but now need to return for some more caves after a taster!" Sean.
I also had a great experience. El Nido, for me, was like a trip back to Koh Tao in the mid 90's. Felt like a 20 year old backpacker again. Evan shared a house with the IDC candidates. That helped ensure Chris would make it home after the beach. We managed to intermingle the IDC presentations with some good restaurants and chilled little beach bars, an excellent, relaxed atmosphere facilitated by the incredibly helpful staff and owners of Deep Blue Seafari Dive Center. And, importantly, resulted in the guys getting great results in the Instructor Exam and feeling confident to get out and work inthe industry as dive instructors.
My trip to El Nido was also a great opportunity to catch up with candidates from previous IDCs in Thaialnd and Philippines. Even got visits from former divemaster candidates from years ago, with a social call from Tamara. Excellent to see our candidates making a success of the dive industry, Tom getting into some interesting conservation projects in Palawan and Pauline and Simon running a great video training company in El Nido.
Some of the marine life during your presentations on your El Nido IDC
I would like to thank Diana and Jose from Deep Blue Seafari for having the vision to bring PADI instructor courses to El Nido and for making it such a relaxed and enjoyable experience. As they say:
"We like our guest and students to feel like part of our family. We focus on quality customer service, quality equipment, very professional training and safety."
Sean practicing rescue Ex 7 during the El Nido IDC
As the Course Director I had a great experience and so did the candidates. Dive-Careers.com looks forward to continuing to develop the IDCs on El Nido with Deep Blue Seafari. For 2016 we have 4 IDCs scheduled and look forward to a successful IDC future in Palawan, Philippines.
Confined water during the El Nido IDC. Such a specatcular setting