Alyssa Mitchell - PADI IDC Staff Instructor, January 2022
Walking along the beach during the Sri Lanka IDC
As someone who loves to dive and travel and with a fair amount of obstacles on the path, qualifying as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor was the most enriching experiences for me. Currently working as a PADI Instructor, my aim is to inspire and develop fresh talent around the globe.
In my latest gig, I've had the opportunity to staff an Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Poseidon Dive Station in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. Hikkaduwa offers clean beaches, clear waters, coral gardens and remains a favourite water sports destination among tourists and divers. This opportunity was offered in collaboration with Mark Soworka - the world's most successful PADI Course Director.
I want to convey a big congratulations to our participants Andersyn, Gabby and Prithvi from India, our awesome French couple, Nolwenn and William; and of course, our Sri Lankan locals, Dayan, Udeesha, Shanaka and Luis a.k.a "Luuuie" all the way from Portugal! Well done on your accomplishments boys and girl!
IDC SRI LANKA GROUP PHOTO
IDC SRI LANKA OPEN WATER PRESENTATIONS
IDC PADI INSTRUCTOR T-SHIRT
We had an absolute blast both in and outside of the classroom. Prithvi and Saju shared their magical gift for capturing photos of spectacular sunsets on the beach, while Andersyn and Gabby, with their flamboyant personalities, managed to keep Luis giggling throughout the course. They made him blush every so often and I secretly thought it was rather cute.
Shanaka, who was also dubbed, "The Karaoke King", managed to get Udeesha out of his shell; excuse the pun. He surprised us by being silently violent with the local “Arak attack” whilst jamming along confidently to the sound of drums beating on the beach. Meanwhile, Dayan repeated for the 170th time, “I have a question”.
Our French couple, William and Nolwenn, better known as "Smiles for miles", were absolute bundles of joy. They diligently searched for William's wallet, t-shirt, and shoes after a very successful Instructor Exam (IE) party that was loaded with well-deserved celebrations!
Below we have our brand new instructors on the day of their final Instructor Examination. The students cruised through their exams after a lot of dedication and late nights in the classroom for the past 14 days. Well done!'