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Going Pro - Where to do it?

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by BeerMonkey, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. BeerMonkey

    BeerMonkey Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: UK
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    Hi Y'all,

    I'm currently looking into IDC sites around the world to step up to PADI Staff Instructor and wanted to know if you had any recommendations on where is "best" and why you chose to do your IDC etc there instead of somewhere else.

    Currently enamoured of Koh Tao, but which IDC to choose from? Or, should I go somewhere else???

    Seems like every IDC is "the best" - makes it almost impossible to decide, real world feedback from folks who have actually been there would be very welcome.

    Ta,

    BeerMonkey
     
  2. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think most would tell you to do it wherever you plan on being so that you have some experience in the area and have made some amount of in roads with the other shops/professionals in the area.
     
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  3. FlyinV

    FlyinV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I wrote a little report about my IDC experience - http://nwdivers.me/blog/padi-idc-at-buddy-dive-in-bonaire/

    I've also heard the IDC class is finally getting a complete make over after DEMA this year.
    Sorely needed -- While the classes thru PADI have been pushing elearning the IDC has been still focusing alot on the traditional methods for teaching the classes. Now while a lot of this still translates when working with students they did need to explain more how the elearning process should work.
     
  4. Bubble Junky

    Bubble Junky Course Director

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    Location: In paradise...
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  5. Seaweed Doc

    Seaweed Doc Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA
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    Where did you do your OWSI IDC, and why not go there again?
     
  6. BeerMonkey

    BeerMonkey Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: UK
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    I'm planning on travelling and using my qualifications as a means of topping up on cash by offering courses, speciality marketing to and for "older divers", disabled divers and special needs divers.
     
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  7. BeerMonkey

    BeerMonkey Angel Fish

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    Location: UK
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    Great advice, I guess the thing to do is have a phone interview with the CD and see if I like what they have to say before committing. Mostly they ALL seem to be simply really nice people.... tough choice eh? Choose nice person A in beautiful location A or nice person B in beautiful location B!!
     
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  8. BeerMonkey

    BeerMonkey Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: UK
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    I'm in the UK... which for the uninitiated means I want to do my course in warm water, not dressed like an Orca!! Relaxing by a beach at the end of the day with a cold beer, instead of hot tea and trying to recover from hyporthermia!
     
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  9. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That sounds great and I hope you can make it work.
     
  10. Shawn Wakefield

    Shawn Wakefield Garibaldi

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    I have been actually looking to do my IDC in Koh Tao. Bought tickets for March 2020 today! I found Sairee Cottage Diving I liked what I read and saw. I was about to ask any for a suggestions and opinions also when I came across your post. Check out www.saireedivingcottage.com .... Seems like the CD is extremely professional, personable, friendly, and seems to know how to have fun while doing so.

    I would love to hear your thoughts on the place if you take a gander,

    Thanks
     

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