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Looking for advice on IDC/Tech training and working in Thailand for a year

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by GTRio, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. GTRio

    GTRio Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Vancouver, BC
    34
    0
    I am planning a trip to Thailand for next year and would like to start off with an IDC internship that would hopefully lead to work for the rest of the year, either with the same company or elsewhere. I have started taking decompression courses and would like to further my technical training as well and potentially earn a Tech Instructor certification so this is a concideration.

    I would like some advice/recommendations/feedback/warnings? of dive instructor training operations and locations in Thailand from either owners or past students.

    I am considering Phuket as a location and looking at a couple websites of training centers there but haven't been able to find much feedback on them.

    I welcome comments here or PMs to keep things civilized.

    Thanks in advance.
    Brandon
     
  2. Bowmouth

    Bowmouth Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Phuket and South East Asia
    1,699
    62
  3. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    15,396
    8,190
    I'd recommend either of these tech centers, on Koh Tao. Both will arrange IDC for you.

    Jamie (PADI Course Director and DSAT Instructor Trainer) and Stuart operate the MV Trident, out of Koh Tao, and run DSAT and SSI tech courses. Their training includes a tech liveaboard trip :) Awesome guys, excellent training and mind-blowing dives! I did my DSAT Tech Deep Instructor course with Jamie - it was hardcore and excellently run.
    Tech Thailand: MV Trident Technical Diving & Expeditions Koh Tao Thailand Wreck Rebreather CCR Cavern & Cave Divers

    James (Kanada) runs also runs a great tech operation on Koh Tao. Former Royal Marine - he's got things running excellently there.
    BIG BLUE TECH | Advanced Technical Diver Training in Thailand
     
  4. ayeshacantrell

    ayeshacantrell Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
    323
    38
  5. Apecks

    Apecks Master Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Pattaya, Thailand
    285
    31
    I agree with James @ Big Blue Tech - very impressed with them when I did my solo course last week. Big PADI dive centre too so would not see a problem with your IDC :)
     
  6. ayeshacantrell

    ayeshacantrell Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Koh Tao, Thailand
    323
    38
  7. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: British Virgin Islands
    11,299
    10,728
    Former Royal Marine tec diving instructor - that just sounds terrifying.

    "Strap on those doubles, then drop and give me 20.... NOW!"

    :D
     
  8. jamiemac

    jamiemac Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: thailand
    307
    18
    There's a lot opf IDC centers here offering excellent training.

    I've got a bit snooty inthe last few years and concentrate on teh tec training and expeditions.

    There would be nothing stopping you coming to Koh Tao , doing your IDC and then continuing with me to do the tec. Unusally for the dive industry all teh CD's here get on very well, so we work well together

    Contact me for details jamie@techthailand.com

    Jamie
     
  9. jamiemac

    jamiemac Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: thailand
    307
    18
    He's turned into a bit of a fatty lately, so not as scary as you'd think.

    Saw him running down the beach the other day, I think a dog was chasing him.

    Jamie
     
  10. DevonDiver

    DevonDiver N/A

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Subic Bay, Philippines
    15,396
    8,190

    Yeah...it's more like "Strap on those sandals, then run to the bar and buy me 20.... NOW!"

    :rofl3:

    (just kidding Kanada...if you read this :wink:)
     

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