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PADI IDC & IE Recommendations

Discussion in 'Thinking of a Diving Career?' started by Gray125, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Gray125

    Gray125 New

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maldives
    Hi all

    My name is Gray and I am a dive master working abroad on the super yachts.

    I am after a bit of advice if anyone is able to help please, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Basically I want to further my diving knowledge and experience and do my IDC & IE (Perhaps a MSDT internship if there is a center that offers it and its possible to do within my time frame of say 2-2.5 months for everything as I have to return back to work at some stage)

    Please could you give me suggestions on where you would consider to the best place to do this and why ? I am happy to travel anywhere and everywhere. So far Ko Tao in Thailand has been suggested as it is very busy but I know from experience that the diving is not all that great there and I would like the best of both.

    I have read up on the Gili Islands and that looks really good so far, opinions ?

    I look forward to reading your suggestions

    Thanks for the help

  2. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California
    If the US is a possibility for you, Rainbow Reef IDC in Key Largo, FL offers a very enjoyable program that can indeed accomodate your progression to MSDT. Good guys; enthusiastic instructors; dorm lodging on-site.
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  3. leebutler

    leebutler Course Director

    If you would like to visit the Philippines I'd be happy to work out a package for you. Check us out at www.savedra.com, drop me a line at lee@savedra.com if I can help.
    Gray125 likes this.
  4. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    I hope you find an IDC where all skills are to be performed midwater. Rick Gaskill in Guam does this.
  5. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Marshall Islands and Westminster, Co
    I am a Master Instructor and just finished auditing Rainbow Reef's IDC and training programs in Key Largo. When I was looking for a program to audit, Rainbow Reef was recommended to me by three different Course Directors in all parts of the U.S., including my sales rep from PADI HQ. All of them were right and I could not say enough good things about them. I like how they treated their candidates. I like the instruction, advice and mentoring they provided. I like their post IDC training program. They train more divers in the US than any other dive center in the region (expect for Sandals and they have eight resorts but I am pretty sure they just do OW and a few lower level courses). So I would think it would be conceivable to do the IDC, IE, MSDT Prep and certified enough divers to make MSDT in about a month or so...but you need to talk with them. I think so much the the course directors at Rainbow Reef I would send my daughter to them for an IDC.

    Good luck.
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  6. Bubble Junky

    Bubble Junky Course Director

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: In paradise...
    I run IDC at PADI CDC All 4 Diving in Phuket - feel free to email me if you would like further information - gopro@all4diving.com
  7. GoProHonduras

    GoProHonduras Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Bay Islands, Honduras
    Hi Gray,

    We schedule an IDC each month, with an MSDT internship that helps you gain the practical experience. Feel free to check our site www.utiladivecenter.com or email me direct on gopro@utiladivecenter.com for more info.
  8. Subway Watersports

    Subway Watersports Registered

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras
    Hi Gray,

    We offer monthly Instructor and MSDT internships here on Roatan, the Bay Islands of Honduras. We have a very busy program with a friendly and professional team to guide you through the courses and training. Our packages are all inclusive and include accommodation, meals, equipment rental and much more! Feel free to contact us at info@subwaywatersports.com for more details and best of luck in your search for the perfect program for you!
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Hi @Gray125

    My wife and I just returned from a week staying at Turquoise Bay and diving with Subway Watersports. While we were there, we met several DM candidates, a couple of instructor candidates, and one of their instructors. We had a couple DM candidates dive off our boat on two occasions. I was very favorably impressed by the programs and their resources. The resort and the operator are quite busy. The diving was not spectacular, but it was quite good.

    Best of luck and good diving,

  10. Oldbear

    Oldbear Teaching Neutral Diving

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Marshall Islands and Westminster, Co
    I did my Divemaster program with Utila Dive Center and I watched their IDC as I did my DM program. I was very impressed with their school as well.

    If you are looking for something in Honduras...Andy's program is by far one the the premier programs in the world. This is evident by how often in the industry you see Andy's name pop up.

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