PADI IDC in Thailand – September 2017

Become a PADI dive instructor in Thailand…

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Join our award-winning team for an IDC that goes above and beyond the minimum training requirements. Conducted by a Platinum PADI Course Director at a PADI CDC training facility – insist on the best !


Excellent facilities, including an on-site 4m deep training pool and comfortable a/c classroom with Wi-Fi. Accommodation is available with a/c, fridge, television, and private bathroom.


Includes three Specialty Instructor ratings:

  • Enriched Air Diver Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Dive Against Debris Instructor


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If you are looking to gain your IDC Staff InstructorIDC Staff Instructor rating, or working towards becoming a PADI Master Instructor or Course Director, please ask about the opportunities and programmes we offer to assist you in reaching your professional goals.

Dive Theory For PADI IDC

So you’ve decided to become a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor !  Well, it must be time to start studying then !

But what should you study ?  You will be expected to arrive at the beginning of your IDC programme already well-versed in dive theory.  At some point during the IDC, and again at the IE, you will have to pass the dive theory exams.  You will examined on Physics, Physiology, The RDP & Decompression Theory, Equipment and Dive Skills & The Environment.


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Physics is fun !

These subjects are touched upon during the PADI Divemaster course, but to become an instructor, you need to take your knowledge of these subjects to a higher level.  PADI’s Diving Knowledge Workbook is an excellent study tool for this.  The workbook is split into the five sections, and guides you to read specific sections of PADI’s Encyclopaedia Of Recreational Diving before tackling questions on that area of the theory.


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You can also visit the Go Pro In Paradise website and check out the useful ‘study tools‘ section.  Here you will find downloadable revision notes for each of the five dive theory subjects.  You will also find links to three videos there.  The videos are there to help you learn the three knots that you will also be expected to know prior to the start of your PADI IDC programme (the same three you learnt during your PADI Divemaster course…).

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The Bowline

If you would like to know more about becoming a PADI Instructor in paradise, please feel free to e-mail and ask any questions that you might have…

New 2014 PADI Instructor Manual

The New PADI Instructor Manual is available !

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The updated 2014 version of the PADI Instructor Manual is available for download from the PADI Pros website.  Log-n to the Pros site, and then hover the mouse over ‘Training essentials’, then click on ‘Digital Instructor Manual’.  Make sure you’re teaching the latest standards, so download the latest version today !  At present the new manual is available in the following languages – English, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and French, with other languages to follow…

If you are not yet an instructor, but would like to be, visit our website to learn how you can make your dream a reality.  Or you can simply e-mail us for further information…


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New year, new career ?

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Well, I hope everybody had a fantastic Christmas and New Year, and that 2014 is a great year too !  2013 was a busy year for IDCs on Koh Phi Phi and Koh Lanta, and some great times were had.  My IDC candidates’ 100% first time pass-rate is still in tact, and I hope some of you can come and help me extend that throughout the coming year too…

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Two happy new PADI Instructors !


Our next PADI IDC will be taking place on Koh Phi Phi at Phi Phi Barakuda, and will start on January 30th.  If there’s anyone contemplating becoming a PADI Instructor, there’s still time and spaces on this IDC.  Please e-mail me at for further information.

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We have plenty of other IDCs planned throughout 2014 too.  Why not take a look at our IDC schedule to see if there are any dates that would suit your plans.  If there’s anything you would like tom know about making the step to become a PADI Pro, either at Divemaster or Instructor level, please feel free to drop me an e-mail on

Have a great 2014 everybody !

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The current IDC on Koh Phi Phi is in full swing…

We’ve reached the half-way point of the current PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.  All the candidates are progressing very well, and have been recording some excellent scores along the way.  We still have another week to polish the presentations before the PADI Examiner comes to Phi Phi for the Instructor Examinations, and then it will be time to celebrate…

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Knowledge Development Presentations


The IDC started with a three-day ‘Prep Course’, when we practised some skill circuits and theory exams.  We also ran some Rescue and Search & Recovery Workshops to make sure the candidates’ were comfortable with everything that could feature in the Instructor Examinations.

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Skill Circuit


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Rescue Workshop


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Search & Recovery Workshop


Over the next few days we starting looking at how to deliver classroom and in-water teaching presentations, and everybody has performed exceedingly well, with some very high scores achieved.

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Excellent scores from Confined Water presentations…


Today is the half-way point, and the candidates excellent efforts have been rewarded with a ‘study day’, and then tomorrow we’re back in the classroom to continue the course.  Over the next few days we will be seeing some more teaching presentations from the candidates, and well as teaching some more workshops designed to help the candidates operate as confident and capable instructors in the ‘real world’ after certification.

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C.E.S.A. Workshop


The next PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi is scheduled to begin on September 23rd.  if you too would like to make the step up and become a PADI SCUBA diving instructor, and swap your office for the ocean, then get in touch via our contact form, or by sending an e-mail, and we can let you know how the process works…

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Upcoming PADI IDC Courses in Thailand

The end of 2013 is already edging nearer.  And high season on the west coast of Thailand is even closer.  So this is the perfect time to come and take your PADI IDC in Thailand with Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Reardon.

PADI IDC Thailand Koh Phi Phi Koh Lanta

The next IDC is only a few days away, but we have another three IDCs scheduled after this one on Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.  With high season just around the corner too, it is a great time to take your IDC as employment opportunities are very good.  Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi both have a high season running from November through to May and there will be large numbers of students passing through just waiting to explore the beauty hidden beneath the Andaman Sea.

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Five happy new PADI instructors


The diving from these two beautiful islands is ideal for the novice diver, and a great place to begin teaching.  Water temperatures hover close to 30° year round, visibility averages 20m, the currents are mild and the marine life exquisite.

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Leopard shark at Shark Point


So, if you’re looking to ‘Go Pro In Paradise‘ and change your lifestyle to become a PADI diving instructor, use our contact form or send us an e-mail for further information on how you can exchange your office for the ocean…


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The June PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi is done and dusted…

We have just completed another successful PADI IDC/IE in paradise.  The IDC held at 5★ IDC Centre Phi Phi Barakuda in Thailand has been fun, and following the IE, we now have another three PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors in our midst…

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Three happy new instructors !


The IDC began on June 3rd, and after a few days of ‘prep course’ got into full swing.  We had lots of fun both in the classroom and in the water.  After a few skill circuits and rescue practises, Darrius, Annika and Laurie were ready to deliver some teaching presentations of their own…

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Teaching in Confined Water…


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Teaching Knowledge Development presentations…


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Knot-tying in Open Water…


Throughout the IDC, and indeed the IE, the candidates recorded some very impressive scores.  And now they can relax in the knowledge that all the hard work has paid off, and can concentrate on getting their first students underwater…

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The happy new instructors smiling after the final water session…


Next up we will be undertaking some PADI Specialty Instructor training.  All three candidates will be completing MSDT Prep to become qualified to teach five PADI Specialty courses.  We will be training in AWARE Shark Conservation, Digital Underwater photography, Deep, Nitrox and AWARE Fish IDC specialties.

If you too would like to swap your office for the ocean and become a PADI SCUBA diving instructor, then e-mail me or use our contact form for further information. My next PADI IDC will be starting on June 27th in conjunction with 5★ IDC Centre Phi Phi Barakuda

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‘End Of Season’ Special !!!

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Special ‘end of season’ offer – FREE MSDT Prep !


To celebrate a great high season, we will be running a special offer for the next PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi, Thailand.  The next course will be starting on June 3rd in conjunction with PADI 5 Star IDC Centre Phi Phi Barakuda.  For this course only, all candidates will receive free MSDT Prep training (usually 20,000 Thai Baht) in five Specialty areas for FREE ! (PADI application fees still apply though)

The MSDT Prep involves in-water training with Platinum PADI Course Director Richard Reardon for five PADI Specialty courses.  When you complete PADI Specialty Instructor training with a Course Director, you can start teaching these courses as soon as you have teaching status following the IE.

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Wreck Specialty Instructor Training in Koh Phi Phi


You can choose which Specialty Instructor ratings you’d like to be able to teach from the list below:

  • Enriched Air Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Deep Diver Instructor
  • AWARE Shark Conservation Distinctive Instructor
  • AWARE Fish ID Instructor
  • Drift Diver Instructor
  • Wreck Specialist Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photography Instructor
  • Search & Recovery Instructor
  • Underwater Navigator Instructor
  • Underwater Naturalist Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Boat Diver Instructor
  • Multilevel Diver Instructor
  • Reef Shark Awareness Distinctive Instructor
  • SMB Diver Instructor

To take advantage of this special offer, please get in touch with us stating that you heard about this offer here.  You can e-mail or use our contact form

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Fancy a change of lifestyle…?

Live The Dream – Make The Ocean Your Office !!

PADI IDC , Koh Lanta, Tao, Phi Phi, Phuket, Thailand, Pulau Weh, Lumba Lumba, Indonesia, Richard Reardon Course Director
How do you get to work ?


Imagine a job where you actually look forward to work. Lead a life others fantasise about. Sailing into incredible sunsets could be the rule not the exception. The commute to work could be as easy as a ten minute boat ride or a stroll down the beach. Work becomes an adventure in itself. While experiencing new cultures and lifestyles, you’ll be surrounded by people who are always happy. When you take people diving all day, everyone’s happy. It’s not all fun and games in paradise, but the rewards are well worth the effort.

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It’s a hard life…


The first step is the PADI Open Water Diver course. This is the most widely recognized and respected rating in the world and on attaining it you have the freedom to dive with a buddy independent of a professional.

PADI Open Water Course: It all starts in a pool…


After completing five more adventure dives you achieve the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver rating which will give you more experience, make you feel more comfortable in the water and let you enjoy your diving even more.

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PADI Advanced Open Water Course: Learning to navigate…


The Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care courses are pre-requisites for the PADI Rescue Diver course but more importantly gives you basic life saving and first aid skills that could be beneficial in everyday life.

Emergency First Response: CPR & First Aid


The PADI Rescue Diver course is both rewarding and fun. Rescue Divers learn to look beyond themselves and consider the well-being and safety of others. Although serious, this course is an enjoyable way to build your confidence.

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The PADI Rescue Diver Course: Serious Fun


The PADI Divemaster course is your first step on the professional ladder. Working closely with instructors you will expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as well as developing your leadership abilities by learning to supervise dive activities and to assist instructors with student divers.

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PADI Divemaster Skill Circuit: Learning to demonstrate skills…


The first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the PADI Assistant Instructor course where you’ll gain additional experience as a PADI professional and start to learn the PADI system of diver education.

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The PADI IDC: Learning how to teach…


Continuing with the IDC leads you into the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program which is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating earns respect from both students and peers and sets you apart from the crowd.

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The PADI IDC: Learning how to correct problems…


PADI Instructors do things others can only dream about. If you want to live an extraordinary life e-mail me for further information…

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Go Pro In Paradise !!


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July’s PADI IDC & IE In Thailand…

Happy new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors…

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Following July’s PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi and the Instructor Examinations in Phuket, we now have three new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and a new PADI IDC Staff Instructor !!  Sarah and Andy from England, and Miki from China all did very well during their course and passed the examination process with ease.  Nick, also from China, completed his IDC Staff Instructor course during this IDC too…

Sarah teaching in the classroom…


Miki practising rescues, as Nick watches on…


Andy demonstrating in Confined Water…


After a fun-filled IDC on Koh Phi Phi and lots of hard work from the candidates, the Instructor Exams in Phuket went swimmingly well.  The IE started with everyone’s favourite section – the Written Exams !  All the candidates were very happy to see the end of these exams, and were all smiling after passing this section with no problems.  The following day we headed off to the swimming pool in the morning for the Confined Water section.  Again, there were no problems here, with all candidates recording very high scores.  Following the Knowledge Development presentations that afternoon, we were just left with the Open Water presentations for the final day, and then it was time to celebrate…

One happy instructor…


And another one…


And a third !!!


And let’s not forgot Nick who did an excellent job throughout his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course

Nick evaluating in Confined Water…


If you too would like to follow in the footsteps and Andy, Sarah and Miki and change your life, then e-mail me for further details.  Also if you’d like to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, feel free to ask for more details…


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