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Doing your PADI IDC – is it worth the investment?

Doing your PADI IDC – is it worth the investment?

Starting your PADI IDC journey Are you a passionate diver dreaming of turning your love for the underwater world into a career? Becoming a PADI instructor could be the adventure of a lifetime. To become an instructor you'll need to complete the PADI IDC (Instructor...

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Surprising Pufferfish

Surprising Pufferfish

There are lots of unusual fish to spot on a dive and the bumbling Pufferfish and Porcupinefish are definitely among them. With their quirky appearance and clumsy swimming style, they captivate the imagination of scuba divers worldwide. There are many things to...

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Risk management: Situational Awareness

Risk management: Situational Awareness

Diving instructor is the best job in the world but it does come with some responsibility. Taking people scuba diving for the very first time does involve some risks. For instructors, it is important to be able to manage those risks. In my IDC I try to do much more...

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Fascinating triggerfish

Fascinating triggerfish

It’s the time of the year again on the west side of Thailand, that triggerfish are reproducing and defending their nests. This territorial behaviour makes triggerfish quite “unpopular” with many divers. Taking a closer look however, reveals many fascinating facts...

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9 Reasons to become a PADI Instructor in the Philippines

9 Reasons to become a PADI Instructor in the Philippines

Starting the journey to become a PADI instructor is an exciting decision. You have an adventure ahead of you in which you can get loads of new experiences, explore many amazing dive sites and meet interesting people. There are many reasons to choose the Philippines as...

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Teaching mask clearing

Teaching mask clearing

As a PADI Pro, you get to witness anticipation turned into passion and fear changed into courage! Helping novice divers conquer tricky skills can be extremely rewarding and is one of the reasons why I love being a dive instructor. Let's dive into a skill that is tough...

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PADI IDC in Bali – October 2023

PADI IDC in Bali – October 2023

Another awesome IDC in Bali completed! This time with an all German group of candidates at Joe's Gone Diving in Sanur.We had a great time in the pool where we practiced teaching open water course skills and Rescue course skills. We completed the open water section on...

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PADI IDC in Moalboal – September 2023

PADI IDC in Moalboal – September 2023

It was great to do the September IDC in Moalboal with Savedra diving center!With 4 candidates (2 of them local) and an IDC Staff Instructor we had an awesome team.Here are the pictures:

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Where to find scuba instructors jobs online

Where to find scuba instructors jobs online

Finding PADI Instructor jobs I always tell PADI Instructors that the best way to land a job is just to go to the location where you want to work and have a chat with the local dive centers. Of course that is not always possible. If you are sitting on your couch and...

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Great first PADI IDC in Bali

Great first PADI IDC in Bali

Already more than 2 years ago I came to an agreement with Joe's Gone Diving to organize PADI IDC's in Bali. Because of the pandemic, it took until this July before it actually happened.Now, the tourism in Bali is back to normal and it was actually quite busy, even if...

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Top reasons to do your PADI IDC in Bali

Top reasons to do your PADI IDC in Bali

If you're thinking about becoming a PADI Instructor and you are looking for a place to do your IDC, Bali should be at the top of your list. This Indonesian paradise offers many great reasons to choose it as your training destination. Here are 8 reasons why Bali is the...

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10 things you didn’t know about scorpionfish

10 things you didn’t know about scorpionfish

Scorpionfish are related to other fish in the family Scorpaenidae, which includes over 400 species of fish. Some of the most well-known and closely related fish in this family include scorpionfish, lionfish, and stonefish. All of these fish are characterized by their...

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What is the best place to work as a diving instructor?

What is the best place to work as a diving instructor?

New PADI instructors often ask me "What is the best country to work in as a diving instructor?"I cannot determine the "best" place to work as a diving instructor, as it ultimately depends on your personal preferences and priorities.I am happy to share what I know...

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New Dive against Debris Specialty

New Dive against Debris Specialty

We have added a new option to our PADI MSDT program. You can now choose to become an AWARE Dive against Debris specialty instructor. Becoming an "Aware dive against debris" specialty instructor is a great way to share your passion for scuba diving while making a...

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Why “PADI Instructor” looks great on your CV

Why “PADI Instructor” looks great on your CV

Becoming a PADI instructor after finishing college allows you to travel the planet and work in tropical locations for a few years. You may wonder if your experience as a diving instructor will help you to find a job in the corporate world. How does PADI instructor...

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Thoughts about the quality of dive training

Thoughts about the quality of dive training

A recent survey from Scubanomics showed that less than 50 percent of newly certified divers feel “ready to dive with a buddy” at the end of their course. Of course, this makes you think about the quality of the training provided. I wondered what the numbers were for...

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Swapping the Office for the Ocean

Swapping the Office for the Ocean

Are you getting tired of your 9 to 5 office job? Thinking about a change of career? Here are the stories of 3 PADI Pros who were once in your shoes, sitting behind a desk and excelling in corporate life. They made the decision to swap their office suit for a wetsuit,...

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45 day visa exemption for Thailand

45 day visa exemption for Thailand

Thailand has reopened its borders, and if you’ve been planning to travel to Thailand in the next coming months, we have good news. Travellers from more than 50 countries can now visit Thailand 45 days on a ‘visa on arrival’.  Previously, travellers from 64 countries...

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New! IDC in Bali

New! IDC in Bali

We are extremely happy to announce that Asia Scuba Instructors with Dutch Course Director Marcel Jansen will also plan to teach IDC's in Bali starting from next year. The PADI IDC's in Bali will be organized together with one of the best rated dive centers in Bali;...

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Travel to Phuket in 2022

Travel to Phuket in 2022

Thailand full reopening announced Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced plans to allow fully vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries to enter the kingdom without quarantine from Nov 1. Details of the plans and a full list of countries that will...

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New PADI job board

New PADI job board

Finding PADI Instructor jobs The PADI Job board has always been one of the more reliable places to find diving instructor jobs.The interface was very outdated (like the rest of the PADI Pro site) but PADI is working hard to improve things.Recently PADI has completely...

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Travel to Phuket on ‘Sandbox’

Travel to Phuket on ‘Sandbox’

Traveling to Phuket under the 'Sandbox' model Since 1 July, vaccinated foreign tourists are allowed to travel to Phuket without quarantine requirements, under the “Phuket Sandbox” model. Here is an overview of how things work and some useful links for planning your...

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Phuket sandbox Bangkok transit

Phuket sandbox Bangkok transit

Edit 8 July: For now, entering Phuket under the Sandbox model requires a direct flight to Phuket. Transits in Bangkok are not (yet) allowed.Until now I assumed that the Phuket Sandbox plan required a direct flight to Phuket. Only a few airlines announced that they...

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Thailand reopening plan approved

Thailand reopening plan approved

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has confirmed Thailand’s readiness to reopen to vaccinated foreign tourists without quarantine requirements, starting with the “Phuket Sandbox” model from 1 July. The plan was approved by the Centre for COVID-19 Situation...

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