Very frequently, I get the question; “why should I do the PADI Instructor Development Course on Koh Tao? What is it, that is different to some of the other IDC courses?”
The second most common question I hear is; “why do Diving courses differ if they are based on a system with standards that should be equal everywhere you go?”
To answer these two questions let’s have a look at the basics. PADI, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, is the largest of all Dive organizations. PADI helps more people to learn how to scuba dive than any other dive operation in the world. PADI has designed many diving courses from beginner to diving instructor. To preserve quality and safety, PADI created general “Standards and Procedures” to ensure worldwide consistency in teaching recreational diving courses, divemaster courses and scuba diving instructor courses.
So if there are general standards then why are there still differences in the quality of instructor development courses?
This has mainly to do with certain dive centers, like Sairee Cottage and many more that give way more quality, who put extra teaching in their IDC courses.
Sairee Cottage Diving is one of these frontrunners like many other others on Koh Tao… when it comes to quality, personal attention, extra lectures, real life teaching and so much more. This is one of the main reasons why so many people choose to do their IDC with us and other Dive Centers on Koh Tao, only the Best of the Best!
So why is the Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao in Thailand one of the perfect choices to do your PADI IDC?
Friendly Dive Center with no negative “Politics”:
First of all and most importantly is the friendly atmosphere at Sairee Cottage Diving. The Dive Resort is a medium sized dive center which concentrates on personal attention when teaching diving instructor Courses. Personal attention during an IDC is very important as this will affect the chance of passing the scuba instructor examination significantly, but what is also important is that we always have plenty of people to work together and make the IDC a fun experience. Sairee Cottage Diving also has a zero negative politics policy, which means that we don’t allow any negative talk about other dive professionals and dive centers for personal or business reasons. You will experience the lifestyle that we all want and dream of here!
One of the top priorities of Sairee Cottage Diving is the quality of our diving equipment and air compressor. The air compressor at Sairee Cottage Diving is a Bauer compressor, one of the best compressors in the world! Confidence should be the touchstone when choosing a breathing air compressor system. Pure breathing air is essential. The last thing you want to be concerned about is the quality of the air you are breathing when scuba diving on Koh Tao. Our leading design technology, coupled with stringent quality control, produces unsurpassed portable and stationary breathing air compressor systems that have been tested for safety and reliability. You can be confident each breath of air is the purest.
Scuba Diving Equipment:
During the IDC you can use our dive equipment for free at Sairee Cottage Diving. One of the biggest annoyances I have seen in the Dive industry is using old and or broken diving equipment. This is not only annoying but it also lowers the confidence level of the students and most importantly their safety. At Sairee Cottage we inspect all dive equipment daily and any even minor flaws will be repaired instantly. If the equipment starts to look old we replace it with brand new equipment as soon as possible. Having high quality dive equipment is a very important reason why people choose to learn the IDC with us.
Extra Lectures, Time and Information during the IDC:
When you teach the IDC in a minimum of 7 days you will have very long days and there is not much time for extra lectures and more repetition.
Some dive centers have realized this and adjusted their IDC programs to teach more than the minimum PADI standards. This brings a huge improvement to the quality of the IDC and produces much better dive instructors. I personally was very grateful to have taken my IDC with one of those Dive Schools.
We make sure at Sairee Cottage Diving that candidates will receive the most amount of teaching and information, to ensure their success in the highly competitive diving industry. We offer many extra lectures and have extended the existing lectures, concentrating on great attitude, risk management, the business and marketing of diving, positioning during skills and many Eco Marine Conservation lectures, supporting Project AWARE 100%
PADI CD Marcel van den Berg has taught over 4,500 students granting him lots of teaching experience, he now shares in the Sairee Cottage Diving IDC.
Being a successful diving instructor is widely up to the individual. It depends on many factors like where you want to work, your certification level, is there work available, how you are as a person, the languages you speak, etc. However, we know it’s not always easy to find work in diving and it often depends on having connections. For this reason Sairee Cottage Diving Koh Tao, offers a Job Placement service. Whilst we can’t guarantee work, we will do anything to help you the dream dive job.
Just remember the most important rules in deciding where to take your PADI Instructor Development Course: Shop around, check out many places, avoid the negativity, make the choice and you will have the best IDC experience ever on Koh Tao!