Reaching the top: PADI Course Director!
Sometime we wonder how things could get better! Diving on Koh Tao is doing really good, Bas became a Course Director 2 years ago and last month, Marie achieved the same amazing goal by also becoming a PADI Course Director.
What does it means? It simply means that she can now share a strong diving experience and her 10 years in the industry by making you diving instructors. In English of course, but also in French as it’s her first language and in Arabic! She has already been working on Instructor Development Course for long time, but she can now teach the entire program herself. Here on Koh Tao, but also in India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. You can contact us on the email@example.com when ever you want for more information.
But for now, let’s have a look at what was involved before and during the Course Director program or as many call it, the CDTC KK 2015!
Applying for Course Director is not as simple as it sound. It involves a lot of documents, a marketing plan, recommendation letters, resume, years of experiences, phone interview and basically all what a person would need to show and proof that PADI should choose her/him rather then another person.
Marie had a strong business and her years of experience in the industry made her shining above others.
On the 17th of March, she was at the Shangri-La resort and Spa in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, ready to start the training which made her today Course Director, the highest teaching level an individual can reach in the PADI system.
Along with 41 others candidates coming from all over the world and the PADI staff, it has been an amazing 9 days.
The course involved the same skills simulation as in an IDC (Instructor Development Course), but during these presentations, Course Director candidates have to evaluate the Instructor and match the scores of the PADI staff. Perfect environment for it, the pool of the resort is only one more piece of paradise on the spot.
Of course, the training also involves time in classroom during which the staff offers lectures to the candidates. Project AWARE, Risk, Quality Management, Evaluation workshop, Marketing, and many others presentations to use and remember for the new job as a Course Director.
And it was also our turn to get in the front of the classroom to show how we could present IDC lectures. Being evaluated is always a bit stressful and it make you realizing again the stress that IDC candidates can have on their presentations. Marie has been staffing a dozen of IDC’s before enrolling in the CD course. This background has been very useful for her and once again, finding her self in front of classroom always give her a good feeling. Little monkey jumping around during her presentation!
Before some of the confined presentation, the staff also offered Rescue workshop to ensure that the future CD candidates will teach their IDC’s in a proper way.
Having to evalute 41 candidates means of course that different groups had to be formed. Let us introduce you to the yellow team in which Marie was! Coming from different background and speaking different languages, Knut (Norway), Philippe (belgium), Scott (USA), Ahmed (Bahrein), Jan (Netherlands) and Marie (Canada) worked together along the course.
Of course, we had the chance to go out for Open Water presentation and evaluation. Leaving the resort in direction to Mamutik Island was a nice way to disconnect from the rest a bit. Spending a day on this Island was excellent. Presentation in the morning followed lunch and one more presentation in the afternoon before heading back to the resort has been excellent. Only one thing…water temperature! 23 degrees is too cold for someone who has worked in 29 degrees water temperature since many years! Oh well, we had to deal with it anyway!!!
Marie had the chance to be joined by 2 others candidates/friends she knew well already. Silvano and Neil, both working in Thailand as well, also got accepted on the course. Having them over there was absolutely amazing. Living this experience with these 2 fellas was a present! Silvano is also back on Koh Tao and Neil is back on Koh Panghan to both start as well their career as Course Directors.
It would take way to long to give you more details about the course, but there is one thing for sure, it has been a lifetime experience. It’s something BIG! We don’t know how to put it in different words. Up and down, same roller coaster that IDC candidates go through, but at a different level. The people Marie met, the contact that now has every where around the world and all the training was simply perfect. In fact, she would start over again tomorrow if she could.
The minute you enter the classroom on the first morning, you know there is something going on, something really good!!!
Thanks to the PADI staff Thomas and Colin from PADI Asia Pacific and Suzanne, Eric, Alan, James and Johnny from PADI Europe and PADI America who made it happening, but thanks to all the candidates who were selected like Marie in between many other applicant.