Bunaken, Indonesia, PADI Instructor Development Course

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Adventure called me through an unexpected phone call; yep, this is how the story begins…

Working as a Platinum Course Director for Dive-Careers is one of the most fantastic job you could think of. We do travel the world to teach people how to teach people how to blow bubbles underwater, yes, that’s it! We offer courses in Thailand (Koh Tao), India (Pondicherry and Andaman Islands), Philippines (Bohol and El Nido), Sri Lanka (Hikkaduwa and Trincomale), Sicily, South Africa (Durban) and this year we started in Indonesia where we will be offering IDCs in multiple locations such as Bunaken, Lembongan and Bali.

This is where my story begins: Indonesia!

On the 12th of February, 7pm, I received a phone call informing me that there was a last minute change in our plans due to passport issues (yes…things like that can easily happen when traveling the world!!). This is what I heard on the phone: “Marie, you need to leave Koh Tao in 2 hours, get on a boat, get on a plane and make it fast as you have to be in a bit more than 24 hours in classroom, in BUNAKEN, Indonesia, for an IDC”!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH (That was my reaction!)

It had to be done, despite the fact that I had to leave behind important people (and you know who you are!).

With some good help of someone who was trying to make me chilling a bit (let’s be honest…I was stressing a bit!), we got the ticket booked, I grabbed my suitcase and off I went.

Never thought that one day I would be running in an airport with Mark Soworka. Thank god he got in good shape over the last few months!

Koh Tao – Surrathani – Bangkok – Jakarta – Manado – Taxi to the Marina and boom, 24 hours later, the staff from Two Fish Divers were waiting for me. The last step of the trip was to board their transfer boat. Direction: Bunaken!

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Didn’t really know what to expect for our first IDC in Indonesia, but I know now that it went way beyond my expectations.

I’ve been welcomed and introduced to the Two Fish Divers efficiency right on arrival. It’s like being at home where even Mama cooks for you 3 times a day, where you walk 2 seconds from your bungalow to either jump in the pool or to the café to grab a nice cold Bintang. No need to go outside, you got it all right in front of your eyes.

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But hey! I wasn’t there for the food and the cold beer (even though, it was also very nice! Haha!), I was there for an IDC, which is why 1 hour after my arrival, I was jumping in the pool with the candidates for a Skill Circuit.

Right there, the laugh started and I knew that it was going to be a very nice 2 weeks with great company.

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IDC Candidates coming from Belgium, England, France, Indonesia and USA and two members of the Two Fish Divers Team coming from England and New Zealand joined us for their Staff Instructor Course.

If we add the French Canadian on top of that (!!), we were representing 7 countries. But the nationalities don’t really matter do they?!? Most importantly, the vibe was at it’s best.

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Time in the classroom, in the pool and in Open Water was the plan. Our schedule looks the same everywhere we teach, offering a consistency and high quality level of training, but can I add something?! The WATER and the DIVING here were unbelievable! After our 1st presentation, I was hoping so much that the candidates would have enough air left so that we could go on a dive. And thank god, they did!!

First presentation was at “Rowi”, perfect for muck diving. We even heard whales during the dive, only problem is that the whale has a name: Bryce.

Second presentation was at Lekwan 3…and the drop off right behind us was really tempting! How could we have not fly in the blue after the great presentation of the candidates.

Oh, and we heard “Bryce the whale” again!

For the third presentation at…I can’t remember the name…was as spectacular as the rest. Simply magic to have to evaluate in these waters.

Of course we did spend time in the pool in between as well…and I can’t think of one single presentation during which we didn’t crack up!

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Classroom?! Yes of course, but it was all about discussion, interaction, sharing experiences and knowledge in between 8 fabulous people (I am counting my self in!).

We always hear as Course Directors from the candidates that the IDC was an absolutely amazing experience. Our first IDC in Indonesia proves it once more.

It is intense, yes, but it is also the opportunity for such a good time.

For us, CDs, every IDC is a simple reminder that what we are doing is fantastic. At the end of the program, when the candidates are standing holding on to the diploma, same as they did in Bunaken, you can imagine the feeling!

And on top of this brilliant time, the Two Fish Divers team have been exceptional. Perfect resort with the calmness you would expect when needed or the happiness of a moment with the local staff playing guitar and singing all they have! All services for the guests are being done at a top quality level. Really cool to see such well organized dive resort.

I wish I could have done a “Two Fish Run” by visiting more of their locations (They also have dive facilities LEMBEH, MANADO, NUSA LEMBONGAN, BALI AND SOUTH LOMBOK), but it will be for next time! At least I had the chance to visit Lembeh where we went with the candidates once the IDC was done to complete their Specialty Instructor training. Deep, Wreck, Nitrox, Night, Drift, O2 provider, Photography and AWARE Fish ID was on the menu.

Amazing experience again and this, because of the Two Fish Divers spirit! The diving? What can I say when we see 5 Pygmy Sea Horses on the first dive on one single little piece of 30cm of Coral!

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I can’t wait to be back for more! Maybe I should mistakenly (like the “oups” type of mistake!) drop water on a certain passport?! Haha!

No, but seriously, today, new PADI Instructors are walking in different streets of Indonesia with their heads up. Today, there is a Course Director on her way back to Koh Tao, Thailand, with a very proud feeling. You guys will be amazing and we are looking forward to working again with you.

Yep, an unexpected phone call that brought me an adventure!

A massive thank you to Two Fish Divers team. Thanks to you new Instructors and thanks to you too both Staff Instructors! Absolutely amazing time and we will have more!

Next IDCs in Indonesia:

Two Fish LEMBONGAN

-From the 28th of April until the 12 of May 2016

-From 15th until 29th of September 2016

Two Fish BALI

-10th until 24th of July

-23rd of October until 6th of November

Contact us for more information.

All the best!

Marie

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