5 Reasons You Should Consider Phuket, Thailand For Your PADI IDC
Are you thinking about becoming a PADI Instructor? If you are then you may have heard of the PADI IDC, or Instructor Development Course. The PADI IDC is the course you are required to take after you have achieved PADI Divemaster level in order to become an instructor.
After completing your IDC, and having 100 logged dives, you’ll be ready to take the PADI Instructor Exams. This might sound daunting but it’s not – it’s just to check that you have fully understood what you learned during your IDC!
As a PADI Instructor, the world is your oyster and you can get paid to travel and work at amazing dive destinations worldwide. So if you have decided to make the ocean your office, read on to find out about taking your PADI IDC in Phuket in Thailand.
Why Choose Phuket?
Here are 5 Reasons You Should Consider Phuket, Thailand For Your PADI Instructor Development Course.
1. Awesome Diving:
Thailand is well known for having some of the best dive sites on the planet. From whale sharks and manta rays through to critters and macro life, we have it all in Thailand! Phuket is superbly located with access to some of the most iconic dive sites in South East Asia.
Our experienced Aussie Divers team are experts at diving these sites and are masters at spotting marine life.
Our IDC packages include 5 days of FREE diving before you start the IDC so you’ll have chance to explore some of our favourite dive sites with us, including: Koh Phi Phi, King Cruiser, Shark Point, Koh Doc Mai, Racha Noi and Racha Yai.
2. Course Directors and Safety:
PADI Course Directors are the PADI Professionals who conduct IDCs. Our PADI Course Director, Darren Gaspari relocated to from Australia to Phuket in 2008 and now, with over a decade of experience diving in Thailand, he is as dedicated as ever to helping Aussie Divers IDC candidates to become creative, confident and capable scuba diving instructors. You can read more about Darren here.
Darren is supported by our highly experienced PADI Staff Instructors so you never need to worry about being overlooked or not being able to get extra help whenever needed. Our team are genuinely passionate about helping you to become the best scuba diving professional possible. We don’t cut corners and we always have time for our candidates.
As a professional diver, safety is a big concern. We are 100% Australian owned and come from a background of adhering to Australian safety standards. Australian standards are some of the most stringent diving regulations in the world to ensure the safety of student divers, recreational divers and professionals – like you!
We are proud to be able to offer comprehensive facilities onsite for those taking professional training with us. Our dive centre in Chalong, Phuket, offers the following:
- Dive equipment for sale
- Free WI-FI in the and around the dive shop
- Multimedia classroom
- Rental equipment available (although we recommend professional purchase their own)
- Gear for sale
- T-shirts, log books, hats, dry bags and other paraphernalia for sale
- Large rinse and equipment storage area
- Free tea, coffee and water for all our divers
- Accommodation situated at our training centre in Chalong
- A busy dive centre setting where you can really feel immersed in the environment and experience life in the dive industry while you are here.
4. Bang for Your Buck
Making the decision to take you Instructor Development Course is a big one. We know, because we did it too! Not only does it involve a time commitment and often a travel commitment, there’s also a financial investment which needs to be addressed too. Many dive centres choose to gloss over the cost when talking about their IDC’s but we prefer to be upfront from the start. Our pricing is super clear about what’s included and what’s not. We are also in a great position to be able to include some free extras as we have accommodation on site and awesome diving on our doorstep. So, we include in our IDC packages five days of FREE diving before doing your IDC. This means that not only do you get to do some great diving but also, if you haven’t dived in a while, you have time to get back into the swing of things.
Our IDC packages also include free onsite accommodation – we have it and you need it, so why not? We’ll put you up in a comfy room for 12 nights so you are well rested and ready to tackle the challenging demands placed on you as a PADI Instructor.
We also understand that traveling with gear can be cumbersome and costly so we will also provide free equipment rental for your IDC and throw in completely free specialty instructor training for Nitrox and Emergency Oxygen Provider so you are better able to immediately enter the work force.
Not everyone’s budgets are the same and not everyone’s needs are the same, so we don’t offer a ‘one size fits all’ IDC (let’s be honest, one size simply cannot fit all). Instead, we offer three IDC packages which are designed to cater to different budgets and requirements. Our IDC Pro Platinum means that you won’t just leave us as an Instructor, you’ll have already achieved the next level up – PADI MSDT (Master Scuba Diver Trainer). Why do we offer this? Check out the Employment Prospects section coming up next.
IDC Pro Silver
- 12 Days Prep PADI IDC EFR/CFC Instructor 42,000
IDC Pro Gold
5. Employment Prospects
When applying for any job, employers look on your CV to see where you trained and who with. The diving industry is no different and when it comes to your IDC you want a reputable name on your CV and experience that relates to where you want to work. If you are hoping to find employment in Thailand as an Instructor then it’s imperative that you have diving experience in Thailand – and that’s exactly what you’ll get with Aussie Divers. Not only will you have Thai diving experience, you’ll have one of the most reputable names in the industry on your CV.
With over a decade of experience in Thailand we have forged relationships with numerous other operators and if you are looking for work after completing the Instructor Exams, we’ll help wherever we can.
How to Get Started?
If you are already a PADI Divemaster, have 100 logged dives and an up to date EFR certification you are ready to embark on the Instructor Development Course right away!
Take a look at our IDC packages here and see which one is right for you. If you are not sure, please feel free to contact us – we are more than happy to walk you through the differences between each package.
We look forward to diving with you in Phuket soon!
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