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About IDC Guide

IDC Guide is owned and run by James Brabyn who has lived and worked as a PADI Instructor in Phuket, Thailand. James took to diving on a holiday in Cyprus and done his first two courses there, Discover Scuba Diving and Open Water Diver Course, this was the start of a new life and from that moment every holiday and weekend were taken up with diving, learning new skills and doing more courses. James went back to Cyprus and done his Advanced Open Water Course before having lots of fun dives in Egypt and then Ibiza, not the first choice for a dive location holiday 🙂 but a nice place to relax and dive.

Connor 3 Dive Community StudentOnce back in the UK James met Course Director Steve Prior and after doing the Dry Suit, EFR and Rescue Diver courses with him and his wife Janet was in awe at his diving knowledge and teaching style, a role model was created! Diving holidays followed in Cuba and Mexico, where his PADI Divemaster Course was completed. James had been helping instructors with their students during pool sessions for a year so the Divemaster course and exams were passed with ease.

Once back from Mexico the dive life idea was starting to take shape and after another dive holiday to Cyprus the PADI IDC was booked with Sea Bees in Phuket. James took a years break from his job and decided to try living and working as a Dive Instructor after his IDC and IE (obviously the pressure was on to pass it first) Once the IDC and IE were completed successfully James got together with Ulf Mayer and ran Dive Community (a Phuket PADI 5 Star IDC) in Kata Phuket.

After 14 months of incredible hard work but incredible good times James moved back to the UK to continue his life in the rat-race but the love of diving and the enjoyment it has given him, living and working as a dive instructor, hasn’t left him and that’s the reason why idc-guide has been created to promote the best dive education in the world for people wanting to change their life and live and work doing something they love, working as a PADI Dive Instructor.

IDC Guide aims to put together people that want to learn from the best dive educators in the world to become Dive Instructors and we hope you like the site and have a good career in diving.

This guide is not about just passing the IDC and IE its about giving the best knowledge to people preparing them for their IDC and about putting them in touch with very best Course Directors to help them on their journey.