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Puerto Rico – Angel Luis Rijos

Puerto Rico – Angel Luis Rijos

IDC in Puerto Rico with Angel Luis Rijos

August 162019

Angel Luis Rijos – Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center, Puerto Rico

If you’d like to take your Instructor Development Course in a very relax, personal and as real world environment it can be, then Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico is just what you are looking for!

About Angel Luis

He has been diving for more than 30 years, 15 been a PADI Pro, so too many dives to have a logged number to it though all of them have been just awesome. Now, being the Operations Manager of Sea Ventures he often does go out with the crew and keeps doing several dives a day and loves doing it. Angel Luis has been a PADI Elite Instructor for more than 5 years being active as a PADI Course Director.

Angel Luis also has a variety of Specialty Instructor Trainer ratings, including several distinctive specialties to keep up the ladder and become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Still teaching every PADI course from PADI Seal Team and Discover Scuba Diving to MSDT to stay sharp with skills as well as using teaching techniques to share in future PADI IDCs.

Emergency first Response Instructor Trainer, Disabled Divers International Instructor, PADI Swim School Instructor Trainer, U.S. Coast Guard 100 tons Certified Boat Captain and BBA in Accounting makes some other certifications and degrees that helps make his IDC unique.

Having dived all around the Caribbean, from Cozumel, Bonaire, St. Thomas, Dominican Republic, Mona Island and some others as a PADI instructor and having the experience of owning a Dive Center and managed another one before being in Sea Ventures is some proof that Angel Luis will offer nothing but the best IDC there is, period.

Thanks to his commitment all his students have passed their IEs without any problems.

  • 15 years as a PADI Professional
  • Disabled Divers International Instructor
  • U.S. Coast Guard 100 tons Certified Boat Captain
  • BBA in Accounting from U.P.R.
  • Teaches every PADI courses

Puerto Rico IDC with Angel Luis Rijos

Angel Luis’s History

Being born in Puerto Rico, his father taught him to swim at age 5, becoming a competitive swimmer and national champion at 6. He felt confident enough to go with his father and father’s friend out in their boat to do snorkeling while they went diving. It wasn’t long until he got a big interest and curiosity for the underwater world so at an early age he was already scuba diving as a Jr. Open Water. Before becoming a PADI Professional, Course Director Angel Luis used to work as a Senior Auditor in a CPA Firm, but after some years gaining experience in different kinds of industries, he realized that diving was his real passion.

So at 2004 he became a PADI Open Water Instructor and changed professions. Since 2004 he has been living the dream – giving the opportunity to others to discover the underwater world. He opened his dive center in San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico for a short period of time before he discovered that Fajardo on the East coast of Puerto Rico is the place to get the dive center in. So he closed his center and started to work in a dive operation in a hotel as the Dive Center Manager.

Then, he was hired in Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center as the Operations Manager where he has been for 10 years. So, being Sea Ventures the oldest dive center in Puerto Rico with more than 30 years taking divers underwater, he kept growing professionally by getting his Captain’s License and later getting the opportunity to do the Course Director Training Course and becoming Sea Ventures Course Director since 2016.

What are you facilities like?

We are located in Puerto del Rey Marina which is the biggest marina in the Caribbean. We have 2 Newton 46’ Dive Boats with one of them used as the IDC and IE boat, AC multimedia classroom, confined Water Training is done in the pool of a hotel 5 minutes from the marina and Open water dives are just as close as a 20 minutes boat ride. In the marina we have our boats, dive shop, showers, supermarket, Deli, restaurant, bar, Laundromat and Car Rental among others. And 5 minutes from the marina there is Jose Aponte Airport and Culebra and Vieques Ferry terminals.

Has anything funny happened during your IDC courses?

Every IDC has its own funny situations and participants. But one of them, on a Knowledge Development Presentation trying to make a contact. When one asked the others if they ever had been Skydiving, on a roller coaster, surfing or hiking they agreed and answered no to all of them. So not knowing what else to say, just said :”then you guys are just boring!!!” and started laughing uncontrollably…

What is the reason Divemasters and Assistant Instructors should take their IDC with Sea Ventures Pro Dive Center?
Because they limit the size of the IDCs so your educational experience will be a personal one. The staff has global experience with different languages from Spanish, English, and Portuguese among others, dedicated to sharing their experiences and knowledge with every candidate so they become a “real world” PADI Instructor!

This offers you the right start for your new career with the most complete PADI Instructor Development Course in Puerto Rico.

They offer an extended 14 day IDC including extra academic, confined water and open water presentations as well as extra Dive Theory and Standards exams.

A 2 day IDC Prep Course is provided prior to the IDC for those who wish to refresh your Dive Theory.

You will have the learning experience of what working in a dive boat is all about, including boat handling, tying a boat, and some more as a bonus!

Accommodations can be provided so that all candidates can have fun together while learning in a beneficial environment with your peers.

And being Puerto Rico a U.S. territory, no passport is needed if you are a U.S. citizen and the same federal laws apply.

Puerto Rico IDC with Angel Luis Rijos

Puerto Rico IDC with Angel Luis Rijos

What is the philosophy of your company?

Their mission is “to provide the best quality education through the PADI system of diver education with World Wide experience so that every diver feels comfortable and can enjoy safely what the underwater world has to offer.”

What else do you like non Diving?

Being an Ironman triathlete, like bicycling, swimming, going to the gym or just watching a good soccer game. Also enjoy time.hanging out with family and friends.

What are your personal diving obsessions?

As Sea Ventures is the only Dive Center in Puerto Rico doing Coral Restoration Projects with the support of NOAA, not only working in these projects, but getting involved with conserving and educating everyone either diver or non diver the importance of the coral reefs and showing the coral nurseries that they have and maintain in some of their dive sites are some of Angel Luis diving obsessions.

What type of diving do you like the best?

Diving over some of Puerto Rico’s beautiful reefs close to one of our beautiful little islands and cays watching all kinds of marine life there is to see in the Caribbean Sea.

Why do you love being a PADI Course Director?

Wow!! Going through an IDC is a unique and unforgettable experience and it is pretty rewarding to have an Instructor that did the IDC with Sea Ventures tell you some years later that they are working somewhere else in the world and after comparing newly certified instructors preparation with theirs, they feel pretty confident and better prepared. That is just a great feeling of accomplishment!

What does the future hold for you?

Only accomplishing the goal of letting the world know that Puerto Rico has great diving opportunities and that there is a great place to do your IDC.

What does IDC students think of Angel Luis?

“When I met Angel Luis I came from the states to vacation in Puerto Rico and did my Open Water Diver certification. I traveled a lot and dove in other places, but never the dive professional was as inspiring as Angel Luis. So I went back to Puerto Rico and started my Advanced Open Water with him where he showed such respect to the marine world and a kind of gets to you passion for diving that I just found my career. I moved to Puerto Rico and kept doing other courses with him. Not only he became my mentor during all my training as a PADI recreational and professional, but he became my friend and gave me the opportunity to work with Sea Ventures as a Divemaster and as an Instructor. He is a very humble yet knowledgeable Course Director. Now, I am pretty proud to not only met and get trained by Angel Luis, but I became one of Sea Ventures Staff!!”
Nelson Da Silva, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Where are we?

Website: https://www.divepuertorico.com/
Phone: 1(787)863-3483
Email: info@divepuertorico.com
Located: Marina Puerto del Rey, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico IDC with Angel Luis Rijos

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Malta – Martin Stanhope
June 252019

IDC’s at Buddies Dive Cove, Malta with Course Directors Martin Stanhope and Rachel E. Watts

Looking for an IDC that will realise your full potential while being fun & career focused? Then look no further! Buddies Dive Cove in Malta is a PADI Career Development Centre with 2 in-house Course Directors & a hugely experienced dive team, who will provide you with all the necessary training & support to successfully complete the IDC and IE.

About Martin and Rachel

PADI Course Director Martin Stanhope has been diving since 1993 and became an Instructor in 2004 in the less than tropical waters of the UK!

Following a move to Malta in 2007, Martin furthered his career by not only becoming the owner of Buddies Dive Cove, but also joining the ranks of PADI Course Director.

Martin is also an Instructor Trainer in 15 Specialties, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, a PADI Tec Deep Instructor Trainer, a PADI Tec Trimix Instructor and a PADI Tec Trimix Gas Blender Instructor Trainer.

Martin’s is committed to professionalism whilst incorporating the ‘fun factor’ into the IDC’s giving each individual the opportunity to shine whilst enjoying their IDC.

Buddies Dive Cove Malta - Elka

PADI Course Director Rachel E. Watts wanted to try scuba diving since the age of 8 after watching an underwater documentary. In 2000 this finally happened, and Rachel began her diving journey. In 2005, Rachel took the plunge into Maltese waters becoming a PADI Instructor and embarking down a new career path.

Rachel made the move from the UK to Malta in 2013 and continued on her diving journey becoming a PADI Course Director in 2017.

Rachel is also an Instructor Trainer in 12 Specialties, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer, and a PADI Tec Rec Gas Blender Instructor Trainer.

Rachel is passionate about the underwater environment and is continually encouraging all divers and candidates to become involved in Buddies Dive Cove’s 100% AWARE commitment by promoting Dive Against Debris at their Adopted Dive Site.

  • 2 English Course Directors
  • Staff of 5 including 2 Master Instructors & 3 IDC Staff Instructors
  • 3 IDCs per year
  • 45 years of combined diving experience
  • 1000 + PADI certifications
  • 10 + PADI Instructor Specialties
  • 100% IE success rate
Buddies Dive Cove Malta
Buddies Dive Cove Malta
Buddies Dive Cove Malta

What is the philosophy of your company?

Buddies Dive Cove is a Career Development Centre with a focus on career development. Buddies is committed to offering the best IDC experience, whilst preparing the candidate for not only working in the diving industry, but also excelling in it.

Buddies Dive Cove have an exceptional team, who are there to advise and encourage all candidates, ensuring they reach their full potential and successfully complete the IE.

Buddies Dive Cove consistently strives to exceed customer expectations through role model behaviour and leading by example. The consistent repeat customers along with continuing education students are proof alone that Buddies Dive Cove is a customer focused centre offering highly sought-after services that are looked for in all areas of the diving industry.

Write something funny that happened during your IDCs

The funniest IDC related incident at Buddies Dive Cove to date was during the filming of Martin teaching a knowledge development presentation. The idea was to give a role model presentation in real time, showing the IDC candidates exactly what was expected.

This 5 minute presentation took an entire day to film due to the fact that Martin, the cameraman and Rachel couldn’t keep a straight face at all. Things only got worse after Elka and Dean also joined the filming. There is blooper reel on YouTube, showing the issues and obstacles experienced (mainly Martin’s giggling)

What is the reason people should take their IDC with you

Simply put, Buddies Dive Cove aims for their IDC candidates to be the best. Buddies Dive Cove don’t teach to get passing scores, Martin & Rachel push the IDC candidates hard to get maximum marks, so when they attend the IE they are excited to show the examiners just how good they really are.

Martin & Rachel teach in a different way to most Course Directors and work hard to ensure that they are teaching in the most up to date fashion. PADI evolves and both Martin & Rachel believe that as Instructor Trainers their IDC candidates should be taught in a way that allows for them to evolve too.

Facilities

Becoming a diving instructor is an exciting step in anyone’s diving career and the facilities provided should make that step a smooth and enjoyable one. At Buddies Dive Cove, candidates enjoy a dedicated classroom during the whole of the IDC, with a comfortable layout ensuring the presentations are easily seen on the large wall mounted tv. All the latest PADI products are available for use during the IDC and the very latest of methods for knowledge development presentations are incorporated into the training.

Buddies Dive Cove carries out all water training at the IE locations, so candidates are familiar with the sites and can be as relaxed as possible during their IE.

What type of diving do you like the best?

Martin: My favourite dives are ones with lots of fish, although having said that my favourite dive in Malta is the wreck of the Um el Faroud, it’s simply breath-taking.

Rachel: I don’t really have any particular favourite type of dives – for me every dive has something to offer and I love the fact that you just never know what you may see! I would like to look more into the realms of cave diving though, one day!

What else do you like (non diving)

Martin: My dogs! I have 2 rottweilers Cliff and Soska and they are known as the Buddies complaints Managers. My 2 other passions are PS4, I play Destiny 2 all the time and Luton Town Football Club.

Rachel: I love all things nature, and enjoy being part of the Wildlife Rescue Team here in Malta. It has led to some unusual animals staying with me from time to time though, including hedgehogs, chameleons and more recently some rather naughty tortoises!

Why do you love being a PADI Course Director?

Martin: I love the fact that at this level, I may well be asked something that I haven’t been before or shown a method of teaching that I haven’t seen before. You never stop learning, so I always gain something new from every IDC. I love being able to watch Divemasters develop into fully fledged instructors in the time they are with us.

Rachel: I’m as happy teaching instructor level students as I am teaching DSD’s. I love to be able to pass on knowledge to students at all levels and watch them progress though their diving adventures. The satisfaction you feel when you see a student overcome and progress is the reason I continued my career to become a Course Director, enabling me to share the candidates excitement at becoming an Instructor and having a helping hand in their new career.

What does the future hold for you?

Martin: As the owner of Buddies, my future will be to continue to develop the dive centre. I am also the training Director for a new product called Snorkel Plus, which will be launched at DEMA in 2019.

Rachel: Does anyone really know?! I’d like to think that I’ll still be actively diving and teaching all levels from DSD to Instructor alongside Martin at Buddies Dive Cove.

Previous Student – Elka Borucka

I came to Buddies as a qualified Divemaster in August 2011, I wanted to learn from the best and become a scuba instructor to share my passion for diving with other people. I spent over 3 months working as a Divemaster, assisting instructors during courses and getting ready for the IDC. Sometimes it was a hard work to get my skills perfect and sometimes it was very easy, the more time I spent practicing the easier the skills become.

After the summer i was ready to start the IDC. The 9 days of the course were a mix of serious studying, preparing presentations and fun in the classroom and in the water. By the time of the exams I wasn’t nervous, I couldn’t wait to show the examiners how good I was! I passed everything with high scores, and I was the happiest new instructor in the whole universe! After I became an open water scuba instructor I left Malta and Buddies and started to work in green and cold waters of Poland and Netherlands.

It was so different than the warm, clear, and blue waters I was used to. It gave me lots of opportunities to see working as an instructor from different angle. I then went to Greece, Thailand and finally I came back to Buddies in 2014 to work as an instructor.

Buddies Dive Cove Malta - Elka

At the end of that year I did my Staff Instructor course to deepen my instructor knowledge. I chose to come back to Buddies because with Martin being Course Director I knew I could improve my skills to the very highest level. In 2017 I got to Master Instructor level. I am still at Buddies as the deputy Director of Diving. I am Martin’s right hand person and run the centre when he is away. I not only teach diving courses, I supervise day to day activities and teach new instructors and divemasters by sharing little tips that helped me to be one of the best.

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Marcel Van Den Berg – Koh Tao, Thailand

Marcel Van Den Berg – Koh Tao, Thailand

IDC in Koh Tao, Thailand with Marcel Van Den Berg

August 182017

PADI IDC in Thailand, Koh Tao with Marcel Van Den Berg

Take your PADI IDC in Thailand on Koh Tao with Sairee Cottage Diving and experience one of the best Diving Instructor Courses (IDC) in Thailand focussing on real-life teaching, advanced risk management, marine conservation, advanced first aid, special diving teaching techniques, positive Dive Instructor attitude, increased standards training, customer service training, extra IDC lessons if needed and 100% personal IDC teaching.

We highly recommend PADI Platinum Course Director Marcel van den Berg who runs one of the best PADI IDC courses in Thailand. Marcel started scuba diving in 2003 and after only 20 minutes into his first dive he knew that he wanted to become a Diving Instructor and make a successful diving career out of it.

Personal Attention Teaching PADI IDC at Sairee Cottage Diving with Marcel in Thailand

One of the best PADI Course Directors in Thailand, Marcel in Koh Tao

Marcel holds a great passion for marine life and throughout his scuba diving career he was constantly learning new techniques to observe marine life, something that he can now teach to new diving instructor candidates.

Beside his passion for marine life, Marcel also noticed that there were a lot of differences in the quality of Dive Instructors around the world and from the day that he passed his PADI IDC he started working on and improving a new positive way of teaching scuba diving.

Marcel’s amazing passion for scuba diving combined with his positive attitude made him a very successful diving instructor and within his first year of teaching he was certifying over 60 PADI diving students a month on Koh Tao in Thailand.

Marcel still holds one of the highest continuing education ratios in the world. After certifying over 4500 recreational students it was time for Marcel van den Berg to become a PADI Course Director.

Marcel teaching quality PADI diving course. Diving Instructor in Thailand

Knowing and seeing the different levels of Dive Instructor quality and seeing that some diving instructors have a much better diving instructor job than others, he started teaching his PADI IDCs with the end goal of having his IDC Candidates get quality dive instructor work after they completed the IDC course.

He doesn’t just teach his IDC students to pass the PADI Instructor Examination. This is one if the main reasons we from IDC-Guide.com recommend him so much as the best choice of teaching you the PADI IDC in Thailand.

PADI Platinum Course Director Marcel van den Berg has received many PADI Recognition of Excellence awards and has been awarded many Project AWARE and other Marine Conservation Awards and is actively writing for Scuba Diver Magazine with his own monthly column as a dive instructor consultant. Besides achieving the prestigious PADI Platinum Course Director rating that he holds from his first year of being a PADI Course Director he also holds many PADI Specialty Instructor Trainer ratings that he actively uses to teach one of the best PADI MSDT courses available, increasing your chance of success with your future career as a PADI Diving Instructor.

Why Koh Tao in Thailand?

Koh Tao is one of the best places in Thailand to do your PADI Instructor Development Course. Koh Tao is one of the most beautiful Islands in Thailand, it is just the right size too so it doesn’t feel like a massive tourist hub, but at the same time is big enough that you don’t get bored there. Koh Tao has many fantastic restaurants, some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand, fantastic nightlife, an amazing atmosphere and some of the friendliest people around. You will make friends on Koh Tao within days. Just be careful as Koh Tao is highly addictive and it might be hard leaving this amazing Island. Many people just came to Koh Tao to do some diving and are still living here today.

Koh Tao best place to do PADI IDC Diving Instructor in Thailand

Koh Tao dive site, beautiful diversity marine life, fish, coral and the best diving

Besides the amazing lifestyle you can have on Koh Tao, it also attracts more people wanting to learn how to scuba dive than any other island in the world.

This makes Koh Tao the number one certifying Island in Thailand and most likely the world.

The dive sites on Koh Tao are practically made for diving courses and offer fantastic training conditions for all levels of scuba diving.

Besides the great teaching conditions, the dive sites of Koh Tao also offer incredible marine life with a lot of diversity.

The high volume of people wanting to learn to scuba dive creates amazing job opportunities for diving instructors and with many dive shops located on Koh Tao the quality of training is very high especially at IDC level.

Koh Tao also has many Divemaster and Dive Instructors that are very active in the many eco conservation projects on the island and PADI Platinum Course Director Marcel van den Berg is one of the leading conservationists in Thailand.

As the co-founder of Get Involved Koh Tao, Marcel organizes regular Eco Conservation Lectures, Beach and Reef Clean-ups, is part of the Coral Gardening artificial reef building organisation and is actively trying to reduces single plastic use on Koh Tao.

Eco day at Koh Tao in Thailand. Marcel beach clean with dive instructor

“Our successes on Koh Tao are very important, but they create more tourists and more stress on the environment. It is our job to both counter this stress with eco conservation projects, at the same time as making it more sustainable. My goal is to have all my diving instructor students teach environmentally friendly diving courses and improve the environmental conditions in our location, even with an increase of tourists, Marcel van den Berg”

No plastic at Sairee Cottage diving with Marcel van den Berg the Divemaster and Instructor at Koh Tao, Thailand

What is the philosophy of your company?

On a recreational level it is all about Quality over Quantity. Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao in Thailand offers some of the best facilities on the island with beautiful and fully equipped classrooms, incredible training swimming pools with crystal clear water, located right in the middle of Sairee Beach which is the most popular beach on Koh Tao. We have our own house reef which is walking distance from our Dive Centre, plus 2 very comfortable diving boats and a dedicated boat for Divemaster and IDC training. We keep the diving groups small (between 4 to 6 people) and have some of the best dive leaders on staff.

On the professional level we at Sairee Cottage Diving strongly believe that everyone can have a successful job as a Divemaster or Diving Instructor if people are trained the right way, upholding the highest standards.

We train people not to just get certified, at Sairee Cottage Diving we teach people how to become the best divers, give some of the best diving classroom presentations, embrace marine conservation, to give some of the best customer service and one of the best Risk Management training available while learning how to also get a great salary as a Diving Instructor or Divemaster.

Dive Instructor job in a small group with the best swimming pool at Sairee Cottage, Koh Tao, Thailand

Has anything funny happened during your IDC courses?

Many funny things happen all the time, but when I truly could not stop laughing for more then 5 minutes and many more giggles for many more days after one of my IDC candidates on his first PADI IDC Open Water Presentation used a normal whistle to get the attention of his “students”. I can still see him try to blow so hard on the whistle underwater not understanding why no sound came out… Funnily enough, this guy is now a very successful Diving Instructor. I think that everyone has a “moment” in their lives 🙂

Learning how to become the best Diving Instructor with IDC courses in Thailand

What is the main reason why people should take their IDC with you?

In all my years of working in the Dive Industry I have seen some of the best Diving Instructors and some of the worst. I have always been very interested in not only improving my Diving Instructor skills but even more so, I’ve wanted to teach that to others. I have learned a lot from some of the best Diving Instructors in the world, but sometimes I learned even more from the bad Diving Instructors.

If you choose to take your IDC course with me at Sairee Cottage Diving I will focus on how you become one of the best Dive Instructors possible (not just how to pass the PADI Instructor Examination).

To help you become one of the best Diving Instructors I will teach you all about how to keep your future students safe with advanced risk management training, increase your Dive Instructor salary with real-life positive sales/marketing techniques, teach you how to integrate eco conservation in your scuba courses, focus on how easy it is to teach and follow all the PADI standards, give your customers the time of their lives, how to have the best diving techniques for teaching diving, learn about marine life and hone your navigation skills, but most importantly how to become a positive and modern-thinking Diving Instructor with a fantastic attitude.

Modern teaching diving instructor with a good attitude at Sairee Cottage diving in Thailand

From Day 1, I will be busy helping you to find your dream job in diving. Now I can proudly say that my IDC candidates are successfully working all over the world at Dive Centres, Liveaboards, Cruise Ships and Equipment retail shops. Many are now managers and some are PADI Course Directors themselves.

Small details specific marine life best diving in Thailand

What are your personal diving obsessions?

Personally I like all kinds of diving, but I mostly enjoy dive sites with a lot of variety of marine life.

I love to just descend, find a beautiful area with coral and fish and then don’t move anymore for the rest of the dive.

I then love to check the tiniest details of specific marine life from a small distance.

I can sometimes spend more then 10 minutes with 1 or 2 fish or coral. It takes time for your eyes to focus, but once they do it’s amazing!

What type of diving do you like best?

To be able to see this amazing marine life I love to dive on tropical reefs between 10 and 30 meters of depth, but I also really like cave diving and wreck diving. Then, same as with the reef, I love to go super slow and check out all the details of the rock formations and really study a wreck. Right now we are creating a special Fish Identification Day together with 2 other Dive Centres on Koh Tao. Then we want to spend the whole morning teaching all our DMCs and IDC Candidates about the different fish and coral around Koh Tao, teaching them the best diving techniques to discover all those details and then in the afternoon we will mix dive centres together and go diving and give everyone a different task spotting details in marine life. This is the kind of diving I love the most and I love to teach others how to get the best out of their diving experience!

What else do you like (non diving)?

Besides diving I love to spend time relaxing with friends at one of our many beach establishments. There is nothing better than a chill-out day at a beach lounge, listening to relaxing music and enjoying a beer or a glass of wine.

I know it sounds clichéd, but I do love to spend time improving my courses and researching new diving trends, but what I love the most is to travel and discover new places.

Island life style at Koh Tao in Thailand with friends at sunset. Relax with a Diving Instructor or Divemaster

Why do you love being a PADI Course Director?

There are so many different reasons why I love to be a PADI Course Director, but the biggest reason I became a PADI Course Director is to teach a new generation of diving instructors all the steps that made me successful and teach them how to avoid certain choices that might prevent them from getting work. I strongly believe that success is taught from the top down and I have seen and learned from some of the best and worst Course Directors and Diving Instructors. I have seen how successful people became when taught and mentored by a fantastic PADI Course Director or Diving Instructor and how other people who learnt from bad course directors and diving instructors usually also became bad. This was the main reason for me to become a Course Director, to be able to give my IDC candidates 110% in the hope they will do the same with their future diving students.

What does the future hold for you?

At the moment I am improving my PADI IDC courses every month and I’m looking forward to see what happens in the future. I love living on Koh Tao in Thailand and I would love to see Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao as the best one-stop PADI IDC centre in Thailand offering some of the best opportunities at getting Dive Instructor work. I hope that within the next few years my new eco conservation projects like getting a single-use plastic-free Island have been realised on Koh Tao and I’m also working on a new project to make it even easier for new dive instructors to find work. For the rest… Enjoy Life and Diving!

What do his IDC students think of Marcel van den Berg?

Here is an interview of Toni Bryson who did her IDC course with Marcel at Sairee Cottage Diving in Thailand.

Please also check out the many reviews from IDC candidates from Sairee Cottage Diving on Google+, TripAdvisor and Facebook.

Website: www.saireecottagediving.com

Website: www.idckohtaothailand.com

Email: gopro@saireecottagediving.com

Address:
Sairee Cottage Diving s-26452
PADI 5-Star IDC Centre and Diving School
10/1 Moo Sairee Beach
84360, Koh Tao
Thailand

Phone: +66872650859

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Dominican Republic – Ferry Sneekes
March 272015

Take your IDC with the Caribbean Dive College and get to know the diversity of the Dominican Republic in diving, you will not only get certified but leave qualified.

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Dubai – Phil O’Shea

Dubai – Phil O’Shea

UAE with Pavillion Dive Centre

January 182015

Dubai’s best IDC Phil O’Shea at Pavillion Dive Centre – Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Take your PADI IDC in Dubai, in the UAE with Pavillion Dive Centre with PADI Course Director Phil O’Shea.

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Costa Rica – Georgia King

Costa Rica – Georgia King

Pacific IDC in Costa Rica with Go Pro Costa Rica

January 52015

Georgia King – Pacific IDC in Costa Rica with Go Pro Costa Rica

Take your PADI IDC in the Pacific with Go Pro Costa Rica and PADI Course Director Georgia King. She has been diving for over 12 years around the world with dives numbering more than 4000.

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Bonaire – Pepe Mastropaolo
December 292014

Take your PADI IDC in the Dutch Caribbean with Buddy Dive Academy and PADI Course Director Pepe Mastropaolo.

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St.Maarten – Michel Wouterse

St.Maarten – Michel Wouterse

Caribbean Dive College in St. Maarten

December 292014

Michel Wouterse – Caribbean Dive College, St.Maarten

If you’d like to take your Instructor Development Course in a laid back, but real world environment, Caribbean Dive College in St. Maarten may just be the place for you!

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Dominican Republic – Gianluca Lamberti

Dominican Republic – Gianluca Lamberti

Gianluca Lamberti - Coral Point Diving, Dominican Republic

December 292014

Gianluca Lamberti – Coral Point Diving, Dominican Republic

Take your IDC with Coral Point Diving in the Dominican Republic with a hugely experienced dive team. PADI Platinium Course Director Gianluca Lamberti has been diving since 1998 with over 5000+ logged dives all around the world.

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Grand Cayman – Ash McKnight

Grand Cayman – Ash McKnight

Ash McKnight - Go Pro Diving

December 292014

Ash McKnight – Go Pro Diving

Why not consider taking your PADI IDC in the Caribbean with Go Pro Diving and PADI Platinum Course Director Ash McKnight.

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Honduras – Andy Phillips

Honduras – Andy Phillips

Caribbean IDC in Honduras with Go Pro Utila

December 292014

Andy Phillips – Caribbean IDC in Honduras with Go Pro Utila

Take your PADI IDC in the Caribbean with Go Pro Utila and PADI Platinum Course Director Andy Phillips.

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Mexico – Angel Navarro

Mexico – Angel Navarro

PADI Course Director - Pro Dive Mexico

December 292014

Angel Navarro – PADI Course Director – Pro Dive Mexico

Take your IDC with Angel Navarro, Platinum Course Director, at Mexico’s first & only PADI CDC: Pro Dive Mexico Scuba Academy.

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Cyprus – Joey Ridge

Cyprus – Joey Ridge

Joey Ridge - Easy Divers Cyprus

December 292014

Joey Ridge – Easy Divers Cyprus

Take your PADI IDC in Cyprus at Easy Divers with Joey Ridge.

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Greece – Melita Brown

Greece – Melita Brown

Waterhoppers Diving School, Rhodes, Greece

December 292014

PADI IDC at Waterhoppers Diving School, Rhodes in Greece

Complete your IDC with ‘The Waterhoppers Diving School’ in Rhodes for a completely fun, relaxed and professional training course.

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Malta – Melita Brown

Malta – Melita Brown

Divesmart Gozo: Diving in Malta

December 292014

Platinum PADI Course Director Oliver Benndorff – Malta

Take your IDC with Divesmart Gozo, Malta for fun and quality training.

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Germany – Ulf Mayer

Germany – Ulf Mayer

German PADI CD Ulf Mayer

December 292014

Ulf Mayer – Dive Community

Take your PADI IDC with Dive Community and German PADI CD Ulf Mayer.

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Egypt – Steve Prior

Egypt – Steve Prior

IDC in Egypt with Steve and Janet Prior

December 292014

Steve Prior – Prior Knowledge

Become an effective and popular instructor by taking your IDC in Egypt with Steve and Janet Prior.

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Bali – Jonathan Cross

Bali – Jonathan Cross

Course Director Jonathan Cross, Bali

December 292014

PADI Bali with Blue Season: Bali’s exclusive 4-week IDC program

Become an instructor in beautiful Bali with Course Director Jonathan Cross.

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Singapore
December 292014

PADI IDC Singapore

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Malaysia
December 292014

PADI IDC Malaysia

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Philippines – Ayala Cohen

Philippines – Ayala Cohen

PADI IDC with Ayala Cohen in the Philippines

December 292014

Do your PADI IDC with Ayala Cohen in the Philippines!

Take your IDC in the Philippines with Ayala, PADI Course Director. Lets have a chat with Ayala.

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Vietnam – Jeremy Stein

Vietnam – Jeremy Stein

Rainbow Divers with Jeremy Stein

December 292014

Vietnam’s top PADI CDC + IDCs: Rainbow Divers with Jeremy Stein

The longest established PADI Instructor-Training Facility in Vietnam – Take your IDC with the most experienced Instructor-Trainers in the region!

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Thailand – Sarah Kench

Thailand – Sarah Kench

Scubacat's Course Director Sarah Kench

December 292014

Thailand’s PADI CDC – PADI IDC Phuket with Scubacat’s Course Director Sarah Kench

Take your PADI IDC with PADI Course Director Sarah Kench and 5* Career Development Centre Scuba Cat Diving S-18230, in Phuket, Thailand

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Brisbane – Mick Wheatley

Brisbane – Mick Wheatley

Mick Wheatley at Brisbane Dive Academy

December 292014

Australia’s best IDC Mick Wheatley at Brisbane Dive Academy

Take your IDC in Brisbane, great training from experienced staff, fun times and a lifetime of memories.

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  • Puerto Rico – Angel Luis Rijos

    Puerto Rico – Angel Luis Rijos

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Malta – Martin Stanhope

    Malta – Martin Stanhope

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Marc Sofer – New South Wales, Australia

    Marc Sofer – New South Wales, Australia

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Marcel Van Den Berg – Koh Tao, Thailand

    Marcel Van Den Berg – Koh Tao, Thailand

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Gozo, Malta – Oliver Benndorff

    Gozo, Malta – Oliver Benndorff

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Indonesia – Joeri Van Hal

    Indonesia – Joeri Van Hal

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Thailand – Christophe Pace

    Thailand – Christophe Pace

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Vietnam – Grant Martin

    Vietnam – Grant Martin

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • United Kingdom – Steve Prior

    United Kingdom – Steve Prior

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Thailand – Chris Owen

    Thailand – Chris Owen

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Philippines – Angel Navarro

    Philippines – Angel Navarro

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Philippines – Graham Hogg

    Philippines – Graham Hogg

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Philippines – Dan Robinson

    Philippines – Dan Robinson

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Mexico – Anders Heegaard

    Mexico – Anders Heegaard

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Dominican Republic – Ferry Sneekes

    Dominican Republic – Ferry Sneekes

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Dubai – Phil O’Shea

    Dubai – Phil O’Shea

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Costa Rica – Georgia King

    Costa Rica – Georgia King

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Bonaire – Pepe Mastropaolo

    Bonaire – Pepe Mastropaolo

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • St.Maarten – Michel Wouterse

    St.Maarten – Michel Wouterse

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Dominican Republic – Gianluca Lamberti

    Dominican Republic – Gianluca Lamberti

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Grand Cayman – Ash McKnight

    Grand Cayman – Ash McKnight

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Honduras – Andy Phillips

    Honduras – Andy Phillips

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Mexico – Angel Navarro

    Mexico – Angel Navarro

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Cyprus – Joey Ridge

    Cyprus – Joey Ridge

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Greece – Melita Brown

    Greece – Melita Brown

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Malta – Melita Brown

    Malta – Melita Brown

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Germany – Ulf Mayer

    Germany – Ulf Mayer

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Egypt – Steve Prior

    Egypt – Steve Prior

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Bali – Jonathan Cross

    Bali – Jonathan Cross

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Singapore

    Singapore

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Malaysia

    Malaysia

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Philippines – Ayala Cohen

    Philippines – Ayala Cohen

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Vietnam – Jeremy Stein

    Vietnam – Jeremy Stein

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Thailand – Sarah Kench

    Thailand – Sarah Kench

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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  • Brisbane – Mick Wheatley

    Brisbane – Mick Wheatley

    PADI 5 Star IDC

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