Successful PADI IDC Candidates Continue to MSDT and Internship...

The PADI Instructor Development Course as the acronym IDC represents, is the Development of each individual candidates skills and knowledge.  Although on completion of the Divemaster program - we all understand the fundamentals of how to be a responsible leader, demonstrate critical attributes for skills and be confident with rescue techniques, it is still necessary to understand how to recognize when beginner divers are ready to become independent divers.

The PADI Instructor Development Program is broken into segments to ensure that candidates learn both academic, confined and open water presentations, but again the IDC is a training ground to that of the Real World.  That is why the MSDT program, also known as the PADI Master Scuba Diver Training Program broadens the knowledge and skill of PADI Instructors - learning more about each Adventure Dives or Specialty options available to offer to new divers.

The PADI MSDT includes 5 or more specialties in the training, although to register with PADI on completion you will need only 5 specialties and 25 certifications. This is where the internship option is valuable. At Sunshine Divers, we offer the MSDT and Internship program together, so on completion of the PADI MSDT - candidates may continue with interning, (assisting on courses with experienced instructors - learning how to teach in a classroom, pool and open water with real students). During the training you will learn to follow a complete PADI Open Water Course structure ( group sizes will vary from 2 to up to 10 students, where you will team teach, and on completion obtain the course certifications, to add to your credentials. The internship program duration is really dependent on your time schedule and of course we would hope you would continue to obtain as many certifications for your ratings, but also the experience to help you teach independently with confidence in the future.

Congrats to Recent IDC Candidates : (Tyson Young, Tina Mueller, Sandy Wahrenberger, Galia Gazizova, Mike Drobynka, Remco Cornelisse)

Congrats to Recent MSDT & Internship Candidates: (Adam Fulcher, Thomas Geraghty, Ivan Alexis, Tyson Young, Galia Gazizova, Mike Droybnka)

IDC Candidates

Tina MuellerGalia GazizovaSandy WahrenbergerMike Drobynka

Remco CornelisseTyson Young

PADI Mock Instructor Examinations

The PADI Instructor Development Course entails several segments including Academic Presentations, Confined Presentation and Open Water Presentations.  Each of these segments are eventually evaluated by the PADI Examiners that travel worldwide to assess each instructor candidate on their skills.

At Sunshine Divers we prepare all candidates by conducting several presentations in each category. However on their final days prior to the PADI instructor examination we also have a Mock IE, whereby candidates are evaluated by a PADI Course Director or PADI Master Instructor and on some occasions PADI Regional Managers so that they already have an understanding on the structure of the examination and what to expect.

This past Mock IE was conducted at Bans Diving Resort pool facilities with Course Director Guillaume Fargues and PADI Regional Manager Tim Hunt.  It was a great day for Candidates - Sandy, Mike, Tina, Tyson, Galia, Remco (Sunshine Divers) and Par from (Bans Diving Resort) and Rich (Staff Instructor) to all get together and present their confined water skills.

  Instructor Development Course Sept 2012

Rich, Tim Hunt and Guillaume Fargues

MSDT at Sunshine Divers - 5 Star IDC Centre

Thomas Geraghty and Ivan Alexis both completed their Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification (MSDT) with Natalie Hunt Course Director at Sunshine Divers 5 Star IDC Centre.

Tom and Ivan completed several specialties including Deep, Night, Navigation, Search & Recovery, Wreck, Nitrox, O2 Provider and Digital Underwater Photography. They will choose 5 specialties or more to obtain their MSDT certification. Presently completing their internship so that they can obtain the minimum of 25 certifications to obtain their MSDT rating, but also to gain the further experience to enhance their current diving skills and knowledge for teaching others.

Tom and Ivan MSDT Certification

Congrats Tom and Ivan....


Attitude of a PADI Divemaster

Places you can go with enthusiam, passion and a good positive attitude - this pretty much sums up our most recent PADI Divemaster Kelly-Anne Nickel.

In her short time in Koh Tao, she completed her training from PADI Open water diver to the PADI Divemaster, professional level. Kelly-Anne's outgoing personality attracted guests and divers on Koh Tao and she became a well known person to all. Through her associations she was employed at the Fishbowl Beach Bar and as a front office sales person for a local tatoo establishment, and her earnings enabled Kelly to extend her stay on Koh Tao - Paradise Island.

Learn to Dive & Become a PADI Professional

Sunshine Divers have taught several PADI Open water students to progress to the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor including Tamara Lelani May and Lars Walquist who are now experienced PADI Instructors teaching internationally. Tamara in Mexico and Italy and focusing on her Tec Diving , Lasse working in the Fiji Islands with his wife Krista Espellen and Manual Tobolars in the Maldives.  Fantastic to see their progression over these years. 

Both Tamara and Lars are featured in this PADI Video along with our off island Dutch instructors Ties and Shirely .

Learning The Ropes

Welcome to our newest PADI Divemaster Candidates Malia and Stefano on their new venture to becoming a PADI Professional. Through Sunshine Divers they have the opporutnity to explore several dive sites around Koh Tao and put their workshop experiences into real practice preparing them for the opprotunity to work internationally on completion of their PADI Divemaster Program. 

The PADI Divemaster program includes several workshops and skill sets. During our current PADI Instructor Development Course Malia and Stefano joined in to participate in the PADI Skill Circuit demonstrations and also deal with problem solving and reinforcement techniques.

"Are you scared of the dark???"

Night diving can sometimes be perceived as a scary sport when actually it is an exciting adventure into a different world. Here at Sunshine Divers our NIght dive is a very popular choice with Advanced Diver students and fun divers. Jumping in watching the suset over the bay is fantastic.  Descending whilst the light goes down means you don't realize it is even getting dark around you.  Once down the line a whole new world awaits. Fish go to sleep and out come the blue-spotted rays, barracuda, crabs, squid, cuttlefish, eels and many, many more. As an extra special treat we also get to watch all the phosphorescence turn lumious in colour like electric coming out of your fingertips.  We end the diving looking up at the stars wondering when it go so dark!  So overcome those nerves and take the plunge, there is a whole "other world" down there!

night dive 2

Becoming a PADI Divemaster

Sunshine Divers would like to welcome Kelly Ann Nickels aboard the PADI Divemaster Internshipp program. Kelly is eager and enthusiastic to get going with her new career as a professional diver as she recently completed her PADI Open water, Advanced, EFR and Rescue Diver Program.  During this time Kelly will undertake a handful of tasks including skill circuits and various workshops, which will consist of learning how to assist, teach and supervise on certain PADI sanctioned programs.  Through personal development and demonstrating dive skills, watermanship abilities, handling different diving conditions and circumstances, will provide credibility toward her PADI Divemaster Rating. 

Kelly-DivemasterOther workshops include Search and Recovery, Navigation, Deep, Bouyancy and mapping projects. Kelly will also be taught how to compose boat master duties and deliver briefings to certified divers. Amongst all the fun in the swimming pool and ocean, there are some lectures for dive theory and exams to complete to keep her brain active and updated on PADI Standards for training.

Throughout she will be assisting instructors on courses to gain experience and knowledge that will prepare her for when she starts working as a professional PADI Divemaster.  At the end of the program Kelly will be eligible to lead certiied divers, refresh certified divers skills and help on several PADI sanctioned courses.

Well Done Kelly!!!

Need to Refresh your Knowledge and Skills? PADI Re Activate!

Have you been out the water for a while? Feel a little rusty on your Open Water skill? Then the new PADI Re Activate programme is for you.Completed in just one day this programme includes two open water dives which allow you to get comfortable again in the water.

This is a course that you can start at your leisure. We simply email you an online link to a short theory review,so if you choose it can be completed before you arrive here in Koh Tao. You can also compete the theory when you arrive at Sunshine Divers by using one of our computers.

The practical skills are then completed in confined open water before progressing to dive in open conditions. This basically means in a very short space of time you will be back fun diving with your buddies and enjoying the sites Koh Tao has to offer.

This course can be started at any time and here at Sunshine Divers we have programmes available everyday. We guarantee you will be in a small group of no more than 4 students, sometimes smaller than that. If you wish to have personal 1 to 1 tuition this can also be arranged.

"Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program"

"Skills Practice in Shallow Water for the Re-Activate Program"

The price of the whole programme is just 3000 baht. This includes all E-learning material, dive equipment, 2 dives and a new PADI certification card that will be Re-Activated to your current level of diver training. This year is PADI’s 50th Birthday so you will receive the PADI limited edition certification card for free!  So what are you waiting for, come join us for some fun!

Learning to Scuba Dive

Since June 2014, Sunshine Divers has implemented the NEW-REVISED PADI Open Water Course. Not much has changed with the course structure, yet only a few additional skills have been added to the program to ensure student divers learn further about the importance of diving within a buddy team, focus on their air consumption and breathing methods underwater, along with extra practice on buoyancy techniques on the surface and underwater.

Our PADI Open Water course schedule is conducted over a 4 day period although we are very flexible with the program times to cater to individual student needs. Our group sizes are small with a maximum of 4 student divers to instructor to ensure this is possible. The general program schedule we offer starts Daily at 4pm with an orientation where you will meet your instructor and watch the first initial videos to give you some insight on what you will be learning over the next few days.  Day 2 is where you will head into a confined pool environment and practice all the skills you will need to know to go diving in the open water. Before heading to the ocean - you will still need to complete a few quizzes. Day 3 we start with your first 2 open water dives - here you have the opportunity to experience diving to a depth maximum of 12m. It's pretty cool!  You are on the boat for the full morning and back in time to have some lunch after all that energy use underwater. That afternoon you will need to complete your final theory and exams. Finally Day 4 we head out again on the morning boat and complete your last 2 open water training dives to 18m.  Yes and then you will be certified!

Recently certified PADI Open water divers include : John Flynn, Srihari Gowri Shankar, and Giarav Shah who enjoyed several dive sites around Koh Tao for their training dives with Instructor Kael Grant-King.  The Group size was a total of 3 students with instructor and a Divemaster Candidate Matt Dempsey who was there for additional support.

Congrats Guys - PADI Open water Divers 

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