In between the December IDC / IE and this IDC I’ve been involved with a charity organisation here in Dahab, called Animal Welfare Dahab, on their 2 week Trap, Neuter and Release program.  You can read both blogs here and here.  A great project to be included in, working towards such a fantastic goal.


As amazing as that project was, it’s now time to get back to my other passion-diving, and running the next Instructor Development Course.


At this time of year, usually there’s not much interest from visiting candidates.. It’s winter, and so it’s Dahab’s quieter period which makes it a great time for the local Divemasters to take their next step and become instructors.  This IDC is no different, with 5 candidates sitting the course along with a colleague of mine from my time with joining to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor.  What a mix, 3 British, 1 Italian, 1 Polish, and 1 Swiss-ItalianThe teamAs part of my opening speech on every IDC, the aim is to take Divemasters with already good skills and dive practices and make them better, along with teaching them the PADI system so that they can then become great PADI instructors themselves.  To be able to pass on their enthusiasm with their future students, be them novice Open Water through to experienced divers making their Divemaster course, the IDC covers the full range of courses the candidates will, in the future, teach.  As you can expect, there’s always a range of abilities on these courses, some have only recently completed their Divemaster course, where as others have been DM’s for a number of years.  All of my previous candidates will be able to say they’ve improved their diving skills in someway, and for me, this is the biggest accomplishment, to see the candidates develop, learn and improve.

As a first for ANY of the IDC’s I’ve ran, the candidates were treated to a little maintenance workshop with Sea Dancer’s manager Steve, who knows, maybe in the future we can get him to run a workshop on each of the IDC’s.  Maybe he’ll need to be bribed with some imported goods…Steve's workshop


Take a look at some of the other fun the guys have been having with me:

Photo credits: Mr ‘Coco’ Chris Allat