INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE- JUNE 2011 WITH DAVEY JONES’ LOCKER KOH TAO, THAILAND
COURSE DIRECTOR: PETER NIEUWHOF
The IDC course started with an extra two days preparation course, which consisted of a pool session, demonstrating all our skills (including rescue scenario), followed by an afternoon sitting all the divemaster lectures and exams. This enabled Peter to see what our strengths and weaknesses were before the initial course started this I personally thought was an excellent idea, also it broke the ice between the class before the whole course started.
The IDC course structure itself was perfect; we started our days at 8.45am, had plenty of breaks and were always finished by 4pm (5pm at the latest). This gave us plenty of time in the evening to prepare for the next day’s presentation, whether it was confined; open water; or academic. There is a lot to cover in the 2 ½ weeks, but I felt that there was ample time to practice things that I felt were not my strong point (i.e. physics).
Peter is a very relaxed instructor and is always open to questions, and definitely explains all your queries thoroughly and doesn’t mind if it takes hours, his teaching skills and diagrams make your learning more visual and this way I found worked for me. He was very supportive throughout the whole course and very positive towards his students, which I feel is detrimental to his role as a Course Director.
The DJL experience as a whole was amazing. The staff are very friendly and always talked to us and enquired about our progress. The resort itself is was situated perfectly and clean and tidy.
If I was to do this whole course over again, I wouldn’t even consider going anywhere else. I am so happy with the completion and even scores the examiners gave me, that I owe all this to Peter and have since completed my MSDT with him, gaining more experience from him with respect to speciality courses. I will definitely be recommending any of my friends considering doing their IDC, to go straight to Peter at DJL. The smaller class size means more personal tuition when it’s needed.
OVERALL EXPERIENCE 5*
PADI OWSI & EFRI (250060 MSDT pending)