A few days ago, the Thailand Gap Internships team successfully completed the August 2011 IDC on Koh Tao. As is becoming normal for us, the Instructor Course had a very international flair to it this time around. Participating were 12 fantastically prepared and eager candidates from China (5), England (4), Canada (1), Iran (1) and Switzerland (1).
Our Staff included Instructors from England, Australia, the US, New Zealand and Singapore. It seems that our system is working flawlessly- so far this year, we have sent 61 Candidates through to the Instructor Exam and all 61 have passed on their first attempt!
It was a great two weeks on the island with amazing weather throughout, and beautiful conditions for diving. By the time the Instructor Exam rolled around, the guys were confident, relaxed and excited to finish it off and commence the life of a PADI Instructor. The IE party at the Buddha Bar, predictably, became a bit messy. Luckily for us, Darren had the forethought to collect the cameras as the afternoon turned into the evening.
Tomorrow we will begin the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Internship with the guys so that they can increase their earning potential by gaining some Instructor Specialty ratings. They will also get some valuable experience while team teaching with the seasoned staff of TGI. We’ll then have a short break before we do it all over again on the 28th of August…