Every quarter Instructor Candidates travel from their homes to the beautiful blue waters of Bonaire to work with PADI Course Director, Annie O., at Dive Friends Bonaire to achieve their dreams of becoming a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. This April was no different as three divers made their way across the oceans from France and the United States to successfully earn their Open Water Scuba Instructor ratings.
The Instructor Development Course ran over 11 days during which Jason, Max and Millie all successfully achieved their PADI OWSI Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, Enriched Air Instructor and Dive Against Debris Instructor certifications. But the journey for these candidates started long before they landed on our charming island! The candidates participated in PADI’s revised DC meaning that they completed online learning and studied their dive theory for weeks before they arrived. Their pre-course preparation was only one of the reasons this course was such a huge success!
The candidates showed up and their skills and dedication to the sport of diving were evident! They were all prepared, enthusiastic, eager to learn and open to improve. Throughout their courses these candidates worked as a team to help each other grow and improve in their knowledge and skills, so it is no surprise that the laughs and good times were as abundant as the course information they were learning.
Jason, Max and Millie along with Course Director Annie O. woke up early on the morning of the 6th of May to make their way to the PADI facilitated Instructor Exam. This two-day exam is the most prestigious Instructor evaluation process in the world but the guidance and coaching the candidates received during the PADI IDC gave them all the confidence they needed to find complete success. They even managed to have FUN during the exam.
Their shared passion to become the absolute best instructors possible created a bond that we don’t think any of these PADI Instructors will ever forget!