Road to the PADI CDTC

The road to the PADI CDTC

written by Giny Pinto, PADI Master Instructor at Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air

About a year ago, the exciting road of the CDTC or PADI Course Director Training Course started for me when I took the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course with Sander Buis at Oceans 5 Dive Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia.

The course offered the challenges I needed after so many years of teaching recreational diving. It taught me to approach the teachings of diving from a different angle, teaching people who already have a professional understanding of this activity. Being part of the team during a whole IDC or Instructor Decelopment Course, I re-learnt to do various presentations 12 years after my own IDC and how to evaluate the candidates.

I have the chance to work at Oceans 5 Dive Resort on Gili Air, a tropical island close to Lombok in Indonesia, where we offer one IDC per month. This gave me the opportunity to assist and practice evaluating the students as well as giving some IDC presentations to the IDC candidates during each course. It also gave me the opportunity to experience different styles of teachings by assisting 3 different PADI Course Directors (Sander Buis, Joeri Van Hal and Assar Manuswin).

Some of the most rewarding moments, are the time candidates pass their Instructor Exam. The joy of all the hard work is so good to see on their faces!!

After assisting 4 IDC’s in Dive Resort Oceans 5, I applied for the PADI Master Instructor, which was easily accepted with all the experience and exposure to the professional diving I have had in the last 13 years.

The end of November 2015 was a key date for me and more then 100 other applicants to the Malaysian PADI Course Director Training Course for March 2016: the final application had to be sent in! After an informative chat with Colin Melrose, Manager, Instructor Development at PADI in July, I started collecting all the necessary information and working on my Action Plan which reflects the marketing route for me to follow in the next few years. I was helped along the way by my mentor Sander Buis and PADI Regional Manager Paul Tanner. I handed everything in on time and the patience game was on until 15th January. I will remember this day for the rest of my life! Early in the morning I received an email from PADI, my heart was pounding, reading the line announcing that I got accepted for the PADI CDTC, that will change my professionaldiving career!!!

I am so ready and I really look forward to the coming challenges ahead!

If you like to know more about PADI Instructor Courses at Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air, write us an email: or visit our website:


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Diving during rainy season

Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air and the island during rainy season
Oceans 5 caters fundivers and organises courses, including IDC’s (Instructor Development Courses), the whole year round.

Wet season arrives roughly somewhere in November and ends start of May, with the occasional rain showers in the month after. Because of their geographic location, the Gili Islands enjoy a very comfortable micro climate. The rainclouds tend to pass over as they get drawn towards the big volcanoes on Lombok, which results in a maximum of 2h of rain on average a day.
During this time the islands turns into a lush, green place where wildlife flourishes. You hear the mating calls from our resident Tokeh Tokeh’s (big gecko’s) around sunset, baby monitor lizards playing around in swimming pools, butterflies dancing and our tropical birds feeding their newborns.

The water temperature in the ocean stays fairly constant (27-30), with a slight drop of visibility due to all the nutrients coming in when our currents shift occassionally. This brings a big behavioural change in our marine eco system. Plenty of food to go by for all the species we have around the Gili’s. You can see fry and fingerlings feeding in great numbers, which provides food for some bigger fish and the ball starts rolling. The result is divers enjoying eventful dives with a lot of action.
Our macrolife also has its share of all the riches this time of the year, which makes the islands perfect for photographers during rainy season.
And last but not least we have whalesharks, manta rays and devil rays passing by on occasion to feed on all the goodies. While there is never any guarantee to see them, rainy season is where you have the best chance of spotting them.

This time of the year brings changes, and these changes are welcome every year! Its amazing how a bit of water can change both the look of the island, and everything and everyone that lives on and around the islands.
Come and experience a green lush paradise where diving will stun you. Sign up for a course if you’re not a diver yet, book fundives with our amazing local guides who will take you on a tour in their underwater backyard or sign up for your IDC if you would like to teach people how to dive in places like Gili Air.

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Diving around the Gilis

Diving around the Gilis

Diving around the Gili Islands has everything what a divers like to see.

The Gili Islands, just 2 hours by fast boat way from Bali is the ultimate holiday destination for 2016. Just after a time when everyone was celebrating X-mad and New Years, it is time to look a bit further and make the decision where you like be during your summer holidays.

In the recent year Indonesia became a more and more tourist country. It is not only that Indonesia became relative cheap, because of the exchange rate. But Indonesia has everything to offer for a holiday.



Indonesia has sun, sea, beaches, forrest, mountains, jungle, rivers, oceans, culture, nice  food, and more…. You as holiday planner can make your own style of holiday.

If you are planning your holiday than think about the Gili Islands. The Gili Islands are located at North West side of Lombok. The Gili Islands has the combination of culture, relaxing and watersports.

The most relaxing part of the Gilis is that is doesn’t have motorized transport. The local taxi is the horse cart, Cidomo. Otherwise you can walk the island by food of by bike.

if you never dived before! This is your change to dive in crystal clear water with turtles!


Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air

The Gili Islands are surrounded by crystal blue water. And there is a reason why the Gilis are called the “Turtle Capital of the World”. There is a high chance to see a turtle during your dive or snorkeling trip.



One of the best ways to get involved in the underwater world is to start a scuba diving course at the Gili Islands. Oceans 5 starts every day all PADI dive courses in small groups. Our instructors are trained at Oceans 5 and they are experienced in teaching and handling the situations around the Gilis.

Oceans 5 had 3 diving boats, fully equipped by emergency equipment, emergency oxygen and first aid kit. These boats are going every day 3 times out for a dive. And the come back after the dive to the dive shop.



Oceans 5 is awarded by PADI for this quality and that reflects that Oceans 5 is PADI 5 star Career Development Center, the highest ranking for a PADI dive resort.

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Scuba Instructor Course in the Gili Islands

Scuba Instructor Course

Diving is fantastic, especially is it will be your work. You will exchange the office work and hours with a office underwater. This office is amazing. You are going to like it so much that you want that everyone knows about the underwater beauty.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air will help you to transform your life to a PADI Scuba Instructor. Ever month Oceans 5 has a scuba instructor course starting with PADI Course Directors Joeri van Hal and Sander Buis.

The course is a 12-13 days program, where the candidates will be taught to become a dive instructor by using the latest PADI teaching techniques. And Oceans 5 is not for a reason a PADI Career Development Center, the highest raking of a PADI Dive center.

Oceans 5 is famous for its excellent PADI Instructor Development facilities!

PADI Instructor Development Facilities

PADI IDC Gili Eilands met Duik Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesie

If you like to been trained as a PADI Instructor you would like to feel confident, comfortable, relax and that the PADI Course Director has a person connection with you.

Oceans 5 stands for all of this. Oceans 5 teaches PADI IDCs in small groups, covering most of the languages of the candidates. We cover English, Dutch, French, Spanish and German. This means the candidates can ask any question in their language, so the explanations will be more easier.

Scuba Instructor Course at Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Another benefit of the facilities of Oceans 5 is the in the resort situated huge IDC classroom. The classroom has a huge flat screen, Apple TV so you can follow the presentations on you Ipad, Mac, IPhone or just watching the TV. The classroom as air conditioners, a coffee corner and all the candidates have enough space for all their materials to prepare and follow the PADI IDC without an headache where they have to put their stuff.

Straight from the classroom there is a especially designed Instructor Development Course training pool. The pool is 20 meter long, 5 meters width, with a min depth of 1,5 meter and maximum depth of 2,2 meters. The pool is perfect for all skill training during the Instructor training course.

Oceans 5 dive resort has also a bar, where the candidates will have a drink after every IDC day, a restaurant, where the candidates have their free lunch and a coffee bar with excellent coffee and cakes.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air

Dive resort Oceans 5 is established in 2010 by Sander Buis, also a PADI Course Director and DDI Instructor Trainer. In a few year Oceans 5 grew up to a PADI Career Development Center and DDI Instructor Training Center.

Oceans 5 is still developing. Oceans 5 will be one of the first dive centers in Indonesia where people can start the PADI Free Diving Courses from beginner till instructor level.

And Oceans 5 is taking care of the environment by organizing every Friday a beach or reef clean up. Also Oceans 5 is a partner with Shark Guardian and a Reef Check facility.

Location of Oceans 5

Oceans 5 is located on a beautiful island named Gili Air. Straight from the landing places of the fast boats you will find Oceans 5.  Oceans 5 has a huge open area with coffee bars and tables for a relaxing atmosphere.

Gili Air is part of the Gili Islands. And you will find the Gili Island on the North West side of Lombok, just 2 hours away by fast boat from Bali.

Gili Air doesn’t have any motorized transportation on the Island. Our local taxi is a horse cart or you can go around the island by foot or by bike.

If you like to have more information about the PADI Scuba Instructor Course at Oceans 5 Gili Air write us an email at or visit our facebook page:




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IDC workshops during the PADI IDC Gili Islands

IDC workshops during the PADI IDC Gili Islands

PADI IDC Indonesia Cesa Workshop

PADI IDC Gili Islands: CESA workshop

During the PADI IDC Oceans 5 has a few workshops for the participants. The workshops give the candidates more and on an easy way information about the things should be arranged, controlled, and managed above and underwater.


PADI IDC Gilis Buoyancy skills control

PADI IDC Indonesia: Buoyancy Workshop



 What kind of IDC workshops?

PADI IDC Gili Islands how to control open water divers

PADI IDC Gilis: Workshops



PADI Course Director Joeri van Hal is teaching these workshops with his experienced IDC Staff team.

Examples of his extra workshops are:

  • Control of student divers in Confined Water.
  • Control of student divers in Open Water.
  • Positioning yourself as an instructor during the skills
  • Explaining the more difficult skills like Air Depletion, Alternative Air Source, CESA, and more.
  • Explaining the new skills from the revised Open Water Course like Emergency Weight Drop, Loose Cylinder Band, Disconnecting the LPI, and more
  • Dry Skill practice

PADI Course Director Joeri van Hal

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air

Dive resort Oceans 5 has 2 in the house PADI Course Directors who are conducting the PADI IDCs. The main PADI Course Director is Joeri van Hal and Sander Buis, the owner of Oceans 5, helps the IDCs when help is needed.

Joeri became PADI Course Director in June 2015. Since that time he is teaching the Instructor Development Courses at Oceans 5. He became an instructor in 2011 at Oceans 5 and worked himself up to PADI Course Director.

Joeri’s philosophy is relax and don’t worry! Joeri is a master to get candidates in a relaxing mood. He conducts the Instructor Course over 13 days and these days are starting at 8.30 till 17.00. After that there is a preparation for the next day at the relaxing areas around the “Coffee and Thyme” bar. Joeri likes that all his candidates become flexible instructors, so there is no one way of teaching. As long the candidates stay in between the rules and regulations of PADI.

PADI 5 star Career Development Center Oceans 5

Dive resort Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Center located on the beautiful Gili Islands in Indonesia. Oceans 5 conducts every month a PADI Instructor Course and can do this in the following languages, English, Dutch, French, Spanish and German.

What Oceans 5 so unique makes are the fantastic facilities for a PADI IDC. Oceans will have from the first of January 2016 two training pools and one specially dedicated for PADI IDCs.

PADI IDC Gili Eilands met Duik Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesie

PADI Career Development Center Oceans 5 Gili Air



Another major benefit is a huge classroom at Oceans 5 property just a few steps away from the new IDC  training pool. The candidates have just open the doors of the classroom and they will see the pool in less then 2 meters. The pool is 20 meters long and 5 meters width.

Oceans 5 has an experienced IDC team. There are two PADI Course Directors in the house, a PADI Master Instructor and tree PADI IDC staff instructors.

Also Gili Air is not that busy like Gili Trawangan. And even there is nightlife, bars and restaurants on Gili Air.  Gili Is isn’t that famous for clubbing. The place is perfect for the IDC because there is less distraction.


If you like to know more about Oceans 5 or the PADI IDC at Oceans 5 Gili Air write us an email at

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Scuba diving around the Gili Islands

Are you ready for a new adventure?

Come SCUBA DIVING at Oceans 5 Dive Resort and experience exploring the underwater world for yourself!

Oceans 5 Dive Resort is located on tropical Gili Air, Indonesia and offers diving for everyone, from first time divers to already certified and experienced divers.


Have you never been scuba diving before but you want to give it a try? Sign up for the Didiscover Scuba Diving experience and find out if it’s something for you! After a basic introduction in diving theory and some practice in the pool, you will go for a real dive in the ocean with a PADI instructor already to 12 meters deep. This Discover Scuba Dive gives you the opportunity to swim with beautiful fish, experience weightlessness and even see sea turtles from a few meters away!

After this first dive you might have fallen in love with diving and want to become a certified scuba diver. That’s easy! Come and get all your diving certifications with Oceans 5, starting with you PADI Open Water Diver course. This course is the worlds most accepted and acknowledged scuba course and has taught millions to scuba dive around the world. Without needing previous knowledge or experience, you can become a PADI Open Water Diver in 3,5 days and be certified to dive to 18 meters with a buddy all around the world. The course consists of 5 chapters of dive theory, several swimming pool sessions and 4 dives in the ocean and is taught by experienced PADI instructors who teach in English, Spanish, French, German, Bahasa Indonesia and Dutch.

Are you already a certified diver and you just can’t get enough? Oceans 5 offers all courses every day, so come sign up and enjoy your Advanced Open Water, Rescue diver and Divemaster course or come fun diving at one of our 20 incredible divespots around the Gili Islands!

Ready to come and explore? Check out our website: or have a look at our Facebook page –

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Free IDC preparation year-round at Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Oceans 5 IDC Dive Resort Now Offering IDC Preparation Year-Round 

Oceans 5, an Indonesian dive resort on Gili Air, is now offering free IDC preparation courses all year long.


For divers who dream of becoming dive instructors, participating in a PADI instructor course is a necessary step in making dive instructing a career. Oceans 5 knows how important it is to be prepared for these courses and has expanded their IDC preparation classes from a week before IDCs start to a year-round offering. These classes put divers at an advantage for the IDC by getting them comfortable with dive knowledge and diving skills.

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air

Free IDC Preparation Year-Round at Oceans 5 Gili Air


Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Dive Center, the highest rating within PADI for a dive center. This is reflected in the facilities and instructors of Oceans 5. There is a 25 meter training pool, specially made for scuba diving, an AC-ed classroom with a coffee corner, a bar, a restaurant and lots of relaxing areas.


The IDC preparation classes will not be conducted by one of the PADI Staff Instructors of Oceans 5. Instead, the IDC preparation will be conducted by one of the course directors or IDC staff members working for Oceans 5.


The advantage of Oceans 5 is that Oceans 5 has a big experienced IDC team:two PADI Course Directors, a Master Instructor, and four PADI IDC Staff instructors. This team promises that IDC candidates will get all of the knowledge they need in the language they want. Oceans 5 offers the IDC classes in the following languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian and Bahasa Indonesia.


IDC preparation will be an easy and relaxing process. IDC candidates start with a fun dive in the morning;the diving around the Gili Islands is amazing and the fun dive takes the stress away from the candidates. The fun dive will be followed in the afternoon by a skill circuit and knowledge lecture. The day ends with a drink at the bar.


Oceans 5 likes that the IDC candidates become a team, maybe friends for ever, and that all the candidates will follow their dream to become a PADI Dive Instructor.


About Oceans 5 Dive Resort

Oceans 5 Dive Resort was founded in 2010 on Gili Air, an island near Lombok in Indonesia. Oceans 5offers all PADI courses from beginner to instructor level and is also a DDI and a Reef Check facility. Oceans 5 is a multi-award winning IDC dive resort, having won the 2011 PADI Accessibility Award, 2012 Outstanding contribution to diver acquisition and business development,2013 Outstanding contribution to diver education, and the 2013 Career Development Dive Resort, just to name a few. For more information, please visit


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Free IDC preparation

An IDC preparation helps the future IDC candidates to brush their skills and dive theory, so they can concentrate an the most important part of the Instructor Development Course; the Instructor Development Course it selves. And this without having long study days.

The IDC preparation at Oceans 5 is a flexible program. This means when the candidate arrive he or she can starts the preparation. The experienced IDC team will help the candidates with their skills by a skill circuit and their diving knowledge by giving lectures about the dive theory topics.

Free IDC preparation with Oceans 5 Gili Air in indonesia

Free PADI IDC preparation with PADI CDC center Oceans 5 Gili Air in indonesia

Oceans 5 has an experienced IDC team  out of 2 PADI Course Directors, a PADI Master Instructor and 3 PADI IDC Staff Instructors. The biggest advantages that Oceans 5 has is that the IDC preparation and the IDC can be conducted in more languages, English, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.

The days of a preparation are flexible. The goal is to get the dive shop known, the people who are working there, how the dive shop works with for example with pool or open water dives. Another goal of the preparation is to take the tension away from the candidates before the IDC starts, so the will absorb the information during the instructor development course more easier.

Free PADI IDC preparation in the Gili Islands with Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air

Free PADI IDC preparation in the Gili Islands with Oceans 5 Dive Gili Air

Mostly the day starts with a fun dive at 8.30, followed by a skills circuit in the pool in the afternoon and at the end of the afternoon, a 1,5 hour lecture about one of the topics of the dive theory. The day will be finished with a drink at the bar.

If you like to know more about the PADI IDC Gili Islands at Oceans 5 Gili Air, the Free IDC Preparation, or about the IDC tam write us an email at

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Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air is located on one of the most beautiful islands of the world: Gili Air. Gili Air is part of the famous Gili Islands. these islands are so famous because of its not allowed to have on the islands a car, motorbike and dogs. The islands are surrounded by crystal clear water and views over the volcanos Rinjani (Lombok) and the Angung (Bali).

The people of the islands are original from Sulawesi, East Indonesia.  They came with boat and fount water to drink on this island. They gave the island the name Gili Air. Air means in Bahasa Indonesia Water.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 located on the Gili Islands

Dive resort Oceans 5 is locater on Gili Air in Indonesia

Dive Resort Oceans 5 came just 5 years ago to the island. The owner, Sander, wanted to follow his dream and he wanted to make a dive resort where everyone can dive. In the up following years Oceans 5 developed herself. At this moment there is a dive shop, 12 bungalows, a restaurant, bar and coffee bar called Coffee & Thyme, a boutique called Sea Gypsy, a silver shop called Yin and new projects are starting.

New at Oceans 5 will be a free dive center called Freedive Flow. It will be a separated building with a view over the new 20 meter swimming pool. Around the pool there will be 6 new bungalows.

If you like to have more information about Oceans 5, visit our website or write us an email at

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Shark Guardian at Oceans 5

Shark Guardian at Oceans 5

It is a Sunday night with Shark Guardian at Oceans 5 Dive resort, and the front yard is packed with people. Brendon Sing is on stage. “The first time I saw a wild shark was in Sodwina bay, South Africa when I was 16. As a fresh open water diver I went on the reef with 12 meters of water above me. And then I see this majestic reef shark. I’m breathing like a freight train and my arms and legs go wild…  and  the shark is gone, scared of me! At that moment everything changed  for me. Sharks are more afraid of us then we them and they have every right to be.”

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Sharks are dominant apex predators in all the oceans

Sharks have survived in the oceans for 400 million years. But now these superb predators that are vital for the worlds ecosystem are facing a serious threat in the form of another predator, humans. Sharks need help.

How Shark Guardian started

Five years ago Brendon together with his wife Elisabeth quit their day jobs as dive professionals and started  to work full time to protect the sharks of the world. In 2013, the work was organised under a UK based charity organisation and Shark Guardian was born. Today Brendon, Elisabeth and their four month old daughter Olivia are travelling around the world to make the people see the importance of sharks. “It all happened naturally, I just talked about sharks cause I love them. It grew and grew and then we said lets give a name for it, and then it became Shark Guardian. We already see the results of our work. We have received letters from parents saying that they learned so much from their kids about sharks that they don’t want to eat shark anymore. We are self funded by raising donations and selling merchandise so that we can go to as many places as possible to give our educational presentations and workshops.”

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Brendon, Elisabeth and Olivia. Sharkguardian at Oceans 5!

The Shark Guardians have been at Oceans 5 for three times during the last two years. ” We had heard about Sander and the good reputation he has and decided to contact him. The co operation has  been fruitful ever since. We always get a good crowd when we visit Oceans 5. Last time we were here we organised a night dive and went out to Sunset to see the Whitetip reef sharks hunting in the dark, That was really awesome! When I see a shark under water I feel humble and honoured for being in presence  with something that has been around for 400 millions years.”

Eshark project

One of the Shark Guardian projects is called Eshark. For divers it is a great way to participate. By collecting dive log data Shark guardians will be able to provide evidence about the changes in the Shark populations around the world.

“Sharks are dominant apex predators in all the oceans. They are on top of the food chain. If you remove sharks, the species under them will overpopulate and have a damaging domino effect to the whole ecosystem they belong to. A prime example of this can be seen in the US east coast, where  Hammerhead sharks were regularly seen, but are now fished to near extinction. This has lead to an overpopulation of cownose rays which in their turn have destroyed shell fish population which were a major source of income for the fishing industry. More sharks in the oceans means more fish in the oceans. This is already proven with marine sanctuaries where sharks are protected and as a result, all aquatic populations are in better condition.”

After the presentation Brendon and Elisabeth are bombarded by questions.  People are eagerly asking how they could participate. “Media is treating the sharks in a ugly way.Sharks are not cute like dolphins and turtles. But sharks are not after humans, we are not a part of their diet. Shark attacks are unfortunate mistakes. To turn this around, we try to establish more knowledge about sharks, underlining the value of sharks to people.  It is a privilege to see sharks, it is a positive rewarding experience. For dive professionals I have a very simple request: Please pass this message to all your dive students. For divers and non divers  I would ask you to make an important decision not to buy or eat any shark related products. ”

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Hammerhead shark

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