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!