Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A Raw Passion for Instructor Development on the PADI IDC Indonesia with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI CD Holly Macleod - Komodo and the Gili Islands

As Indonesia is now experiencing a rapid influx of people looking to cash in on the growing number of professional Divemasters looking to take the next step. The PADI IDC Indonesia with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod can be seen as the most consistent leaning experience available within the diving industry. Consistency, Professionality, Experience are the primary hallmarks of quality training and its unclear whether these parameters can be met by a travelling Course Director. When asked about the potential of exploring instructor training opportunities in other parts of Indonesia, Platinum PADI Course Director Holly simply stated...

“Having already developed one of the best possible program schedules available and being in a perfect training environment I feel that changing locations and logistics will only come at the expense of those I am trying to educate.”

The program is fully conducted by Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod, who has won multiple awards for the quality of instructor training that she provides to her candidates and for her overall commitment to the diving industry and for the sheer number of instructor level certifications issued. Having previously certified hundreds of PADI Instructors, candidates are safe in the knowledge that Holly has the experience and expertise to guide them into a new career by supplying the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed within the industry. Her experience within the industry means that Holly is perfectly positioned to advise candidates about potential job openings and about working in specific geographical diving destinations as well as pointing out any potential opportunities available through her network of dive center owners and managers.
As well as having developed the best possible Instructor level scuba training program available within the diving industry and being acknowledged by way of the multiple PADI annual awards and having a wealth of industry experience, the program is fundamentally designed to be consistent. This means avoiding disruptions to the candidates personal development by providing exactly the same high standard of training from the same multi award winning Platinum PADI Course Director and conducting the entire program in the same word class PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) providing the highest possible standard of professional training facilities.

There are many ways to check out the PADI IDC Indonesia in the Gili Islands and see if it’s the right program you’re your own personal development. The Gili IDC Indonesia TripAdvisor Page is the perfect star actually seeing first hand reviews from previous candidates who have already taken the program in the Gili Islands with Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod. Another great way to see reviews, news and updates from this fantastic scuba diving Instructor training program is to check out the Gili IDC Indonesia Facebook Page. All programs take place at Trawangan Dive, the only PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) in Gili Trawangan and offering the World Class PADI IDC Indonesia training facilities.

For more information contact Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod directly at

Sunday, 4 September 2016

The All New PADI Advanced Open Water Course | PADI IDC Indonesia with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holy Macleod

Although already integrated into the PADI IDC with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod, the new PADI Advanced Course is due to be unveiled in September 2016.

On the Instructor Development Course (IDC), candidates will get an intensive introduction to the new Advanced Course as well as also covering the current program. For all current instructors it is important to know what the difference is. The new course is not exactly a complete replacement for the Adventures in Diving Program, but more of an overhaul and addresses many of the current negatives of the program.

Generally, it seems that the overhaul is designed to improve the integration and crossover between the PADI Advanced Course and the Specialty Diver Course. The first dive of any standardized PADI Specialty Diver Course is now the same as the Adventure Dive. There is also a “Think like a Diver” component of the course which concentrates on developing and installing self-management aspects of diving

·         Updated Course Material

Students will now have the option of a paper manual or digital. Digital products will now include a mobile-friendly PADI Advanced Open Water Diver digital products and app allowing them to use them with personal devices such as a mobile phone. Standards updates have been integrated into the Guide to Teaching and Instructor Manual which are both available online.

·         Some Adventure Dive have been overhauled

PADI Underwater Photography Adventure Dive and PADI Underwater Videography Adventure Dive, has been replaced with the PADI Digital Underwater Imaging Adventure Dive. This Adventure Dive can also be accredited to the Dive 1 of the Digital Imaging Specialty or the Digital Underwater Photography Specialty.

·         Some Adventure Dive have been added to the Advanced Course

There are a range of new Adventure Dives previously not available such as Sidemount, Ice, Cavern, Full Face Mask, Self-Reliant, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (DSMB) and Rebreather Adventure Dives. These Adventure Dives are also accredited to the corresponding Specialty and also gives instructors more flexibility and creativeness within their courses gives students more choices, the chance to learn about areas of personal diving interests and the ability to learn different aspects of diving. All of the Project AWARE Specialties are now available as Adventure Dives including Dive Against Debris™, and Shark Conservation Specialty courses

·         “Think like a Diver” philosophy

The “Think like a Diver” philosophy is now implemented within the structure of the course, designed to encourage dives to think about what they are doing at all time before, during and after the dive and learn more about managing their own risk management, buddy contact, gas consumption and awareness.

Of course if you are about to take the PADI IDC Indonesia with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod the new course is already implemented into her PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). If not Instructor will need to download the updates from PADI online and work outs best in their local environments. Many of the PADI IDC Indonesia workshops are stuctured in a way to assist new instructors when starting out and this is why currently both courses are being presented during the instructor training sessions. Check out the schedule for up and coming IDC programs.

The PADI IDC Gili Islands 2017 Schedule is now also available. Check it out now


Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Above and Beyond PADI Instructor Training | PADI IDC Indonesia | Gili Islands Platinum PADI Course Director

The PADI IDC in the Gili Islands with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod aims to provide training over and above that generally found within the diving industry and this is achieved through a variety of methods.

Holly has been working within the diving industry for well over a decade and during this period of time she has travelled the world working within a variety of dive related roles and has developed an in-depth knowledge of the recreational diving industry.
She has taught thousands of students and has through her own experience developed a sound understanding of the best possible ways in which to conduct certain individual aspect of the PADI curriculum. Holly also has a passion for diving and dive training and is constantly aiming to improve the course structure and tweak her individual training to always provide the best possible training experience available within the industry. During the program Holly delivers the required PADI curriculum components in her own style whilst also adding a range of presentations and workshops which include her personal recommendations and tips based upon her own experiences within the industry.

The program aims to provide training over and above that generally found within the dive industry meaning that new instructors have developed their own diving skills and knowledge and developed their own style of delivery and can easily make the transition into the industry with the confidence and knowledge to succeed.
The program is essentially made up of two parts the PADI Instructor Development Course and the pre IDC preparation workshops.
The actual Instructor Development Course is conducted over 11 day and incorporates all of the mandatory core components of the PADI IDC Curriculum. Classrooms sessions include presentations on all of the individual PADI programs including Marketing, The 4 E’s Sales Workshop, Diver Retention, Diver Acquisition, the Business of Diving, Risk Management and learning about PADI Standards and Procedures in relation to the range of PADI Programs. Candidates will also learn about all of the individual PADI Programs and courses including the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) Program, the Open Water Diver Course and Adventures in Diving Programs, the Rescue Diver Course and the Divemaster Course. Classroom sessions will also include individual Knowledge Development Presentations. Confined Water sessions will include the DSD Workshop, The Rescue Workshop, Confined Water Presentations, Student Control & Positioning, Skill Circuit Practice and Rescue Exercise Practice. Open Water Sessions will include further Skill Development Sessions, CESA & Descents Workshop, Student Control Workshops, Adventures in Diving Workshop, Rescue Workshop, Individual Open Water Presentation Practice and more Rescue Exercise Practice on the Surface. Additional workshops are also included within the program, and although not included within the PADI IDC curriculum and syllabus are essential to the personal development of professional divers within the industry. Again theses workshops revolve around control, management and organization of PADI training activities. The pre IDC workshops are conducted over the 4 – 5 days prior to the start date of the course and are designed to review and refresh the knowledge and skills which are expected from certified PADI Divemasters. So, although the program is designed to take new instructors to the highest professional level possible it is also designed to be a highly fun and enjoyable experience.

Overall the IDC program is designed purely for certified Divemaster’s who wish to gain a Successful and rewarding career within this exciting and dynamic industry and gain the knowledge and skills to stand out in the crowd and confidently pursue their own personal career goals.

There are a variety of ways to check out more information about the program. Of course the PADI IDC Indonesia Website is the first port of call, but to see the latest news and updates from the program the PADI IDC Gili Fan Page on Facebook is continuously updated, showing past and present training activities for the program.  Or simply contact Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Directly

Sunday, 13 March 2016

“Elite 300” Again 2016 | PADI Course Director Holly Macleod | PADI IDC Indonesia | Gili Islands

A massive congratulations to Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod on the PADI IDC Gili Islands program, who has once again been awarded the “Elite 300” PADI Instructor Status for 2016.

The Elite Instructor Award is a relatively new program recognizes PADI Instructors for reaching specific milestones based on the number of divers certified annually. To be recognized as an Elite Instructor, an Instructor must be a renewed PADI Pro with a minimum rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor, with no verified Quality Management violations within 12 months of the date the award is presented, and issue  either 50, 100, 150, 200 or 300 qualifying certifications in a calendar year.
During 2015 Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod issued nearly 500 Instructor level certifications which has earned her the “Elite 300” PADI Status as 300 is the highest award available within the program. 2016 also sees Holly once again earning the PADI “Platinum” Status Award for her overall professionalism and commitment to Instructor training. The program itself has also previously won the “Commitment to Instructor Development Award” recognising its pure professionalism and popularity.

The course takes place every month at Trawangan Dive which was the first ever PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) to be established in Lombok and the Gili Islands. Today Trawangan Dive remains the only PADI CDC Center in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia and is one of the largest dive centers on the island. Instructor candidates can expect to find world class facilities including instructor training classroom facilities, 2 swimming pools, beachside restaurant and bar and a dedicated Instructor training boat. Purpose built Open Water training sites are situated only a stone’s throw away and accessed with the boat which departs from the beach directly outside Trawangan Dive.

The Gili Islands provide a fantastic start for a new career within diving as they are an increasing popular tourist destination for people of all ages and all warps of life. Dive centers tend to be very busy and there are always entry level programs taking place meaning there is a wealth of experience to be obtained in a relatively short amount of time for new Instructors.

The program is entirely conducted by Holly, who has specifically designed the program to train Instructors beyond the level generally expected within the industry allowing graduates to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence to provide quality programs to their future students in a fun and safe manner. The program runs on an 11 day schedule with an additional 5 days of pre-IDC preparation workshops. The pre-IDC preparation workshops general review the theory, skills and knowledge from the Divemaster Program and allows candidates to make a smooth transition into the Instructor program. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) covers all of the core elements from the PADI IDC syllabus as you will find on any IDC program, however Holly has designed specific additional workshops designed to assist candidate’s entry into the industry by providing additional skills, knowledge and tips only acquired from an experienced Instructor trainer.

To find out more about the program it is recommended that potential candidates take a look at the PADI IDC Gili Islands Wall on Facebook, which includes all of the latest new and updates as well as a collection of photographs of past, current and future courses. Another suggestion is to check out the PADI IDC Indonesia YouTube channel to see previous candidates in action during their experience.

For further information, or to enroll on a course simply contact our Platinum PADI CourseDirector directly……….