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Announcing the 2016 Awards for Platinum Course Director Holly Macleod and the PADI IDC Gili Islands

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The PADI Frequent Trainer Program is designed to recognize and reward the most active PADI Course Directors in the world based upon the amount of instructor level certifications produced and the number of those candidates who choose to take further education programs. The Platinum Status is the highest possible rating for a PADI Course Director. PADI have once again awarded Holly Macleod with the Platinum Status highlighting her overall commitment and dedication to instructor training.

Holly has now certified hundreds of PADI Scuba Diving Instructors and has become well versed in the style of education Divemasters seek when looking to further their diving career, and has developed the perfect program designed to introduce dive professionals to new careers as scuba diving instructors. Last year Holly conducted nearly 500 Instructor level certifications and was awarded the PADI “Elite 300” for the amount of certifications obtained throughout the year, and a number of “Certificates of Excellence”, in recognition of her commitment to individual candidates though their IDC training. As well as the “Platinum” Status Award and the PADI “Elite 300” Award the program, Holly has previously won recognition through the PADI “commitment to Instructor Development” Award and received multiple “certificates of excellence” which are based directly on feedback from previous candidates.

The program takes place at Trawangan Dive, the first established PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) to be established in the Gili Islands and the entire Lombok region. Today, Trawangan Dive remains the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in Gili Trawangan and offers world class training facilities including 2 swimming pools, Instructor training classroom facilities, dedicated instructor training boat and purpose built Open Water training sites.

Holly conducts the entire program in Gili Trawangan which is the perfect start to a new career as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. The Gili Islands are a rapidly growing tourist destination and there are many busy dive centers within the local area, meaning that new instructors can expect to get valuable experience quickly.

The program starts every month and runs on an 11 day schedule with an additional 5 days of preparation before the program kicks off. To find out all the latest news and updates from the program potential candidates are advised to check out the PADI IDC Gili Islands Fan Page on Facebook. To get an idea of schedules, course content and entry dates the PADI IDC Indonesia Brochure contains all additional information.

For further information or to enroll on the program, potential candidates can contact Holly directly.

Contact:
Justin Time
The Gili Islands IDC
idc@trawangandive.com
+62 (0)821-4785-0413
Website: www.idc-gili.com/
https://www.facebook.com/GiliIDC

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Diving Tips… a new blog series from Duttons Divers

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Not a UK diver or wanting to learn more about the UK waters? We have you covered! Each month we will be writing tips for experiencing the beautiful waters off our coast and in-land. The year of COVID drove us to a few seasons in the UK – and hopefully this persuaded more of you to jump in the waters and see what the UK has to offer. For those of you that are yet to be struck by the UK dive bug, hopefully this will give you some incentive to do so. We are a little biased… admittedly!

So, what do we know about diving to give you the tips in the first place? Well… Duttons Divers have been around for the past 8 years, with 2 of these as a freelance instructor, the further 5 at Vivian Quarry and the previous year saw our expansion of our business, adding another centre into the mix at Hafan Marina Dive Centre too! We teach 365 days of the year… both of our dive schools are in the UK… we jump into quarries as well as the sea, and run all levels of courses from beginner to instructor. We have 15 divers within our staff team, and are headed up by Course Director, Clare Dutton…. There’s a fair bit of knowledge (hopefully) between us all!

Our tips and tricks will cover topics such as cold water diving, boat diving, navigating in low visibility, choosing the right equipment for the UK, taking your IDC in the UK… and a whole other load of varied topics. We are also open to anything that you would like covering too with a question and answer selected for each write up, so please send them into our email account or FB messenger and we will select one for each month to answer!

We will kick the topics off for you though.. our first will be… cold water diving! Check it out next month!


Find out more at www.duttonsdivers.com

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Gear Review: SurfEars 3.0

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Back in 2019 I was at a really low ebb. I had just been told that I could not dive anymore due to recurrent ear infections causing perforations that eventually would lead to permanent damage. I got home from the hospital, slumped on the sofa, and the phone rang. It was Steve Warren from INON UK and I told him my woes. Don’t give up yet, he told me, I think I have just the people to help – SurfEars.

I tried to argue that wearing ear plugs whilst diving was not safe. What about equalization? But he stopped me in my tracks and said that these would work, he had tried them already on several dives. Could this be the answer that would save my diving career and allow me to continue my passion? Well the short answer is yes!

I wrote a review back then which you can read here: https://www.scubaverse.com/gear-review-surfears/

However, I am not sure that I stressed enough at the time that these earplugs saved me. They allowed me to dive, swim and snorkel in the ocean, and I have not had an ear infection since.

Recently the team at SurfEars sent me the latest design – SurfEars 3.0 – to try out. The earplugs come in a really handy pod that I clip to my BCD so that I do not forget them. They come with a range of plug sizes so you can customise them for a perfect fit. The ‘wing’ tucks into your ear, holding the earplug securely, so you feel they will be secure even when rolling or striding off the boat into the water. You can even use them even when putting on a hood in cold water.

The SurfEars allow you to still be able to hear clearly, as they allow air and sound to travel through, and just prevent water ingress, so safety in hearing instructions from the boat or your buddy is not compromised.

I find that wearing them has not only completely stopped any ear infections, but also makes equalization easier too. They are so comfortable that I never really notice that they are in.

If you suffer from ear infections from diving, then do give these a try. They are the first thing on my packing list now!

For more information visit https://surfears.com/

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