dinsdag 14 maart 2017

Josh Page PADI IDC Gili Air Testimonial

The Wonderful PADI IDC Gili Air world of Josh Page

Josh Page PADI IDC Gili Air Testimonial

I cannot thank the guys at Oceans 5 Gili Air enough for my PADI IDC

I arrived the day before my course started, not having dived in almost 2 years, they quickly caught me up to speed. They put huge amounts of effort into all of their students, daily they would spend extra time going over anything anyone had an issue with. 

The tuition was very thorough but more importantly they make it interesting and a real pleasure, when sometimes doing your PADI Instructor Course can be a bit of a grind. 

When it came to the IE we were beyond capable and prepared, it was a breeze! Not only was the teaching better than I could have ever hoped, but all the people were lovely and they have developed a fantastic little community on this wonderful island Gili Air.'

Josh Page, PADI Instructor Class February 2017

Testimonials of other PADI IDC candidates

If you like to have more information about the PADI IDC Gili Air, the instructor development course, Gili Air, the course directors write us an email at IDC@oceans5dive.com. If you like to reads more PADI IDC Gili Islands testimonials have a look at our PADI IDC Indonesia blog or website.

vrijdag 11 december 2015

Last PADI instructor training course in the Gili Islands in 2016

PADI Instructor Training Course

The last PADI instructor training course in the Gili Islands has finished. After a 11-12 day Instructor Development Program (IDC) with PADI Course Director Joeri van Hal at Dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air, the candidates Chrys and Brad are official PADI dive instructor.

It all started 3 weeks ago with the free PADI IDC preparation at Oceans 5. During the preparation the candidates will brush their diving knowledge and diving skills under supervision of Oceans 5 experienced IDC staff. Normally the days will like in the norming a fun dive around the beautiful Gili Islands and in the afternoon a lecture about one of the dive theory topics or practice skills.

The IDC preparation is an excellent way to get more confident for the upcoming instructor course. But it is a perfect way to know your fellow candidates and make friends for life time. The candidates will get a kind of family feeling within Oceans 5. Not only the PADI Course Directors will help the candidates with the preparation but also a PADI Master Instructor and 4 PADI IDC Staff Instructors. The main advantages of all this staff is that Oceans 5 covers a lot of languages: English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish. Also Oceans 5 has all teaching materials in these languages, so the candidates can choose in which language they like to conduct the PADI IDC.

After the PADI preparation course, the real PADI IDC starts. This is a 11-12 day program. The days are starting at 8.30 with a cup of coffee and will finish around 17.00 with a drink at the bat at Oceans 5. During the days the candidates will be trained to become confident instructors. Oceans 5 is not training the candidates to pass only the PADI Instructor Examination. This is a short term vision and Oceans 5 believes in quality of training.

To be sure that the candidates get the extra value, Oceans 5 introduces free extra workshop during the PADI IDC, like:
1) Controlling student divers in confined open water
2) controlling student divers in open water
3) how to position yourself as a dive instructor and your divemaster during skills
4) making knots
5) how to use a liftbag

7) skill circuit dry
8) how to use a compass
9) how to use the RDP

And after the PADI IDC there is a two days PADI Examination. Chrys and Brad were prepared well and passed the PADI Instructor Examination with very high scores.

PADI 5 star Career Development Center Oceans 5 Gili Air

Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Center located on Gili Air. Gili Air is part of the famous Gili Islands. You can reach them just by fast boat to hours away from Bali. Oceans 5 is awarded in 2014 with the highest raking for PADI Dive Resorts, the Career Development Center tittle. You will get this ranking for the excellent professional behavior, quality and the opportunities to stay in the dive industry.

Oceans 5 has also fantastic world class IDC facilities:

1) two huge IDC training pools
2) a huge IDC class room with AC and coffee corner
3) two PADI course directors
4) excellent and experienced IDC staff
5) coverage of the main languages
6) a bar
7) a restaurant
8) lots of relaxing areas

If you like to know more about the PADI IDCs or the next date of the IDC write us an email at info@oceans5dive.com or visit our website or youtube channel.

vrijdag 30 januari 2015

PADI IDC Gili Islands has 3 new instructors

PADI IDC Gili Islands has 3 new PADI dive instructors. After 10-12 days of hard work the IDC candidates become a PADI Dive instructor.

During a 2 days PADI Instructor Examination the examiner told Susanne, Ari and Pedro that they were ready to be a dive instructor.

For most of the people it is a dream to work at a beautiful paradise islands surrounded by blue water and tropical fish. But it is possible. Oceans 5 dive resort runs every month a PADI IDC with PADI Course Director Sander Buis. He will teach you how to control students in the pool and in the ocean.

Oceans 5 is perfect for your PADI IDC. There is a special dedicated IDC classroom, a 25 meter pool especially designed for scuba diving and excellent experienced staff to help the candidates during the IDC.
Also the IDCs can be conducted in other languages than English. Oceans 5 covers Dutch, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Bahasa Indonesian.

After the PADI IE there are 2 options to get more experience.
1) Get more experience by following experienced PADI Instructors how to conduct a diving course.
2) Get more experience by following a Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program.

The Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program is a 5 days program, were the candidates become PADI Specialty Instructor in 5 specialties. There will be classroom session for explaining the instructor manuals and dives to implement the knowledge in the ocean.

Another option is to become a DDI Instructor. This is a 2-3 days instructor course. The candidates will be taught how to teach disabled divers. The course will open most of the candidates eyes and will them think outside the ordinary box.

For more information write us an email at inf@oceans5dive.com

zondag 16 november 2014

Cat clinic at dive resoert Oceans 5 Gili Air

Gili Eco Trust and Oceans 5 organize once a year a cat clinic at Gili Air. This time it find place from the 16th of November till the 20th of November.

Everyone on the island can bring cats to the IDC classroom of Oceans 5. There are the vets waiting to take care of your cats. The vets will do castrations, sterilizations, checking the cats for diseases and more….

The vets will stay for 5 days at Oceans 5. So bring in your cats.
The first few hours are already a success. 19 cats were brought in, and there are 4,5 days to go….
If you like to check your cat out, or there are a lot of cats around your house, property or business; bring them in.

If you like to know more about the cat clinic in Gili Air, Oceans 5 or Gili Eco Trust; check the web sites:

Dive Resort Oceans 5
Gili Eco Trust

IDC Gili Islands Blog

dinsdag 7 oktober 2014

My first DDI No Barrier Tour in Indonesia

No Barrier Tour in Bali

Once in your life you will get an amazing experience. This happened to me the 9th of September 2014.

A friend of mine and CEO of DDI (Disabled Divers International) organized a DDI No Barrier Tour in Bali at Crystal Divers. He asked me to help to give disabled Indonesian persons a chance to feel how it feels to dive, to breath underwater.

IDC Center Oceans 5 became a DDI instructor training center

Around 11 O’clock the bus arrived. All 12 persons were disabled and mostly it was caused by polio. After the introductions, paperwork and lunch, 4 instructor took them in the pool for their first diving experience.
I have been now 9 year a PADI instructor. I have seen the smiles on people’s faces after a dive or pool. I always tell my PADI Instructor candidates, they will never forget their first course, but I can tell you I will never forget my first No Barrier Tour.

It was amazing to see how much fun the participant had, how they loved how to learn to dive and having the feeling of the freedom underwater.

For me it was so rewarding to teach them.
Thank you Flemming and Crystal Divers Bali for this moment in my life….
I hope there will be many moments more to come…..

Sander Buis
PADI Course Director
DDI Instructor Trainer

vrijdag 26 september 2014

How to choose your PADI IDC

Choosing the right PADI IDC ?

Choosing the right Course Director and PADI 5 Star IDC or Career Development Center (CDC) for your instructor training is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the dive industry as a professional educator.

PADI IDC Gili islands at Gili Air

Forums should be used to view people's experiences with certain Course Directors, there could be some 'fake' or self-promotion going on so always ignore the best and worst comments, or at least take them in isolation. You can go on the Facebook page of your IDC or Course Director (most have them now) and ask their ex students directly. Alternatively you can look at past students 'verified' comments on this site.

Another and important part is not only the experienced Course Director or the quality of the IDC, but will the IDC Center teaches the IDC candidates to become an instructor or only to pass the PADI IE.

Oceans 5 dive resort like to teach their candidates to become a PADI Instructor. Oceans 5 takes extra time to transform the candidates in instructor. After they successfully passed the PADI IE the candidates have the opportunity to assist on courses with experienced PADI instructors.

To feel relax; to absorb the IDC information is an easy way, the facilities are also important. Oceans 5 has a special designed classroom for only PADI IDCs. The classroom has air con, huge tv, an relax area, coffee corner and free wifi. During the IDC the candidates will spend a lot of time in the classroom. It is a must for every candidate to have his/her own space for his/her materials to get the best out of the IDC. Nothing is more frustrating for a candidate to share tables, books, coffee cups, and sitting in a liitle sauna.

The swimming pool of Oceans 5 is specially made for scuba diving. It is perfect for teaching and conducting IDCs. The pool is a 25 meter tall pool and has enough space to conducts IDCs in an easy and relaxing way.
All the facilities are at Oceans 5 at Gili Air. Gili Air is a beautiful island on the North West of Lombok. The Gilis are do famous because there are no motor bikes, cars and dogs. That is why the Gilis are perfect for a PADI IDC, especially Gili Air!

To sign up or with questions about IDC Gili Islands Indonesia , please write an email to info@oceans5dive.com.
For more up to date information visit our facebook pages:
IDC Gili Islands
PADI Instructor Development Courses Indonesia
PADI IDC Gilis Indonesia Blog
PADI IDC Gili Islands Blog

vrijdag 8 augustus 2014

Protecting the reefs of the Gili Islands

Oceans 5 is protecting the reefs. Every week Oceans 5 dive resort organizes a free reef clean up in the harbor of Gili Air, Indonesia. A lot of people are asking us, why is our dive shop doing this and why is it so important to make awareness about the coral?

IDC Center Oceans 5  Gili Islands cleans up the reefs

So why are coral reefs so important?

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate that there may be another 1 to 8 million undiscovered species of organisms living in and around reefs (Reaka-Kudla, 1997). This biodiversity is considered key to finding new medicines for the 21st century. Many drugs are now being developed from coral reef animals and plants as possible cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses, and other diseases.

Storehouses of immense biological wealth, reefs also provide economic and environmental services to millions of people. Coral reefs may provide goods and services worth $375 billion each year. This is an amazing figure for an environment that covers less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface (Costanza et al., 1997).

Healthy reefs contribute to local economies through tourism. Diving tours, fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef systems provide millions of jobs and contribute billions of dollars all over the world.

The commercial value of U.S. fisheries from coral reefs is over $100 million (NMFS/NOAA, 2001). In addition, the annual value of reef-dependent recreational fisheries probably exceeds $100 million per year. In developing countries, coral reefs contribute about one-quarter of the total fish catch, providing critical food resources for tens of millions of people (Jameson et al., 1995).

Coral reefs buffer adjacent shorelines from wave action and prevent erosion, property damage and loss of life. Reefs also protect the highly productive wetlands along the coast, as well as ports and harbors and the economies they support. Globally, half a billion people are estimated to live within 100 kilometers of a coral reef and benefit from its production and protection.
Human-caused, or anthropogenic activities are major threats to coral reefs. Pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing practices using dynamite or cyanide, collecting live corals for the aquarium market and mining coral for building materials are some of the many ways that people damage reefs all around the world every day. (Bryant et al., 1998).

One of the most significant threats to reefs is pollution. Land-based runoff and pollutant discharges can result from dredging, coastal development, agricultural and deforestation activities, and sewage treatment plant operations. This runoff may contain sediments, nutrients, chemicals, insecticides, oil, and debris (UVI, 2001).

When some pollutants enter the water, nutrient levels can increase, promoting the rapid growth of algae and other organisms that can smother corals (Jones & Endean, 1976).

Coral reefs also are affected by leaking fuels, anti-fouling paints and coatings, and other chemicals that enter the water (UVI, 2001). Petroleum spills do not always appear to affect corals directly because the oil usually stays near the surface of the water, and much of it evaporates into the atmosphere within days. However, if an oil spill occurs while corals are spawning, the eggs and sperm can be damaged as they float near the surface before they fertilize and settle. So, in addition to compromising water quality, oil pollution can disrupt the reproductive success of corals, making them vulnerable to other types of disturbances. (Bryant, et al, 1998).

In many areas, coral reefs are destroyed when coral heads and brightly-colored reef fishes are collected for the aquarium and jewelry trade. Careless or untrained divers can trample fragile corals, and many fishing techniques can be destructive. In blast fishing, dynamite or other heavy explosives are detonated to startle fish out of hiding places. This practice indiscriminately kills other species and can crack and stress corals so much so that they expel their zooxanthellae. As a result, large sections of reefs can be destroyed. Cyanide fishing, which involves spraying or dumping cyanide onto reefs to stun and capture live fish, also kills coral polyps and degrades the reef habitat (NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 2001). More than 40 countries are affected by blast fishing, and more than 15 countries have reported cyanide fishing activities (ICRI, 1995).

Certain types of fishing can severely damage reefs. Trawlers catch fish by dragging nets along the ocean bottom. Reefs in the net's path get mowed down. Long wide patches of rubble and sand are all that is left in their wake.

Other damaging fishing techniques include deep water trawling, which involves dragging a fishing net along the sea bottom, and muro-ami netting, in which reefs are pounded with weighted bags to startle fish out of crevices. (Bryant, et al, 1998). Often, fishing nets left as debris can be problematic in areas of wave disturbance. In shallow water, live corals become entangled in these nets and are torn away from their bases (Coles, 1996). In addition anchors dropped from fishing vessels onto reefs can break and destroy coral colonies (Bryant, et al, 1998).

Around the Gili Islands there is are the same kind of problems. The Gili Islands were attacked by a bleaching event, sand erosion by coastal developments, dynamite fishing, compressor fishing, coastal developments on the beach, waste water problems, plastic problems and more. It is time to stand up, to do something about it. That's why Oceans 5 organizes free Beach and Reef Clean Ups.

Oceans 5 supports actively the Ocean CleanUp program and Shark Guardian.

Oceans 5 is also organizing events, the next event will be the 25th of August: a presentation about Mola Molas, the Sun Fish.

For more information how in protecting the reefs write us an email: info@oceans5dive.com.