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:
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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.

woensdag 9 juli 2014

Become an Eco Warrior

Become an Eco Warrior at dive resort Oceans 5.

Oceans 5 is taking care of the environment. Every week Oceans 5 organizes a Reef and Beach clean up.
Eco Warrior program at Dive resort Oceans 5

The clean up will be in the front of Oceans 5, the harbor. The harbor is a perfect place for a clean up. Every day a lot of fast boats are arriving and leaving Gili Air. A lot of tourists are leaving their plastic bottles at the tables or drop them even in the ocean. Also the currents take plastic from other places to the harbor where it will sink to the bottom and covers the coral garden.

Eco Warrior program at Dive resort Oceans 5

Oceans 5 integrates the clean ups in the PADI Divemaster course. All Divemaster trainees are in charge of the clean up. They have to organize the clean ups, make the team, do briefings, explain how a clean up works, analyze the trash, and taking care of the customers. The clean up is free and everyone diver as non-divers can join.

Another program Oceans 5 has to offer is the Reef Check Eco diver course. If you like to participate in future reef surveys, this is a course for you. It is a 2-3 day course and you learn more about fish id, invertebrates, corals and how to do surveys. Oceans 5 has special offers for this course combined with the divemaster internship or the instructor internship.

Eco Warrior program at Dive resort Oceans 5

So don't wait when others will chance the world! You can do it.. Become an Eco Warrior at Oceans 5!

For further information about our Eco Warrior programs contact us at info@oceans5dive.com or visit our website www.indonesia-idc.com

vrijdag 4 juli 2014

Diving for disabled

DDI Instructor Course at the Gili Islands

Dive resort Oceans 5 will organize 11-12 September 2014 a DDI Instructor course.

Disabled Divers International (DDI) is a non-profit organization, with the aim to promote, develop and conduct disabled scuba diving training programs for professional and non-professional students. Since its introduction in 2010, DDI has gathered extensive support and recognition within the diving industry and conducted both professional and non-professional programs all around the world. All board members are volunteers, dedicated to promoting and developing disabled scuba diving internationally.

DDI programs are designed to work in cooperation with existing scuba diving training organizations and their training programs. DDI programs adds a new layer on top of the existing diver training, allowing individuals who would have difficulties fulfilling all requirements and standards to experience diving safely with modifications and enhancements to their training and or equipment. DDI professional training adds to the diving professional a new set of tools and knowledge to train disabled divers safely and certify their students as a scuba diver, with varied levels of limitations depending on the student’s ability to perform program requirements and standards.

Scuba diving has shown numerous advantages as a social and physical rehabilitation of disabled individuals, allowing them to interact in a near weightless state, with many feeling that the normal obstacles and restrictions their disability gives them on land, disappears in water when given the right equipment and training. It is common knowledge that participating in regular recreational activities, which involves physical exercise, is rewarded with better health, both physically and mentally. Scuba diving is also a social sport, and as such can have a tremendous positive effect on disabled divers and their ability to interact with non-disabled divers alike. As a diving professional the work with disabled divers is also rewarding as the students share their excitement and joy of their experiences. For diving professionals and dive centers alike, offering DDI programs can both help them differentiate them self from their competitors, but also offer added value to their community and staff.

The DDI Instructor Course takes 2 full days. During these days there are theoretical, practical and exam parts.

DDI Instructor Course:

To participate in the DDI Pro-Training an individual must:

Be a renewed Instructor member and in active teaching status with an internationally recognised diver training organization, the training system is working in accordance to the ISO standards, and is qualified to train Open Water Divers. Proof of status must be submitted.

Submit a copy of a medical examination stating that the individual is fit for diving. The examination must have been conducted within the past twelve months.

Submit proof of training in First Aid / CPR within the past twenty four months.

Fill out and submit the DDI Instructor-Training application form and comply with the requirements listed.

Undersign and submit a Safe Diving Practice Agreement and, where applicable, a liability waiver.


A certified DDI Instructor in active teaching status is qualified to: A certified DDI Instructor in active teaching status is qualified to:
Conduct the DDI Try Scuba Diving program.
Conduct the DDI Pool Diver and issue certifications.
Conduct the Scuba Diver and issue certifications.
Conduct the DDI Open Water Diver course and issue certifications.
Conduct the DDI Advanced Open Water Diver course and issue certifications.
Conduct the DDI Assistant Dive course and issue certifications.
Conduct the DDI Surface Assistant and issue certification. Conduct any new non-professional programs developed by the DDI. Act as certified Pro member to dive with level 2 and 3 divers.

For more information about the DDI instructor course, contact us at info@oceans5dive.com

maandag 23 juni 2014

How to become a PADI Course Director

PADI Course Directors are PADI Instructor trainers.

The PADI Course Director rating denotes the highest instructor achievement in the PADI System. To become a Course Director, PADI Master Instructors complete a PADI Course Director Training Course during which they learn how to conduct PADI Instructor Development programs and gain experience in developing dive educators. Course Directors are among the dive industry’s most influential opinion makers and play a critical role in shaping the attitudes and abilities of PADI Instructors. They serve as role models for other PADI Members in regards to PADI instruction, diver training and professionalism. Oceans 5 dive resort Gili Air has 2 PADI Course Directors, Camille Lemmens and Sander Buis. Last April, 2013, Sander Buis became a PADI Course Director. How do you become a PADI Course Director?

Prerequisite Requirements:

To apply for a PADI Course Director Training Course, you must:

1. Be a Master Instructor.
2. Be an EFR Instructor Trainer.
3. Be certified as an upgraded and renewed PADI IDC Staff Instructor.
4. Have within the prior 12 month:
A. No verified Quality Assurance complaints filed with PADI.
B. Conducted all certifications of each level of diver training consistent with PADI philosophy and as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual and PADI Course Director Manual. Any modification of the courses outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual & PADI Course Director Manual must have been approved by PADI.
C. Exclusively used the PADI System of diver education, including the various diver manuals, videos, DVDs, CD-ROMs, quizzes, exams, instructor guides, lesson guides and Recreational Dive Planner.
D. Issued only PADI certifications to students completing PADI Diver training courses.
5. Have completed the PADI System, Standards and Procedures Examination with a score of 85% or higher at an IE by registering with PADI. This must be done within one year of the CDTC Application due date.
6. Have completed the Diving Theory Examination with a score of 83% or higher in each of the five topics (Physics, Physiology, RDP, Equipment and Skills and Environment) at an IE by registering with PADI or by completing Dive Theory Online with the appropriate scores. This must be done within one year of the CDTC Application due date.
7. Have staffing experience of at least two complete IDCs or combination of two AI and two OWSI programs or one AI, one OWSI and one full IDC after certification as an IDC Staff Instructor since the introduction of the current IDC curriculum.
8. Have experience working with a PADI Resort & Retail Association Member. Revised 04 October 2012 3
9. Have organized or led:
a)one Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Cleanup,
b)setup a My Ocean Profile,
c)promoted the AWARE C-Card to your student divers,
d)organized or led at least one more Project AWARE activity or event such as Cleanup, Coral Watch, Whale Shark Project, installation or maintenance of mooring systems, AWARE Kids programs, fund raising, etc. within the past three years.

Note: Meeting the four prerequisites above (a, b, c & d) is the minimum requirement for applying for the CDTC. Additional credit will be awarded for additional activities. 10. Meet the minimum experience requirement of 250 logged dives.

Training and Certification PADI Course Director Training Courses are conducted by PADI Office staff.
The course has two phases – a training phase and an evaluation phase. Candidates must successfully complete both phases to be certified as PADI Course Directors. Duties Beyond the responsibilities and duties they already have as PADI IDC Staff Instructors and Master Instructors, Teaching status PADI Course Directors are authorized to:
1. Conduct PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs), OWSI Programs and IDC Staff Instructor courses.
2. Conduct Status Updates.
3. After successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course, conduct Emergency First Response Instructor courses.
4. After certification as a Specialty Instructor Trainer, conduct Specialty Instructor Training courses.
5. Observe PADI Instructor Examinations (at the discretion of the Instructor Examiner).

For more information: http://www.indonesia-idc.com

zondag 22 juni 2014

IDC Asia for Euro650

IDC Asia at Oceans 5 Oceans 5 dive resort has an special offer for every month. The first 5 IDC candidates will get the IDC for only EURO650. This is a huge discount comparing to the package Oceans 5 offers at this moment. [caption id="attachment_2438" align="alignnone" width="300"]IDC Gili Islands with CDc dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air IDC Gili Islands with CDc dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Air[/caption] Padi Instructor Development Course (IDC) starts every month. If you like to chance your life style, if you like the have the ocean as your office this is the way to go. Oceans 5 is a Padi IDC and Career Development Dive Resort located on Gili Air. Gili Air is part of the famous Gili Islands, North West Lombok. The diving around the islands offers diving for everyone. If you like big fish (sharks, bumpheads, trevallies, etc), small stuff (nudis, seahorses, pipefish) or turtles. It is a perfect place to start your IDC. The island is not that busy as Bali or Gili Trawangan, but has enough bars and restaurants to have in the evening a nice drink or dinner. Oceans 5 dive resort conducts every month IDCs. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a 10-12 day program that enables Divemasters and leaders from other training organizations to achieve their dream of teaching scuba diving using the PADI system. The IE will be held on the Gili Islands. During the IDC you will use the latest teaching techniques, the complete system of PADI support materials, and will be continuously assessed on your teaching and presentation skills. PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens, Padi Course Director Sander Buis and our team of IDC Staff Instructors are committed to your success at the Instructor examination (IE). They also want to make sure that you are comfortable with teaching afterwards. The Instructor program at Oceans 5 Dive Resort exceeds the minimum required by PADI in terms of time and number of presentations you will prepare. The program is taught in a dedicated 70m2 classroom with projector, flat screen TV, iTV and WIFI, the confined water sessions are held in a 25 meter swimming pool and the open water sessions are only 5 minutes away from the dive shop. Our facilities will enable you to study and prepare in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere. Gili Air is so relaxed because there are no motorbikes, no cars and no dogs on the island. Before the IDC there is an IDC preparation. Normally this takes 3-4 days, but it is no problem if you come earlier. During these days your diving skills and dive theory will be brushed. Also after the IDC it is possible to assist instructors on courses so you will get the feeling how a course will be conducted. Maximum of students of an IDC is 10 candidates. The average of 2012 was 4-5 students each IDC. Oceans 5 dive resort has a 100% passing rate of the IE. All the candidates of Oceans 5 dive resort found a job in the dive industry. Mostly they found a job on the Gili Islands, not long after they passed their IE. After the IE there is a possibility to do a prep MSDT program. Oceans 5 offers a lot of instructor specialties, but the most popular ones are Nitrox, Deep, Digital Underwater Photography, Oxygen Provider, Night, and Sidemounting. But there are others you can choose of. It depends about how many dives you have to do for each specialty yo choose how long the prep MSDT takes. Why is Oceans 5 dive resort different than all the other IDC centers? ◾ Oceans 5 dive resort is the dive center in the Gili Islands that has 2 course directors. ◾ Oceans 5 dive resort is well aware of his environment. ◾ Oceans 5 dive resort organizes every week reef and beach clean ups in the harbor of Gili Air. ◾ Oceans 5 dive resort has a turtle nursery for injured turtles. Oceans 5 is a Reef Check facility. ◾ Oceans 5 dive resort offers during the IDC a free marine biology class. ◾ Oceans 5dive resort is also the only Padi dive center in Asia that is awarded with the Padi Accessibility Award, that means that Oceans 5 can teach and has the possibilities to teach or guide disabled divers. Oceans 5 is DDI dive center. In September Oceans 5 become a DDI instructor training center, the only one in Indonesia. For more information about IDC Asia at Oceans 5: Http://www.indonesia-idc.com or write us an email: info@oceans5dive.com