We’ve been hitting the books in Bunaken this week as our first PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) of the year is getting underway.
Two of our five instructor candidates are Two Fish’s own: Yayan, Divemaster in Lembongan is taking a step up and Simon from England has come back to become an instructor two years after completing his Divemaster course here. Together with Fred from Belgium, Roya from the U.S. and Prema from Southern France they are being looked after by Course Director Marie-Lise Roux who is based on Koh Tao, Thailand, but travels across Asia to teach IDCs. Further support comes from our own Sanur-based instructor / operations manager Dani Drury and Lembongan dive centre manager Bryce Cameron, both of whom are completing their IDC Staff Instructor courses whilst lending a helping hand to the candidates. You’ll hear more about them as their course goes on.
As far as fun diving goes, we’ve enjoyed a few days of particularly ‘flat-calm’ seas with fantastic visibility, allowing our fun divers to spend time with white tip reef sharks and eagle rays. And it’s not just been big stuff – our guides have been spotting Blue Dragon nudibranchs, orang utan crabs and much more. With February still being in our lower season we rarely meet other divers in the water, making dives even more special. And whilst we’re technically in monsoon season, the (much needed) rain has mostly fallen at night or for an hour or so during the day. Perfect diving weather, really!