Scuba Diving Internships - Guest Comments
Over the years we have taught many people to become PADI dive instructors and Divemasters. We pride ourselves on finding out about what our guests enjoyed and didn't enjoy. This is the only way we can maintain our standards and ensure that our guests go away having enjoyed their entire PADI Instructor Development Course with Blue Season Bali.
Here are a few of our most recent PADI IDC Bali and PADI internship candidates comments.
PADI Scuba Internship & IDC Candidates
“This is the Life”
I lost count on the number of times I repeated that phrase over my stay in Bali. Waking up at 6:00 in the morning was never hard when the first though that came to mind was ‘I’m going diving!’.
Each of the dives sites were truly unique in their own ways. From boat wrecks, to ship wrecks, airplanes, submarines and let’s not forget the aquatic life, I saw it all in the two months! The climax of my Tulamben USAT Liberty Wreck dive occurred as we squeezed ourselves into the toilets and the swim through. The drift dives at Nusa Penida were the most thrilling and exhilarating ones I have ever done. Of course the mantas and mola molas were definitely a highlight!
I truly thank everyone at Blue Season Bali for encouraging me throughout my two months there. I have grown as a diver and I hope to carry this knowledge with me through my journey. It was a true honour to be a part of a diving community so passionate and enthusiastic. I was always proud to be wearing the BSB shirts and always will be.
I miss not being there with all of you these days but I know a tiny part of me will always remain out there in spirit. I found my eyes filled with tears as I bid farewell everyone who greatly impacted my stay there. Those were tears of sadness having to say good-bye, but also tears of joy to have been able to experience two most brilliant months with such a loving family.
Bali was definitely the dream life! Who knows? Maybe I’ll be back! ;)
Peace and Love
From Chris Mazingo
The Divemaster Internship and IDC at Blue Season Bali are simply outstanding programs. I learned so much about diving and about myself in both programs, while having absolutely the time of my life both on and off the job. The high quality of the course directors, staff instructors, and my fellow students were what made the program great. And being in the beautiful island of Bali, among its stunning coral reefs, wreck, and walls doesn't hurt either.
From Mark and Weiwei
My fiancé and I have recently returned from Bali having spent 4 weeks with Blue Season Bali on a divemaster internship. It turned out to be a fantastic experience for us, and one we’ll never forget. We feel the need to let you guys at PADI know what a great advert for your organisation Blue Season Bali is and would like to mention a few people in particular as ‘stand-outs’ in a stellar operation.
Everyone at Blue Season was so friendly and helpful and we were made to feel like part of the family from the moment that we arrived. The degree of professionalism on display in this organisation was something to behold. From the drivers right up to the Course Director, everyone knew their job inside out, and this was evident by the way everything ran smoothly on even the most busiest of days.
As a teaching professional by trade, I was very impressed with the way everything was taught. And I must mention that the facilities are first class – Blue Season Bali provides the perfect environment for both teaching AND learning. It is evident that a lot of time and consideration has been given to the needs of both Instructors and students in the development of the facilities at Blue Season.
From the outset, we had lots of questions for Jonathan about the diving, course requirements, quality of living in Bali, the type of accommodation, transportation, climate, medical facilities, food and entertainment - both Jonathan and Tom West made our communications easy by way of email, and even though we were living in China they offered to phone us at our convenience. There was never more than a day between sending and receiving emails, and many times a reply was received within hours and this was throughout the twelve months between our first enquiries until our arrival. Our course materials were sent to us well in advance in both English and Chinese, and there was always someone available to answer any questions we had - this was a great help to both of us.
We’d like to mention three members of staff that we feel are due particular praise and acknowledgement:
Phil (641893) has a great passion for diving and teaching, and shows maturity beyond his years when dealing with guest divers and interns with varying skill levels and requests. He made us feel relaxed and was very patient with us in both his explanations and demonstrations. Phil was always approachable and willing to answer any of our questions whether first thing in the morning or last thing at night. He mentioned to us that he was hoping for a career in diving, and in my honest opinion, he will go on to become a great Course Director in the future.
Russ (252077) is a really likeable character and tremendous instructor. Having assisted him with an open water course under very difficult circumstances, his ability and compassion enabled two students to overcome great difficulties and go on to become competent certified divers. The manner in which he conducts himself is that of a consummate professional and I’m sure he’ll go from strength to strength and continue climbing the PADI ladder.
Jonathan Cross, (Course Director 113652) is without doubt, a truly outstanding professional, and displays many of PADI’s role model characteristics as genuine personal traits. He has a fantastic knowledge of the PADI system and the business of diving. He is a PADI man through and through, and as such is the benchmark for all aspiring instructors and dive center owners.
To sum up, Blue Season is a fantastically run business with quality and safety first and foremost in everyone’s thinking. We can’t thank them enough for the memories they have given us – and the training wasn’t that bad either! We will definitely be back to do our IDC with them, and they have given us the inspiration to open our own dive center in China next year. Hopefully PADI will pass on our congratulations to them and give everyone at Blue Season Bali CDC the pat on the back that they so rightly deserve.
Mark Burns (OWSI 257172) & Weiwei Qian (OWSI 257173)
From Laura (from Norwich)
I’ve just finished the three month IDC internship at BSB. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to be an Instructor. It has to be said, at first I was admittedly apprehensive about the price, but in all honesty, the ammount of training, experience and support I’ve received at Blue Season (not to mention equipment!), I would pay five times as much for this course and still think it was not only value for money but a worthy investment.
Having already completed the Divemaster course before I arrived, I spent the first month assisting on courses and taking part in some of the DMT programs. The diving was absolutely incredible, including; very close encounters with about 25 Manta rays in one dive, snorkeling with dolphins at Nusa Penida, and many a dive at the beautiful Tulamben Wreck. The following month was the 28 day IDC program. Predominantly classroom based, alongside several Open Water and Confined Water IE practice runs. The relaxed pace of the course enabled me to focus on each day at a time, as opposed to many IDC courses which are conducted over 10 days or so. This gave me more time to study and practice, while gaining pearls of Jon Cross and Tom West’s infinite wisdom! ; ) Having struggled with theory; physics in particular, the support and time available enabled me to work through my difficulties and improve dramatically in time for the IE.
This final month has been the best yet. I’m an Instructor, and I’m actually teaching at Blue Season! What’s brilliant about the program is that they send one of their Instructors out with you as an assistant, to put you at ease in the knowledge that; should you forget anything or have any problems, they’re on hand to help sort things out. Having an Instructor with you as you’re staring out is not only taking away a lot of pressure, but also they can teach you how to do things more efficiently, making your future courses run more smoothly. It has been a great relief to me, having somebody there for my first few courses, and I’ve learnt a lot from the various Instructors, which I will take with me and use throughout my career. In short, the IDC internship at Blue Season Bali offers training, experience and support that is genuinely invaluable.
Cheesy as it is, it has to be said, this has been the most rewarding and beneficial things I’ve ever done. I’m really sad to be leaving. Jon and Tom are complete wrongurns though! : D
From Kate Hareb
I can only rate my experience of being mentored by Tom as 10/10 and I would highly recommend any friends who wanted to pursue DMT to be instructed by him. He is a great asset to your organisation. His business mindset coupled with his clear passion for creating well equipped Divemasters meant that he did service not only to his students, but also the reputation and success of Blue Season Bali dive business as a 5 Star IDC center. Tom ensured we pushed through it efficiently and effectively but all the time with a great sense of humour and fun, making my month off work enjoyable as well as a great achievement.
Blue Season Bali was recommended to me by one of the instructors at my Divemaster internship in Malaysia, who had done his IDC there. The IDC I got lived up to and surpassed my expectations, and I have no reservations in recommending BSB to my students in turn. Staff was professional and helpful, instruction and training relevant and to the point, teaching facilities of high standards, and accommodation of good quality. My only regret is that I didn't have the chance to get there earlier, to make use of the week of diving prior to the IDC that was included in the price!
Gjerulf Noddeland, PADI Instructor. #265932
Sunlight Divers, Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
From Bill Jordan
Hello Jonathan and Mark,
Was going to save this til tomorrow but better to do it now as things do tend to get busy around here.
Just wanted to take a minute to say thanks...
The IDC experience was a very positive one for me.
Keeping logistics going, being there to answer questions, supporting us every step of the way shows that you really care and take pride in this operation.
You have also done a fantastic job with developing and running a "first class" facility.
The people you have hired have been very helpful and professional as well... from the office staff, drivers, workers, guard... All follow your lead!
I wish you continued success, prosperity, and safe/fun diving and training for many years to come.
I will definitely recommend divers to consider Blue Season Bali for their future dive career training/development.
All the best,
A 1,000,000 thanks, and this does not just refer to my payment :-)
(Bali does like their zeros!)
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