New Course Director

We are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Course Director Lisa Bier to offer our Instructor Development Course.

Lisa is well known here on Koh Lanta, where she has been based for many years. She has been an instructor since 2002 and a Course Director since 2007. She is an experienced CD, having certified over 50 IDC candidates.  As well as speaking her native Dutch, she is also fluent in English and German, as well as some French, Thai, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish.

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Lisa has very clear ideas about how the IDC should be run, striking a careful balance between classroom presentations and in-water training. She also has a deep interest in conservation, which fits in with our ethos  here.

We are looking forward to working together to add to our existing IDC program and are excited to be collaborating on new projects. Welcome to our team Lisa!



IDC 2014

Today, we start our latest Instructor Development Course on Koh Lanta with Platinum Course Director Rich Reardon.  The candidates are our recently qualified PADI Divemasters, Tamika Short and Hannah Gossner.  We had a lot of fun scuba diving with them and showing them the local dive sites.  They are both very excited to continue along their professional path, and with qualifications in marine science, they are both looking to improve on their existing skills and obtain new ones to help them in their chosen career.

We wish everyone the best of luck!

IDC Welcome photo

IDC Preparation

On the 27th March 2014, we started our first Instructor Development Course.  Run by Platinum Course Director Richard Reardon, seven candidates started their journey towards becoming a PADI instructor.

Before the IDC starts proper, we conduct a preparation course so the students can refresh their skills and get them ready for the course.


They spend time in the classroom revising theory and learning what the course will entail, and in the water practicing skills.  This prep course lasts for three days, so our candidates will go into the IDC fully prepared.

IDC Centre status for Hidden Depths Diving

Hidden Depths Diving are proud to announce that we are now a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre.  Building on our reputation for exceptional customer service, we now have a team in place to offer five star instructor training.

Our first Instructor Development Course will take place on the 27th March 2014, and we are delighted that Platinum Course Director Richard Reardon will be conducting the course for us.  We are very excited to have Rich involved in this new project that sees us move to a whole new level of PADI training.

Contact us if you want to learn more about our IDC program.



Emergency First Responder Presentation

We were delighted this week to host a presentation in conjunction with PADI Asia Pacific to introduce the Emergency First Responder (EFR) course to staff from resorts around the island.

During the presentation, we were able to talk through with our guests the course content and explain how the course can benefit visitors to the island by reassuring them that staff in first aid procedures would be on hand if needed.

We were also able to provide attendees with the opportunity to try out some of the skills learned in the course with a demonstration of CPR techniques.
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The course teaches participants how to respond to life-threatening emergencies (Primary Care) and also injuries or illnesses that are not immediately life threatening (Secondary Care).
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Emergency First Response is the fastest growing international CPR, AED and First Aid training organization, with more than 60,000 instructors worldwide.*

A big thank you to Tony Andrews, PADI Regional Manager for Thailand and Kritsada Nikrothanon for their help presenting and translating this presentation.


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