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.
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!
Hidden Depths Diving are proud to announce that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.
When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account reviews ratings. Businesses must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, volume and recency of reviews. Additional criteria include a business’ tenure and popularity ranking on the site.
Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is a true source of pride for the entire team at Hidden Depths Diving and we’d like to thank all of our past guests who took the time to complete a review on TripAdvisor. There is no greater seal of approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews, the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.
“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses for consistent excellence,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award gives top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers. From Australia to Zimbabwe, we want to applaud exceptional hospitality businesses for offering TripAdvisor travellers a great customer experience.”
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!
On our dive trips, we expect to see sharks at Koh Bida, but in recent years, we haven’t seen many at Koh Haa. This season, we have been lucky to have a number of sightings of leopard sharks at Koh Haa.
As some of you may know, we are working with the Spot the Leopard Shark project, which is a monitoring program being run by Dr Christine Dudgeon from the University of Queensland, Australia.
Recently, we had an amazing encounter with an adult male who was around 2 metres in length. One of our divers,
It is important to discover the sex of the shark. If you look between the pectoral fin and the tail, and see a clasper, you can identify the shark as a male. The absence of a clasper would indicate a female shark.
We will continue to submit photos and hope that we will find a new shark to add to the database.
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.