Sunday, September 29, 2013

Exotic Malapascua proudly welcomes award-winning PADI Course Director Dan Robinson.

Dan Robinson CD DSAT tec trimix it
We are thrilled to be working together with award-winning PADI Course Director Dan Robinson and are very happy to have him joining us here at Exotic Island Dive Resort completing our IDC team.
Bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from diving and working all around the globe, Dan teaches all PADI courses available, all the way up to PADI Instructor level including PADI TecRec Instructor and beyond with trimix... Dan has also got his very own Technical advanced wreck speciality! 

What can we say about Dan - 
Dan is very passionate about diving and teaching!
Dan arrived to Exotic early September and dived straight in to meet with the sharks at Monad Shoal the following morning and yes, he was greeted and welcomed by several Thresher sharks!

The Exotic IDC September had 3 candidates: Rey, Janet & Florian. They all did our Gold package and are now aiming to complete their Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification. Main highlights during their IDC included unlimited diving, free accommodation and a chance to gain experience next to our instructors at the beginning of their new career as PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors, all with a minimum of 5 PADI Specialities taught by Dan. 

Dan had a lot of courses going on: The Instructor Development Course (IDC), Staff instructor course, Deep, digital underwater photography, emergency oxygen, enriched air nitrox, multilevel and computer, Self reliant (solo) and wreck speciality instructor courses! And if that wasn't enough there was also PADI Tec 40, Tec 45, Tec 50 , Tec instructor, Tec deep instructor and Cavern! 

Janet Florian and Rey after passing their IE at Malapascua ExoticThe IDC was a great success with all candidates passing with flying colours, and Dan continue the 100% first-time pass rate without any make-ups. 

We want congratulate again the new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors Janet, Florian and Rey. Well done!! Also a big thank you also to Rebecca, Joa and IDC Staff trainee Bjørnar who helped out through the IDC. 

During the speciality instructor training Dan made several great dives including a trip to Dona Marilyn Wreck and Gato Island which was very popular. The Dona Marilyn is also a perfect training site for Dan’s new Tec Advanced Wreck course! Dan dived most mornings during PADI IDC Malapascua with our thresher sharks, (alopias pelagicus and vulpinus).  This gave him chance to train Tec 40, 45 and 50 Divers and Tec Instructors and Tec Deep Instructors.  Dan said one of his best dives ever was when the water was very clear and the sharks very close.  He could see their silver skin and big black eyes and even identify if it was a female or male.

Thresher shark at Monad Shoal, Malapascua Exotic Island Dive ResortDan also got to see his very first bamboo shark at Gato and also seahorses, white tip reef sharks, rays and loads of seahorses. Dan was cross that he kept missing the blue-ringed octopus, but he did find a frogfish by himself on a night dive!

The next IDC and IDC Staff course starts on 3rd December 2013, with MSDT prep specialities and technical programs. Dan and the team will be delighted to welcome you to Exotic Malapascua! 
Groups are kept small so if this sounds interesting, make sure to book your space now!

Dan Robinson
PADI Course Director
DSAT TecRec Trimix Instructor Trainer and Tec Sidemount IT.
+66 901 590739.
Skype:  DiverDanDan.