Mark Soworka was our IDC Course Director. As a school teacher myself, I can spot the qualities of a good teacher and Mark has them. He's outgoing, approachable, patient, experienced, knowledgeable and always gives constructive feedback. Because of him, we all felt very prepared for both the exam and when we are let loose into the real world. I wouldn't want any other course director!
Sierra Madre PADI 5 Star center was where we did the IDC. The managers Brett and Jaki are very friendly and made the whole experience very smooth. The dive shop and restaurant staff are all helpful and polite. They've saved my butt a couple of times. I wouldn't want to do my IDC or work as an instructor anywhere else.
George Wegmann was our IE examiner. We were all nervous going into our exams and we had heard that he was tough. He gave a great orientation and we all relaxed a little. He was very clear about what he expected, was fair and always provided excellent feedback. We had to work hard, but under his direction we all feel that we have achieved success and feel prepared to make it as successful PADI instructors! Thanks George, I'm happy you were our examiner!