After multiple weeks of research, comparison and thinking about where to go, we followed the recommendations of several friends. The decision to do our IDC with dive-careers.com at Sierra Madre Divers in Bohol, Philippines, turned out to be a great choice.
Our Course Director was Bas Van Riemsdijk – he is a very likeable, handsome and very knowledgeable guy with great teaching and motivation skills. Throughout his professional and natural style, he also provided us with lots of fun and laughter. His English is clear and easy to understand, which is very important for non-native-speakers like we are!
Despite all hard work he made the IDC feel like fun! And after all the thorough preparation, in the end the IE was a walk in the park!
And last but not least he also granted enough breaks for the smokers among us… :)
Sierra Madre Divers catched us from the first moment with their big heart and their commitment for the cats and dogs of Alona Beach! When we arrived there, we were welcomed in a very familiar atmosphere, they supported us in our search for a suitable accommodation, and were very helpful with really everything before, throughout and even after the IDC!
The classrooms have air condition, and coffee, tea, water and cookies are available for free – for lunch we had e.g. very tasty noodles or dumplings.
Furthermore there is a very big and deep swimming pool right next to the classrooms, which is ideal for training/polishing your demonstration skills.
And the sandy shallow bottoms of paradisiac Alona Beach offer perfect conditions for teaching/demonstrating as well.