We were all there, the stressy days before the IDC starts when your mind is telling you 'Aaaaaaaaahhhh, can I do this, am I really ready for this?'
Yes you are ready for it! Thanks to Matt who is always there, at any time, to hep you out, answer all your questions, give good advise or just be there as a friend to have a nice chat.
As lucky as I am, I had he opportunity to do my IDC with Matt in the lovely town of Labuan Bajo and go for practice in the beautiful waters of the Komodo National Park. Labuan Bajo is only a small town but gives you a lot of inspiration as you are surrounded by people who share the same passion, Diving! Not only on land you get good vibes, it is even getting better when you go out for practice in the park. Komodo is known for is stunning view with majestic islands and of course.. current. This gives you the opportunity to learn as much as possible and make you able to teach in different conditions!
I not want to tell a fairytale and say the IDC is easy and relaxing.. It is how it is, intense and fun!
As divemaster we already have a lot of knowledge about diving, this time it was to Matt to teach us even more and make the Instructor Manual like your best friend, know it inside out. The only way to do this is by paying attention, sharing and repeating. As we were with a group of 6 people, means 6 different characters and opinions. You can imagine that this is not always easy to deal with, specially during an intensive course from only 2 weeks where you spend a lot of time in the classroom, swimmingpool, ocean and afterwords making homework. It is literally a rollercoaster, how Matt handled whit all our emotions, needs, hights and lows.. I can only say, Woaw, he did a wonderful job!
How you can feel lost at the start of the IDC and feel like a fool, Matt will make u absolutely ready and confident for the IE. You practice, practice and practice and every time you get feedback, even if it is positive or negative, he do it in a way that at the end of the course the IE will be easy.
Matt, thank you for the amazing time! I feel more than ready to share my knowledge and passion for diving and introduce new divers to the beautiful underwater world or even upgrade divers who wants to learn more.