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reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Nov 04, 2018

Added Nov 04, 2018

5/5 stars

Great IDC experience!

My IDC with Matt was challenging, interesting and fun. I was fully prepared for the IE afterwards, but more than that I am now practicing as an instructor immediately after the course and feel confident and prepared to do so. I really appreciated Matt’s supportive approach, his high expectations and his organisation which was all underpinned with dedication to all of his students getting the best possible results for themselves. Thanks so much Matt!

Helen would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Nov 04, 2018

Thank you very much Helen for the nice review.

I am very happy to see that you have already found a job and putting in practice what learned!

About Helen

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Überlingen am Bodenseee reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Sep 20, 2018

Added Sep 20, 2018

5/5 stars

If you are reading this- Its too late

I have attended the IDC with Matt.. in August 2018 on Komodo, and can say its been tough for me and him. Compared to other people, who jumped straight from the DMI to the IDC I did my divemaster a year ago in Costa Rica, and there wasnt (much) theory left. But somehow Matt managed to squeeze all the important Informations into my head, which wasnt always easy for both of us. During the IDC, you gonna be busy replying to Matts messaged, if you have compleded your homework exams, studying, or more studying. haha. So basically Matt is your best friend and enemy at the same time. I do not think there is another IDC out there like the one with Blue Marlin Diving in Komodo. This is because the groups are small and the athmosphere in Labuan Bajo is amazing and also ive heard there is good diving in Komodo national park... yeah apparently you can see Mantas there. I also did the speciality Instructor with matt, which involved a 4 day Liveabroad trip on a sick boat with a lot of good food and good banter and a Parrot, which called Gustoo i think. I really can recommand doing the specialty instructor as there is not as much diving involved in the IDC as you expect. I do not want to say too much but if you want to do your IDC somwhere special and not witha tons of people in Mexico, Hunduras, Bali or the Gilis, come to Komdo, its definitely worth it. Baaam Junge !

Marvin S would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Sep 20, 2018

"Matt is your best friend and enemy at the same time"
I like to think that now we are just friends :)
Thank you very much for the review Marvin. Best of success in your Career!

About Marvin S

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Aug 16, 2018

Added Aug 16, 2018

5/5 stars

Taff IDC -> easy IE

Hello to you reading this. If you thinking about doing your IDC, I would strongly recommend you MATT, he is a very professional and organized Course Director. You will go trough all the stuff which is really important for the final exam and if you have any problem on some topic Matt will not rest till you have fully understood it (Don´t try to act like you have understood if you haven´t, he will recognize it. :-D).This makes the course with Matt failsafe. For sure you will have a lot of homework and the IDC will be taff but I prefer this way than going to the IE with without the sureness that you will pass the exam.
But besides from all that I see in Matt a friend, a good chess player and somebody who will help me during my diving career.
I also recommend the MSDT, It´s a really good deal. Matt, Paul and Sarah do also a great job on this one. I´ll not explain too much because you should just do it, it´s amazing.
PS: You should not put your mask on your forehead otherwise it´s costs you a Beer.
GRAZIE! CIAO!

Franz B would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Aug 17, 2018

..you say so only because I let you win at chess ;)
Thank you for the nice words Franz, and best of success on your career!

About Franz B

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Carry le rouet reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Aug 03, 2018

Added Aug 04, 2018

5/5 stars

Become a Pro with a real Pro !

Matt is an extremely organized and professional course director who will push you to attain a level of quality that is well above industry standards. It involves a lot of focus, a lot of homework but also a lot of fun! Labuan Bajo is a nice little town with everything you need and a lot of not-so-secret roof tops to eat amazing food and watch even more amazing sunsets.
I will not elaborate too much on the reason why doing the IDC in the KomodoNational Park is an excellent choice of venue for diving as the challenge and awesomeness of the dive sites is common knowledge in the diving industry, but just picture this... You are focused presenting to your "students" how to use a lift bag and suddenly they point at a manta casually passing by right behind you. She probably wanted to watch the skill too :)
Come the day of the Instructor Examination, you will be extremely well prepared thanks to all of the homework and advice Matt will give you (I managed to finish the written exams one hour ahead of time). Your presenting skills will be so polished and ready due to Matt's perfectionism, that you will surely pass with top marks. For all of these reasons, I couldn't recommend the IDC with Matt enough and will definitely keep very fond memories of the IDC. I would also like to finish with a word on the MSDT on Blue Marlin's Liveaboard Ikan Biru - this was the cherry at the top of the cake and extremely good value, as you get to become a specialties instructor while diving in the Komodo National Park, all for the price of a liveaboard trip, including wonderful food and incredible diving as part of very small groups. Thank you Matt for an experience I will never forget !

Alexandra C would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Aug 04, 2018

Thank you very much Ale for your kind words :)
It was a pleasure to teach you and I am sure you will be a great and successful Instructor!

About Alexandra C

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Toulouse reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Jul 08, 2018

Added Jul 08, 2018

5/5 stars

An experience you will not forget!

Finally got to make my mind and chose dive education with Matt to do my IDC in komodo!

Getting in contact with Matt was pretty easy, he managed to be clear about all the details I wanted to know before starting the course.

I had done my dive master not so long ago before so I had everything pretty much in mind except a few thing I had to go over again. Matt sent me all the theory I had to know before the course which made it even easier to get prepared.

During the course if there were still things I didn't get clearly, matt would hop to one of the other many languages he knows to get around the problems and to make sure I got it properly. It is clear that he want's you to have everything clear in mind and will use all his skills and patience to get you there in time.

The IDC was something intense with "up's and downs", it hasn't been without pressure and sometimes you may wonder if this was a good idea to do.
But once you get to the final IE after matt's course you realise he had put the level pretty high making the exam almost taste like a piece of cake!

The examinator from padi, who came to give us the exam, was really surprised as well as it was the first time in her career that all the students got 5/5 on the skills to demonstrate!

Clearly, If you have money to spend, and want a good course, this is the man to contact!

And what better location than komodo to get to practise skills in open water? (quote matt: "okay guys, I know there is a Manta turning around us but... Let try to stay focus on the skills hey?!")

A great experience, thanks Matt!

Philippe Bavière would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Jul 08, 2018

Hahah. Yes we saw a manta and you just forgot that you were doing the exercise! :)
Tank you for the great review! I am sure you will be a great Instructor!

About Philippe Bavière

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from London reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Jun 27, 2018

Added Jun 27, 2018

5/5 stars

great experience

Becoming a scuba diving instructor seems a tough mission, which for many parts it definitely is and can almost seem unreachable.

I had the luck to attend my IDC at Blue Marlin Komodo with Matt, not only Komodo national park is one of the best diving spots in the entire world and Labuan Bajo is full of dive centres and divers (which makes it an exciting place to hang around), on top of that Matt will make sure (in any possible way) his students will go through a really thoroughly preparation.

It starts with a nice two days refresh about all the theories from the DM course, explaining with real life examples all the exercise required, provides you with LOTS of digital material and a nice easy_theory file for quick reference.

The course then develops into constant preparation for the academic and water presentations giving the students lots of opportunities to test and rehearse their verbal and water skills.

Don’t get me wrong, this won’t be a holiday, ALMOST every day will be full with plenty of exams, tests and presentations to perform plus daily homework.

It can be perceived as a tough mission at first but it turns out being a very clever method to absorb the theory and feel way more confident, although a student can easily feel very timid at the beginning, but Matt is very good in understanding individual behaviours and requirements and has a great ability to make a bespoke course for everyone.

On top of the IDC there is the great opportunity to get specialties during a 4 days live-aboard around Komodo national park which has amazing diving spots for almost all available skills.

Be ready to literally and fully submerge yourself into a diving world, it’s gonna be a very tough but satisfactory month and I promise you won’t regret it.

Well done Matt

Enrico A would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Jun 28, 2018

"great ability to make a bespoke course for everyone" This is touching. Thank you very much for your kind words!

About Enrico A

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Cave diving

from Lausanne reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on May 31, 2018

Added May 31, 2018

5/5 stars

IDC Komodo

Matt is a great instructor! Very patient and able to popularise the explanations, which helps a lot!
The IDC is very hard, but then the IE seemed to be a piece of cake!
Thank you Matt for your time and organisation!

Elena G would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Jun 01, 2018

Thank you very much for your review Elena. I wish you best of success in your diving career!

About Elena G

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Copenhagen reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on May 21, 2018

Added May 21, 2018

5/5 stars

A PADI Rollercoaster

There is no one quite like Matt Fieschi but I couldn’t imagine my IDC with anyone else. As we were told from the beginning, the Instructor Development Course is a PADI rollercoaster, filled with ups, downs, fives, a few one’s, presentations, late nights and paper eardrum demonstrations - sprinkled with a bit of sarcasm.

Matt brought his great Swiss-Italian enthusiasm to the classroom and pool sessions everyday. Humour to theory, energy to knowledge reviews and lots of “nasty problems” in confined sessions. More than anything however, Matt is professional, patient and big-hearted. He really excelled in PPB! All course material was covered and half-times was explained multiple times with minimal head banging.

In all seriousness though, anytime there was a hint of a problem or a question, Matt was capable of answering and explaining in pretty much any language you could imagine. Except Zulu, despite a South African candidates best attempt to teach it. He lives into each one of his candidates, finding teaching styles best suited for every individual, creating a personable experience and an open and comfortable atmosphere. A safe space where we all could learn, try and experiment with teaching styles… and bad contact stories. The best part, is the transition from tough-love Mr Course Director to father bringing children to their first day of school at the IE, making sure everyone had their lunch boxes for the exams. Touching.

His meticulous and pedantic methods may scare you at first, with theory and GSP exams 1 through to 4, long hours and strict grading but walking into the IE, you are so over prepared you ask yourself what all the fuss was about. You may even catch yourself wanting to try the ride all over again!

Rebecca Svantemann would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo May 21, 2018

I promise one day I will work on my Zulu, but first I have to fix my Indonesia :) Thank you for the nice review and best of success in you career, I am sure you will rock!

About Rebecca Svantemann

Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Apr 24, 2018

Added Apr 25, 2018

5/5 stars

Great IDC - great package - great Course Director!

I took my IDC with Matt in April in Komodo. He is a super nice person, always in good mood and with positive attitude, very patient and comprehensive, and always there to help his students with any issue (... In PADI language: he offered a solution to every problem, and doing the IDC with Matt was of great value!). Learning gets so much easier in a stress-free and friendly setting, and of course with a lot of laughs!
The 2-day free pre-IDC preparation course was extremely helpful to repeat and consolidate the Diving Theory and the skill circuit. For the IDC itself I found the schedule very well planned - even when we had to work really hard sometimes with homeworks etc. - towards the end of the course I felt really well prepared for the IE, and indeed all candidates passed it well.
The cherry on the cake was the 4-day MSDT preparation course on Blue Marlin Komodo´s liveaboard Ikan Biru. So within 3 weeks I could become an OWSI, EFRI, and Instructor for 7 specialties, AND have some amazing fundives in Komodo National Park!

Iris K would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Apr 26, 2018

Thank you very much Iris for the kind words and the review.
I wish you best of success in your diving career!

About Iris K

Age : 40-49
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Mortefontaine reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Apr 13, 2018

Added Apr 14, 2018

5/5 stars

Good fun, and amazing course!

Matt is a nice guy, patient, funny and helpful. During those fifteen days of training, we learned everything in a good mood and with a lot of laugh. The four days on the liveaboard, Ikan Biru were incredible. It is the perfect way to end an intense training! Thank you again for everything Matt!

Audrey F would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Apr 14, 2018

Thank you Audrey for your review! As well for your good attitude and your constant smile during the whole program. Best of success in your dive career!

About Audrey F

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Aarau reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Feb 10, 2018

Added Feb 11, 2018

5/5 stars

A once in a life time experience

I did my IDC with Matt this January in Komodo and it was one of the best experiences that I've ever made. After finishing my DM with Blue Marlin in Komodo, I decided to stay in this awesome diving environment and to do my IDC with Matt. A decision that I don't regret at all.

The whole course was very very good. The two offered free preparation days helped a lot to refresh the dive theory and to gain a solid knowledge for the IDC. The structure and schedule of the IDC was intense, but prepared us excellently for the IE. The IE itself was in the end super easy (Yes Matt, you were right ;-)) and we all passed with top grades. Even if the IDC was demanding, we had a great group, a very good team spirit and also a lot of fun which made the whole course a great experience. Matt himself was always very motivating and highly patient with us. He helped us to gain teaching confidence and equipped us with the necessary knowledge to start our professional careers as instructors. In addition, we all become good friends and will definitely stay in touch!

To sum up, I highly recommend to do your IDC with Matt. He's a lovely and funny person, a passionate teacher and a highly professional Course Director. Thank you very much Matt!

Melinda would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Feb 13, 2018

What a nice review, thank you so much Melinda! All the best :)

About Melinda

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 10 to 20 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Aarau reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Jan 30, 2018

Added Jan 31, 2018

5/5 stars

I‘ve found a mentor for my career, and a great friend, too!

Are you looking for a good place to become instructor? Well, I recommend to reach out for a good Course Director, too! I felt in love with Komodo during a trip and accidentally bumped into Matt. After a few Emails and months I decided to do my IDC in Komodo with Matt and it turned out to be a lucky punch! First of all, the two day pre preparation course that is included was very helpful to refresh my 3 years old and rusty DM knowledge. The course itself was very structured and intense, but prepared all off the candidates to pass the IE with ease. Even the Examiner was impressed how well we did! That said, I can more than recommend Matt for your IDC, his natural educational approach makes it really easy to become a good instructor. And besides that, he is just a lovely, positiv and funny dude outside the classroom! Thank you Matt...

Vincenzo would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Feb 06, 2018

Thank you Vincenzo for the review! Best of success in your career my friend.

About Vincenzo

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Jan 28, 2018

Added Jan 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Great IDC with Matt

I did my IDC with Matt in January 2018. It was a great experienced. He prepared us not only perfect for the IE but also supported us with is expertise and experience. I had an amazing time! If you are thinking to do your IDC do it here!!

Eva would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Jan 30, 2018

Thank you a lot Eva for your review!
Best of success in your dive career.

About Eva

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Jan 28, 2018

Added Jan 29, 2018

5/5 stars

Pro & fun !

Hi everyone,
I've just passed my IDC in Komodo with my course director Matt, such a great experience ! The course was complete and he always manage to make it clear and fun. I've learned so much during those two weeks, i'm now ready for the dive pro world !
Thanks for your work & and to take on your time to translate some stuff in french.
Want to become a pro? It's simple: Contact him!

Kenny Briffe would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Jan 29, 2018

Thank you very much Kenny for your review!
See you in Gili Air for the Freediving Course and your Specialties Course

About Kenny Briffe

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Nov 10, 2017

Added Nov 10, 2017

5/5 stars

Excellent

I would like to thank to Matt and i was so lucky to do my MSDT with him. As a local guy which my language is bahasa would be so difficult to digest the words used in the theory but Matt explained to me so easy were i can understand it very well. I highly recommend him especially for local (indonesian)instructor to take the course with him because i know he is special. Thanks again Matt, i appreciate your hard work in teaching me such in save and fun way.

Lalu Rifai1 would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Nov 18, 2017

It was a pleasure to teach you Rifai! Thank you for the nice review.

About Lalu Rifai1

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Nov 10, 2017

Added Nov 10, 2017

5/5 stars

IDC und MSDT-Training mit 100% Weiterempfehlung

Jedem der sich überlegt den IDC in Indonesien zu machen, kann ich Matt als Course Director zu 100% empfehlen. Hatte mich sehr kurzfristig für den IDC entschlossen, was für Matt kein Problem war. Von Anfang an hatte ich bei Matt das Gefühl, dass er sich zu 100% auf mich und auf den IDC konzentriert hat. Dabei hatte er nicht vergessen mir eine ordentliche Portion Spaß während der gesamten Zeit zu servieren. Die Vorbereitung zum IE war zum Teil hart aber vor allem erstklassig, so dass der IE selbst fast schon ein Kinderspiel war. Danke dafür Matt!
Da mich der IDC mit Matt völlig überzeugt hat, hatte ich mich zusätzlich für das MSDT-Training mit ihm auf der Ikan Biru entschlossen. Die gemeinsame Zeit auf dem Boot war einfach super – das Training und die damit verbundenen Tauchgänge ebenfalls!
Mit Matt habe ich über die Zeit nicht nur einen kompetenten Course Director kennengelernt, sondern auch einen Freund gewonnen.

Dima would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Nov 18, 2017

"...auch einen Freund gewonnen"
Es ist das gleiche für mich!
Danke für die nette Bewertung

About Dima

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Toulouse reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Oct 13, 2017

Added Oct 13, 2017

5/5 stars

An amazing adventure

I would recommend 100% to do the IDC with Matt. He knows what he do, it is intense and sometimes hard, but after his very good preparation, the IE is very easy. And we had so much fun at the same time!! Matt knows when it is important to be serious, but he knows also, when it's time for fun!! To resume, choosing Matt is the best way to pass with success your IE, to have fun and to make a good friend!
Matt, i really like the way you teach!!

Sabrina G would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Oct 13, 2017

Thank you very much Sabrina. All the best in your dive career.

About Sabrina G

Age : 30-39
Diving for : 6 to 10 years
Dives done : 301-500
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Augsburg reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on Sep 29, 2017

Added Sep 30, 2017

5/5 stars

Ich würde auch meinen nächsten IDC mit Matt machen!

Ohne genau zu wissen wo es hingehen soll habe ich kurz vor meinem geplanten IDC eine der großen Tauchfabriken in Thailand verlassen und mich auf den weg nach Gili Air gemacht. Dort angekommen habe ich mir einige Tauchschulen angeschaut und das ohne vorher im Internet nachzulesen. Ich wollte es selber sehen! Blue Marlin in Gili Air war eine meiner letzten und ich habe mich sofort wohlgefühlt. Als ich Matt kennengelernt habe dauerte es nicht lange bis ich mich für ihn als Course Director entschieden habe. Er hat mir direct angeboten ihn bei seinem laufenden IDC im Pool und im open water zu assistieren. Das war super denn ich wollte wissen wie er unter Wasser ist und so hab ich schnell gemerkt hier kannst du was lernen! Sein nächster Kurs war allerdings in Komodo und so musste ich mein geliebtes Gili Air verlassen. Hier in Luban Bajo angekommen musste ich mich erst mal umgewöhnen, da es mir in der Stadt nicht gefällt halte ich es kurz. Die Filiale von Blue Marlin hier ist fast genau so schön wie auf Gili Air und das wichtigste das Klassenzimmer ist super ausgestattet. Der IDC an sich war anspruchsvoll aber wenn du dann in der examination sitzt und dir denkst easy piesi weißt du warum es so war. Endlich war also die IE geschafft und ich war PADI Instructor. Ich habe das angebotene MSDT training auf dem Liverboard von Blue Marlin gebucht der IKAN BIRU... Und das war der Oberhammer! Neben super Training bei meinen schönsten Tauchgängen bisher darf ich jetzt auch Speciaty´s unterrichten und hoffe bald den richtigen Job zu finden.

Danke Matt

Julian would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo Oct 06, 2017

Dank Julian!

About Julian

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving

from Labuan Bajo reviewed www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo

written on May 21, 2017 in Denpasar

Added May 22, 2017

5/5 stars

Awesome first time for both of us

To start with: I wasn't even sure whether to do my IDC or not. I've happily done my Rescue and DMT with Blue Marlin Komodo (BMK) but becoming an Instructor is a life changing and important decision. Matt offered me to meet up on Gili Air and have a thorough chat about the whole program.
Said-done: After meeting with him and having all my questions and concerns erased I signed up. A few days later I found myself back in Komodo and ready to start my IDC.
Straight to the point: Especially the first few days were long and theory packed, it seems overwhelming in the beginning but Matt did his best to make it interesting, understandable and knowledgable classroom sessions. After the first 3-4 days we started doing pool and open water sessions and I was happy to be back in my element. Although I was rather shocked to hear from Matt that I violated the PADI Standards on two occasions ;) Thinking about it now it was good though because I learned during my IDC what not to do, so during the IE and for my future life as an Instructor, I am sure to not do these mistakes. Matt was always there to make sure I definitely understood all the crucial points. So without even notizing it and before it was time for the Mock IE, I became a Basic Freediver and O2 Provider. On the Mock IE I violated the PADI Standards the second and last time ;) and was rather unsure what the IE would be like in a few days time.
Matt reasured me though that I would definitely have all the knowledge and skills to pass and only have to RTFQ (properly read the question) . While doing the IE and getting one five after the other (the highest score possible), I realized that the fact that Matt is an excellent but strict CD made the IDC challenging at certain points, but I ended up being spot on prepared for the IE and it was actually easy going. After a wild night in Bali we went back to Komodo and straight on the liveaboard to do my five specialties. Four awesome days diving the unrivaled Komodo National Park and learning how to teach specialties. Thanks to Matt's 10 year experience as a dive pro, he gave me valuable tips and tricks that you can't find in any PADI Manual or Guide to Teaching.
All of a sudden I am officially a PADI Specialty Instructor and on one hand actually a little sad that my student times with Matt are over, but on the other hand I am more than ready to plunge into Komodo and show dive novices the beauty that lies beneath the surface.
IN A NUTSHELL: If you want a strict but EXCELLENT Course Director who knows his profession top notch but forgets his thongs when he leaves the classroom Matt is the one!
Btw: He is a pretty funny (especially if he tries to say "Haftpflichtversicherung") and easygoing person as well, that will for sure make you have a great time becoming an instructor.
Enough from me: It's simple.. Just do it! You won't regret it.

Fabian D. would recommend www.dive-education.com

Response from www.dive-education.com Blue Marlin Komodo May 24, 2017

Thank you Fabian for the nice review.
All the best for your career.

About Fabian D.

Age : 20-29
Diving for : 2 to 5 years
Dives done : 101-300
Interests  : Liveaboard diving