Instructor course for Divemaster Ayu
On Tuesday morning, the 1st of June, we waved goodbye to Kadek Ayu as he jumped on his scooter with his new PADI IDC backpack securely on his back. Finally, after months and months of study and preparation, the moment had arrived: He was off to Sanur to start his PADI Instructor Development Course!
Ayu started working for Bali Diving Academy in Pemuteran in 2010. Like most of our staff, he started as boat helper and snorkel guide and could not speak much English. Gradually he gained experience and became comfortable dealing with tourists from all over the world. Bali Diving Academy’s policy is to teach all of our staff to dive so they could have a better understanding of customer needs. Between 2010 and 2012 Ayu passed all his courses from Open Water Diver to Rescue Diver and finally, at the end of 2012 he became a fully-fledged PADI Divemaster!
After more than 3 years working as a Divemaster, Ayu was extremely competent as a guide, excellent at finding macro critters and very lucky spotting big things. We’ve joked that he should be called MrWhaleshark…. Because of the range of day trips we arranged, he got to know a wide range of dive sites, from Tulamben in the east, to Menjangan Island, Puri Jati and Secret Bay in the north. He also became very popular with our divers and many return guests specifically requested him as their guide. His excellent English and sunny personality made it easy for him to socialize and have a laugh with the customers.
Earlier this year a position opened up for another instructor in Pemuteran and we asked Ayu if he would be interested. He was, and so began months of studying. It became normal to see him sitting at the table under the trees with his books, working through a complicated physics or physiology exam. If he did not have divers, he would often join our instructors in the pool to brush up on his Confined Water skills. He put a lot of hard work into preparing and we are all keeping our fingers tightly crossed that it is going to pay off.
Ayu will be busy with the Instructor development course for about 2 and a half weeks, after which he will do the Instructor Exam – all in English! It is a tough course and we wish him the best of luck with it. Hopefully we can welcome our new instructor back at the end of June!