Embracing Modern Scuba Diving Instruction: The Oceans 5 Gili Air Approach


In the dynamic world of scuba diving instruction, the role of a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Course Director is pivotal. Traditionally, these experts have focused predominantly on teaching PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs), preparing candidates to conduct various PADI courses and programs. However, a critical question arises: How can PADI Course Directors effectively teach these courses if their own hands-on experience is limited or outdated? This query is akin to considering the efficacy of a driving instructor who hasn’t been behind the wheel for a decade instructing aspiring drivers.

At Oceans 5 Gili Air, we proudly break from this norm through the innovative approach of our PADI Course Director, Sander. In this post, we’ll explore why Sander’s method of teaching not only IDCs but also a range of PADI courses, from Discover Scuba Diving programs to Bubblemakers and specialty courses, is revolutionizing scuba instruction and why it matters to you as a PADI IDC candidate.

PADI IDC Indonesia | IDC Scuba Diving Instruction at PADI IDC Dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Air with PADI Course Director Sander Buis
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The Evolution of PADI Courses and Student Needs

Over recent years, PADI courses have undergone significant transformations, reflecting changes in technology, environmental consciousness, and student demographics. Traditional teaching techniques, which once were the standard, are becoming less effective in today’s digitally-oriented world. For instance, the shift from paper-based to digital learning materials represents a broader change in the educational approach.

Why Practical Experience Matters

Sander’s unique position as a Course Director who actively teaches a wide array of PADI courses ensures that he remains intimately connected with these evolving trends. This hands-on experience enables him to impart relevant, practical knowledge to IDC candidates, a crucial aspect often missed by those who solely teach instructor-level courses.

Innovative Teaching Philosophy: Environmental Consciousness

One of the most significant evolutions in PADI’s philosophy is the emphasis on minimizing environmental impact. This change reflects a growing global awareness of environmental conservation, particularly crucial in diving, which is intimately connected with the ocean’s health. Unlike many Course Directors who stick to traditional, bottom-kneeling teaching methods, at Oceans 5 Gili Air, we advocate for and practice skills in open water with neutral buoyancy. This approach not only better prepares our IDC candidates for real-world diving scenarios but also instills a deep respect and understanding of the need to protect our underwater environments.

Integrating Modern Techniques in IDC

By teaching all skills in open water and prohibiting contact with the ocean floor, we ensure our IDC candidates are not only skilled divers but also environmentally responsible instructors. This philosophy is seamlessly integrated into our IDC curriculum, preparing candidates to be effective, modern instructors who can adapt to the changing diving landscape and student profiles.

Why Choose a Course Director like Sander?

Choosing a Course Director like Sander means opting for an instructor who is not just a teacher of teachers but also an active practitioner in the field. This experience allows him to bring real-world insights and updated techniques to the IDC, making the learning experience richer, more relevant, and more in tune with current best practices in scuba diving.


In conclusion, the unique approach adopted by PADI Course Director Sander at Oceans 5 Gili Air represents a significant shift in scuba diving instruction. By combining active teaching across various PADI courses with a modern, environmentally conscious teaching philosophy, Sander ensures that our IDC candidates are equipped with the latest skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for the contemporary diving world. As the industry evolves, so must our methods of instruction, and at Oceans 5 Gili Air, we are proud to be at the forefront of this evolution.

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