Fiona Smith – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
I am so happy that I decided to take my Instructor Development Course with Holly, here at Trawangan Dive. I have become a more confident diver and teacher for sure. The IDC was an extremely enjoyable course and i would always recommend everyone to come here to take their PADI Instructor Development Course.
I have recently finished my PADI IDC course at Trawangan Dive and my course director was Holly Macleod. The IDC has totally changed the way I feel and handle situations when it comes to diving and teaching of course.
The course can be quite stressful, but at the same time it was great being part of such an amazing IDC team and this is something I will always remember. It is also nice to be on the other side of the fence, immediately being thrust into the role of teaching others which builds your confidence and knowledge rapidly.
Holly teaches in both a fun but serious way which totally prepares you for the PADI Instructor Examination. Her knowledge of the diving business and personal dive experiences are amazing and during the course she will go completely out of her way to prepare you and steer you towards the right direction.
Juvens Nampung – Open Water Scuba Instructor #278709
Being a local guide in Flores Indonesia, where I am from; I took the chance to become a PADI instructor. I took my IDC course with Holly in November of 2012. Although English is not my first language, I was very impressed with the level of instruction and communication during the course, especially the way in which she was able to explain things to the non-native English speaker’s in the class. I also found the level of demonstration was great and helped me to develop and fine tune my skills perfectly. I would also like to thank Holly personally for being the perfect Course Director for my training, and for her high level of patience!
Harvey Mills – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
I was originally set to take my IDC in Koh Tao Thailand and decided to visit a friend who happened to be working at Blue Marlin, in Gili Trawangan where I decided to take some fun dives. Whilst diving with Blue Marlin I got talking to Holly, and further into the conversation realized that she was the Course Director and conducted their IDC program. I knew straight away after the first conversation I had with Holly that I would rather do my IDC Course with her, here in Gili Trawangan. She was very easy to speak to and explained the whole program to me, so I guess it was an easy decision.
Even before the IDC course had started Holly gave up some of her free time and conducted some theory sessions with the group to get us off to a good start.
I feel that I have learnt a great deal from my IDC Course and it has given me a lot of confidence in both diving and in life as a whole. Holly can be very serious at times, but also knows how to have a laugh which in my opinion provides a great mix.
I feel that the IDC at Trawangan Dive provided a great learning environment, alongside some great people with a fantastic course Director. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.
Maarten van den Hazel – PADI Master Instructor & Dive Shop Operator
I had the pleasure of staffing an IDC conducted by Holly. During this IDC she inspired me by the way she explained everything in great clarity, the way she took the time to help candidates who had language difficulties and the extra effort she put in when additional training was required. What Inspired me most of all however was the way she created a safe and relaxed atmosphere for learning which resulted in relaxed and confident Candidates who were more than ready for their exams.
I believe that the way she conducts her IDC will influence the next generation of dive instructors and already contributes to a safer and more fun dive environment.