- With everyone crowding around the table enjoying a pot of delicious steamboat, inevitably, it made us think. Drifting our mind back to 2013's excitement....
A sudden outburst of excitement and enthusiasm came pouring on the dive trip made last year... Sweet memories!
Looking back on what happened in 2013, lots of activities went through here in Amazing Dive.
Let's take a quick recap of the events and happenings in 2013.
ADA'S CREW TRIP!!
Kick start the year with ADA's Crew Trip to Anilao, Philippines. A privilege to be on the trip. This trip is one of its kind with over 20 dive professionals on the trip. The trip all pack with underwater action, fun, laughter and experience!!
Arriving at Clark Airport
NEW AMAZING STORE!!
Than Amazing Dive have a relocated to a new store!! Still in the same block, Amazing Dive shifted to a brand new unit at ground floor! New Place, new look and new starry logo!
Immediately after moving to a new house, Amazing Dive also have an additional of a new Instructor!! -Shaun Gilmour. Shaun came from New Zealand and undergo the Instructor Development Course here in Singapore. One of the favourite instructors among the students, Shaun has patiently guided students into the amazing underwater journey. Although he have relocated back to Kiwi land, his spirits stayed and and we believe his students will always remember him, the big Shaun!
Not to forget, the long weekend holiday in March, we see through 3 long weekend trips to Tioman, Dayang and also, REDANG!!!
IDC April 2013
April was greeted with the commencement of the Instructor Development Course (IDC). Graduates of the April IDC will be able to sit for The Instructor's Exam that is scheduled on 25th and 26th May. This give candidates about 7 weeks to complete the course requirements and which is ample time to learn and practice effectively.
Main components of the IDC are: Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI) course, Class room lessons, Dive theory, Knowledge Reviews presentation, Confined Water teaching & Open Water training. For this April batch, Amazing Dive has 2 candidates participanting in the course - Reymar and Nicholas
Sipadan Trip May 2013!!
While the IDC was on going, Amazing Dive also went over to Sipadan!! One of the world class dive site located in Borneo, Malaysia. We see 1 week of action packed dives! Sharks, turtles, flamboyant cuttlefish, barracudas, jack fishes.. Lovely resort, beautiful dive sites & fun loving people!
P/S: Want to join us for more Sipadan in 2014? Read here!
After spending a lovely week in Sipadan, we quickly see the commencement of PADI Instructor's Exam (IE). Lots of nervous, intense moment. However Amazing Dive's candidates graduated with flying colours! Great Job Reymar and Nicholas =)
They say the real learning journey starts after Instructor's Exam. That is very very true for the new Amazing Instructors, teaching theory class, demonstrating in confine water and conducting Open Water training. It is sure challenging and brain teasing, however the satisfaction from the students who enjoyed and complete the course is priceless. =)
Looking back, this is most likely the busiest quater in 2013.
DMA Dayang 9-days Training
Q3 started with 9 Dive Management Associates (DMAs) going through a 9 day intensive dive training at Pulau Dayang on 2nd week of July. The Dive Management Associate (DMA) program is currently the one and only Dive Business training program in Singapore. During their 20 weeks stay with the company, the DMAs go through a series of business management, customer service, logistics handling training on top of the dive training. As part of the planned program, all 9 associates spend a fruitful and memorable time at Pulau Dayang, going through the eat-sleep-training-dive cycle. All came back with more refined scuba skills, higher confidence and better composure as a Divemaster.
IDC August 2013
Shortly after the DMA's intensive trip ended, a new batch of IDC candidates gathered together and started their journey of becoming a PADI instructor.
The most intensive month is August. Long weekend trip during National Day Holiday to 4 different places on the same week, 1 long haul trip to Maldives on MV Eagle Ray, confined pool and Pulau Hantu Open Water training for the IDC candidates, EFRI course, Instructor's Exams and not to forget the usual weekly courses conducted. The whole month was action filled.
Than shortly after, a group set off to Malapascua, Philippines, for their date with the Thresher Sharks. The dive group were there for about a week, relaxing, looking out for Thresher Sharks, strengthening friendship, planning next dive trip! haha...
Busy month indeed. However, all the effort is proven worthwhile as the 9 DMAs got their Divemaster certification, the IDC Candidates cleared their IE with flying colors, customers and divers all return back from the trip safe, happy and craving for more!!
Live-aboard MV Nautica
Approaching the 4th quater of the year. This would means the start of the rainy monsoon season in the Malaysia region. On usual circumstances, dive operations will slow down and we will rearm ourselves and prepare better for next year. However, this year, with the new partnership formed with MV Nautica!
Yes! the ideal dive trip is here! Comfortable travel on board, wake up at your favourite dive site, spend relaxing moment during the surface intervals. These are reasons why live-aboard holidays is very popular among divers. 4th October marks the special moment where Amazing Divers tried the live-aboard experience through this newly form partnership. The feedback were Amazing!! Our Amazing Divers not just enjoyed the comfortable boat trip. The events held on MV Nautica made the dive holiday even more meaningful. Let it be the Spooky Halloween, the Generous Christmas or the Charged Up New Year. It's heart warming to see divers and course takers coming back with the satisfied glee.
IDC Nov 2013
In the meantime, another batch of IDC Candidates, once again, geared up to prepare for the scheduled IE in end November!
The year than see a good closing with a group of new Instructors, a week of adventure in The Maldives on board MV Sachika, Christmas and New Year's trip on Nautica a big success!!!
Maldives Dec 2013
ADA Christmas Party 2013
Not to forget - The ADA's annual Christmas Party!
Amazing Crew Members!
Feeling the over flowing passion from 2013 already? It has not ended! 2013 would not be so successful without the help of our Amazing Dive Crew!
First, congratulations to our Divemasters graduates in 2013!
Not to forget the Instructor Course candidates.
And all other Amazing crew members!
Looking back, 2013 was really exciting and filled with memories! Thank you all who Amazing Dive has met. It is the relationship forms and memories kept that has made this journey fulfilling! Looking ahead! We believe there will be more fun ahead!!
Just a little preview of 2014. Starting March, we have bimonthly trips to Tenggol and Redang! Not just that, MV Nautica will sail towards Tioman to bring more diving actions to the Amazing Divers. Looking to go further? Join us on long haul trips to all around the region all year round!! Did I forget to mention that exciting new dive gears are coming your way into Amazing Dive Store?
Scuba Diving never stop with Amazing Dive!! We hope to have you with us on our journey!!
Have a great 2014!! Wish you the Best of Health, Wealth and Happiness Always!!!
See you soon!
Lots of Love from Amazing Dive!
- above post written by Nicholas