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Dive Friends Bonaire IDC graduates FIVE new PADI Instructors

(DiverWire) Dive Friends Bonaire announces the successful completion the operation’s semi-annual PADI Instructor Development Course.  The island of Bonaire now boasts five more PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.

PADI IDC graduatesThe IDC started November 22nd with an international crew of divemasters.  The candidates were from Holland, Germany, England and the United States.  Over the next ten days, they worked very hard under the direction of Course Director Thommy Kurtz and IDC Staff Instructor Patrick van Hooijdonk.  On December 3rd and 4th they were put to the test during the Instructor Examination by visiting PADI Instructor Examiner John E. Land.  The candidates all passed their written exams, classroom presentations and confined and open water skills with flying colors.

The graduation celebration was hosted by Dive Friends @ Yellow Submarine with barbecued lionfish.

Dive Friends Bonaire will be offering their next Instructor Development Course (IDC) which will begin on May 3rd and continue through May 13th, 2012. The Instructor Exam conducted by PADI will immediately follow on May 14th and 15th.

Costs for the IDC and related courses are:

  • IE Prep Course, FREE
  • Full IDC (no E-Learning), $1,200
  • E-Learning IDC, $1,080
  • Emergency First Response Instructor, $270
  • Staff Instructor, $650
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer, $650 (five specialties)

All candidates are also eligible for two days of free unlimited air for shore diving after the IDC.

Dive Friends Bonaire can assist with on-island arrangements, including special IDC rates for accommodations and/or vehicle rentals. Those interested in participating in the IDC may visit for additional information, or contact Dive Friends Bonaire directly by email at

Dive Friends Bonaire is one of Bonaire’s premier diving facilities offering full diving and snorkeling services while still providing personal attention. Three retail stores are available in Kralendijk, in addition to four diving facilities. For additional information about all their services contact Dive Friends Bonaire : Phone +(599) 717-2929, Fax +(599) 717-2929 Web:, Email:

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