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There exist fundamentally two aspects of effective learning which are of equal importance and which should be balanced. The first of these is teaching methodology which can all be mastered by anyone with the desire to do so and can be used advantageously in the learning process.
The second of the two aspects, and the one on which I will focus in this essay, is the criticality of the learning environment. The ability of the teacher to provide a positive and nurturing environment is enhanced by certain inherent qualities, some of which are awareness, empathy, creativeness and genuine caring for the student's heart.
I firmly believe that long term, persistent effort to learn comes from the heart and not the head. To win the hearts of the students, a teacher should first promote a climate of caring and trust. Since success breeds success, early success is foundational. Providing challenging yet achievable goals, aided by consistent positive reinforcement and support are methods the effective educator uses to ensure early, and therefore, continued success.

Our combination of International Course Directors and IDC Staff will ensure that you have the most up to date knowledge and resources available to you. Through out the period of the IDC, the staff will provide you with all the support that you need to fulfil the curriculum and prepare for the IE.

Christian Kiendl


Cipto Aji Gunawan, nick name "chip"

A Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. He started diving in 1989, and became a PADI Instructor in 1993. He traveled to Malaysia , Singapore , Philippines and United States to attend intensive courses and seminars in the field of Diving Education, Diving Industry Marketing & Management, Equipment Management, Hyper baric Medicine and Medic First Aid. In 1996, Cipto became the first ever residence PADI Course Director in Indonesia , the highest level of scuba diving professional. Cipto is the Head of Research, Development and Education of the Indonesia Sport Diving Association, founder of Bali Professional Divers Association, member of Indonesia Hyper baric Society and speaker for several environment and diving industry programs. He holds Certificate IV of Assessment and Workplace Training from the Australian National Training Authority. He is also a Marine Resort and Dive Center consultant and a professional underwater videographer.

John Saber - PADI course Director


John Saber - PADI course Director

John was born in a small coal mining village in West Virginia, USA. At the tender age of 11, his family moved to Carlsbad, New Mexico (it is incredibly hot there). He had his first job there, fueling airplanes at the local air port. He was paid in flying time and became a certified pilot (single engine, land) After graduating from university, President Nixon sent him an invitation to join the military, and John spent 7 years in the Army as a Russian translator. A few years back in the US, teaching physics, chemistry and math, and then on to Bali (hot, but the water in the drains turns clockwise here and that keeps you entertained so you don’t notice the heat—ask John for a full explanation of the coriolis effect). In Bali, he developed his current company, Atlantis International, into a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and is living there in tropical bliss. Consistent with the Bali life style, he runs a very low stress IDC where you even get to take a day or two off and go diving.


Andy T

Dive Info:

  • Australian
  • 40++
  • 6000 + + logged dives
  • 28 years diving experience
  • Lots + + certifications

Andy Taylor - PADI Master Instructor

Master Instructor # 103481 " AndyT " has been diving for almost twenty seven years and logged his 6000th dives on his Birthday in 2005. Andy T is actively involved with all of the Absolute Scuba Bali internship programs and with over seeing all the IDC's in AbsoluteWith many years experience of teaching divers around the world & at all levels, Andy T is able to offer a wealth of information Absolute Scuba IDC candidates. Being the Director of Absolute Scuba Bali also makes him a very useful person to get information from, especially about future employment opportunities.



Prass Dive Manager

Dive Info::

  • Indonesian
  • 30 yeals old
  • 3000 + logged dives
  • 9 years diving experience
  • 450 + certifications

Prastiyono, nick name "prass"

IDC staff # 461567
"Prass" his nick name, is one of the raising stars in the development of the diving industry in Bali . He helped to form the Bali Professional Divers Association. He has been diving all around Bali for more than 8 years before joining Absolute Scuba Bali. Prass is responsible for the daily operation and quality control of the training standard.




Christian Kiendl

Dive Info:

  • German
  • 37 yeals old
  • 4000 + logged dives
  • 15years diving experience
  • 400+ certifications

Christian Kiendl
IDC staff #461462

Christian takes care of our German market He started diving in 1995. Christian speaks German, English and Indonesian.


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