Instructor Development Course - IDC

Anti Gravity Divers started conducting PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC) on Koh Lanta in April 2013 in association with GoProMalaysia and Platinum Course Director Azman Sulaiman.

Are you a Divemaster who is ready to take your Diving Career to the next level or a diver who dreams of being able to share your passion with others?

Do you want to live your dream of introducing others to our amazing underwater world and have a career that lets you travel the world?

This is your chance. Ready to transform your life?

PADI Course Director Azman Sulaiman has been awarded the prestigious Platinum PADI Course Director rating since the first year PADI introduced this award in 2005. Platinum rating is awarded only to PADI Course Directors who train at least 100 PADI Instructor candidates during each calendar year with the highest success rate and have a strong PADI Instructor level continuing education program. There were only 63 PADI Course Directors worldwide who received the PADI Platinum Course Director rating in 2009. In 2009, PADI Course Director Azman certified more than 200 Instructor candidates from PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) up to PADI IDC Staff Instructor (IDCSI). 

PADI Professional-Level Training:

  • Helps you expand your knowledge of dive theory.
  • Teaches you to apply the PADI System to confined water skills, knowledge development presentations, and open water training.
  • Provides career opportunities worldwide.
  • Expands your knowledge of scuba gear.
  • Enables you to meet and network with other dive professionals worldwide.
  • Provides you with professional continuing education options.
  • Lets you do what you love!  

There are hundreds of PADI Course Directors and PADI IDC Centers around the world offering PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC), but not all PADI IDCs are the same. So why Go Pro with us?

IDC Lanta, Koh Lanta Instructor Development Course
Our PADI Instructor Development programs has been proven to be successful and conducted to the highest quality available in Asia. GoProMalaysia and PADI Course Director Azman Sulaiman have received several PADI Instructor Development awards and recognitions in the last 8 years! We are the winner of PADI Asia Pacific PADI Instructor Development Award for two consecutive years - 2009 and 2010!

For more details about this IDC contact us now. And contact PADI Course Director Azman for more information about all his PADI GoPro and PADI Instructor Development Courses on the Perhentian Islands Malaysia, and Koh Lanta Thailand.

Are you ready to take the plunge and transform your life?

If you are still unsure, read about what our resident dive instructor Lynsey Bartram has to say about her experiences.

Upcoming IDC & IE Dates


IDC Prep............. 8th to 10th
IDC......................11th to 22nd
IE.........................24th & 25th

Can I take the PADI Open Water?

padi open water dive course
This is probably the question we hear asked most often. Obviously taking a Dive Course means you will learn new skills that will allow you to dive in the future, but it is your Instructors job to introduce you to these skills and get you through the course. But there are 3 important things you need in order to be able to take the PADI Open Water Course in the first place and if you cannot meet these requirements, these are the things you should work at before taking your Open Water Course.

1) Minimum Age - The minimum age to take the PADI Open Water Course is 10 years old. Only time can help you with this one ;)

padi scuba diver course
2) Medical Questionnaire - The purpose of the Medical Questionnaire is to find out if you should be examined by your doctor before participating in recreational diver training. A positive response to a question on the medical does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. It just means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician prior to engaging in dive activities. If you can answer "No" to each question then you do not need to visit a doctor prior to taking the course.

Download a scuba medical questionnaire here (PDF)

3) Swimming Skills - You do not need to have expert-level swimming abilities in order to dive.  However to complete the PADI Open Water Course you do need to be able to complete the following...
  •  swim, float or tread water for 10 minutes without using any swim aids.
  •  swim continuously for 200m OR snorkel for 300m with mask, fins and snorkel. 

padi discover scuba divingIf you cannot meet these requirements, it does not mean you cannot dive. Maybe consider building confidence in a pool first before attempting the PADI Open Water Course or you can consider taking the PADI Scuba Diver Course (only the 10-minute float requirement is needed) or participate in the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Experience (no swimming skills required) to gain some experience. 

If you can already meet these 3 requirements then you're ready to take the PADI Open Water Course. 

dive course, koh lanta, swimming pool
Everyone who takes the PADI Open Water Course has their own personal concerns and fears to overcome. Maybe you are scared of how it will feel or the thought of breathing underwater seems alien to you. You might worry about meeting certain fish or think the equipment will be complicated to use.

All of these are normal concerns and that is why we provide books, dvds and classroom sessions to help answer these questions and we begin the Course in the swimming pool so that your Instructor can put these fears to rest. The most common concern is fear of the unknown - the only way to overcome this is to give it a try and see for yourself.

By the end of the Course you will approach your fears differently and will think about life in a very different way. It is no coincidence that so many people say that diving has changed their lives. So what are you waiting for.  A new life awaits you :)

Optimum Weighting Tip to Consider

Being over-weighted is one of the most common mistakes that divers make. It's easy to assume that having an extra kilo or two will not make much difference, but it really does. Every extra kilo of weight you carry requires an extra litre of air in your BCD to compensate. This increases the size of your BCD and creates more drag which in turn will require more effort from you to move through the water. This now means you expend more energy and use more air - exactly the opposite of what you want when you dive.

buoyancy control tips
So how to determine the correct amount of weight to carry? During the PADI Open Water Course we learn to adjust for proper weighting as follows – carry enough weight to float at eye level at the surface with an empty BCD while holding a normal breath. If you can do this with 50 bar in your tank your weighting should be about right. This is a good rule of thumb but maybe there is more to consider?

buoyancy control tips, improve air consumption
The time you need to have enough weight to stay underwater comfortably is at the end of your dive when you are at 5m making your safety stop. If you are perfectly neutral at this point of your dive then you will be slightly positively buoyant during your final ascent, but this is compensated by the fact you can make your lungs slightly smaller during the ascent and it is good practice to be exhaling while you ascend anyway.

top tips scuba diving
So here is a great way to calculate the correct weighting for yourself on your next dive. Carry your normal number of weights but leave one of them inside the pocket of your BCD. At the end of the dive when your tank is at 50 bar, make your safety stop near a buoyline just to be safe. When ready, pass the weight to your buddy and empty your BCD. If you can hover comfortably without moving your hands or fins, then you now are wearing the correct amount of weights.

Of course there are times when it makes sense to carry extra weight, such as when there is surge, if you haven't dived in a while or if you might need to pass an extra weight to a buddy. But in general it is best to have the exact weighting as this will give you much better buoyancy control and will dramatically improve your air consumption. 

PADI peak performance buoyancy
If you wish to find out more ways to improve your diving skills and use less air, check out the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course. Not only will it bring you closer to diving like a pro, but you also get to make 2 dives at some of the best dive sites in Thailand. A great time to take this course is when you haven't dived for a while and wish to get back in the water. Not only will you refresh the diving skills you previously learned, but you will amaze yourself with how effortless diving can be when you do it properly.

Plus, better buoyancy control helps protect you and also our fragile corals, so you can help yourself and also the environment :)

Behind the Scenes of a Dive Center

Obviously every business wants to offer a polished service with everything in place to accommodate its customers. Anti Gravity Divers is no different, and in order to achieve this goal we have enlisted help from friends, a lot of elbow grease, called in favours, suffered many late nights and generally grafted non-stop to get to where we are today... but we will never forget our humble beginnings :)

diveshop, dive center, koh lanta
Day 1 - Thinking  :)
building a diveshop, making a dive center, koh lanta
Having good friends always helps :)
painting the dive shop, pook and malee
Masterpiece - Pook & Malee
Deciding to have a Dive Shop in an already established Dive Area such as Koh Lanta was quite a challenge. We love challenge! Our plan has always remained the same... to offer a service that will result in happy customers and happy staff. If everyone is happy than we know we're on the right track.  Our vows from the beginning... never be scared to grow, to add more variety, to make more friends and always remember that the life we choose to live is because we love what we do.

dsd, PADI discover scuba diving, koh ha
First Trips - Dsd's @ Koh Ha
scuba diving, koh mul, emerald cave, longtail
Lunch at the Emerald Cave
during our longtail days :)

Our first trips were done on traditional Thai long-tail boats. From here we managed to share a boat for one season, and finally obtained our own boat MV Angry Bird. We love our boat! :) :) :)  Having our own boat finally gave us the freedom to organize trips the way we've always wanted to, making the journey comfortable and the day out on the boat something to look forward to. The saddest part of the day is when the boat returns from a day trip :)

promotions, promoting diving
Promotion Time :)
MV Angry Bird, dive boat
MV Angry Bird enters the water

MV Angry Bird sun deck
The sun deck
While our pool at Amantra still serves us well for our dive training, MV Angry Bird remains our pride and joy, faithfully transferring us from Klong Nin Beach in Koh Lanta to Koh Ha, Koh Bida, Koh Muk, Koh Ngai, Hin Daeng and Hin Muang - just some of the amazing Dive Sites available to us from Koh Lanta. 

PADI 5-Star Dive Resort
And finally, after 3 seasons of grafting and a lot of help from our amazing staff and friends we get our reward! Anti Gravity Divers is proud to announce our new status....

     PADI 5-Star Dive Resort !!!  

Thank you to everyone that has helped us on our journey so far... and this is only the beginning :)

This season we are adding Tec Courses and Sidemount Diving, as well as all our usual Beginner Courses and Dive Trips. We will still never forget our promise.... lots of happy divers and memorable Dive Trips and Courses.
Hope to see you Underwater very soon :)