donderdag 16 maart 2017

Fantastic Year 2017 for PADI IDC Gili Islands

Fantastic Year 2017 for PADI IDC Gili Islands


The year 2017 started fantastic for our PADI Course Director Team at PADI IDC Gili Islands. 

First of all we increased the amount of Course Directors. We have now Giny Pinto, Joeri van Hal, Sander Buis and Alina Conroy who are joining all the team. This team will bring an experience of diving aroung the Gili Islands of 50 years. All of them are living more than 5 years on the Gili Air and they all kmow the dive conditions and how to teach in Lombok.

Second PADI has given 2 of our PADI Course Directors an award. Joeri van Hal has got the PADI Elite PADI Platinum Award and Giny Pinto the Elite PADI Silver Award. Both of them are gradeful about the award and like to thank all the former PADI Instructor Candidates, Master Scuba Diver Trainer candidates and PADI IDC Staff Instructor candidates.

Course Director Joeri told us "

"PADI Instructor Course Gili Islands 2016 has been amazing! I’ve had the privilege to educate many dive instructor candidates and to build new friendships. Many of my candidates are working as a dive instructor in places all over the world, near and far. It is because of these candidates that some of my colleagues decided to become part of the IDC Staff.






Thanks to all the people I have educated in 2016 I can proudly call myself a Platinum PADI Course Director after my first full year on the job."


PADI Course Director Giny wrote us the follwing statement:

"I learned so much from the candidates on this first-hand experience, the most valuable lesson was how to develop the team spirit with people coming from various backgrounds, training and abilities." I think this is a very important skill to have in the dive industry as the future instructors mostly will have to work in a team, and a great team can achieve great results



Third of all PADI IDC Indonesia is conducting twelve PADI Instructor Courses at Gili Air in Indonesia. That are two PADI IDCs more coming with 2016. The IDCs can be conducted in English, French, Dutch, Spanish and German.




vrijdag 8 augustus 2014

Protecting the Gili Island Reefs

Oceans 5 is protecting the reefs. Every week Oceans 5 dive resort organizes a free reef clean up in the harbor of Gili Air, Indonesia. A lot of people are asking us, why is our dive shop doing this and why is it so important to make awareness about the coral?


IDC Center Oceans 5  Gili Islands cleans up the reefs



So why are coral reefs so important?



Coral reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems on Earth. Coral reefs support more species per unit area than any other marine environment, including about 4,000 species of fish, 800 species of hard corals and hundreds of other species. Scientists estimate that there may be another 1 to 8 million undiscovered species of organisms living in and around reefs (Reaka-Kudla, 1997). This biodiversity is considered key to finding new medicines for the 21st century. Many drugs are now being developed from coral reef animals and plants as possible cures for cancer, arthritis, human bacterial infections, viruses, and other diseases.


Storehouses of immense biological wealth, reefs also provide economic and environmental services to millions of people. Coral reefs may provide goods and services worth $375 billion each year. This is an amazing figure for an environment that covers less than 1 percent of the Earth’s surface (Costanza et al., 1997).



Healthy reefs contribute to local economies through tourism. Diving tours, fishing trips, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses based near reef systems provide millions of jobs and contribute billions of dollars all over the world.


The commercial value of U.S. fisheries from coral reefs is over $100 million (NMFS/NOAA, 2001). In addition, the annual value of reef-dependent recreational fisheries probably exceeds $100 million per year. In developing countries, coral reefs contribute about one-quarter of the total fish catch, providing critical food resources for tens of millions of people (Jameson et al., 1995).


Coral reefs buffer adjacent shorelines from wave action and prevent erosion, property damage and loss of life. Reefs also protect the highly productive wetlands along the coast, as well as ports and harbors and the economies they support. Globally, half a billion people are estimated to live within 100 kilometers of a coral reef and benefit from its production and protection.

Human-caused, or anthropogenic activities are major threats to coral reefs. Pollution, overfishing, destructive fishing practices using dynamite or cyanide, collecting live corals for the aquarium market and mining coral for building materials are some of the many ways that people damage reefs all around the world every day. (Bryant et al., 1998)


One of the most significant threats to reefs is pollution. Land-based runoff and pollutant discharges can result from dredging, coastal development, agricultural and deforestation activities, and sewage treatment plant operations. This runoff may contain sediments, nutrients, chemicals, insecticides, oil, and debris (UVI, 2001).


When some pollutants enter the water, nutrient levels can increase, promoting the rapid growth of algae and other organisms that can smother corals (Jones & Endean, 1976).



Coral reefs also are affected by leaking fuels, anti-fouling paints and coatings, and other chemicals that enter the water (UVI, 2001). Petroleum spills do not always appear to affect corals directly because the oil usually stays near the surface of the water, and much of it evaporates into the atmosphere within days. However, if an oil spill occurs while corals are spawning, the eggs and sperm can be damaged as they float near the surface before they fertilize and settle. So, in addition to compromising water quality, oil pollution can disrupt the reproductive success of corals, making them vulnerable to other types of disturbances. (Bryant, et al, 1998).


In many areas, coral reefs are destroyed when coral heads and brightly-colored reef fishes are collected for the aquarium and jewelry trade. Careless or untrained divers can trample fragile corals, and many fishing techniques can be destructive. In blast fishing, dynamite or other heavy explosives are detonated to startle fish out of hiding places. This practice indiscriminately kills other species and can crack and stress corals so much so that they expel their zooxanthellae. As a result, large sections of reefs can be destroyed. Cyanide fishing, which involves spraying or dumping cyanide onto reefs to stun and capture live fish, also kills coral polyps and degrades the reef habitat (NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 2001). More than 40 countries are affected by blast fishing, and more than 15 countries have reported cyanide fishing activities (ICRI, 1995).



Certain types of fishing can severely damage reefs. Trawlers catch fish by dragging nets along the ocean bottom. Reefs in the net's path get mowed down. Long wide patches of rubble and sand are all that is left in their wake.


Other damaging fishing techniques include deep water trawling, which involves dragging a fishing net along the sea bottom, and muro-ami netting, in which reefs are pounded with weighted bags to startle fish out of crevices. (Bryant, et al, 1998). Often, fishing nets left as debris can be problematic in areas of wave disturbance. In shallow water, live corals become entangled in these nets and are torn away from their bases (Coles, 1996). In addition anchors dropped from fishing vessels onto reefs can break and destroy coral colonies (Bryant, et al, 1998).


Around the Gili Islands there is are the same kind of problems. The Gili Islands were attacked by a bleaching event, sand erosion by coastal developments, dynamite fishing, compressor fishing, coastal developments on the beach, waste water problems, plastic problems and more. It is time to stand up, to do something about it. That's why Oceans 5 organizes free Beach and Reef Clean Ups.


Oceans 5 supports actively the Ocean CleanUp program and Shark Guardian.


Oceans 5 is also organizing events, the next event will be the 25th of August: a presentation about Mola Molas, the Sun Fish.


For more information how in protecting the reefs write us an email: info@oceans5dive.com.




zondag 20 juli 2014

Free PADI Open Water Diver Course Workshop Gili Islands

Free PADI Open Water Diver Course workshop, Gili Islands

New PADI Open Water Course Work Shop at dive resort Oceans 5 Gili Islands

PADI unveiled the latest evolution of their popular PADI Open Water Diver course at the 2013 DEMA Show. The revisions include changes to knowledge development, confined water and open water training, as well as new media training materials such as the highly anticipated PADI Open Water Diver Touch, a tablet app.

The PADI Open Water course was built on a solid instructional foundation, and it is probably the most popular global entry-level diving course. However content updates were due, as well as opportunities for superior student-centered learning and confidence-building through refinements to in-water training. The revisions grew from comments and suggestions gathered from the entire PADI family, from the top five percent of PADI Members internationally (those who certify the most divers), from those conducting beta trials, from evaluation of diver incident reports, and from 13,700 surveys of new Open Water Divers.

Changes to the course itself, the revised course introduces revolutionary student training materials, specifically the Open Water Diver Touch. The Touch integrates the manual text, learning objectives, video clips, and progressive self quizzes into an interactive learning experience. In addition, the new PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate provides PADI Instructors a new way to assess student confidence. The slate also guides students in dive planning.

"The PADI organization is dedicated to teaching diving in ways that are effective, engaging, and enjoyable," says Drew Richardson, CEO and President of PADI Worldwide. "The revised Open Water Diver course revision applied instructional design, research and experience, along with new state-of-the-art media, keeping PADI Members on the leading edge of diver training."

Oceans 5 Dive Resort, a PADI Career Development Center, located on the Gili Islands, is organizing a free confined open water workshop. During this workshop PADI Course Director will explain the changes and shows everyone who is interested in his ideas how to demonstrate the skills.

All instructors and divemasters welcome!

maandag 14 juli 2014

PADI Instructor Course for Indonesians

IDC for Indonesians

Are you an Indonesian Divemaster and you want to become a PADI Dive Instructor? Oceans 5 is the place to be!

Oceans 5 is supporting the local economy in different ways. First of all Oceans 5 employs mostly people from the island where she is located, Gili Air. Second Oceans 5 educates Indonesian persons how to become a diver and/or even how to become a dive instructor.




During the 4 years Oceans 5 opened her doors, Oceans 5 certified more than 100 local people as PADI Open Water diver or higher. Most of the locals are still working for Oceans 5. Oceans 5 give the locals the opportunity to become a dive instructor. This for most of the Indonesians more than a dream. The costs for all the education is to high, so mostly the Indonesians cant afford it. Oceans 5 offers Free instructor courses for Indonesian Divemasters who want to work for Oceans 5. For all the other Oceans 5 offers a special Indonesian package deal:
For ONLY Euro600 you will get:
1) PADI Instructor Development Course, as long it will takes.
2) EFR Instructor Course
3) 2 PADI Instructor specialties, PADI Nitrox specialty instructor and PADI Deep specialty instructor
4) Accommodation during the IDC
5) Lunch 6) Free diving



Oceans 5 was the first IDC center on the Gili Island which started with IDCs especially made for Indonesian Divemasters. Till now Oceans 5 certified 4 Indonesian Instructors. Oceans 5 has an Indonesian instructor on side to help the candidates with translations.

The goal of the Indonesian IDC is to get more Indonesian Instructors on the Gili Islands. Oceans 5 doesn't want to teach the candidates to pass their PADI Instructor Exam, but to become a dive instructor who understands all the elements to be a dive instructor. Oceans 5 dive resort is a PADI Career Development Center located on Gili Air. Oceans 5 offers all PADI Courses from beginner till instructor level.

For more information about IDC for Indonesians contact us at info@oceans5dive.com

woensdag 9 juli 2014

Become an Eco Warrior

Become an Eco Warrior at dive resort Oceans 5.


Oceans 5 is taking care of the environment. Every week Oceans 5 organizes a Reef and Beach clean up.

Eco Warrior program at Dive resort Oceans 5


The clean up will be in the front of Oceans 5, the harbor. The harbor is a perfect place for a clean up. Every day a lot of fast boats are arriving and leaving Gili Air. A lot of tourists are leaving their plastic bottles at the tables or drop them even in the ocean. Also the currents take plastic from other places to the harbor where it will sink to the bottom and covers the coral garden.


Eco Warrior program at Dive resort Oceans 5

Oceans 5 integrates the clean ups in the PADI Divemaster course. All Divemaster trainees are in charge of the clean up. They have to organize the clean ups, make the team, do briefings, explain how a clean up works, analyze the trash, and taking care of the customers. The clean up is free and everyone diver as non-divers can join.

Another program Oceans 5 has to offer is the Reef Check Eco diver course. If you like to participate in future reef surveys, this is a course for you. It is a 2-3 day course and you learn more about fish id, invertebrates, corals and how to do surveys. Oceans 5 has special offers for this course combined with the divemaster internship or the instructor internship.


Eco Warrior program at Dive resort Oceans 5

So don't wait when others will chance the world! You can do it.. Become an Eco Warrior at Oceans 5!

For further information about our Eco Warrior programs contact us at info@oceans5dive.com or visit our website www.indonesia-idc.com

vrijdag 4 juli 2014

Instructor Course how to learn to teach diving for disableds

DDI Instructor Course at the Gili Islands Dive resort Oceans 5 will organize 11-12 September 2014 a DDI Instructor course. Disabled Divers International (DDI) is a non-profit organization, with the aim to promote, develop and conduct disabled scuba diving training programs for professional and non-professional students. Since its introduction in 2010, DDI has gathered extensive support and recognition within the diving industry and conducted both professional and non-professional programs all around the world. All board members are volunteers, dedicated to promoting and developing disabled scuba diving internationally. DDI programs are designed to work in cooperation with existing scuba diving training organizations and their training programs. DDI programs adds a new layer on top of the existing diver training, allowing individuals who would have difficulties fulfilling all requirements and standards to experience diving safely with modifications and enhancements to their training and or equipment. DDI professional training adds to the diving professional a new set of tools and knowledge to train disabled divers safely and certify their students as a scuba diver, with varied levels of limitations depending on the student’s ability to perform program requirements and standards. Scuba diving has shown numerous advantages as a social and physical rehabilitation of disabled individuals, allowing them to interact in a near weightless state, with many feeling that the normal obstacles and restrictions their disability gives them on land, disappears in water when given the right equipment and training. It is common knowledge that participating in regular recreational activities, which involves physical exercise, is rewarded with better health, both physically and mentally. Scuba diving is also a social sport, and as such can have a tremendous positive effect on disabled divers and their ability to interact with non-disabled divers alike. As a diving professional the work with disabled divers is also rewarding as the students share their excitement and joy of their experiences. For diving professionals and dive centers alike, offering DDI programs can both help them differentiate them self from their competitors, but also offer added value to their community and staff. The DDI Instructor Course takes 2 full days. During these days there are theoretical, practical and exam parts. DDI Instructor Course: Prerequisites: To participate in the DDI Pro-Training an individual must: Be a renewed Instructor member and in active teaching status with an internationally recognised diver training organization, the training system is working in accordance to the ISO standards, and is qualified to train Open Water Divers. Proof of status must be submitted. Submit a copy of a medical examination stating that the individual is fit for diving. The examination must have been conducted within the past twelve months. Submit proof of training in First Aid / CPR within the past twenty four months. Fill out and submit the DDI Instructor-Training application form and comply with the requirements listed. Undersign and submit a Safe Diving Practice Agreement and, where applicable, a liability waiver. Duties: A certified DDI Instructor in active teaching status is qualified to: A certified DDI Instructor in active teaching status is qualified to: Conduct the DDI Try Scuba Diving program. Conduct the DDI Pool Diver and issue certifications. Conduct the Scuba Diver and issue certifications. Conduct the DDI Open Water Diver course and issue certifications. Conduct the DDI Advanced Open Water Diver course and issue certifications. Conduct the DDI Assistant Dive course and issue certifications. Conduct the DDI Surface Assistant and issue certification. Conduct any new non-professional programs developed by the DDI. Act as certified Pro member to dive with level 2 and 3 divers. For more information about the DDI instructor course, contact us at info@oceans5dive.com

woensdag 2 juli 2014

PADI IDC Gili Islands for only Euro650

PADI IDC Gili Islands at Oceans 5 Oceans 5 dive resort has an special offer for every month. All IDC candidates will get the IDC for only EURO650. This is a huge discount comparing to the package Oceans 5 offers at this moment.




Padi Instructor Development Course (IDC) starts every month. If you like to chance your life style, if you like the have the ocean as your office this is the way to go. Oceans 5 is a Padi IDC and Career Development Dive Resort located on Gili Air. Gili Air is part of the famous Gili Islands, North West Lombok. The diving around the islands offers diving for everyone. If you like big fish (sharks, bumpheads, trevallies, etc), small stuff (nudis, seahorses, pipefish) or turtles. It is a perfect place to start your IDC. The island is not that busy as Bali or Gili Trawangan, but has enough bars and restaurants to have in the evening a nice drink or dinner. Oceans 5 dive resort conducts every month IDCs.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a 10-12 day program that enables Divemasters and leaders from other training organizations to achieve their dream of teaching scuba diving using the PADI system. The IE will be held on the Gili Islands. During the IDC you will use the latest teaching techniques, the complete system of PADI support materials, and will be continuously assessed on your teaching and presentation skills. PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens, Padi Course Director Sander Buis and our team of IDC Staff Instructors are committed to your success at the Instructor examination (IE). They also want to make sure that you are comfortable with teaching afterwards.



The Instructor program at Oceans 5 Dive Resort exceeds the minimum required by PADI in terms of time and number of presentations you will prepare.



The program is taught in a dedicated 70m2 classroom with projector, flat screen TV, iTV and WIFI, the confined water sessions are held in a 25 meter swimming pool and the open water sessions are only 5 minutes away from the dive shop. Our facilities will enable you to study and prepare in a relaxed and chilled atmosphere. Gili Air is so relaxed because there are no motorbikes, no cars and no dogs on the island.

Before the IDC there is an IDC preparation. Normally this takes 3-4 days, but it is no problem if you come earlier. During these days your diving skills and dive theory will be brushed.

Also after the IDC it is possible to assist instructors on courses so you will get the feeling how a course will be conducted. Maximum of students of an IDC is 10 candidates. The average of 2012 was 4-5 students each IDC.

Oceans 5 dive resort has a 100% passing rate of the IE. All the candidates of Oceans 5 dive resort found a job in the dive industry. Mostly they found a job on the Gili Islands, not long after they passed their IE.

After the IE there is a possibility to do a prep MSDT program. Oceans 5 offers a lot of instructor specialties, but the most popular ones are Nitrox, Deep, Digital Underwater Photography, Oxygen Provider, Night, and Sidemounting. But there are others you can choose of. It depends about how many dives you have to do for each specialty yo choose how long the prep MSDT takes.

Why is Oceans 5 dive resort different than all the other IDC centers?
◾ Oceans 5 dive resort is the dive center in the Gili Islands that has 2 course directors.
◾ Oceans 5 dive resort is well aware of his environment.
◾ Oceans 5 dive resort organizes every week reef and beach clean ups in the harbor of Gili Air.
◾ Oceans 5 dive resort has a turtle nursery for injured turtles. Oceans 5 is a Reef Check facility.
◾ Oceans 5 dive resort offers during the IDC a free marine biology class.
◾ Oceans 5dive resort is also the only Padi dive center in Asia that is awarded with the Padi Accessibility Award, that means that Oceans 5 can teach and has the possibilities to teach or guide disabled divers. Oceans 5 is DDI dive center. In September Oceans 5 become a DDI instructor training center, the only one in Indonesia.

For more information about IDC at Oceans 5: Http://www.indonesia-idc.com or write us an email: info@oceans5dive.com