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A Day in the Life of a PADI Divemaster

An interview with JINKAI CHEN
PADI Divemaster
Sierra Madre Divers
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort
Bohol, The PhilippinesJinkai Chen  

Describe a typical day in your working life
Before I became a PADI Divemaster, I lived in China.I would drive every day for an hour to get to the office, check emails, arranges chedules, have meetings and get back home in the evening – a typical 9-5 life. Here in Bohol at Sierra Madre Divers, I begin work in the morning and prepare for two beautiful dives with our guests and the jackfish storm at Balicasag Island. If we have students, I help the PADI Instructor with equipment logistics and assist the class in the pool or in the sea. In the evening we all sit together on the deck at the dive centre to relax and watch the sunset.

When did you start diving?
I’ve been diving since 2011.

When and where did you become a PADI Divemaster?  
I became a PADI Divemaster at Sierra Madre Divers in June 2013.

How did you feel when you became a PADI Divemaster?
I felt so excited and proud!  A “PADI Divemaster” is such a cool title and it shows that I am a PADI Professional with more responsibility towards setting a good example in protecting the ocean.

What highlights do you recall from your Divemaster course?
During my PADI Divemaster course I learnt many things and made new friends from China and other countries all over the world - including Germany, Switzerland, America and Australia. It was also great to learn from the other PADI Instructors here at Sierra Madre Divers. Also diving, and diving every day!

Where have you worked as a PADI Pro?  
Sofar, at Sierra Madre Divers.   

Tell us one of your favorite memories in your diving career? 
I still remember the first time I saw a whale shark in Coron. It's one of the most unforgettable images and experiences of my life.

Any words of advice for new dive professionals? 
If you really love the diving lifestyle, make sure you seriously consider joining us in this life of being like a fish!  

At the time of our interview, Jinkai Chen was taking the PADI Instructor Development Course at Sierra Madre Divers. His goal was to become a PADI Instructor. 

Jinkai has since completed the PADI Instructor Exam - and we are happy to advise that he is now a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Congratulations, Jinkai Chen! 

November, 2012 
Diving in The Philippines 
 Malapascua IDC 2012

Instructor Development Course in Malapascua, Philippines 

Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens is currently conducting a PADI Instructor Development Course in Malapascua, Philippines.  

The IDC which commenced on 18th November is taking place at PADI 5 Star IDC Resort, Sea Explorers and Camille reports that the 8 candidates who come from Europe, Turkey, Tahiti and Brazil, are enjoying themselves during their extensive 12 days of training to become PADI Instructors.  The course will take the students to local dive sites, “The Cemetery” and “The Lighthouse” during their Confined and Open Water presentations. Assisting Camille on the program is PADI Master Instructor, Johan Blixt.   

Immediately following the Malapascua IDC, the group will present for the PADI Instructor Exam, commencing 29th November, 2012. 

Please join PADI in wishing these 8 enthusiastic students every success as they work towards becoming PADI Instructors. 

October, 2012 
Diving in The  Philippines                                                                                                                                                      

PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, Thresher Shark Divers in Malapascua, Philippines received an award for ‘Outstanding Professionalism and Dedication to Customer Service’ in July 2012. This award is based on consumer feedback. 

Congratulations and well done! 

September, 2012 
Diving in The Philippines

New PADI Sidemount Instructors in The Philippines  

In August 2012, PADI Course Director and Tec Sidemount Trainer, Simon So from Tech Dive-IT in Puerto Galera, Philippines, conducted a PADI Sidemount Instructor course.    

His students -  Anthony Fung from Hong Kong and Duncan Teng from Taiwan are now certified PADI Sidemount Instructors.

August 2012,
Diving in The Philippines  

 Big Prize Contest: 

The winner of this amazing competition will receive a life-transforming prize worth over US$10,000:  

  • Live for 7 months by white beach and blue ocean in the tropical paradise of Boracay, voted #1 island in the world for 2012 
  • Experience awesome scuba diving on the beautiful Philippines reefs with the Calypso Team 
  • Become a PADI Instructor: one of the most sought-after qualifications in the world 
  • Enjoy your gorgeous new set of Cressi scuba gear 
  • Snap images of the fun with your new Canon camera 
  • Share your incredible experience with the world as the Calypso Diving Blogger 

Calypso love what they do and want to share!

The winner of the competition will join Calypso for 7 months as Diving Blogger and achieve multiple PADI qualifications that will ultimately train them up to Instructor level. The winner will develop their diving skills, protect the ocean planet through their Project AWARE actions, and share their enthusiasm for the underwater world. Every day they will be going places, meeting people and doing things underwater – enjoying the incredible Philippines island of Boracay, its friendly people and the marine environment that divers are so privileged to be able to experience in this area. One of Calypso’s divers says,  

“I was promised paradise, but found Heaven… my diving courses and my dive instructor were what made this experience… thank you all for your time, your smiles and your effort!”  

Enter the competition and you could be a PADI Instructor, creating wonderful diving experiences for others that they will treasure forever. And all this while living in paradise and delighting in some amazing marine life encounters. So put in your entry today for your chance to win and let everyone know how excited you are about living the scuba dream! 

 Visit to find about more about the incredible prize, then share the link with all your friends and get started creating your entry.  

Have fun, and remember YOU COULD BE THE WINNER and LIVE THE SCUBA DREAM!!! 

Calypso Diving Resort
PADI 5-Star IDC Center . 100% AWARE Partner
Located at White Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan 5608, Philippines
Visit  and and
Email  to contact the Calypso Team 

July 2012, 
Diving in The Philippines

First PADI Instructor Exam for BOHOL, The Philippines  Bohol IDC

12-13th July, 2012   

During July, 2012 Course Director Mark Soworka visited Alona Beach, a small stretch of tropical paradise on Panglao Island, Bohol in the Philippines  to conduct an Instructor Development Course that was followed by Bohol’s very first Instructor Examination and everyone passed!  Mark, a Platinum Course Director is from Koh Tao, Thailand.   

With the majority of the 11 candidates being Chinese, the IDC and subsequent Instructor Exam - conducted by George Wegmann, were both very successful events.  Thanks for assistance given by Divemaster Jaki Teo, IDCS Brett Robertson and logistical support provided by PADI resort, Sierra Madre Dive Center. 

December, 2011

Diving in The Philippines

PADI Sidemount Instructor Training Course in the Philippines 

Recently Course Director Tim Aukshun from PADI 5 Star IDC Resort, Ocean Deep Diver Training Center at La Union travelled to Anilao, Batangas to conduct the first PADI Sidemount Instructor Training Course held in the Philippines. 

Attending the course were, Roy Nelsen (IDCS), G.J. Garcia lll (IDCS), Samuel Seronay Jr. (OWSI), Mario Elumba (CD) and Rafael Espino (MSDT). 

Held at Adventure – One, PADI 5 Star IDC, with equipment support by Aquamundo, day one was filled with questions, history, problems and hazards discussions and the most favourite, equipment set up.  This workshop took about 3 hours as different configurations were tried and then the group performed two skills practice dives.  Day two followed with refining the gear placement and a final skills dive.   

All PADI Instructors had a great time and all agreed the sidemount is a very easy method to progress into technical diving.  


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