The secret of Sulmon’s success taking his PADI IDC in Gili Trawangan
It is a well-known fact that diving is one of the biggest industries in the Gili Islands and there are very few Indonesian instructors who are actually from the Gili Islands. With this in mind Sulman decided that he wanted to not only be one of the few local instructors, but wanted to be the first ever homegrown PADI Instructor from Gili Meno Island.
The common problems Local people face when taking their IDC in Indonesia!
The PADI Instructor Development Course is not designed to be easy for anyone to complete, net alone those whose first language is not English. So for Sulman to achieve his goal he knew he would come up against numerous obstacles.
Firstly there was the “oh so common” problem of time. Being in full time employment at Blue Marlin and his commitment to the family business meant that he would have to take time off to sit through the course. Blue Marlin was happy to allow Sulman to sit through the Instructor Development Course with Platinum PADI IDC Course Director Holly Macleod in Gili Trawangan, and therefore allowed him the time off. However this obviously comes with a small financial sacrifice and a temporary loss in wages. Of course with the family business the work is never done and during the Instructor Course Sulman could often be found spending his break time’s on the phone talking to family members about various aspects of the business for example bookings, menus, transport etc.
Another barrier faced is that of education. Although Sulman is well educated within his community and is most certainly an extremely intelligent and business savvy guy, he has most likely never studied physics and physiology to this extent and therefore almost certainly going to find that he will need to do a lot of additional self-study just catch up with basic terminology.
Last but not least was the biggest obstacle of Language. Again Sulman speaks perfect English, having worked within the tourism Industry for many years, but when it comes to sitting through IDC lectures he knew he would have to maximize his concentration and listen to every word, and of course would be need to use a dictionary from time to time to clarify certain scientific words.
Although the PADI Professional Level Material is available in a multitude of languages, these are currently only really reserved for English and the Latin based languages. None of the materials are available in Bahasa Indonesian and therefore all of Sulmans materials, study aids and practice exams were supplied in English.
Classroom teaching presentations were also delivered to an extremely high standard. Although sulman water skills and open water/classroom presentations were excellent he still had to tackle the theory portion of the course.
“After the IDC Course has finished its a great feeling knowing your ready to sit the Gili Islands Instructor Exam”
After spending many days and endless late nights working on his dive theory Sulman was feeling confident with the theory and was able to gain full marks in his practice exams, but still need help to understand the phrasing of some of the questions i.e. once the question was simplified and rephrased in English, he was able to go on and translate the question and in most cases would know the answer immediately.
With the assistance of a translator, Sulman was confident that he would not only pass the PADI Instructor exam, but would “ace it” and most likely get full marks for everything. Unfortunately, the night before the exam Sulman was let down by his translator who apparently had been offered to chance of a bit of work and after some hesitation and a great deal of disappointment he decided to sit the exam anyhow.
Sulman did indeed “ace” every portion of his instructor exam in English without the use of a translator and in fact received far higher scores than most of his native English speaking peers; so I guess the phrase “every cloud has a silver lining” seems to be most appropriate for this case as Sulman has been able to achieve his dreams against a multitude of barriers and of course has managed to achieve it by himself in a language that is not his native tongue.
So now the only thing to do is to congratulate Sulman and wish him well in his new career as a PADI Instructor “teaching the world to Dive”.
The PADI IDC ASIA Pacific runs once a month here at Trawangan Dive and we are very proud of all are instructor candidates, but we are particularly proud when it makes a difference with our local community and would very much like to see more people from the Gili Islands shape the local diving infrastructure. In fact our Platinum PADI Course Director Holly has trained many non-native English speakers to go on and gain rewarding and successful careers in teaching recreational PADI programs. Her program is run on an 11 day schedule plus 4 days of pre-IDC preparation workshops.
Courses are entirely conducted by our Platinum PADI Course Director at the only PADI Career Development Center in Gili Trawangan. If you’re interested in PADI Instructor check our PADI IDC Asia program in the Gili Islands.