donderdag 10 december 2015

PADI Scuba instructor course at the Gili Islands

Another PADI scuba instructor course at the Gili Islands has successfully finished. The Instructor Development Course candidates, Chrys and Brad, are since yesterday afternoon a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!

Their journey started 3 weeks ago with the free IDC preparation. The IDC preparation brush the candidates diving skills and diving knowledge. The IDC preparation is also a time that the candidates will know each other, dive together, have a laugh together, and were Oceans 5 tries to create a groups atmosphere.

After the IDC preparation the real IDC starts. PADI Course Directors Joeri van Hal and Sander Buis has put a 11-12 days program together. This program is so build that the candidates become confident diving instructors. The course directors are using their real life experiences for teaching and Oceans 5 is providing the newest teaching methods from PADI, like the PADI library, PADI touch, and more during the instructor course classroom presentations.

Oceans 5 has an experienced staff that will help the candidates during the PADI IDC. Oceans 5 has 2 in the house PADI Course Directors, a PADI Master Instructor and 4 PADI IDC Staff Instructors. The staff will cover the following languages, English, Dutch, Spanish, French and German fluent.

During the 11-12 days the candidates, Crys and Brad, took a few extra workshops. Oceans 5 has extra work shops about:
1) control students in open water
2) positioning the instructor and the divemaster during skills
3) skills training on land
4) RDP workshop
5) equipment assembling and dissembling plus service

The days at Oceans 5 start at 8,30 with a coffee, and half way a break for lunch, and finishing of at 17,00 with a beer.

At the last few days the candidates were ready for the PADI Instructor Examination. And during these last few days, Joeri taught the EFR instructor course to them.

And after the PADI Scuba Instructor course is finished, there is a 2 days examination. Chrys and Brad were so prepared that the passed it with very high scores.

So congrats to them! New PADI Scuba instructors!

Oceans 5 has a monthly PADI IDC. Oceans 6 is a PADI Career development Center located on Gili Air. Gili Air is part of he Gili islands, North West of Lombok, and you can reach it in 2 hours by fastboat from Bali. If you are interested in the next PADI Scuba Instructor Course at Oceans 5 visit our website: or write us an email:

donderdag 24 september 2015

FREE year-round IDC preparation at Oceans 5 Gili Air in Indonesia

Oceans 5 IDC Dive Resort Now Offering IDC Preparation Year-Round

Oceans 5, an Indonesian dive resort on Gili Air, is now offering free IDC preparation courses all year long.

For divers who dream of becoming dive instructors, participating in a PADI instructor course is a necessary step in making dive instructing a career. Oceans 5 knows how important it is to be prepared for these courses and has expanded their IDC preparation classes from a week before IDCs start to a year-round offering. These classes put divers at an advantage for the IDC by getting them comfortable with dive knowledge and diving skills.

Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Dive Center, the highest rating within PADI for a dive center. This is reflected in the facilities and instructors of Oceans 5. There is a 25 meter training pool, specially made for scuba diving, an AC-ed classroom with a coffee corner, a bar, a restaurant and lots of relaxing areas.

The IDC preparation classes will not be conducted by one of the PADI Staff Instructors of Oceans 5. Instead, the IDC preparation will be conducted by one of the course directors or IDC staff members working for Oceans 5.

The advantage of Oceans 5 is that Oceans 5 has a big experienced IDC team:two PADI Course Directors, a Master Instructor, and four PADI IDC Staff instructors. This team promises that IDC candidates will get all of the knowledge they need in the language they want. Oceans 5 offers the IDC classes in the following languages: English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian and Bahasa Indonesia.

IDC preparation will be an easy and relaxing process. IDC candidates start with a fun dive in the morning;the diving around the Gili Islands is amazing and the fun dive takes the stress away from the candidates. The fun dive will be followed in the afternoon by a skill circuit and knowledge lecture. The day ends with a drink at the bar.

Oceans 5 likes that the IDC candidates become a team, maybe friends for ever, and that all the candidates will follow their dream to become a PADI Dive Instructor.

About Oceans 5 Dive Resort
Oceans 5 Dive Resort was founded in 2010 on Gili Air, an island near Lombok in Indonesia. Oceans 5offers all PADI courses from beginner to instructor level and is also a DDI Instructor Training Center and a Reef Check facility. Oceans 5 is a multi-award winning IDC dive resort, having won the 2011 PADI Accessibility Award, 2012 Outstanding contribution to diver acquisition and business development,2013 Outstanding contribution to diver education, and the 2013 Career Development Dive Resort, just to name a few. For more information, please visit

zondag 25 januari 2015

PADI IDC Gili Islands in Indonesia

The last few weeks there was a Gili Islands PADI IDC at PADI Career Development Resort Oceans 5 in Indonesia. Oceans 5 has 3 candidates Ari, Suz and Pedro.

The PADI IDC at Oceans 5 is conducted over 10-12 days. During these days PADI Course Director Sander Buis will teach the candidates to become a PADI Instructor. He introduces workshops in the course to explain thing more easily, and gets the candidates more than ready for the PADI IE.

Sander has excellent staff that will helps him during the PADI IDC Gilis.

Gili Islands PADI IDC with IDC dive Resort Oceans 5 and PADI Course Director Sander BuisGili Islands PADI IDC with dive Resort Oceans 5 Gili Airand PADI Course Director Sander Buis
Joeri is a PADI Master instructor and is accepted for the June CDTC. He will be the second in the house PADI Course Director of Oceans 5.

Giny is having fun with her PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course. She will, when she is ready, the 3rd PADI in the house PADI Course Director of Oceans 5. She speaks fluent French, English and Spanish. There is no problems for French of Spanish speaking candidates at Oceans 5 anymore.

Josep is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. He is staffing the last IDCs with PADI Course Director Alina and is joining now the IDCs with PADI Course Director Sander Buis. He speaks fluent Spanish and English.

Oceans 5 has now most of the languages covered for a successful PADI IDC Gili Islands. Oceans 5 covers the languages: Dutch, English, German, Spanish, French and Italian.

Besides the languages Oceans 5 has absolute the best IDC facilities of the 3 Gili Islands. There is a 25 meter training pool, a spacy classroom were all candidates can follow the IDC in a relaxing way, relaxing spaces around the IDC classroom and the Open Water Presentation dive site is just 5 min away from the dive shop.

The next Gili Islands starts the 20th of February. For more information write us an email at or visit the webpages:

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dinsdag 25 november 2014

PADI IDC Center Gili Islands Oceans 5

PADI IDC Center Gili Islands Oceans 5

PADI 5 star IDC Center Oceans 5 is different than all dive centers in what they offer to customers:

1. Oceans 5 has a PADI Green Award.

2. Oceans 5 has the PADI Accessibility Award, the only dive center in Asia.

3. Oceans 5 has got several PADI awards in only 4,5 years time.

4. Oceans 5 organizes every week free reef clean ups for divers as non divers.

5. Oceans 5 is a DDI (Disabled Divers International) Instructor Training Center, the only one in Indonesia.

6. Oceans 5 is a Reef Check Facility.

7. Oceans 5 is Shark Guardian dive center.

8. Oceans 5 organizes marine biology lectures.

9. Oceans 5 organizes every year a cat clinic on Gili Air.

10. Oceans 5 offers as one of the only ones on the Gili Islands the following Specialties:
*) PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty
*) PADI Turtle Awareness Specialty
*) PADI Yoga Diver Specialty

11. Oceans 5 will have only small groups, maximum 4 persons with a guide of instructor.

12. Oceans 5 has a 25 meter, especially made for scuba diving, training pool.

13. Oceans 5 is one of the only dive centers at the Gili Island that teach the new revised PADI Open water Diver Course.

14. Oceans 5 is one of the only dive centers at the Gili islands that offers the customers APEKS regulators.

15. Oceans 5 is a PADI 5 star Career Development Center.

16. Oceans 5 is the only dive center at the Gili Islands that organizes the PADI Yoga Diver retreats.

For more information write us an email at or visit our facebook pages:

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maandag 10 november 2014

IDC Center Oceans 5 Gili Air is building a new compressor room

It is time for some improvements at dive resort Oceans 5. Oceans 5 has at this moment the compressor room in the middle of the resort. This gives a bit noise to the surrounding bungalows.

Oceans 5 decided to build a hyper modern compressor room at the back of her land. This room has space for at least 4 compressors. Oceans 5 has only 2: the Bauer Mariner 320 and the Bauer Poseidon 250. When the compressor room is finished Oceans 5 can fill 10 tanks at the same time and fill 25 tanks an hour. This will reduce the noise during the day.

The compressor room will have a double wall, so the noise cant get hardly out of the building. The negative part of the double walls are the heat in the building. For that each compressor has his own cooler, there are 2 exhausting fans in the building, 2 ACs ans separate fans.

Oceans 5 has still a Nitrox stick. It is possible to fill Nitrox tanks with a mix between the 21 and 40%. In the beginning of 2015 Oceans 5 will have a buster pump to make higher oxygen mixes.

For more information about Oceans 5:

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zaterdag 13 september 2014

Oceans 5: The First DDI Instructor Training Center in Indonesia

Oceans 5 dive resort is the first DDI Instructor Training Center in Indonesia

IDC Center Oceans 5 became a DDI Instructor Center

This year is an important year for Oceans 5 dive resort. In the first place it was awarded by PADI with the highest ranking: a PADI Career Development Center; and last week Oceans 5 achieved to be the first DDI (Disabled Divers International) Instructor Training Center in Indonesia.

IDC Center Oceans 5 became a DDI instructor training center

Oceans 5 has the ONLY DDI Instructor Trainer in Indonesia and is the ONLY dive shop in Indonesia which employs 3 DDI Instructors.
PADI is well known over the world. PADI is the biggest dive organization in the world. But where does DDI stands for?

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. The DDI program adds a new layer on top of the existing diver training, allowing individuals who 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.

Oceans 5 Dive Resort offers you the chance to make a personal difference by giving disabled persons the opportunity to experience the magic of scuba diving and the wonders of our underwater world.

It is now possible at Oceans 5 to become a DDI Instructor. It is a 2-3 day course, and the candidates will find out how it is or will be to deal with disabled divers in the pool and the ocean.

Oceans 5 dive resort became a DDI Dive Resort level 0: very good. This means that Oceans 5 has good facilities for disabled divers, like ramps in and to the pool, ramps to the dive shop and big door spaces.

Oceans 5 pool is especially made for disabled and for PADI IDC courses. It is a 25 meters pool with 3 different depth levels.
Oceans 5 conducts once a month, like the PADI IDC course, a DDI Instructor training course.

Dive Resort Oceans 5 is a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Center located on Gili Air, Gili Islands, Indonesia. Totally self-contained, fully equipped, dedicated to diver training and setting very high standards in customer service. All diver training is done to PADI’s 5* level. Divers and instructor candidates can be sure that their training will be done at the highest standard. Instructor Development Courses and Instructor Examination (IDC and IE) take place every month upon the candidates desire at Oceans 5. The IDC Staff of Oceans 5 is proud to have a 100% success rate in Indonesia. Every candidate they prepared for the Instructor Exam, not only have passed, but stood out from the crowd as the most prepared, most thoroughly trained.
To sign up or with questions about IDC Gili Islands Indonesia , please write an email to

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vrijdag 8 augustus 2014

Protecting the reefs of the Gili Islands

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.

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