Before coming to Koh Tao I spent two years working as an English Language teacher. I decided I wanted a change of pace and looked into doing my Dive Master and Instructor. My friend did their Dive Master training on Koh Tao a couple of years ago and recommended it to me. I came out in October 2010 and did my Dive Master training and spent eight months working full time as a DM with the school I trained with. I met Jeff through my main instructor Mick and took my instructor course with Jeff in November 2011.
I really enjoyed the practical elements of the course. I enjoyed the skill circuits and open water presentations. They really prepared us well for the instructor exam. I would defiantly recommend doing an instructor course with Jeff. Jeff is an amazing instructor. Before we even started the course Jeff put in extra time with us going through theory and giving us practice tests he had created to do in our own time. He also completed extra skill circuits with us before the IDC. This really helped me during the course because I went in confident with my theory and skills and was aware of the areas that I needed to work on.
f you are looking into doing your IDC I would definitely recommend Jeff. He is a brilliant teacher. I found his classroom sessions very clear and easy to follow. He is very approachable and would put in extra time at the end of the day to answer questions. At the end of every day he’d check in with us and make sure everything was ok. I knew if I had any problems he’d be able to help. He is able to adapt his teaching style to fit the individual. He’s also great craic which definably made the course good fun!
Since the course I’ve been teaching practically full time and loving it. It’s such an amazing thing to be able to teach people to dive. The satisfaction they get after completing a course is awesome. I love my job and as cheesy as it is I have Jeff to thank. I would defiantly recommend doing the instructor course with Jeff. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else.