|James (2nd from left) with the rest of the Instructor Candidates and PADI Examiner Jim Woodlull (fifth from left)|
Learning to swim first , progressing to snorkeling and then finally becoming a diver in less than a month, James finally got his break to start his career as a dive guide back in 2004. Through the years, after logging hundreds of dives a year guiding Odyssea and Cocotinos' guests, he became a certified Dive Master in 2009. In 2010, he enrolled in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).
Without a doubt, 2011 will be the most memorable year for James. In April, James won the Asian Diver Magazine's "Best-In-Class" Individual Award and 5 months later successfully completed the PADI Instructor Exams (with flying colours!) to become a Scuba Instructor!
James also became the first staff member in our Odyssea Divers' sponsorship program to start from entry level diving to becoming a Scuba Instructor.
We will also see another staff member become a Scuba Instructor this year, stay tuned for our next broadcast!!