"I highly recommend Rich Reardon. Why? I assisted his
IDCs as an experienced instructor considering the next steps up the career ladder,
1. I found Rich to be an incredibly patient and calm Course Director. The IDC can be stressful and intense with other Course Directors.
2. Candidates learn how to teach in the real world (not just how to pass the instructor exam). You don't want to pass the exam with flying colours only to wake up the next morning and think "I have no idea and no confidence to do this job".
3. He is totally involved in all aspects of your training - beware of some CDs who hand over your course to a less qualified member of staff.
4. Every candidate is sent a comprehensive pack of study materials before the start so you can hit the ground running and get so much more from your IDC.
5. If you are considering IDC Staff or above, Rich is a great mentor, very supportive for your future career and generous in sharing his knowledge and experience.
You will not regret taking your IDC with Rich"
Alex Leeming - PADI Master Instructor
"I did my IDC with Richard in February and it was amazing. He is a great Course Director with great knowledge! During the course he's helpful to each student and very patient. How his course is built up is really good, and he will prepare you well for the IE! Everyone passed with great scores on IE! I can highly recommend Richard Reardon as Course Director for your IDC!"
Patrick Corrales - IDC February 2017
"I've just completed my IDC with Richard at All 4 Diving in Phuket, Thailand. You know you've been well prepared for an exam when Examiners and Course Directors you've never met, recognise you as one of Richard's students after you've scored highly on an assessment. I can't think of higher praise than that.
I was very impressed with the preparation, judgement and structure Richard has built into his IDC programme. Attention to detail goes a long way on a very strict but fair course like the IDC and IE. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the course content, and matching real world diving experience. Importantly: we had fun.
You want him as your Course Director if you're in the same hemisphere as him - and maybe if you're not! Many thanks Richard."
Ben Conway - IDC December 2016
"Fantastic Course Director. I knew he would know his stuff when ALL the dive shops I've previously worked at recommended him.
Well designed structure to his IDC, extensive knowledge of the IE and on top of that loads of useful 'real world' experience on the diving industry.
Cannot praise highly enough, in fact I'm going to be sending a few of my fellow DMs his way.
Will Zoyroydis - IDC November 2016
"Best CD ever... Very patient & knowledgeable. I am really bad with physics & calculation, he was helping me with his off time to make sure I understanding everything! Under his instruction, you will know how to be a good instructor with good attitude & skill. Strongly recommend!!! Richard is the BEST!!!"
Cherie Lo - IDC August 2016
"Best year of my life!
This was hands down the best experience of my life! I am so grateful that I did my IDC with Richard. He is an excellent teacher and he has really inspired me to teach diving as a career. I could not ask for a better role model. "
I would recommend Go Pro In Paradise to a friend"
Amanda Kelly - IDC June 2015
"I recently completed my IDC in Thailand with Course Director Richard Reardon. I wanted to take this opportunity to
tell you what a great job he did, and how much of a credit to the PADI organisation he is. Rich is a very passionate and enthusiastic educator. This made our learning experience fun, and
made us all excited about beginning to teach people to dive ourselves. Rich was also more than happy to spend extra time with us in the classroom or water and thus I felt extremely well prepared for
the IE, and so much more relaxed than I imagined I would be. I am very happy that I chose to take my IDC with Rich and would whole-heartedly recommend him to others."
Liqiong Ren, China – IDC February 2013
"Richard was and definitely is THE BEST Course Director on this planet. I was worried about my IDC, English is not my 1st language, but he was so helpful, so patient, and it was so much fun. (I have found that English sense of humour is not bad at all.) After all, fun is so important during this course, and this was one of the best things I have ever done, thanks to Mr. Reardon. (And no, he is not paying me at all for this.) He really is awesome."
Klara Bednarova, Czech Republic - IDC April 2012
"As a mature career changer it was imperative that I sought out the finest in diver education. After conducting enquiries I was able to select a location where Rich was the current Course Director. All interaction between Rich and the candidates was faultless and his desire to will people to succeed was infectious. A process that could well have seemed daunting was transformed into something achievable and this is attributable to Rich's professionalism and dedication to the success of each and every candidate. I would whole-heartedly encourage aspiring instructors to look no further then Rich for their education."
Mark McMillan, England - IDC January 2012
"I decided to do my divemaster internship and IDC in 2011 on the Island of Malapascua. At that time Richard was the Course Director. I completed several specialities under him and then the IDC programme. I consider Richard a mentor. Professionally he was approachable, patient, accommodating and supportive. Personally he is amiable and easy to get along with. Doing the IDC programme with Richard was definitely worthwhile. His classes were always fun but also informative and educational. He taught me the value of cognizance of the under water world and of protecting it. I learned a lot from Richard and from this I decided to return to Malapascua 2012 to obtain several Speciality Instructor ratings under his tuition. I didn’t even consider working with any other Course Director. If I am ever asked to recommend a Course Director to anyone who may be considering doing the IDC, I will always mention Richard Reardon and if at some point I think I may need advice or just a question, he is the first person that will come to mind."
Fiona Whelan, Ireland - IDC July 2011
"I went through my dive instructor training with Richard Reardon a year ago on Malapascua Island and couldn’t have asked for a better instructor. He was very professional while still keeping the class fun. I really appreciated his humor and it helped relax me quite a bit while taking the course. He was always around afterwards for any questions or tips on anything. I highly recommend anyone considering going through the IDC or any PADI course to go through Rich."
Joseph Burkhart, USA - IDC July 2011
"I have been lucky enough to do my PADI IDC Staff Instructor course with Course Director Rich Reardon, he passes on his knowledge and experience with a passion
that inspires great confidence in his IDC students and creates a relaxed environment in which to learn. His dedication along with attention to detail ensures that his candidates are as prepared as
they can be for their IE, and he is always happy to give advice and have a chat over a coffee!"
Angus Thorburn, Scotland - IDC Staff May 2011
"If you are looking to become a scuba diving instructor you won't find a better Course Director than Rich Reardon. Along with his knowledge and support he made the IDC FUN yet challenging at the same time. Working as an instructor made me realise just how important a good Course Director is in your diving career. When I got my first job and had questions about my first course he always answered my questions. I thoroughly enjoyed the courses I took from Rich, and hopefully one day I'll be able to do my IDC Staff Instructor course with him as well!"
Dawn Carlton, USA - IDC April 2011