Your PADI Course Director in Sri Lanka

Your PADI Course Director in Sri Lanka

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Meet your Course Director.

Meet our award winning PADI Course Director Phil Phelan, with over twenty years of teaching experience behind him, he has a lot to offer! Phil conducts our PADI IDC programs at Nilaveli Diving Centre, Trincomalee and Unawatuna Diving Centre, Unawatuna.

Phil become a certified diver way back in 1981, things were a bit different back them he tells us, with a laugh. No pressure gauges, no alternates and no recreational dive planners! Thankfully things have changed, as the dive industry has evolved, so has he.

Phil turned his love of diving into a career in 1999 and started staffing IDC’s full time in 2001 he then gained his Course Director rating in 2005. At the same time becoming PADI’s first Tec Deep and Trimix Instructor Trainer in Asia. After many years of teaching all PADI courses, Phil now concentrates on only teaching PADI IDC’s and PADI Technical Diver Training.

Over the years Phil has been lucky enough to work in Australia, Bali, Vietnam, Honduras, Thailand and now in Sri Lanka. With the diving experience Phil has acquired over the years, this has led to some unique diving opportunities, water safety diver for a Hollywood movie, lead diver marine park setup (Hon Mun project), mooring buoy project (Hon Mun project), 90 metre support diver on a world depth record dive, recovery diver and sunken ship surveys.

Phil’s outlook on PADI Instructor development is also quiet refreshing, he doesn’t believe in teaching you how to pass an IE, he teaches you how to teach! If you know how to teach, passing an IE is easy. He teaches with all the latest teaching materials using the newest teaching methods. “The dive industry keeps evolving including the learning material and the way we should teach, so as Instructors we need to evolve too”




What included in Phil’s PADI IDC

IDC prep, IDC, EFRI and two free Specialty Instructor courses, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor and Enriched Air Instructor. Book and pay 30 days prior to start of course and receive free accommodation during the course.

So why not join Phil for an informative, relaxed and up to date PADI Instructor Development Course. Experience means everything!

Emergency First Response Training Phuket

Emergency First Response Training Sri Lanka


Phil’s additional qualifications

PADI Specialty Instructor/ Instructor Trainer 20+ courses

PADI Sidemount/Tec Sidemount Instructor/Instructor Trainer

PADI Tec Deep Instructor/Instructor Trainer

PADI Trimix Instructor/Instructor Trainer

EFRI Instructor Trainer

Qualified service technician, Aqualung, Apex, Scuba Pro, Mares

Recompression Chamber Operator/Tender

IMCA Dive Medic Technician

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