Five of the six new PADI Instructors are indigenous Ni Vanuatu – Rystommy Hake, Wilfred Tileya, Madison Chilia, Neidge Soalo and Lionel Jimmy. Toby Sulis was born in Vanuatu to European parents.
PADI Course Director Sarah Kench did a great job of preparing the candidates and new PADI Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor, Phil Smith was instrumental in providing valuable translation services for the General Standards & Procedures and Dive Theory exams.
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort, Big Blue in Port Vila hosted the event with candidates also coming from Hideaway Island Resort, Tranquillity Resort and Allan Power Diving.
PADI Instructor Examiner, Colin Melrose who conducted the IE, reported,
“The candidates worked very hard both individually and as a team during the PADI Instructor Development Course and fully deserve the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor ratings.
They will make a valuable contribution to the Vanuatu diving tourism industry through their employers, all of whom are local dive operators. The support of these employers as well as that of families and friends was a significant factor in their success.
PADI extends congratulations to all the candidates and many, many thanks to all PADI Members who made this program possible.”