Triple Platinum + Triple Elite Awards for PADI Platinum CD Holly Macleod on the PADI IDC Gili Islands

Another year and another batch of awards in 2017 for Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod and her PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) in the Gili Islands, Indonesia. For three consecutive years now Holly has won both the PADI “Platinum Status” and the PADI “Elite-300” Awards, both of which are an absolute honor, but what exactly are they?


The PADI “Elite” Award is awarded to PADI Scuba Diving Instructors based directly on their performance. Instructors will receive the PADI Elite 50,100,150,200,250 and 300 based on the number of certifications personally issued in any given year.  Holly has issued will over 300 PADI Instructor level certifications year upon year, but receives the PADI “Elite-300” Award as it is the highest award available. The higher “Elite” Award an Instructor has can be used as an excellent indicator of their diving and teaching experience.


The PADI “Platinum” Status Award is awarded to PADI Course Directors who not only certify a certain amount of PADI Scuba Diving Instructors, but have demonstrated an a high personal commitment to the diving industry. Through the PADI “Frequent Trainers Program” PADI Course Directors can receive the Bronze, Silver and Platinum PADI Status Award which is based on the number of certifications issued within any given year. For the past 3 years Holly has been awarded the “Platinum” PADI Status Award.

Over the last few years the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Holly has become an extremely popular choice amongst professional Divemasters from around the world. There are a variety of reasons why the program has become the number 1 choice for people looking to kick start their career within the diving industry.

Holly has a wealth of experience having worked within a wide range of diving related roles in and in a multitude of word wide diving locations and has drawn upon her extensive experience to design a program that addresses the real needs of scuba diving instructor candidates.  Holly conducts the entire program from start to finish and is always available for pre and post IDC support.


The Gili Islands have been a rapidly growing tourist destination in the past few years and Gili Trawangan is at the center of it all with busy dive shops and a growing number of tourists looking to discover the underwater world.  As a training environment the Gili Islands is a perfect choice; short boat rides, purpose built training sites and some mild environmental factors such as current and swell making it the perfect choice to be trained whilst having to think about the environmental conditions and the best way to conduct their training exercises. The program takes place at Trawangan Dive, the first established PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) in the Gili Islands and the Lombok region and offers an ultimately higher standard of instructor training facilities.

To find out more about what it’s really like to take the program with Holly check out the PADI IDC Indonesia Reviews online and judge for yourself. More information can also be found on the PADI IDC Indonesia Social Facebook Page or see last year candidates in the 2016 PADI IDC Indonesia Show reel.

Of course for additional information Holly can be contacted directly at


First Choice 2016 PADI IDC | Gili Islands

The PADI IDC Indonesia Scuba Diving Instructor Program with Multi Award Winning Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod takes place at the first ever PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) to be established in the Gili Islands, Indonesia and is now considered the first choice when it comes to professional divers looking to take the next step and become a scuba diving instructor.


There are many reasons for the program making its way to being the most popular option for dive professionals looking to further their education, knowledge and career within the recreational diving industry.

The program is well known for its quality of both professionalism and education, having been recognized by the industry and awarded by PADI with the “Outstanding Contribution to Professional Development” Award and received multiple reviews from past candidates. The program is entirely conducted by PADI Course Director Holly Macleod who has been recognized within the industry as one of the best Instructpadiidcindonesia-dsd-feb-2bor level trainers in the world and has won multiple awards of recognition including the “Platinum” PADI status Award which recognizes a limited number of PADI Course Directors for their professionalism and dedication to the scuba diving industry. Holly received the highest possible rating; the “Platinum” Status. Another award received by Holly is the PADI Elite Instructor Award which is presented to instructors based on the number of certifications issued in a particular year. Awards come in the form of the 50,100,150,200,250 and 300 certification. Although Holly certified nearly 500 Instructor certifications in 2015 she received the highest possible Award available; the “Elite-300” Award in recognition of her pure experience.


Although the course is conducted in a way to achieve the highest possible educational benefit to the candidates, Holly has also designed the program with a philosophy that she has used throughout her career within the industry of making all training fun and engaging for all participants; a philosophy that has been adopted and used for years throughout the diving industry within multiple organizations.

The program takes place at the first ever established PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) in the Gili Islands offering world class training facilities including Instructor training classroom facilities, 2 onsite training swimming pools and a dedicated IDC training boat which departs from the beach directly outside the dive shop for training sessions on the purpose built training site. Other facilities include a beachfront restaurant and bar. The Gili Islands are a rapidly growing tourist destination with more tourist visiting the Gili Islands year upon year and therefore more and more people choosing to take entry level dive courses. The increase in diving activities on the islands has also paved the way for more dive operators and more diving related job opportunities.


If you’re looking to take the next step in your professional PADI education and develop a rewarding and successful career within the scuba diving industry this is definitely the place to start. To see the review from previous candidates on the program the PADI IDC Gili Islands TripAdvisor page is the perfect place to start and all the latest news and updates on the program can be found by checking out the PADI IDC Indonesia Facebook Fan Page. For more information on the program contact Holly directly…..


New Career + New Year 2016 | Platinum PADI CD Holly | IDC Gili Islands

Why not take the PADI IDC Gili Islands course with Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod at PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Course Trawangan Dive in the new year of 2016? There has never been a better time to develop a new rewarding and exciting career as a scuba diving instructor and there has definitely never been a better place to do it.

Boats at Gili IDC

The PADI IDC Gili Islands program runs every month at Trawangan Dive; which is not only the first PADI 5 Star CDC Center to be established in the Gili Islands but remains the only CDC Center in Gili Trawangan and therefore offers the very best training and facilities available. As well as our dedicated Instructor training classroom, candidates will also have use of 2 training pools and a dedicated boat for Instructor training. Our open water training sites are situated very close to the dive center allowing students to minimize journey time to the training site whilst maximizing classroom, confined and open water training sessions.

Courses are fully conducted by award winning Platinum PADI Course Director who has been working within the industry for the past 12 years, performing a variety of dive related roles in a range of geographical locations. Candidates will not only benefit from Holly’s vast industry knowledge and experience but will also benefit from her instructor training program which has won multiple awards for educational and professional achievements.

IDC Schedule 2016

This year alone Holly has been awarded the “Platinum” Course Director Status award for her professionalism, commitment and dedication to the industry. She has also been awarded the “Elite 300” award based upon her extensive teaching experience, completing over 300 Instructor level certifications in the previous year. The pure quality of our IDC program has also been sighted by PADI and therefore received the “Commitment to Instructor Development” award.

Indian Students Studying theory

If you are looking to expand your diving knowledge, continue your education and gain a rewarding and successful career within the recreational diving industry this is the place to start. Check out the PADI IDC Gili Islands schedule for 2016 and reserve your place.

The course runs on an eleven day schedule with an additional four days of pre-IDC preparation workshops. Candidates are strongly advised to take the pre-IDC workshops allowing them to refresh the knowledge and skills from the Divemaster course that they will need for the IDC and make a smooth transition into the program.

The course is the best possible place to start your new and exciting career within the industry and now even gives local Indonesian and Malaysian candidates the chance to gain language support though our Bahasa PADI IDC Indonesia option.

To find out more about the program and how you can also succeed within the industry contact our Platinum PADI IDC Course Director Holly on

Inside a PADI CDC Center with Platinum PADI CD Holly Macleod | IDC Gili Islands

There are many dive centers around the world boasting to be the best. Of course the PADI IDC Gili Islands with Holly Macleod is well known as one of the best places to take the PADI Instructor Development Course, but what about the dive center?

PADI IDC Indonesia Career Development Center

Trawangan Dive is currently the only PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) in Gili Trawangan, Indonesia and actually the first to have been established in the entire Lombok and Gili Islands region.Previously a 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort (IDC) Trawangan Dive was awarded CDC status in recognition of meeting the highest possible standards in the provision of professional training of dive instructors and for our overall committment to excellence, and provide divers with the opportunity to live the dive lifestyle and Go PRO.

PADI IDC Indonesia Staff

In addition to our dedicated IDC classroom, Trawangan Dive’s facilities include 2 diver training pools, changing rooms including lockers and showers, equipment storage room, purpose built technical equipment store,  camera and rebreather assembly room, 3 spacious dive boats, luxury and budget accommodation, swim-up pool bar and beach bar/ Restaurant. Beach sun beds where you can lie back, relax and enjoy bar and restaurant service, water Sports Center offering stand-up paddle boards (SUP’s) and kayaks for rent.

In terms of the Instructor Development Course there is a dedicated Instructor training classroom with a wide range of materials for use as well as the latest multimedia tools for student use. The dive center comprises of a dedicated Instructor training pool and dedicated boat for Open Water training dives.

PADI IDC Gili Trawangan training Boat

Since joining the dive center Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod has developed the perfect training program that actually works very well alongside the busy center allowing candidates to get the best out of their experience. The PADI IDC Indonesia program runs each and every month in Gili Trawangan. The course runs for 11 days with an additional 4 days of IDC preparation. To join our program check out the PADI IDC GIli Islands program or contact our Platinum PADI Course Director.

The PADI IDC Gili Islands goes International | February 2015

The PADI Instructor Course Feb 2015

The PADI IDC Indonesia and Trawangan Dive would like to give a Massive welcome to our 10 New PADI Instructor candidates and 2 PADI Staff Instructor candidates.

For the Instructor course we have Charlie and Henry from the United Kingdom; Vanessa, Leslie and Chris from the United States of America; Wilson from China; Laura from Poland, Albena from Bulgaria; Tim from Germany and Marsel from Indonesia.

Taking the Staff Instructor Course, we have Jan from Germany and Tupac from France.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) runs every month at Trawangan Dive, the only PADI 5 Star IDC Career Development Center (CDC) in Gili Trawangan. All Instructor Training is conducted by the in house Platinum PADI Course Director; Holly who as over a decade within the diving Industry, having worked in a range of dive related roles in a variety of locations around the world.

To see previous candidates who joined the course check out the PADI IDC Gili Islands on YouTube, or the Gili Islands IDC Fan Page on Facebook. Or check out the 2015 PADI IDC Indonesia Calendar.

Happy New Year to the December PADI IDC Indonesia with Platinum CD Holly Macleod

karen - PADI IDC Indonesia in the Gili IslandsWe here at the PADI IDC Gili Islands would like to give a huge congratulations to our new PADI Scuba Instructors. This month we have a truly international crew. We would not only like to welcome them to “teaching the world to dive”, but would like to wish each and every one of them a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.

This month’s new PADI Instructors include Erol from Turkey, Jamie-Leigh from the USA, Martin from Germany, Anna from Sweden, Ryan from the U.K, Jay Jay from New Zealand, Max from France, Aloni from Canada, Karen from Holland , Danny from the U.K and Walter also from Canada. We also have Fariz who is taking the PADI Staff Instructor Course.

The course is run by Holly Macleod; Platinum PADI Course Director who is assisted by two PADI Staff Instructors; Justin and Kipp “The Henchman” Hennen who has had years of experience within the industry.

To find out more about the PADI IDC Indonesia simply check out the PADI IDC Gili Islands on Facebook or contact our Platinum PADI Course Director

Sept 2014 PADI IDC Gili Islands – Indonesia | PADI Course Director Holly Macleod

Congratulations to 8 new PADI IDC Indonesia Scuba Diving Instructors graduated with Platinum PADI Course Director Holly Macleod at Trawangan Dive; the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in Gili Trawangan and the first established in Lombok and the Gili Islands.

The September program was host to a variety of nationalities. Mat, Chris, Jack and Minty are from the UK, Javier is from Spain, Marc is from France, Anisha is from India and Heiko is from Germany.

All candidates arrived at Trawangan Dive as Professional Divemaster’s and left as PADI Instructors. During the 11 day program they developed all the necessary skills in teaching recreational PADI dive programs.

So congratulations to all PADI Instructors graduating in the Gili Islands in September 2015!!


To find out more how you too can transform your life a get a real career as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor check out the PADI IDC Indonesia on the net.

As Indonesia premier PADI CDC Center also offer many opportunities to train in other areas of diving such as the PADI IDC Indonesia Livaboard Program and the Biorock PADI IDC Gili Islands Combination.