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Australia and New Zealand Luxury

South Pacific.
Australia and New Zealand Luxury, Custom Tours.
Australia and New Zealand are stellar destinations in the South Pacific.   Just the thought of this legendary region conjures up albums of images – balmy breezes, romantic strolls on moonlit beaches, scuba diving among the world’s most glorious coral reefs, the rugged red Australian desert and the boiling mud pools of Rotorua.  This part of the world is peppered with lush island getaways, rainforest retreats and luxurious private lodges.  Savor enriching encounters with endemic cultures – the Maoris of New Zealand and the Aborigines of Australia.
Whether you are looking for active adventure such as scuba diving, or an authentic cultural encounter, or simply a laid back private retreat, Big Five Tours & Expeditions can assist in creating the perfect South Pacific luxury vacation.  Please return to these pages often as we continue to create dynamic programs and exciting new South Pacific luxury tours.  Tour Australia and New Zealand on luxury tours from Big Five.
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From $700 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 11 Days | view this tour New Zealand Custom Tour.
From $650-$2000 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 14 Days | New Zealand Luxury Tours New Zealand’s two main islands are like fraternal twins with so much in common yet markedly… view this tour From $1,500 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 21 Days | view this tour From $1,000 per person per day, land only, double occupancy | 29 Days | view this tour Big Five is committed to sustainable tourism.
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Divemaster Course Lesson Guides

Atlantis IDC’s.
As a PADI Professional , you do things others only dream of.
[showhide more_text=”Read More” less_text=”Show Less” type=”t1″]The food is second to none.
Amazing food.
Along with the amazing food, they went out of their way to prepare it the way you wanted it.
Gluten free diet.
Boom.
There it is.
Fabulous food.
The dive staff is very disciplined and organized.
They loaded and set up our gear every morning… Between dives, they swapped our tanks.
All we had to do was analyze our own tanks and dive.
Whether you work in a local dive center, at a resort, or on a live aboard dive boat, the adventure of a lifetime is yours for the taking.
Imagine a job where you actually look forward to heading off to work in the morning.
Lead a life others fantasize about .
Sailing into incredible sunsets could be the rule, not the exception, especially if you work in a tropical dive destination .
The commute to work could be as easy as a ten-minute boat ride.
Work now becomes an adventure in itself.
While experiencing new cultures and lifestyles, you’ll be surrounded by people who are always happy.
When you take people diving all day – everyone’s happy.
It’s not all fun and games in paradise, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
If you set your sights close to home and aspire to work at a local dive center, you teach people how to dive and guide trips to exotic dive destinations .
There’s a sense of pride sharing something you are passionate about .
You help others enrich their own lives by experiencing the adventure of diving.
About Atlantis IDCs.
Preparation Days.
How To Prepare.
What To Bring.
Pre Requisite.
Student Benefits.
About Atlantis IDC’s.
Atlantis IDC’s are run by Course Directors Andy Pope and Camille Lemmens who have over two decades of teaching and diving experience between them.
They are supported by staff instructors with a variety of backgrounds and experiences… all of whom will play a key part of achieving our two primary goals; making your time with us as fun, rewarding and worthwhile as possible and secondly in making you a well rounded instructor prepared to meet the challenges of today’s diverse diving industry.

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We have all seen adverts depicting life as a diving instructor as one laying on a beach or soaking up the sun.
You don’t become a success anywhere by laying on the beach and our programs are challenging and stimulating.
But we do guarantee one of the nicest locations in Asia you could want to be kept busy in.
The scenery is spectacular and the diving stunning, and unbelievably convenient.
Our resorts represent the best in service and facilities the Philippines has to offer; the atmosphere is fun and the ambiance captivating.
You’ll learn why our guests have coined the phrase “come as guest… leave as friend”.
Both our resorts are PADI Five Star IDC Facilities denoting the highest standards of diver education; we are also a National Geographic Center and receive regular awards for our contributions to the dive industry.
Liveaboards and a full range of technical diving complete the picture and ensure you’ll see everything that makes the dive industry tick during your training.
You will use a comfortable 12 seat air-conditioned conference room as your base, just meters from a purpose built training pool.
Our facilities include personalized equipment storage area, a purpose built camera room, wireless internet facilities and dive sites just minutes from the resort.
You will find we embrace the latest training philosophies, ideas and materials and work to make you the most all round employable instructor possible.
Preparation Days.

All our IDC’s are preceded by two preparation days

They are included in your package and we highly recommend that you attend them.
Whether you recently completed your Divemaster course but still feel the need to brush up on some skills or theory, or maybe waited some years or even did your Divemaster training with another training agency, .

The Preparation Days will be very valuable to you

The two days include repetition of the skill circuit (24 skills in the pool).

Reviews of all dive theory exams from the Divemaster program

review of the Instructor Manual, PADI Standards and Procedures, practicing your Rescue skills, practice controlling students in Open Water and of course paperwork.

The Preparation Days focus on the areas where you need more support

and gives you time to review and repeat these areas with a Course Director, before the actual IDC program starts.
How to Prepare.
Your own preparation is the key to success at the AI & OWSI Programs, the IE and in life after the IE.
These are the key areas to focus on: Review the five theory areas (Physics, Physiology, Skills and the Environment.

RDP and Equipment) from the Divemaster Manual

Knowledge Workbook and Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving.
Practice your rescue skills (exercise # 7 from the Rescue Diver Course) to a level where you can DEMONSTRATE rescuing a non-breathing diver at the surface.
Practice all 24 skills from the Open Water Diver Course to a level where you can DEMONSTRATE each to a score of ‘4’ or above.
Have your own, current edition, Instructor Manual (make sure each section has the latest edition revisions, contact us or go to www.padi.com to be sure) to use during the OWSI Program and review each section.
DVD or paper version are both accepted.
Review General Standards and Procedures in detail (including the PADI’s ‘Tasks Purposes & Goals’ and ‘Mission Statement’) in your Instructor Manual and the standards pertaining to each individual course outline.
Go through the last four PADI Training Bulletins and make sure your Instructor Manual has all the updates.
This is REQUIRED before starting the AI Program.
Watch the PADI Open Water Diver videos (1 to 5) or the PADI OW CD ROM and review the new editions of the Open Water Diver Manual, Adventures in Diving, Rescue and Divemaster Manuals.
Watch the two videos ‘Open Water Course Effective Conduct and Marketing’ and ‘Peak Performance Buoyancy’.
We wish to make every effort to help you prepare – please contact us for assistance.
What to Bring.
REQUIRED DIVE EQUIPMENT: Snorkel, Mask and Fins.
Weight System.
BCD.
Regulator (first stage, primary, alternate airsource, low pressure hose and SPG).
Exposure Protection – 22C – 28C.
Compass.
Knife.
Visual Emergency Signalling Device – surface.
Audible Emergency Signalling Device – surface.
PADI’s Guide to Teaching.

PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual

or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation.
PADI Open Water Diver Manual.
Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets.
PADI Rescue Diver Manual.
Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet.
PADI Divemaster Manual.
Divemaster Final Exams booklet.
Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, .

Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving

Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate.
Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate.
The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving.
Diving Knowledge Workbook or e-Record for Dive Theory Online.
RECOMMENDED MATERIALS INCLUDED: All PADI professional videos.
All PADI diver videos.
PADI Specialty Diver manuals.

Rescue Diver Course Prescriptive and standard Lesson Guides

Divemaster Course Lesson Guides.
Discover Scuba Diving Brochure.
Scuba Tune-up guidebook.
Skill Evaluation Slate.

Open Water Diver Course Prescriptive and standard Lesson Guides

The Law and the Diving Professional.
The Best of The Undersea Journal.
The Business of Diving.
Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents.
AWARE – Our World, Our Water manual – downloadable digital version.
Project AWARE’s 10 Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Underwater Environment brochure.
Discover the Underwater World video and The Snorkeler’s Field Guide.
PADI Pro log book.
Pre Requisite.
A.
I.
& O.
W.
S.
I.
PREREQUISITE Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization*who is either: an instructor member in good standing, or.
a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
18 years old.
If not a PADI Divemaster, .

Complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment

I.
E.
PREREQUISITE Successful PADI IDC or OWSI Program completion within 12 months of IE start date.
100 logged dives.
PADI Instructor Certificate of Completion that has both the OWSI/IDC completion date and dive experience sections signed by a PADI Course Director; or a PADI IE Certificate of Participation from a previous IE.

PADI IE Enrollment form and fee

Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
Present a medical statement conducted within the last twelve months.
SPECIALTY PREREQUISITE Be renewed PADI Assistant Instructor (certified/upgraded using the 1995 revised curriculum) – PADI Assistant Instructor may apply only for PADI Specialty Instructor certification in non-diving specialties.
Or be a renewed PADI Underwater Instructor or have completed an IDC/OWSI within the past 12 months – Instructor candidates may apply for PADI Specialty Instructor certification only after becoming certified as PADI instructors.
Must have made at least 10 dives in the particular specialty area.
You will need to provide your own Specialty Instructor manual or course outlines Student Benefits.
STUDENT BENEFITS INCLUDES: Two CDs on staff.
Competitive rates and increased value (i.e.
lower prices and more inclusions).
Special presentation on how to prepare a resume.
Assistance in finding a job.
Unlimited pool access and assistance with preparation; free preparation days including Open Water & Rescue workshops (preparation for new IE requirements).
New format schedule incorporating workshops and all the latest changes.
3 course lunch everyday during training.
Translations services (check for languages).
Meal and accommodation packages.
The very best education preparing for life after the IE.
The latest teaching materials, methods, programs and products.
Post IDC training such as Specialties, MSDT Prep, Recompression Chamber Orientation, PADI O2 Instructor, Resort Training, Internship Programs and more.
About Atlantis IDC’s.

Galle Luxuries of Sri Lanka (7 Days) Hill Country

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Our private Sri Lanka tours feature the best of this beautiful island country: incredibly rich culture, spectacular landscapes, abundant wildlife, unforgettable UNESCO World Heritage Sites and upscale hotels.
Explore ancient Buddhist cities in the Cultural Triangle.
Spot elephants in the wild.
Tour a tea factory in the Hill Country.
Climb the rock citadel of Sigiriya.
Watch traditional dance in Kandy.
Track leopards in Yala National Park .
Meet local artisans.
Visit a spice plantation.
Browse for handmade textiles and crafts.

Learn to prepare Sri Lankan curry and rice

Experience the colonial-era atmosphere of Galle Fort.
See elaborate Buddhist cave paintings.
Tour the Temple of the Tooth.
Ride a train through the mountains past waterfalls and tea plantations.
See village life along backcountry roads.
Our tours include Sri Lanka’s finest hotels, such as Amanwella, a luxury resort on a secluded beach; Tea Trails, several renovated tea planter’s cottages high in the tea country; and A manga lla, a luxury hotel in an evocative historic building in Galle Fort.
We also arrange activities such as interacting with elephants, tea tastings, bird watching, whale watching, surfing lessons, interacting with Buddhist monks, appointments at Ayurvedic spas, philanthropic activities, touring important buildings designed by architect Geoffrey Bawa and more.
Our Sri Lanka tours easily combine with destinations in India, the Maldives and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Our Sri Lanka tours feature: Preferred rooms in Sri Lanka’s best hotels and resorts.
Expert advice from our Sri Lanka specialists, all of whom have traveled extensively in Sri Lanka.
Local contacts at our associate offices in Sri Lanka.
All tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules.
Please contact us at (800) 214-8144 for more information about our private Sri Lanka tours.
Luxury Sri Lanka Tours.

Highlights of Sri Lanka (10 Days) Colombo

Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle Essence of Sri Lanka (8 Days) Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Galle Best of Sri Lanka (12 Days) Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Tangalle, Galle Discover Sri Lanka (6 Days) Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Galle Luxuries of Sri Lanka (7 Days) Hill Country, Galle, Tangalle Introduction to Sri Lanka (7 Days) Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country Journey Through Sri Lanka (14 Days) Colombo, Cultural Triangle, Kandy, Hill Country, Yala National Park, Tangalle, Galle Multi-Country.
Southern India & Sri Lanka (12 Days) Mumbai, Cochin, Backwaters of Kerala, Colombo, Cultural Triangle.

Galle Sri Lanka & Maldives (12 Days) Cultural Triangle

Kandy, Hill Country, Galle, Maldives.
You put together a great trip to Sri Lanka for us, one we’ll never forget.  ~ N.
R., Ithaca, NY Our trip to the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Southern India (our third trip with you) was just perfect.
It’s hard to find a better word than perfect.
~ R.
S., New York, NY We LOVED Sri Lanka, it was great.
Our guide was amazing…he listened to everything we wanted to do and went out of his way to make it happen…he must have everyone in Sri Lanka on his speed dial.
~ M.
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Krakow Highlights of Poland (8 Days) Gdansk

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Warsaw & Krakow (6 Days) Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow Highlights of Poland (8 Days) Gdansk, Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow Krakow in Depth (5 Days) Krakow & Auschwitz Jewish Tour of Central Europe (12 Days) Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow, Prague with Terezin & Trebic.

Budapest Jewish Tour of Poland & Lithuania (9 Days) Krakow & Auschwitz

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Our private tours of Poland offer the best way to experience the country’s culture

food and landscapes, as well as better understand its complicated past.
Our expert guides illuminate the most interesting and important sites in Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and other towns, including historic districts, beautiful churches, royal palace s and expansive parks.
Private excursions highlight UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the fascinating Wieliczka Salt Mine and centuries-old wooden churches in the countryside, as well as the pretty mountain retreat of Zakopane at the base of the Tatra Mountains.

The history of Jews in Poland is a major component of our Poland tours

which include visits to ancient synagogues, old Jewish cemeteries, former Jewish neighborhoods, and Holocaust memorials.
We also arrange for interested travelers to visit the harrowing sites of World War II-era concentration and extermination camps, including Auschwitz and Majdanek.
We can customize any of our Poland tours to include places that are significant to your family history or cultural background, and we can also arrange for assistance in researching your family history.

Poland is an essential part of many of our multi-country tours in Central Europe

which feature the most interesting destinations throughout Austria, Hungary, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Our private luxury Poland tours feature: Top rooms in Poland’s premier luxury hotels .
Luxury vehicles for touring and transfers.
Highly personalized itinerary planning based on in-depth firsthand experience.

Expert advice from our Poland specialists

who regularly travel in the country.
Private access and special viewings at museums, palaces and other cultural attractions.

Local contacts at our associate offices in Poland

Private airport transfers .
Restaurant reservations , shopping recommendations, tickets to cultural events and exclusive access to local activities and experts.
All tours are private, depart daily, and can be customized to suit individual interests and schedules.

Please contact us at (800) 214-8144 for more information about our luxury tours of Poland

Luxury Poland Tours.
Warsaw & Krakow (6 Days) Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow Highlights of Poland ( 8 Days ) Gdansk, Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow Krakow in Depth (5 Days) Krakow & Auschwitz Jewish Tour of Central Europe (12 Days) Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow, Prague with Terezin & Trebic, Budapest Jewish Tour of Poland & Lithuania (9 Days) Krakow & Auschwitz, Warsaw, Vilnius & Kaunus Journey Through Central Europe (15 Days) Warsaw & Auschwitz, Krakow, Prague, Vienna, Budapest.

Thank you for helping to coordinate our great Poland trip

I appreciate all you did to make it one of the most meaningful and interesting trips we have ever taken!  ~ C.
B., Richmond.

VA Our Budapest and Poland tour was fascinating

eye-opening and informative.
All of our guides were outstanding.
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Washington DC Our Berlin and Poland trip was an A+

The guides were excellent.
~ S.
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