In the last 25 years, the team at Ban’s Diving have trained 2,100 Divemasters and and 1,700 PADI Diving Instructors on the IDC.

Guillaume and Lee have been running our professional diving courses together for 7 years now and have trained hundreds or professionals together.
Here a few testimonials:



Doing the IDC with ban’s and G (Guillaume) was the best decision for sure. G knows exactly what he’s doing and how to structure the course, besides him being a really patient and awesome teacher. Thank you G again for teaching me how to be a good instructor.

Tabea Pohlmeyer

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

I came to Ban’s Diving as an Advanced Open Water diver with the dream of becoming becoming a dive instructor.  I found there a community of passionate instructors that were open with their knowledge and experience.  (…) During my Divemaster course I was able to assist many different instructors and watch closely at how they solved problems, explained concepts, and shared their love of diving with their students.  This was incredibly valuable training that prepared me and gave me the confidence to successfully complete the Instructor Development Course and pass the PADI Instructor examination. I could not have wished for better Course Directors.”


Nathaniel Rawson
PADI Master Instructor

I spent my IDC and MSDT at Ban’s, where I learned a lot and evolved through instructor pedagogy, PADI theory and skills practice repetition with the pool sessions and the open water. We have all made real progress at all levels. it was really interesting and rewarding. I advise all those interested to become an instructor to do the same because it is a super center fully equipped with really nice pool where it is easy to learn and improve also thanks to its specialties. A great experience, a little nostalgic that it will end but I will be able to continue with the Intership and the 25 certifications, in order to be ready to become a better PADI instructor. A big thank to Guillaume and Nat for this course, for your patience, your fun, your time and makes me become a PADI MSDT instructor .

Julie Coustaut

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

I began my Divemaster at Ban’s 2 years ago. I comeback every year for fun, and the lovely atmosphere. It`s a beautiful resort with excellent dive education facilities! Lee Nightingale is the best teacher ever! He made a better Divemaster program because he missed some parts witch he thinks is important/ interesting for dive pros.
The teachers are well educated and serious about there job, however they never forget that you’re there for a good time as well!! 

Willem Van Hall

PADI Divemaster

I was very much welcomed by all the resort staff, whether at reception, by the instructors, the divers in training, people in the shop and teh boat crew… and the location is splendid. (…. ) I wanted to talk about Guillaume Fargues, the Course Director who trained me for part of my Divemaster but also to become an Instructor.  It was a great experience, very interesting and rewarding. Again, I felt comfortable from the beginning and throughout the IDC. I wanted to thank him for the quality of training he taught and the shared experience, for his professionalism and his availability throughout these 8 months. He forms more than diving instructors, he gives you all the keys to success and an example to follow especially in the workplace and in everyday life.

Gregory Roufast

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Guillaume was one of my IDC Instructors during my time in Koh Tao. He will remember my girlfriend and I as being “The Question Machines” yet he always remained calm and patient with us, even though we almost always over prepared for our presentations. He has a very calming way about him and always makes you feel like there is no rush, even while fitting industrial quantities of materials in his teachings. He prepared us so well for our final IDC exams that when the time came, we were prepared for any situation and the exams seemed easy. He’s also someone I enjoy meeting outside the class to discuss diving stories and anecdotes. He truly made my IDC course pleasant nad the training was as complete as it gets.

Luc Chevalier

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Did all my training with Guillaume and Ban’s and I’m really happy with this choice.
They taught me how to be a good instructor and manage people. Amazing experience from start to finish.

Lia Evans

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

3/1 Moo 1
Koh Tao, Surat Thani, 84360

+66 (0)87-883-6021

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