Winston Walker (USA) - May 2023
It’s rare to find an IDC course director as exceptional as Walter Schmit. From the onset, what struck me the most was his unparalleled patience. No matter how trying the situations were during the course, Walter’s calm demeanor never wavered. A fellow candidate and I often found ourselves marveling at Walter’s incredible aptitude for handling challenging situations that arose.
Unforeseen logistical hurdles cropped up throughout our journey, all of which were outside Walter’s control. Yet, he approached each obstacle with grace, always formulating a backup plan, ensuring that the course ran smoothly and productively.
Prior to this course, I had certifications from several other agencies besides PADI. Frankly, I was skeptical about the PADI system, primarily choosing it because of its global recognition and job prospects. However, Walter transformed my perspective. His methodical teaching approach, which is a product of significant effort and thought, has deepened my respect for PADI’s teaching system. Walter’s vast collection of resources, accumulated over the years, and his dedication to continuously improve by observing other course directors is commendable.
Furthermore, Walter’s expertise as a diver, especially in technical diving realms like closed circuit rebreathers and cave diving, elevates his teaching. I particularly enjoyed his effort to organize a Q&A with a local cave explorer. He ensured that we never relied on easy answers but instead engaged in a systematic approach to tap into our resources. This method not only honed our skills but also instilled in us the confidence to excel as instructors.
Complementing Walter’s stellar teaching was the support provided by his wife, Dorianne. Her assistance in securing affordable housing and providing invaluable advice on city services was a godsend. Choosing this IDC was a decision made largely based on scheduling convenience. However, thanks to the combined efforts of Walter and Dorianne, I believe I received the best possible experience.
In conclusion, Walter Schmit as a Course Director is an invaluable asset to Pro Dive International. I wholeheartedly recommend his IDC to aspiring instructors. The knowledge, skills, and experience he imparts are truly unparalleled. Thank you again! – Winston