Testimonials from our former PADI Pro candidates

Committing yourself to a new career might be a big step. Still in doubt? Read the IDC reviews from former candidates who already passed one of our PADI Pro courses.

Karl Jensen

I don’t often write reviews, in fact I nearly didn’t write this one. I spent around 3 1/2 weeks diving with Joes Gone Diving, completing my rescue course, DM course, a few fun dives, and a dive safari.

There’s a really nice vibe at Joes from the minute you arrive. Everyone introduces themselves, a drink of your choice is popped in your hand, and everyone is keen to get to know you and what you want from your diving experience. At the end of each days diving most of the team join you for a beer to reflect on the days adventures, do fish id, log dives, and have a chat. Everyone clearly loves what they do, it’s obvious. There’s a stream of returning customers, who know what I’m talking about, they feel the love!!

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Coupled with the friendliness is a dive team that is super professional. Whether teaching courses or fun diving, the attention to detail, focus on learning and development, and environmental awareness is second to none. With a mix of local and international dive masters and instructors, there isn’t much this team doesn’t know about diving in general, and diving in Bali.

The other thing that makes JGD such a great dive centre is their attention to detail in the daily running of the operation. As a customer, you are so well looked after;

Hotel pick ups, equipment/gear management, transfers to dive spots, small dive groups, amazing lunches, soft towels for after diving, gear washing and storage etc it just seems to magically happen around you. It’s pretty awesome.

I also wanted to do a ‘muck’ dive safari with a mate. It was no problem to tailor an overnight trip, get advice on sites, organise a driver and guide and hotel, make one simple payment. It was just great.

I can’t thank them enough. Owners Jan and Mirjam have assembled a top team, developed a great culture, and deliver an unrivalled service.

Big thanks to everyone, especially Markus and Jenny but also Ethel, Ezra, Roland, Medvin, Fitri, Fita, Nick, Putu, Komang, Ketut, and Buttons.

Needless to say, I’ll definitely be dropping by in the future, hopefully to dive but if not just to say hi.



Kelsey and Taylor Muller

My sister and I spent a month in Sanur, Bali completing our Divemaster and Assistant Instructor certifications. I cannot begin to describe how amazing the staff at Joe’s Gone Diving was. From the day I contacted them over the phone for more information on the course, they treated us like family, whether it was giving us tips on where to stay in Sanur and what to do on our free time when we we’re not diving. All of the information for the course came in an easy to find, professional PDF packet located on their website, that impressed us and made us feel certain this was a high quality dive shop, even from doing research half way across the world in the US.

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The actual day to day there was incredible. The dive shop itself is a gorgeous property with it’s own pool on premise, a shady place to sit, talk and eat as well as a gazebo and classrooms upstairs. The staff was extremely attentive, always asking if we needed something or how they could help us. And finally with our instructors (through the dive master course we worked with almost every instructor on staff there) we found patient, experienced, and enthusiastic people who taught us a lot and always made diving fun!

Bali is an unreal experience on its own, but I have no doubt that our trip wouldn’t have been half as amazing if we had not chosen Joe’s Gone Diving to do our divemaster. We are so grateful to Jan, Mirjam, Markus, Eby, Yolanda, Ethel, Imam, Maria, Ezra and the rest of the staff for making this truly a trip of a lifetime! We look forward to coming back next year to do the instructor!!

A Diving Tale from Kyle

I first started my underwater journey 5 years ago, like many, on the small island of Koh Tao in Thailand. I had no intentions of learning to dive, frankly, it terrified me. A good friend convinced me to give it a try, so I signed up for a PADI Open Water Course. After my first breath underwater, my life would be changed forever…

I continued my diving education completing and moving through the PADI Advanced and PADI Rescue courses; I was hooked. This new world I was experiencing was unlike any other I could have ever dreamed of. Peaceful, beautiful and awe inspiring.

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After returning home from that trip, my normal job and life were not doing it for me anymore, I knew where I belonged and I had to figure out how make that happen.

My next adventure was being planned, one of my destinations was Bali, Indonesia. This would be the stop where I met Markus Gstrein. Markus would go on to become my mentor and trainer as I moved up into the Professional ranks of PADI.

As I write this I am still in Bali, now working as a PADI MSDT and still alongside Markus. I used to dread the alarm clock going off in the morning signalling the start of the work day. These days, I am usually up and ready to go to the ocean before it even rings. I love sharing my passion for diving, underwater photography and the marine world with others; it all started with that first breath underwater which I will never forget…..


Kyle Anderson, Canada

Ben: IDC with Joe’s Gone Diving

Hi my name is Ben and I did my IDC in July 2017 with Joe’s Gone Diving and it was exactly how I think a perfect IDC should be. During my time at Joe’s Gone Diving everybody was very friendly, interested in me and always grateful to help me out if I needed something.
The IDC was perfect organized by the course director Markus so I never had the feeling that I may be not be good enough prepared for the IE.
Every evening he sit down with me to give me feedback and also asked me for the same. He was 24/7 available for me when I needed something even if it was not related to anything with diving.

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And when the IE finally started I had a very good feeling and I had no difficulties to pass only because Markus did such a great job.
But Joesgonediving especially Markus did much more then just to prepare me for the IE. He introduced me to the dive society in Sanur, showed me some pubs, took me to the beach clean up and helped me to find a job after the IE and much more.

I am very grateful that I did my IDC with Joe’s Gone Diving and that I met such nice people there. I wish everybody the very best for the future and I am looking forward to see you guys again.


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