It was a rainy, humid day: the mother of all bad hair days. Just another cold dark winter’s day in England. I was taking a bus into town. The windows on the bus were covered in condensation so thick you couldn’t see outside. Everyone was wilting and wet. I was sitting next to a man in a business suit and didn’t pay much attention, looking into oblivion, until we both got off at the same stop and walked to the same newspaper stand to get a morning paper.
The man, owner of the stand was obviously having a bad day too. He was rude, abrupt and unsmiling as we bought our papers, with the news headlines to only add more gloom to my day. The businessman caught my eye and smiled. He then proceeded to smile brightly, thanked the newsstand proprietor for the paper and for being open on such a cold morning, making sure we were able to get our papers. In short, he expressed his appreciation for something most of us would take for granted.
The man running the newsstand responded only with a grunt and sour expressions. The businessman then pleasantly wished him a pleasant day. As we turned away, I asked this man why he had continued to be pleasant to the newsagent owner when he obviously didn’t care about and didn’t respond to his expression of appreciation and friendliness.The businessman grinned at me and said, “Why would I let someone else control what I say, what I feel or what kind of day I’m going to have?”
“Diving and teaching can be a passion which changes your life and you can change other peoples life’s too” You can say that again! It is a life changing experience for me… PADI Course Director, Joey A. Ridge, I know how difficult it is to choose the right place to make your IDC, so the choice is obvious! Little did you know that you could have picked a world class experienced Padi Course Director!
Joey’s passion for teaching Scuba has led to the creation of his Knowledge, Experience and Internship Scuba Training Courses. This is Joey’s commitment to support of Internship, IDC’s and the PADI Staff Instructors are taught. Prior Knowledge, materials helps us keep up to date and we like to be at the cutting edge of the dive industry, knowing this you can rest assure that Joey’s expertise is second to none.
Joey A. Ridge was born in the UK, where he lived until he was 18 and graduated from college. From that time, my passion was in Scuba Diving, I got my first seasonal Diving Job in Greece. I returned to Greece for three summers, working and gaining experience from a variety diving of centres.
My feet began to get hot and again, so I travelled to the USA, helping dive centres in Florida keys, California and Hawaii. Australia wasn’t that far, so I travelled over there and stayed a couple of years. But the most fun to be had for me was working in ASIA, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. There I had the pleasure to work for many good reputable Dive Schools, gaining valuable experiences along the way. I lived and worked as a PADI Instructor and Underwater Photographer, Videographer in places around the world.
The last 10 years I have been teaching the Padi System and conducting IDC’s. I am the youngest local resident PADI Course Director in Cyprus. As I am English I speak English, Greek and a little Swedish. With support from my PADI Staff Instructors, I can teach IDC Courses in English, Greek, German, French, Finish, Swedish and Danish.
Now here in Cyprus for almost 20 years, I have established myself and Easy Divers Cyprus with a firm foot hold in the dive industry here in Cyprus.
Joey has a time-honoured and valued opinion as an Committee Member in the Cyprus Dive Centre Association (CDCA). Joey also holds IMCA Commercial Dive Technician certification working many times offshore and onshore around the world.