PADI Instructor Development Courses with Your-IDC
Are you a PADI Divemaster or do you have an equivalent certification from another organization? Have you thought about introducing people to scuba diving, advancing a diver’s skills, teaching diving from a rescue point of view and training dive professionals? Or maybe you are already a scuba instructor looking to crossover?
The first steps to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor are there! Your-IDC and their team of PADI Course Directors conduct several PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC’s) monthly at various locations covering South-East Asia and Africa.
Quality and consistency are key in developing instructors, so here’s a breakdown of a PADI IDC conducted by the Your-IDC team:
Usually the IDC progresses without any major obstacles for the instructor candidates, but this depends mostly on the preparation level of the candidates. Candidates don’t always come fully prepared, and that’s ok!
Some people decide to go for a change in career years after their last diving course. In this case candidates are not expected to remember everything they have previously learned.
Often candidates never had any intention on becoming a dive instructor initially. Depending on the intention of a diver, the learning process might differ from person to person. A Divemaster candidate, who only wanted to guide certified divers in remote and challenging conditions, is going to focus mostly on techniques and knowledge relevant to guiding certified divers during the Divemaster course.
In any case, a proper refresher program is in order to get candidates on track.
Usually the preparation takes around four days, but can be longer depending on the needs of candidates. The standard preparation consists of five theory presentations (physics, physiology, equipment, skills & environment and decompression theory) relevant to diving. After these presentations candidates should be comfortable filling out practice exams. After a few of these exams and correcting together with the course directors, the candidates are prepared for a big segment of the IDC.
Next to the theory lectures, the course directors of Your-IDC organize a couple of swimming pool sessions to work on skill demonstrations. This skill circuit covers mainly skills from the PADI Open Water Course, but can also include skills from all the other courses depending on what instructor candidates need.
After these swimming pool sessions, another part of the IDC and IE is covered, and less worries for the candidates during the official programs. Before arriving on site and joining the programs, quite a bit of studying can be done beforehand. It is recommended for future IDC candidates to read through their manuals of courses they have previously taken (Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Divemaster), practice dive planning with the available PADI materials, assist experienced PADI Instructors and practice skills under supervision.
Your IDC can also provide additional study materials and practice exams via email to get candidates studying.
The aim during PADI IDC’s conducted by the Your-IDC staff is to develop PADI OWSI’s who are ready to take on the world of recreational scuba diving.
As a result of preparation IDC candidates trained by Your-IDC often comment that the PADI Instructor Examinations was actually the easiest part of the process. Learning how to drive a car and finally earning your license is pretty similar to getting your ticket to start teaching recreational diving. There is always going to be that first time behind the wheel without your instructor sitting right next to you, a pretty stressful situation. But with proper training, applying correct and conservative techniques and fully understanding rules/standards, instructor candidates will be able to lower stress levels to a minimum on their first couple of courses they have to teach independently. For this reason, the PADI IDC’s by Your-IDC cover more than the prescribed curriculum.
How does Your-IDC prepare their instructor candidates for teaching:
In addition to the skill circuit during the IDC prep, an official skill circuit needs to take place in a confined environment where candidates need to show the PADI Course Directors their ability to perform the core skills of the PADI Open Water Course on an instructor level (demonstration quality). Candidates need to attend 19 presentations that will be presented by the PADI Course Directors and staff. These presentations cover various topics.
During the presentations candidates will become familiar with the use of their instructor manuals and the application and interpretation of PADI standards. Hand in hand with PADI standards goes another big topic: risk management. It has a few dedicated presentations but also plays an important role in many others.
Every PADI course and program that can be conducted by a PADI OWSI will be explained into detail. Example schedules will be given depending on different local environments and logistics. Also teaching techniques and maintaining control are interesting discussions during these course/program related presentations.
Furthermore instructor candidates become familiar with the marketing and business aspect of being a PADI Member. The Your-IDC Course Directors will explain the efforts and position of PADI on a global and local point of view, but they will also explain their candidates how they can improve their efforts in becoming a contributing factor to the recreational scuba diving industry. Last but not least a few of the presentations will cover the structure and teaching techniques necessary for candidates to efficiently teach PADI courses and programs.
Candidates will apply this gained knowledge by giving teaching presentations in the classroom and in both an open water and confined environment. During the IDC candidates are required to make a few exams, scoring a minimum of 75% on each. One of the exams is General Standards and Procedures. This exam is open book where candidates need to demonstrate their understanding of standards as well as their efficiency in finding them in the instructor manual.
The dive theory exams cover the 5 topics mentioned in the IDC prep and are to be completed with books closed. The practical applications cover a big part of the IDC program. After learning the why and how of teaching during the presentations given by the Course Directors, it is time to put that knowledge into practice. The three practical applications consist of teaching theory, teaching in a confined environment and teaching in open water.
Plenty of assignments will be given throughout the IDC where the Course Directors focus on real life application of skills and knowledge. All these different session will involve all candidates taking on the role of instructor, student and certified assistant. The Course Directors take a step back, watch closely how the teaching presentation is being organized and give feedback and tips to improve future teaching techniques. To support candidates in preparing their teaching presentations, The Your-IDC Course Directors organize numerous of additional workshops to make sure teaching happens in a safe and efficient way (e.g. CESA, liftbag, knots, control and positioning…).
PADI Instructor Examination (IE):
The IE is 100% evaluative. No more training happens during this 2 day program conducted by PADI Staff. The IE is an objective evaluation where instructor candidates need to demonstrate one more time their understanding of standards and theory, how to teach in a confined environment including skill demonstrations, how to teach in an open water environment including rescue abilities and how to teach theory. In the end it’s safe to say that there is nothing new on the IE. After the thorough and complete training provided by the Your-IDC Course Directors, candidates often comment that the IE is an easy going program where the biggest challenge is keeping the nerves under control.