Our next PADI IDC in Indonesia starts on 23 Sept 2014, and we are running a few articles to give prospective students more insight into our PADI IDC Course. Last week we blogged all about our PADI IDC Course Director, Marlies Lang, this week we want to give some details about the content of our PADI IDC Course.
Content of our PADI IDC
You are already half way there. You are either a PADI Divemaster or a Dive Guide from another organization. So you already know how to take certified divers out on a guided tour – in a safe, professional way making sure your customers are have fun while doing so.
Also you’ve already been trained as a Rescue Diver, knowing how to handle an emergency situation should one arise. But of course we rather work on preventing accidents in the first place.
The IDC takes you a step further in professional development, and focuses on how to teach PADI courses and how to use all the given materials efficiently.
The Structure of our PADI IDC
The IDC course includes the Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI course) and the core IDC Program.
Emergency First Response Instructor Course
(EFRI course) – 1 day
Before you can be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you need to have first completed the 1-day EFR Instructor course (includes Care For Children).
Core IDC Program – 12 days
The IDC course contains the following:
- Confined water skill sessions to practice the 24 skills from the PADI Divemaster course so you go into the IDC sharp
- Dive theory workshops/presentations on topics including Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Decompression theory and Skills & Environment
- Practice exams
- Classroom time for presentations about how to teach the PADI courses, and other important aspects of being a diving professional such as marketing and risk management.
- Confined water sessions and open water sessions – in-water teaching sessions that are all about handling students whilst teaching the PADI courses.
But what does a typical day look like?
Typical day in the PADI IDC
- Get yourself a cup of coffee, tea or water and bring it to the classroom
- Classroom time for some presentations from Marlies
- Classroom time for you to present some presentations to the class – scary at first!!
- Wet time – every day you will go in the water for either a confined water or open water teaching presentation. You get to role play with the rest of the candidates and rotate around being Instructor, Divemaster or student.
DIRECTLY after each presentation we will evaluate you. Remember this is an INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE. Having immediate evaluation means that you will know directly what went well and what we might have to work on a little. At the same time you will learn from the mistakes of the other candidates.
This doesn’t only create (usually) lifelong friends, this “develops” you into a professional Instructor that will be ready to TEACH THE WORLD HOW TO DIVE as well as pass the Instructor Exam at the end of the IDC.
And trust us… it’s also lots and lots of FUN!!
Exclusive Two Fish Workshops
Additional teaching workshops during the IDC include:
- CESA Workhop – preparing CESA lines or surface support stations, and teaching the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent safely
- Ascent and descent workshop
- Knot tying workshop
- How to teach the Peak Performance Bouyancy workshop
- Lift bag workshop
- Risk management workshop
- Tec intro and dive with Rebreather and Sidemount systems, giving you some experience in technical diving.
Are you ready for the IE
The day before the IE you will get a one to one debriefing from Marlies. She’ll let you honestly know if she thinks that you’re ready to go and succeed in the Instructor Exam. In the very unlikely event that you might NOT be ready to go to the exam there is no point in wasting time and money. You are better off to prepare a bit more and go to the next IE. This can be done by joining another scheduled IDC with Marlies free of charge (you need to pay for accommodation and food).