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The following questions are some of the most common I encounter when speaking with or writing to future candidates.

If you have questions which are not answered here, (please email me for a detailed answer) 

How can I best prepare for the IDC/IE?
It is important to spend time studying your theory, as this will not be re taught during the IDC Program. By studying, we mean using your PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook and Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving to ensure that you understand all aspects of the diving theory that you will be tested on. During the IDC, we will have a study session and give you a pre-assessment examination.

The purpose of the sample exam is to know where you stand with regard to your level of knowledge. We can not emphasize enough that the time to study your theory is before the IDC, not during the IDC. You'll be learning many new things, so you'll want to spend your time learning these new subjects; not reviewing old subjects. You also need to complete the knowledge reviews in the Instructor Candidate Workbook prior to the start of the IDC. This can be done before you get here or before see the IDC Prep Course.

Can you help to arrange accommodation, transportation, and other basic needs?
Yes, information will be given when sorting out the course logistics etc. 

What's so special about your IDC Program?
One of the most important aspects of our course is the emphasis on real-world training. We believe that almost any Course Director can give you enough knowledge to pass the IE if that is your only goal. However, your goal should be to understand the PADI system to the point where you can be a successful employee or owner - a diving professional. In other words, we prepare you for your future; the IE is only a stepping stone. Choosing to do the IDC with Steve will make a big difference in you Career, see Unique
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Is it possible to "Fail" the IDC Program?
No, it is impossible to fail the IDC - unless you just don't show up - as the IDC is a course, not an exam. Our IDC stresses development. As a result, you can relax while learning, knowing that mistakes are part of the process. Although there are performance requirements for successfully completing the course, there are no time limitations, so you may continue to progress under your Course Director's guidance. The goal is to create a low-stress environment in which you can learn to function as a PADI Instructor. This makes the IDC challenging, yet an enjoyable learning experience. The final evaluation of your knowledge and skills come later during the
PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

What is the most common area of the IE that candidates fail?
Theory exams! Study your theory and be prepared for the IDC. So far, none of my candidates have failed due to low scores on teaching presentations.

When can I begin teaching?
As soon as the paperwork from your IE has be processed by PADI. Depending on your where your permanent address is, this could take between two and four weeks.

Calendar shows where I will be and duration of my time there. If I am in your area and you want to join a course, contact me for locations. If you see any dates free and would like me to visit your dive centre or location, drop me an email with location, course interest and possible dates.
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