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The PADI (IDC) program is your final step to become a PADI Instructor. The IDC is simply a combination of the Assistant Instructor (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) (described on each page click on links for details). Normally these two courses are taken at the same time, and we call this the Instructor Development Course (IDC). 

I will teach you how to teach diving, but you'll find the communication skills you acquire will benefit you in many aspects of day-to-day life. As a PADI Open Water Instructor, you are qualified to teach students from Discover Scuba Diving through Divemaster. I will teach you how to conduct these courses as well as how to sell them, which not only makes your work more interesting, but also increases your income and most importantly prepares you for everyday realities of working as a diving instructor.

With me you will be getting my undivided attention during the course and along with my team of Staff Instructors we will give you realistic and workable solutions to the kinds of everyday scenarios you will encounter as a PADI Diving Instructor.

What's needed to start..?

PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or equivalent
Minimum 60 logged dives, with experience of night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
Medical clearance to dive current within previous 12 months
Proof of CPR & first aid training within the last 24 months
6 months since open water (or equivalent) certification
18 years of age
All knowledge reviews in IDC workbook completed

What's needed before the Instructor Exam..? (find out more information on the Instructor Examination section)

Successful completion of the PADI IDC
Minimum 100 logged dives
Valid diving medical certificate

What you will do..

During the (IDC), You'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers. Exact details in the (AI) and (OWSI) Course sections.

How long will it take and where..?

This is just a question of your level; for Divemasters you will need full (IDC) - 7-9 Days and anyone who is a Assistant Instructor or Crossing over from another agency and already an Instructor you need just the second part the (OWSI) section typically the last 5 Days. The Course can be offered around the UK (I can travel to you) or I offer Instructor Course getaways. This leaves you free from commitments at home so you can just concentrate on the course during the day and relax of an evening, leaving you fresh for the next day (see more on travel section here)

Life after the I.E...

Once you are an instructor your training does not stop there. Various instructor-level continuing education courses are available these include;

Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor, Specialty Instructor Training Courses, DSAT Tec Deep Instructor Training (TEC) Courses, and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Preparatory Courses are designed to teach qualified PADI Instructors how to organize, promote and conduct these respective courses. (click here for details)

IDC Staff Instructor Course trains a qualified Master Scuba Diver Trainer to conduct independently conduct AI Courses and assist Course Directors with IDCs. (click for details)

Positive Approach Selling (PAS) and Advanced Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining Enthusiastic Divers (ASR) are retail education programs. They are designed to teach PADI Dive Center employees and Instructors effective methods enhancing the chances for business success. (click for details)

Look at my (Resort Experience program) which is available for Divemasters and Instructors wishing to gain experience and find work.

Any questions regarding your Instructor Course or to get detailed course schedule, please contact me

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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