What is the instructor development training like?
The focus of the IDC is to develop good teaching techniques and practices. In addition to learning how to effectively use the PADI system of education.
The course starts with a day in the classroom focusing on the design of the PADI system and how to use it in a flexible manner to give your students the best possible training.
You will do a dive theory written exam fairly early in the course. Around day 3 usually, to see what level you are at while we still have time remediate any issues you may have in that area.
More people fail the written exams at the Instructor Exam, than any other section. If you are worried about this aspect of the course you are in good company! We cannot emphasise enough the importance of taking this section seriously. If you were not a maths and science wiz kid at school, you need to do your IDC with a course director who will make this part simple for you. Course director Will, has demonstrated over the years, excellence in teaching dive theory effectively. Check out his Youtube Channel and Dive Theory section. If you like the way he teaches these concepts. Our IDC is for you!
You will teach at least four confined water skill presentations and play the role of a student when the other instructor candidates are teaching theirs.
You will teach at least four open water skill presentations and play the role of a student when the other instructor candidates are teaching theirs.
You will teach three classroom presentations.
You will develop your rescue skills to demonstration quality level.
There are also a number of classroom sessions discussing the various PADI courses you will be qualified to teach as well as marketing and business related issues.
What can I expect at the PADI Instructor Exam?
All you have to do is show what you learned in the IDC. Just one more time, you have to do what you did time and time again during the IDC.
The Instructor Exam is split into 4 segments and is conducted over 2 days.
1. Written Exams
a. Dive Theory - 12 multiple choice questions on each of the following subjects, dive physics, physiology of diving, equipment, skills and the environment and recreational dive planner
b. General Standards – 50 multiple choice questions about PADI standards and their application. This is an OPEN BOOK exam using the Instructor Manual and PADI’s Guide to Teaching.
2. Confined Water Presentation – You will be assigned one skill to teach in confined water. The other instructor candidates will play the role of students. They will be asked to make some deliberate mistakes assigned by the examiner for you to identify and correct. If you make a big mistake yourself you will be given another skill and a second chance! You will also be assigned 5 skills from the Divemaster skill circuit to demonstrate as if to students.
3. Open Water Presentation – You will be assigned two skills to teach in open water. The other instructor candidates will play the role of students. They will be asked to make some deliberate mistakes assigned by the examiner for you to identify and correct. Your score from both skills is then averaged to give you a final score. No second chances! You will also be asked to demonstrate Rescue Exercise 7 in the surface.
4. Classroom presentation – You will be assigned one question from a PADI knowledge review. Your job is to explain the answer to this question assuming your students have been having difficulties with it. The presentation should be between 5-8 minutes long.