PADI Instructor development course preparation at Oceans 5 IDC centre in Gili Air
Oceans 5 Gili Air and their PADI Course Directors conduct a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) every month. Usually the PADI dive instructor course progresses without any major obstacles for the instructor candidates, but this depends mostly on the preparation level of the candidates.
For this reason Oceans 5 organizes a complimentary IDC preparation prior to the official kick off.
The main focus during IDC’s at Oceans 5 is the development of entry level dive professionals into confident scuba dive instructors who are in control of their students, who know their duties and who understand the meaning and importance of standards. A lot of assignments are given and plenty of workshops are organized in order to ensure that candidates understand their role as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. These assignments and workshops are built upon previous learning and take candidates to the next level. Obviously it is very important that a candidate is comfortable with dive theory, skill demonstrations and all recreational course specific topics such as rescue exercises, knots, compass navigation etc.
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. A proper refresher program and some hands on experience assisting seasoned instructors are in order to get candidates on track.
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 wants 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. Obviously, when this particular Divemaster decides to go for the instructor rating, hands on experience assisting courses is again recommended.
After a successful PADI Instructor Development Course candidates are allowed to join a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) and show one last time that they are ready to plunge into the dive industry and start teaching. At Oceans the Course Directors recommend the candidates to join the IE only when they are ready. The Course Directors will continue to work with the candidates until they are at the expected level. The PADI Instructor training at Oceans 5 is a performance based and candidate centered program, so there are absolutely no time limits.
PADI Instructor Development Course preparation
Before enrolling in the PADI IDC Gili Islands, Oceans 5 offers a complimentary IDC preparation program, as mentioned earlier. Usually the preparation takes around four days, but can be longer depending on the needs of candidates. Oceans 5 is happy to provide additional preparation next to our standard preparation program. 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 PADI IDC. The official exams during the IDC and the IE are only a walk through the park.
Next to the theory lectures, the course directors of Oceans 5 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.
What can the candidate do before he arrives at the PADI IDC Gili Air?
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.