Absolute Scuba Indonesia, Bali typically starts its IDC 3 weeks prior to the Instructor's Exam (IE). That way, you have plenty of time to learn, prepare presentations, hone your skills and have a good time. We even go fun diving to relieve some of the natural stress you're sure to feel just because someone is 'evaluating' you.
Low Stress? How can that be?
We don't like a lot of stress in our life. If we should rush things, you and I both would be stressed, So, we keep matters pretty low key. You have plenty of time to prepare, I have plenty of time to help out, and we both have time to get you really prepared for the IE. Let's save the stress for that.
A typical day would see you in the classroom around 9 am and out by 4 or 5 pm. Lunch is at a local 'warung', and a nice dinner can be had at the Sanur Night Market or at the 'Fish Garage"(It's an automobile repair shop during the day, and one of the finest restaurants in Sanur at night).There are a lot of things like that in Bali. The beach is about 100 meters away.
So, what do we do during an IDC?
During the PADI Instructor Development program, you'll learn the PADI System of diver education, standards and procedures, effective academic teaching presentations, teaching in confined water, conducting open water training dives and additional related topics. There are two distinct components to the IDC process - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. To become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must successfully complete an IE (Instructor Examination).
You will be evaluated on; dive theory, academic teaching, confined-water (pool) teaching, open-water teaching and general diving skills and professionalism.
As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you can conduct the entire range of PADI experience programs and PADI diver programs, from Open Water Diver through Divemaster (except for specialties and PADI Emergency First Response) which require specific Specialty Diver Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor ratings).
After successfully completing your PADI IDC and IE, you receive a certification card and certificate denoting this rating. You'll also become a member of PADI and receive the PADI benefits.
hat do I need?
Please review the web pages in this site that deal with the
Open Water Instructor
certifications for materials you'll need, age, number of dives, experience, etc. As a DM, you can buy those materials direct from PADI. A good way to get most of them is to order the Candidate Crew Pack.
Beyond that, and this is very important, you are expected to arrive at the IDC with your diving knowledge and skills at the professional level. You should be able to handle the DM exams, use the RDP and the Wheel, and have excellent demonstration quality diving skills. Devopment of that knowledge and those skills is not a formal part of the IDC. Should you need some time and help to refresh those, you're encouraged to arrive maybe 5 days prior to the IDC start date. This will also give you time to complete the pre-requisite self-study portions of the course if you haven't done so already.
What happens at the IE?
You just won't see anything new at the IE. You will take theory exams similar to the ones you took in the DM course. There's a standards and procedures exam that is open book. At some point you will give a presentation in the classroom, a confined water presentation, and an open water presentation. Somewhere in all that, you'll also demonstrate rescue of an unconcious diver on the surface, complete with gear removal. Along the way, you'll get to meet your examiners. My experience is that these are some of the nicest and most caring people that you will ever meet. They simply are not there to fail you. Everyone in the process wants to celebrate your success.
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