How best to prepare for your PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

PADI IDC Prerequisites:
In order to participate in a PADI IDC you must of course meet all the prerequisite requirements:
  • Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor, PADI Divemaster, or as dive leader with another recreational diver training organization.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a medical form signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Has been a certified diver for at least six months and logged at least 60 open water dives with experience in night, deep and navigation prior to beginning the Instructor Development Course, and have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and logged at least 100 dives prior to entering the PADI Instructor Examination.
  • Submit proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months.*
* For those whose CPR / EFR training has lapsed an update is included in the IDC Prep course or one can be arranged prior to or in conjunction with the IDC – contact Chris to see what can be scheduled for your IDC.

Make sure you are familiar with all the new materials, especially if you never used them as a student. Answer the quick quizzes, student concepts, quick reviews, course Quizzes and Exams etc and make sure that you are comfortable with the style of questions that PADI uses.

Note: Although these materials are available from Chris at a special VIP price try and get them as early as possible as the more time you have to familiarize yourself with them prior to your IDC the better.

Make sure you update your instructor manual with all relevant Training Bulletins, if you are in any doubt, please contact Chris

If you are missing any you can download them from the Members section of www.padi.com
Buy your own copy of the Candidate Workbook and read through the pages “How to use this Workbook.”
Next go to Section 1 “Independent Learning”

Here you will find the 16 IDC Knowledge Reviews which MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE IDC !!! At the beginning of each Knowledge Review you will find listed the necessary pre-study reading assignments you need to read before answering the knowledge review.

These assignments can be found in: your Instructor manual, PADI Guide To Teaching, The Best of the Undersea Journal, The Law & the Diving Professional, The Business of Diving and Children & Scuba Diving (resource guide for Inst & parents)

Remember these MUST be completed BEFORE the start of the PADI IDC
Dive Theory
On which PADI course is Instructor Level Dive Theory taught ??

Answer: The IDC – WRONG ANSWER.

On which PADI course is Instructor Level Dive Theory taught ??

Answer: The PADI Divemaster Course – CORRECT ANSWER .. !!!

PLEASE make sure that you are confident with your level of dive theory knowledge BEFORE the IDC.

The best way to do this to buy, beg or borrow a copy of The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving and Diving Knowledge Workbook (The CD-Rom Encyclomedia includes both) and work your way through it along with the Divemaster exams. You will have ample to keep you busy during the IDC without having to worry about dive theory questions such as “what are partial pressures” or “how do I find minimum surface intervals with the eRDPml ?”

You know when you have mastered it when you can not only arrive at the correct answer but also explain WHY each of the other answers is wrong !!!

During the PADI IE exams are available in over 20 languages. Should the exam not be available in your native language you will be credited with extra time.

Please note that exams other than English need to be ordered from PADI well in advance of the IE, so please let Chris know as early as possible.
Get wet. !!!
Go Dive as much as possible – nothing replaces real life experience.

Assist your PADI instructor as often as possible. Practice all your skills – especially the 24 skills of the PADI skill circuit. Concentrate on your buoyancy skills: hovering and fin pivots, out of air skills: Alternate Air Source both stationary and swimming, the controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA) and your equipment removal skills: scuba unit and weight belt – both at the surface and underwater.

Remember although an Open Water Diver can “do the skill”, this is usually a long way off from the “demonstration quality” expected of an Instructor. You can always review the skills on the PADI Open Water video or CD-Rom.

When was the last time you DEMONSTRATED any of these ???
If you won’t have time to practice these consider joining the IDC Prep Course, as it’s a relaxed way to get some guided practice before the IDC itself starts.
If possible get a PADI instructor to watch you perform Rescue Diver Exercise #7: “Unconscious Diver on the surface.” You can review an excellent demonstration of this on The PADI Rescue Diver video.

Again a demonstration and workshop of Rescue Diver Exercise #7 is included in the IDC Prep course. Check all your dive equipment and make sure everything is serviced, up to date and ready for action.
Lastly relax ..

Remember the more prepared you are the less of a workload you will have during the IDC, leading to a more relaxed and enjoyable IDC !!!
PADI IDC Information
Instructor Level Continuing Education
Recreational Courses
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