Passing the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a big step in becoming a scuba diving instructor. With the right knowledge, preparation and attitude, the IDC can be a fun and rewarding experience. However, it’s not without its challenges. Here are some of the biggest hurdles in passing the PADI IDC and some tips on how to overcome them.
1. The Written Exams
The PADI IDC includes two written exams: the instructor examination (IE) and the instructor examination-level 2 (IE-L2). The IE covers topics such as physics, physiology and the PADI system of diver education. The IE-L2 covers topics such as dive theory, the Law of the Sea, and the PADI standards and procedures. The exams are multiple choice and require a lot of knowledge and understanding.
To prepare for the exams, it’s important to read the PADI IDC manual thoroughly and attend all the lectures. Make sure to take notes in class and review them regularly. Also, use online resources such as PADI eLearning or PADI’s online course library to supplement your studies.
2. The Practical Exams
The PADI IDC consists of several practical exams, including teaching presentations, confined water and open water skills, rescue scenarios, and divemaster skills. The tests are designed to evaluate your knowledge and skills and are graded by your PADI Instructor Examiner (IE).
To prepare for the practical exams, practice makes perfect. Become familiar with the PADI standards and procedures, practice your skills in the pool, and review the PADI IDC manual. Practice teaching presentations and use video recordings to evaluate your skills. Finally, ask your IE for feedback and advice throughout the IDC.
3. Time Management
The PADI IDC is a lot of work and there’s only a limited amount of time to complete it. It’s important to manage your time efficiently and prioritize your studies. Make sure to review all the materials and practice before each exam. Also, make sure to get adequate rest and nutrition to stay focused.
4. Mental Preparation
The PADI IDC is an intense course and can be a bit overwhelming. It’s important to stay focused and maintain a positive attitude. Make sure to practice mindfulness and take some time for yourself. Talk to your IE about any questions or concerns you may have.
With the right preparation and attitude, passing the PADI IDC can be a rewarding experience. By following these tips, you can be well on your way to becoming a qualified scuba diving instructor.