If you have been teaching a while, you might be considering your next steps, and maybe even planning on attending a PADI CDTC and becoming a Course Director in the future yourself. The PADI IDC Staff Course is the first step on the instructor development ladder.
As a certified PADI IDC Staff Instructor you will be able to assist Course Directors with IDC programmes and share your wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. The IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with extensive knowledge of the PADI IDC process and prepares you to positively shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move, and opens up more opportunities…
So, what do you gain from the training ? After certification you will be able to:
Independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses
Assist on PADI Instructor Development Courses
Get closer to applying for the PADI Master Instructor rating
Improve your own teaching – especially of Divemaster courses
There are two options for the IDC Staff Instructor course. The most popular is to sit in on a full IDC programme. You start a couple of days before the IDC itself, learning about the psychology of evaluation and how to evaluate the candidates IDC teaching presentations. Also during these days you will need to pass the PADI Dive Theory and Standards Exams again – with a higher passing score of 80% this time. You will also need to deliver one Confined Water and one Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation again. Also with higher passing scores than on an IDC programme. Then it’s time for the IDC candidates to arrive, and you sit back and relive the IDC experience from a different, more relaxed, perspective…
As a PADI Instructor with teaching experience already, you will be able to take in more information now you are on the other side of the fence, and more relaxed. You will absorb even more of the valuable information stored in the heads of our experienced Platinum PADI Course Director, and help pass this on to the IDC candidates. You will also help deliver the extra workshops and seminars added to Go Pro In Paradise IDC programmes to help the IDC candidates hit the ground running after the IE, and see how we try to focus on teaching our IDCs neutrally buoyant.
The longer option outlined above is perhaps the better option. You will get more practice getting to grips with the evaluation process for Confined Water, Open Water and Knowledge Development presentations. However, for those short in time, there is a shorter four-day option. During this option you will still learn the basics of becoming an IDC Staff instructor, but you will not then see everything put into action in a real world IDC setting. Following this shorter option though, you can always come back when you have more time and gain that experience staffing an IDC at a later date.
If you are interested in improving your teaching skills and knowledge, and becoming a member of the PADI Instructor Development team with our highly experienced Platinum PADI Course Director, then please drop us an email for further details. If you are already a PADI IDC Staff instructor, we also offer programmes to help you get more staffing experience, as well as Master Instructor and CDTC Prep programmes…