Teaching Tips: The most important skill…

PADI IDC Thailand, Confined Water, Go Pro, Scuba Instructor, Koh Lanta, Tao, Phuket

Which skill do you think is the most important when teaching an Open Water Diver Course ? Mask clearing ? C.E.S.A. ? Neutral buoyancy ? No, for me it’s ‘breathing underwater’ from Confined Water Dive 1. Not only is it essential to stay alive, but it the basis of everything that happens underwater…

PADI IDC Koh Lanta, Thailand, Tao, Phuket, Bali, Indonesia, Confined Water, Teaching Diving, Scuba Instructor

Quite often on an Open Water course this skill gets brushed over and taught too quickly. But if you spend the time explaining the importance and the effect of breathing correctly underwater, you might find that your entire Open Water Course will flow more smoothly. As an instructor, do not be too quick to place extra weight on the student’s belt when they can’t descend at the start of Confined Water Dive 1. Instead, take the time to explain the correct breathing pattern, and the importance of long exhalations. Once the student divers do this, they should descend more easily, and now right from the beginning, they have understood the correlation between breathing and buoyancy/depth control.  Their instinct now, should they start to rise in the water will be to exhale, rather than to reach for the deflate button.

PADI IDC Phuket, Koh Lanta, Tao, Phi Phi, Thailand, Platinum Course Director, CDTC Prep

Sometimes at the beginning of an Open Water Course, the students are a little nervous, and this can affect their breathing pattern too. Once underwater, I then take the time to teach the correct breathing pattern before attempting mask clearing or regulator skills. I treat this skill underwater as an introduction to the fin pivot. I ask them to lie down from the first moment they go underwater – never on the knees –  practising equalising as they do so.  Then I ask them to watch my hand as I coax them into a relaxed, correct breathing pattern. As they do this, I add little amounts of air to their BCDs to get them neutrally buoyant, so they are essentially ‘fin pivoting‘, and I will let them continue with this for several minutes – just breathing. After they are relaxed with this, I can continue with the rest of the skills in this ‘diving’ position. If I find that I need to add a significant amount of air, then I will remove a weight from their belts, as they are over-weighted. Now the students will truly start to understand the importance of the correct breathing pattern underwater and the effect this has on buoyancy, depth, and position in the water, and your Open Water Course will be easier to teach, and more importantly, your students will be better divers…

To learn more tips about teaching PADI courses why not enrol in one of our PADI IDC or PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses at PADI CDC Lanta Diver, Koh Lanta – email for further details – rich@go-pro-in-paradise.com

PADI IDC, Divemaster, Thailand, Koh Lanta, Koh Tao, Phuket, Phi Phi

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Dive Theory For PADI IDC

So you’ve decided to become a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor !  Well, it must be time to start studying then !

But what should you study ?  You will be expected to arrive at the beginning of your IDC programme already well-versed in dive theory.  At some point during the IDC, and again at the IE, you will have to pass the dive theory exams.  You will examined on Physics, Physiology, The RDP & Decompression Theory, Equipment and Dive Skills & The Environment.

 

PADI IDC Phuket, dive theory exams, study notes
Physics is fun !

These subjects are touched upon during the PADI Divemaster course, but to become an instructor, you need to take your knowledge of these subjects to a higher level.  PADI’s Diving Knowledge Workbook is an excellent study tool for this.  The workbook is split into the five sections, and guides you to read specific sections of PADI’s Encyclopaedia Of Recreational Diving before tackling questions on that area of the theory.

 

PADI IDC Thailand, Dive Theory, Study notes, dive instructor

You can also visit the Go Pro In Paradise website and check out the useful ‘study tools‘ section.  Here you will find downloadable revision notes for each of the five dive theory subjects.  You will also find links to three videos there.  The videos are there to help you learn the three knots that you will also be expected to know prior to the start of your PADI IDC programme (the same three you learnt during your PADI Divemaster course…).

PADI IDC Phuket, Thailand, dive theory, study notes, knots, bowline
The Bowline

If you would like to know more about becoming a PADI Instructor in paradise, please feel free to e-mail and ask any questions that you might have…

July’s PADI IDC & IE In Thailand…

Happy new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors…

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Following July’s PADI IDC on Koh Phi Phi and the Instructor Examinations in Phuket, we now have three new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and a new PADI IDC Staff Instructor !!  Sarah and Andy from England, and Miki from China all did very well during their course and passed the examination process with ease.  Nick, also from China, completed his IDC Staff Instructor course during this IDC too…

Sarah teaching in the classroom…

 

Miki practising rescues, as Nick watches on…

 

Andy demonstrating in Confined Water…

 

After a fun-filled IDC on Koh Phi Phi and lots of hard work from the candidates, the Instructor Exams in Phuket went swimmingly well.  The IE started with everyone’s favourite section – the Written Exams !  All the candidates were very happy to see the end of these exams, and were all smiling after passing this section with no problems.  The following day we headed off to the swimming pool in the morning for the Confined Water section.  Again, there were no problems here, with all candidates recording very high scores.  Following the Knowledge Development presentations that afternoon, we were just left with the Open Water presentations for the final day, and then it was time to celebrate…

One happy instructor…

 

And another one…

 

And a third !!!

 

And let’s not forgot Nick who did an excellent job throughout his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course

Nick evaluating in Confined Water…

 

If you too would like to follow in the footsteps and Andy, Sarah and Miki and change your life, then e-mail me for further details.  Also if you’d like to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, feel free to ask for more details…

 

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The first PADI IDC of 2012 is now underway…

Thresher Shark Divers are currently running their first PADI IDC of 2012.  The first two days have gone ‘swimmingly’ well and the candidates have been performing impressively so far.  We have been spending time both in the classroom and in the water so far.  In the classroom everybody has proven to be very comfortable with the dive theory exams, but of course more practise will be had over the coming days…

Exam time !!!

 

Mac, Martin, Judith, Henry & Lee enjoying their exams…

 

Physics is fun !!!

 

We’ve also been spending some time in the water polishing skill demonstrations and practising rescue demonstrations.  After a couple of skill circuits, the candidates are all already very competent in this important aspect of dive instruction.  More time is due to be spent in the water tomorrow morning too.  We will be again practising the rescues, as well as looking at positioning for working with students.  This will help focus the instructor candidates on control and safety, and be of a huge help to them when they eventually start teaching for real….

Aaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh…

 

Alternate Air Source Ascent

 

Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent

 

Hovering…

 

At the end of one of our water sessions we were also happy to see a beautiful pair of robust ghost-pipefish hanging around in the sand too…

Judith and Martin admiring the robust ghost-pipefish…

 

Thresher Shark Divers have several more IDCs planned over the coming year.  If you are interested in changing your career or lifestyle, please take a moment to check out our 2012 PADI IDC schedule.  Also feel free to e-mail me if you require any further info on becoming a PADI dive professional…

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Half way there…

Well, the current PADI IDC at Thresher Shark Divers has reached the halfway mark, and everything’s going extremely well.  All the candidates have recorded some very high scores so far, both in the classroom and in the water…

We've heard some awesome classroom presentations...

 

Max demonstrates his skill during the Confined Water presentations...

 

Jo briefs her 'students'...

 

In addition to the mandatory candidate presentations we have also conducted workshops to help the candidates be better prepared for life as a PADI Instructor.  Workshops on CESAs, liftbags and on conducting DSDs have taken place so far, with more planned over the next few days too…

Max getting to grips with the liftbag...

 

And I demonstrate how a C.E.S.A. should look...

 

The weather and conditions have also been near perfect, and here’s hoping it stay like that for the PADI IE to be held here on Malapascua Island on the 28th and 29th October…

It’s PADI IDC Time Again…

The October IDC at Thresher Shark Divers, on Malapascua Island, is almost upon us…

An IDC debriefing session...
An IDC debriefing session...

In a couple of days time our 3 new PADI IDC candidates, Jo, Max and Ant will be entering the IDC Classroom to start their five-day IDC Prep Course before the main event starts in ernest.

Already hard at work, they’ve been busying themselves re-reading their Divemaster theory and practising skills and knot-tying

On the 28th and 29th of October they will take on the PADI Instructor Exam being held on Malapascua Island, after which they will start their new lives as PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors – ready to teach the world to dive !!

The PADI Instructor Development Course is a natural path of progression in the PADI System of Education for passionate SCUBA divers who want to share their knowledge with others.

We will now be offering several PADI Instructor Development Courses throughout the year and would like to invite you to join our next PADI IDC or join of our popular profressional SCUBA diving internships here in Malapascua Island in the beautiful Philippines.

The beach in front of Thresher Shark Divers...

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