PADI Instructor Course

From 38,500 THB

interested in a PADI Instructor Course?

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the PADI course that you need to be taking!!

It is in this PADI Instructor Course that you make the transition from PADI Divemaster to becoming a PADI Instructor. Or another way to say it is this PADI Instructor Course teaches you how to teach. This is something Chris Owen our PADI Course Director and The Indepth Dive Team are very, very good at having now taught over 160 successful IDC program since 2000!

Why not give yourself a break and live a life most people only dream of ....

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Pre-requisites: PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification and 60 Logged Dives
  • Minimum Age: 18 years
  • Digital/Online Study: Yes
  • Availability: Please see IDC schedule 2016
  • Personal Tuition: Available
The PADI Instructor Development Course

During this course you will gain the knowledge and skills to become an entry-level PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Once you have successfully completed this PADI Instructor Course you are then qualified to attend a PADI Instructor Examination.

The PADI IDC involves curriculum presentations made by one of our PADI Course Director or IDC Staff Instructors. Also you will give you own PADI Instructor Course Candidate Teaching presentations. After you will understand how to teach in the classroom (Knowledge Development) and in the swimming pool (Confined Water.) Finally you also teach in the sea (Open Water.) There are also written exams which test your PADI Dive Theory and knowledge of PADI Standards. This to prepare you for the PADI Instructor Course examination and of course real life afterwards as a PADI Open Water Instructor.

The PADI Instructor Course, IDC, encompasses two PADI Courses. The PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and The Open Water Scuba Instructor Program (OWSI.) Together these make up the full PADI Instructor Course or IDC.

PADI Standards state an PADI Instructor Course or IDC must be a minimum of 7 days which is very common. However Chris has always taught a 10 day Indepth PADI IDC. This has been specially designed not only to develop your teaching skills and expand your knowledge and understanding of The PADI System.

10 days also take things at a more relaxed pace where you can maximize your learning and development. Which is what the whole Course is meant to be about.

PADI Instructor Course - IDC teaching style

After all what makes a teacher a successful professional is not what he or she knows. But rather what your students know after you have finished teaching them!

During your PADI Instructor Course, IDC, you will learn how to successfully transfer knowledge and skills to others. You will develop a clear understanding of The PADI Philosophy of Continuing Education. We will look at the ever growing range of PADI, TecRec, Rebreather courses, programs, teaching tools and materials. Especially awesome are the PADI Online and Digital products that are now available to you as a PADI Instructor. In our opinion the Touch products are a must for every PADI Instructor!

Once you have understood the basic teaching methods employed in teaching scuba diving and how to use the PADI system to its fullest you will find teaching a fun, easy and exhilarating experience!

Learning in Phuket with Chris Owen

Chris’s indepth style of teaching, developed over 25 years working as a full-time Instructor and Course Director, is on development!

We are not expecting you to be perfect from day one. You will find that mistakes made during your Teaching Presentations help you remember where things can go wrong and what you can do to prevent them. In fact we learn best by making mistakes and then receiving the necessary feedback we need to improve. As such feel free to make as many mistakes as you like as you will also learn a lot from your fellow PADI Instructor Course candidate's mistakes.

Consequently by the time you get to your PADI Instructor Examination you will be more than fully prepared.

Phuket is a great place to fulfill your dream and start your PADI Scuba Diving Career. Warm, clear waters provides some awesome diving, which can only be matched by the many activities available on land. You can either be a land-based instructor or there are many opportunities in Phuket to work on Liveaboard vessels. There are many Liveaboard Safaris running to The Similan and Surin Islands and even into Burma.

PADI IDC Course Structure

Chris’s 10 day Indepth PADI Instructor Course or IDC consists of the 19 PADI IDC Curriculum presentations which cover a variety of topics. These include The PADI system, an indepth look at PADI course standards and structure, training programs, member support and Risk Management. The presentations focus on the development of an instructor with emphasis on learning the standards and structure of the PADI educational model. The idea is to teach you how to use the PADI Standards and tools to maximum effectiveness and how to prepare effective teaching presentations.

PADI IDC Candidates then have the following Teaching Presentations

Confined Water Teaching Presentations

The primary function of a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor is to teach people how to safely Scuba Dive while having fun. So not surprisingly a large part of your PADI Instructor Course consists of learning how to teach in Confined Water where your future students will first be introduced to Scuba Diving skills. You will give teaching presentations as the PADI Instructor with your fellow IDC Candidates role playing the students in “your class” You will be teaching skills from the PADI Open Water Course and PADI Rescue Diver Course in the pool. However the students in your class will have some problems or make some mistakes, as real students do. As the Instructor it is now up to you to react correctly to stop it from happening. Or if the problem happens then does he instructor candidates reacts correctly when a problem does arise.

On your Indepth PADI Instructor Course you are given at least four of these! You will have ample times to practice and improve your teaching skills and prepare you for the IE so relax and remember that’s what you are here to learn.

The PADI Skill Circuit

This is a simply a repetition of the 24 Skill Circuit that you have already mastered when you completed your PADI Divemaster Course. This is done in CW at the very beginning of the PADI Instructor Course to establish that your skills are of demonstration quality. The Evaluation criterion is EXACTLY the same at that on your Divemaster Course so no surprises there. You can find it listed in your PADI Instructor manual in the Divemaster Course Section.

This is also run as a half day workshop on our Indepth 3 Day IDC Prep. We spend half a day in the pool to work on your skill demonstrations along with your PADI Course Director or IDC Staff Instructor. We also like to run a demonstration of Rescue Exercise #7 as you will be teaching it on the PADI Instructor Course.

When was the last time you DEMONSTRATED Scuba Unit Remove and Replace Underwater? Or Weight Belt Remove and Replace at the surface? Or everyone’s favorite – CESA?

Open Water Teaching Presentations

Open Water teaching presentations make up the other in-water part of the IDC and IE. This is where you will need to be at the top of things. This will be when you take your future students out into a real Open Water environment. After an IDC Staff presentation on teaching out in the Open Water, you will give your OW Teaching Presentations. These can be from the PADI Open Water course, PADI Adventures in Diving Program and the PADI Rescue Diver course. You will also learn how to teach multiple skills from different courses in the same presentation becoming more functional as a PADI Instructor.

PADI Instructor Course Standards require 2 OW Teaching Presentations of two combined skills: on your Indepth IDC you will do a minimum of THREE!

Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations

As we have said an important part of being an instructor is the ability to transfer your knowledge to your students. After all there is no point in knowing everything but not being able to pass on this information. You will give IDC classroom Teaching Presentations on various topics from the PADI curriculum. Strangely enough, once again your fellow IDC Candidates will be role playing your students. And once again they will be assigned realistic problems we see when teaching these courses. The IDC Staff will be grading you as usual and will be giving you positive feedback and suggestions for improvement. We are here to prepare you to teach in real life as well as for your IE. So let's get these mistakes out of the way early and learn from them and then relax and have some fun.

PADI IDC Standards require three KD Teaching Presentations. However you will be giving a minimum of FOUR of these on your Indepth PADI Instructor Course / IDC. Topics will be from the Open Water course, Advanced Open Water Course, Rescue Diver course or Divemaster Course.

Dive Theory Exams

The Dive theory exams are similar to the ones you have already completed during your PADI Divemaster Course and IDC Prep.

  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Dive Skills and the Environment
  • Equipment
  • Decompression Theory and the Recreational Dive Planner

This prepares you for the PADI Dive Theory exams that you take on the PADI Instructor Exam (IE). To be successful on your PADI IDC you will need to score a minimum of 75% on each Exam.

We will spend 2 ½ day going over these in great detail on our Indepth 3 Day IDC Prep. We also give you two sets of Exams that we know you have not seen before!

PADI Standards Exams

Standards are extremely important and it is obvious that as a PADI Instructor that you must understand the PADI Standards. You also need to be familiar with navigating the PADI Instructor Manual and Guide to Teaching. The General Standards and Procedures Exam is an assessment of your understanding of PADI System Standards and preparation for the similar exam that you will sit at the PADI IE.

This is an open-book exam with your PADI Instructor Manual and Guide to Teaching, either paper of Digital editions. You need a minimum of 75% to pass.

Does it look like fun or does it look like fun!

And that’s it folks...

So once you have completed the IDC what then?

Well fairly obviously you then need to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) in order to become a PADI Instructor. You actually have 12 months from the date that you complete your IDC in which to take an IE.

One thing to remember, and we do not say this to put you off. Remember there are a lot of other people out there becoming PADI Instructors and wishing to “Live the Dream!” Consequently you need as many “Tools in your toolbox” when you are looking for work, especially as a “new” Entry Level Instructor.

We know that as a PADI OWSI you can teach: DSD, SC, OW, AOW, Resc and DM. The question now is what else can you offer your future employer and Dive Shop?

PADI Specialty Instructor Courses are now extremely important for several reasons:
  • First of all so you can offer MORE than a standard OWSI which dramatically increases your chance of work!
  • Secondly when you have a job as a PADI Instructor the more courses you can teach and the more different dive sites you can dive. The more adventures you are going to be having and the more exciting your life as a PADI Instructor is going to be.
  • Thirdly and we think very importantly it says a lot about YOU as a possible future employee. It shows that you want to be keep learning and developing which is what Dive Centers owners and Managers is what we want to see!

At the end of the day you cannot go wrong learning and increasing your knowledge and skills ...

IDC Pricing Options: the most cost effective way to take PADI Instructor Courses is by taking IDC packages

PADI Instructor Development Course Pricing Options

These are some of the most popular packages however if the package you want or need isn't here: tell Chris and he will tailor-make one just for you!
IDC onlyIDC / EANx Inst38,500 THB
Pro Gold: Prep/ IDC/ EFRI / EANx Inst / MSDTfrom 58,600 THB
Pro Silver: Prep/ IDC/ EFRI / EANx Inst48,850 THB
Get Pro:: DM / IDC / EFRI / EANx Instfrom 72,850 THB
Not included: Hotel transfers from other areas on Phuket please contact us for supplement details

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