Doesn’t sound to stressful at all when I am typing out the initial timeline however after late night studying and blogging from the night before 0700 came faster than I wanted.
Today we immediately hit another skills circuit this time without demonstrations prior to skills. This was another great opportunity to get constructive criticism. Remembering to SLOW DOWN was a common theme throughout the skills for some while over exaggeration was for others. All-in-all our fellow instructor candidates did really well.
We even had to master a new skill (perhaps a distinctive specialty in the future) avoidance of the “Cleaner of Terror”! This insane self-propelled evil robot was trying to kill us all. At one point it either attempted to choke out divers with its cable or suck up our fins. This was a stealthy little bastard that would lie in wait for instructor candidates to be mid skill…then with the speed of a bullet and cat-like prowess it would attack! Finally though it gave up as it did not like the taste of rubber and neoprene.
Once that battle was over watched “Control” workshop. This provided a block of instruction on how to best control students while we were instructing as well as best positioning recommendations during the IE. While the primary focus isn’t the IE, it is obviously extremely critical to pass…without passing there is no teaching. We were reminded several times to remember to be close but not intimidating and NEVER turn your back on students (they might just disappear). Some great points that we will all hopefully remember to implement immediately.
Next came the rescue workshop where we covered several of the skills that would be needed to be demonstrated (possibly) during the IDC/IE. We covered several skills like panicked diver underwater and how to safely get a victim (patient) out of the water without drowning them.
Finally…as no surprise to anyone who has attended an IDC we had to perform rescue number 7 again, this time with a pocket mask. Today’s rescues went MUCH better and we were able to switch buddies to learn each others’ equipment. Once we got the “O.K.” from our instructors we packed up and headed out to lunch.
After the food and coffee coma set in we were given a few moments to prepare for more theory exams, this time we finished off the remaining theory: physiology, skills and environment, Recreational Dive Planner (RDP or eRDP), and equipment. Once again everyone did well (and passed). Once again we were reminded RTFQ and RTFA (read the F***ing answers… read what ALL the choices are).
Because Standards Are Important Everywhere You Go…
Finally confident in our theory knowledge we moved right into some more presentations, this time all about the Instructor Manual and the PADI standards. We were given some great practice questions and went over how to effectively and efficiently search the digital version of the Instructor Manual. This also provided opportunities for us to “what if” our Course Director and his IDC Staff Instructor. This was an important dialog for us because (as most Expat divers in Korea should know by now) Korea dive shops/resorts/instructors live by slightly different rules and regulations. This is especially true of insurance, there are very different requirements. Once this workshop was completed we were finally able to relax and get some food.
Stay tuned for Day 3…
The blog picture was courtesy of our Course Director, Camille Lemmens and his blog post can be found at pa-divingidc.com