“When you have some goal out here that you are stretching for, reaching for, that takes you out of your comfort zone you will find out some talents and abilities you have that you didn’t know you had. When the messenger of misery visits you, what are you going to do, what will keep you in the game?” (Les Brown)
Talk about nervous…we all stayed up LATE to ensure we hit every point possible for our Knowledge Development presentations as well as the Open Water Presentations. Each Instructor Candidate had to present 2 skills, conduct and evaluate students (with problems) and then conduct a debriefing. We arrived at the dive site early and conducted Pre-Dive checks and equipment inspections to ensure we had everything that we needed for the skills. Once we were all confident we had everything we gather around our Examiner to begin the briefings.
With the briefings out of the way we headed into the water for our remaining Open Water evals: Open Water and Rescue Exercise #7. Open Water evaluations went well, everyone caught their problems. By now it was no surprise that Rescue #7 wasn’t difficult with anyone and we were now moving through the rescue with professional skill and speed…slow is smooth and smooth is fast. One of the difficult considerations within this particular IDC/IE was we were in a transitional period between old PADI Open Water course and the new PADI Open Water course. This wasn’t a huge hindrance however it did present unique situations for both our IDC Course Director and Staff as well as the Instructor Examination process. All in all it was still a great experience and I personally was glad to be taking the IDC/IE during this transition.
After a short break for lunch and gear clean-up we moved back to Bahama Dive Shop to conduct debriefings and present our LAST task…Knowledge Development Presentations. Everyone did a great job on the presentations, by now we were down to +/- 6 minutes with videos. A very nice accomplishment for some. Now that those skills were completed with excellent scores we were all ready to finally join the ranks of PADI Scuba Instructors.
There is no doubt that we couldn’t have made it this far with these scores without the dedication of Allen Rivera who was an excellent IDC Staff Instructor and of course our PADI Platinum Course Director Camille Lemmens (check out his post). Thank-you both for getting us here and being great mentors!
After that was done we treat ourselves to some MangoSix Mango Bing Su…however we still weren’t able to relax yet. Once we came back from MangoSix we rolled right into PADI Specialty Instructor, Night Dive Specialty. Once we got out of the water we were finally able to relax and enjoy our accomplishment.
I wanted to take a couple lines to put up some IDC/IE quoates:
“you know what I do…I just go on online and google the objectives” (Wildcard, 2014)
“bam, I go to this website…I never look at my cards” … “and then I just look at the video” …”fuck my cards” (Wildcard, 2014)
“all your shit is in space…on your air drive, on your blocks of 22,000 terabytes” (Wildcard, 2014)
Congrats to the 5 newest PADI Instructors!