Preparing for the PADI IDC and IE

As some of you know a few of us 38th Parallel Divers are preparing for one of the most exciting recreational scuba courses that PADI offers, the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and the Instructor Exam (IE). Needless to say I am, and I am sure that the others planning to attend are, nervous; but in a good way.

Aside from the fact that we are all putting in significant time (having to take about 2 weeks vacation time off) and money (approximately $2000) we are ultimately being rated on our abilities in instructing others in a safe and precise manner. This is without-a-doubt critical to ensure we teach safe and environmentally friendly habits and techniques to students who might in turn instruct students later in their diving career.

We know that we will be tested in 4 major sections:

  • Classroom Instruction
  • Confined Water
  • Open Water
  • Dive Theory & Standards and Procedures

I believe the nervousness comes from wanting to get everything absolutely perfect and on the first try.  While this is something great to strive for it doesn’t always provide the best learning, sometimes getting it a bit incorrect (or less effective) will allow the CD (Course Director) to show us a better or preferred technique.

How have we prepared?

  1. Get in LOTS of diving (real skills in a real environment)
  2. Re-read the PADI Encyclopedia of Diving, take the tests from previous courses
  3. Get to the pool and hit the demonstration skills until you are comfortable doing them slowly, precise and demonstrating key points

Because I am (and I know the other divers are as well) a perfectionist I wanted MORE preparation, more visualization, more understanding of best methods…but how?  I stumbled across Steve Prior’s YouTube Channel; according to his site he is a PADI Platinum Course Director.  The best thing about the videos is that they are FREE!  Steve does also offer Distance Learning IDC Prep (£125 approx $214).  For us this is a bit too much to spend just prior to the IDC; especially since the IDC is entirely designed to prepare instructor candidates for the IE.

Here is one of the free video from Steve Prior (Skills for the new 2014 OW Course):


Our IDC is being taught by Camille Lemmens, a Platinum Course Director, who has a massive amount of experience and knowledge (which is why we reached out to him to come here and instruct us).  

Our IDC starts on 26 July 2014, stay tuned to see what it was like attending our 2014 IDC/IE in South Korea…for now we have to hit the books and keep preparing…wish us good luck!

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