Surely one of the most rewarding experiences a professional diver can have is to see the expression of wonder and delight on a new students face when they put on their dive gear and head underwater for the first time in the tropical ocean.
So whether you are a Divemaster looking to broaden your job horizons in the diving industry, or feel in need of a total change in your career, or even if you just want to gain more knowledge and experience in diving, the next step on the PADI professional ladder is to become an Assistant Instructor (AI) and then a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), and the Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the most popular way to achieve these two certifications in one go.
Many dive centres offer you an IDC Preparation Course before beginning the IDC, to brush up on your skills and diving theory. This advance preparation enables you to relax more on the course, knowing you have already reviewed many of the basic components of the Instructor Examination (IE). We believe that the IDC is such an important step in your diving career that we include the IDC Preparation Course free of charge.
PADI is the world's largest and most recognised diver training organisation. Our PADI 5 Star IDC Center status confirms that we excel in providing a full range of diver education programs and actively promote aquatic environmental awareness.
In addition our Five Star IDC Center has at least one PADI Course Director on staff and we are committed to offering instructor development programs and continuing education opportunities to dive professionals.
Many candidates choose to purchase and familiarise themselves with their new Instructor Manual well in advance of the course, and also to review their Divemaster diving theory. This is indeed a most practical way to ensure success in the IE, but a large part of the Instructor examination is in-water, so if you have time to arrive early we also offer you the chance for extra, informal confined water skills training sessions with one of our qualified instructors at no extra cost.
Dive centers all over the world offer you various enticements to further your diving career with them. We believe that at Sea Dragon Dive Center we have put together the ideal package that will enable you to make the most of the study time available in the most relaxed surroundings. We include many of the benefits that other dive centers offer, but also offer competitive prices, an expanded 10-day IDC including the free 2-day IDC preparation training, during which you can study in peace and quiet, allowing you to focus on reviewing your knowledge and perfecting your skills together with your Course Director.
The IDC takes place in our purpose-built Dive Center in Khao Lak, with air-conditioned classrooms and on-site swimming pool. Khao Lak is a large, beachside village with a relaxed atmosphere located just one hour north of Phuket, with all the facilities you may need available close at hand but without the noise, bustle and distractions of larger towns. And if you choose to include the MSDT course with your studies, then how better to celebrate your new Instructor status than by combining your Speciality Instructor studies with a relaxing day dive trip to the clear waters of the Similan Islands.
SPECIAL FEATURES OF AN IDC WITH SEA DRAGON DIVE CENTER
INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT PREPARATION TRAINING (IDC Prep) – 2 Days
During the IDC Prep you will review the diving theory learned during your Divemaster course and take several Instructor level theory exams in Physics, Physiology, Recreational Dive Planner, Equipment, & General Skills and Environment, plus several practice Standards Exams to familiarise you with the PADI Instructor Manual. You will also hone your 20 in-water skills, participate in rescue assessments and learn the evaluation criteria used in the actual IE, so you know what will be expected of you in the examination.
INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE (IDC)
Part 1 of IDC - ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR (AI) - 4 Days
The first four days of the IDC are the Assistant Instructor course. This is a performance-based course and has one PADI Standards Exam as well as performance requirements that must be met for successful completion of the course. You will be introduced to the PADI System of Diver Education, learn how to conduct theory presentations in a classroom, and how to present confined water and open water training in the pool and sea. The focus of this part of the course is on developing basic teaching techniques. You will also have workshops on the 3 PADI specialty courses that Assistant Instructors are authorised to teach: Peak Performance Buoyancy, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation and AWARE Specialist.Part 2 of IDC - OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR (OWSI) - 4 Days
The second part of the IDC consists of a 4-day program that primarily focuses on developing your understanding and application of the PADI System of Diver Education, from Discover Scuba through to Divemaster level. You will continue to expand the practical knowledge and skills learned in the AI course and learn how to teach those skills to others by participating in skills demonstrations, workshops and classroom presentations. There is an Instructor pre-assessment exam to pass and performance requirements must be met. You will be continually assessed on your classroom / in-water teaching presentations and skills. Extra study time is available for students who are having difficulty with certain aspects of the course. On successful completion of the OWSI course you will receive an IDC completion form, enabling you to attend an Instructor Examination (IE) of your choice.
INSTRUCTOR EXAMINATION (IE) - 2 days
After the IDC you can choose to take the IE in any location within 1 year. However, most people prefer to take the exam immediately after the course. We will be attending the PADI IE in Khao Lak directly after our IDC ends. The IE is a 2 days examination organised and staffed directly by PADI - not by your Course Director. However, your Course Director will be on hand for any last minute questions and moral support throughout the IE.
In the IE you will be examined in four different areas of diving, and for certification as an OWSI you must successfully complete all four parts. If you are unsuccessful in only one or two parts of the exam you will have to re-sit a future IE but you will only need to pay for and be examined in the areas in which you were unsuccessful. If you are unsuccessful in three or all parts of the IE you must re-sit the whole exam at a future date.
The individual confined water skills and open water skills to be demonstrated and assessed during the IE are randomly distributed to each IE candidate on the first day of the IE, as are the five confined water skills to be demonstrated and assessed during the Confined Water Skills Circuit. Candidates thus have ample time to prepare.
The four examinable parts of the IE are as follows:
1) CLASSROOM EXAMINATIONS
PADI System, Standards and Procedures
2) CONFINED WATER ASSESSMENT
Skill Evaluation Circuit
3) KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT PRESENTATION
4) OPEN WATER
Open Water Rescue examination
This is exercise #7 from the PADI Rescue Diver course and includes response, recovery, resuscitation, transport and equipment removal of a diver simulating unconsciousness at the surface in deep water.
GENERAL DIVING SKILLS EVALUATION
An overall assessment made by the IE staff during all confined water and open water trainingGENERAL ASSESSMENT AREAS
Throughout your examination your scores will include assessment in the following areas
AFTER THE IE
After the successful completion of the IE your paperwork will be processed by PADI, which usually takes about 10 working days. You then receive your PADI OWSI certification card in the mail, the most recognised teaching certification in the dive industry, enabling you to teach students from entry level through to Divemaster all over the world.
Please note that you can NOT start teaching until you have received confirmation of your certification from PADI.
OTHER COURSES AVAILABLE
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR COURSE (EFRI)
Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor
One of the most popular PADI speciality courses worldwide – included free in your IDC course. Teach your students about the benefits of diving with enriched air, how to use the PADI EANx tables and an oxygen analyzer. As you need to have logged a total of 10 enriched air dives to become a certified Nitrox Speciality Instructor, we suggest you take the Nitrox Diver course before the IDC so you can apply for your Instructor rating immediately.
Alternatively, if you are not a certified Nitrox Diver at the time of the IDC course, we offer you a reduced-cost Nitrox Diver course immediately prior to your Instructor training, but please note you will still need to complete 10 Nitrox dives before you can apply directly to PADI for the Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor rating.
Multilevel Diver Instructor
The Multilevel and Computer Diver PADI speciality is what we call "The art of real and safe diving. Real diving, because in the modern world most divers use computers to extend their bottom time. Safer diving, because it is important to plan dives and not blindly follow dive computers alone.
This course is not just teaching divers how to use the eRDPml and dive computers, it is teaching student divers to follow their dive plan and use their computers as back-ups and to follow safe diving practices.
Digital Underwater Photographer Instructor
Professional underwater photographers are using digital cameras and computers to create breathtaking underwater images. With the cost of underwater housings falling, many more amateur photographers are following suit. The new Digital Underwater PADI speciality is fun and easy to teach and has a wide target audience.
During this Instructor Course you will become familiar with the new PADI materials and special equipment requirements. The course also includes tips on using computer software to enhance images.
Search & Recovery Instructor
If you have done the PADI Search & Recovery speciality Course you will remember what a blast it was. Working with lift bags, finding small and large objects and moving objects from the bottom of the ocean to the surface.
If you have not done the course yourself, then you are in for a real treat. The Search & Recovery Instructor course is challenging, fun and is accomplished best by team work. It develops navigation skills, underwater communication and teaches you how to use equipment like lift bags, reels, and even tests your knot tying skills! This is one course that is highly under rated, and yet very rewarding for you and your students.
Wreck Diver Instructor
As an experienced diver you may have had opportunities to dive on wrecks before. If you remember the first time you dived on a wreck, you may remember that adrenaline rush and thrill of seeing something that once existed in our world at the bottom of another world.
As a Wreck speciality Instructor, you learn how to teach one of the most popular PADI speciality courses including: the pre-planning steps, preparation, safety considerations and penetration setup for safely entering wrecks.
Navigation Diver Instructor
Navigation is an essential skill for divers, and teaching navigation is actually a lot more fun than most instructors think.
The Instructor course will provide you with amazing setup information for teaching the PADI Navigation Diver speciality course, as well as interesting navigation games and tools.
A.W.A.R.E. Fish Identification Instructor
The AWARE Fish ID speciality Course is really one of the more popular courses to teach, as well as the simplicity and enjoyment students gain from this course, its a great one to have!
During the Instructor training course, you as the instructor will learn how to teach students to identify common fish families, fish surveying techniques and the planning, organization and procedures for identifying fish families and species while diving.
Deep Diver Instructor
As an Open Water Scuba Instructor you will have your fair share of teaching PADI Open Water and PADI Advanced courses. This also means that most of the time you will not dive much deeper than 30m. If you enjoy diving deep, then you will have a great time teaching students how to dive deep, safely.
During the Deep Diver Speciality Instructor course we look at special logistics involved when conducting deep dives with students, as well as provide you with some interesting techniques, tips and underwater games/puzzles for use during deep dives to show students the effect of pressure at depth.
We also look at the safety considerations for deep dives; such as setting up drop tanks, having emergency equipment quickly available and perfecting emergency action plans for diving emergencies.
Drift Diver Instructor
The Drift Diver speciality Course is very exciting. It focuses on keeping divers together during strong currents and how to use the buddy system more effectively. Your students will gain from the tips and skills learnt during this course. This course is very valuable as it focuses so much on diver safety.
Allow your students to explore and learn a whole new level of safer diving with the PADI Drift Diver speciality Course!
PADI Emergency O2 Provider Instructor
A valuable addition to your instructor rating, teach people how to safely administer oxygen and respond correctly wherever they are in the world, or combine it with the Rescue or Divemaster Course.
Night Diver Instructor
Teach your students safe and correct procedures and techniques for night diving, allow them to enjoy this other side to diving with correct buoyancy techniques and new equipment.
Equipment Specialty Instructor
Based on land, use the Instructor rating to show people how our equipment works, make them better prepared to respond to minor problems and have confidence with their own equipment selections. Know the difference between a balanced and unbalanced regulator.
Gas Blender (Enriched Air) Instructor
Prerequisite: Enriched Air Diver
Based on land. An essential course for the modern dive professional, this qualifies you to teach divers how to blend the Enriched Air gas that extends our bottom time. Enriched Air is very common in modern diving, so enhance your employment possibilities, and keep diving safe for everyone.
The Course Director we have chosen to conduct our IDC program is Camille Lemmens, CD # 933812, one of the few Platinum PADI Course Directors in Thailand. Camille is Dutch, and speaks fluent English, German and his native Dutch, as well as reasonable French. He has been working in Thailand since 1999, and became a Course Director in 2003. Camille has consecutively been awarded the exclusive Platinum Course Director status each year since the introduction of this rating nine years ago. It is the highest rating a PADI Course Director may achieve. Camille’s skills are not restricted to diving alone; he is also a PADI O2 Instructor Trainer, as well as an SSS Recompression Chamber Tender and Operator. Camille loves diving, is passionate about teaching and values making his courses fun, to bring out the best in his students and help them become natural teachers.
Camille has worked on more than 125 IDC programmes as a Course Director since 2003. He has taught more than 450 IDC candidates, with a passing rate of 98%. His emphasis is on personalized training, working closely with small groups and conducting all parts of the IDC training himself. He is available at all times during the IDC program, ensuring a high level of personal attention to each individual student.
Camille’s programs provide the quality and expertise you should expect and demand during your IDC. His courses are based on valuable hands-on training with the emphasis on in-water application and having fun.
In 2009 Camille received the PADI Instructor Development Award, to better recognize the achievements of those PADI dive centers and resorts that have made significant contributions to the growth and development of diving. The award was presented by Drew Richardson, the President and COO of PADI Worldwide.
Sea Dragon Dive Center is delighted to be working with Camille, as we both share the same philosophy that an IDC should be a stress-free, fun, valuable and positive experience for each and every candidate. Our aim is to ensure that you not only successfully pass the PADI IE, but also receive that extra bit of information, motivation and knowledge needed to become a highly-trained and professional Open Water Scuba Instructor.
If you have any questions about our IDC that you would like to discuss directly with Camille, or if you need any advice to help you prepare for the course, you can contact him by e-mail at: email@example.com
Please note that effective March 2009 it is a pre-requisite that all candidates are certified as an EFR Instructor before being eligible to be certified as an OWSI.
Additional prerequisites for the AI course only:
Additional prerequisites for the OWSI course only:
Additional prerequisites for the IDC course only:
PADI MATERIALS REQUIRED
Following is a list of required materials for all IDC candidates - all editions must be current. Please note this is a PADI requirement and will therefore be the same on every PADI IDC course worldwide.
PLEASE NOTE: The PADI Instructor Manual is available on CD-ROM or as a free download on the PADI Pro\Member website. We recommend that candidates print out or buy the paper version for ease of study and note-taking during the IDC & IE. You may use both during the open-book portion of the IE. A compact, sturdy version of the manual in a ringed zipper binder is also available for purchase.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE: The PADI eRDPML must be used in all courses from January 2009 for dive planning. You should familiarise yourself with how to teach with this new planner
The PADI Start-Up Instructor Training Pack (Crew Pack) at our discounted IDC rate of B25,000 includes all of those PADI training materials required for the IDC / IE that you have not already purchased within the framework of your Open Water, Adventures in Diving, EFR, Rescue and Divemaster courses (B25,500 with the digital EFRI Guide). Additionally, it includes the materials you will need to teach your future PADI courses. The Start-Up Instructor Training Pack price may be adjusted for individual items you may already possess.
Additional requirements include materials candidates should already have from previous courses, so please bring the following with you if you already have it, unless you wish to purchase it again:
If you would like to order any PADI materials in advance at our special discounted rates and have them waiting for you on your arrival in Khao Lak, please refer to the PADI price list.
WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
* You will need to bring such Diver Medical Questionnaire, completely filled out and signed by a physician stating that you’re fit to dive (without restrictions) and present this at the start of the IDC. Failure to do so will result in not being allowed to join us in the confined water and/or open water during the IDC, until an acceptable medical questionnaire has been presented.
WHAT ELSE YOU NEED TO KNOW
SEA DRAGON PRICES
** Remember the 10% early booking discount if booked 30 days in advance **
Following is a list of individual prices for Speciailty Instructor ratings. If you want to become a MSDT, we recommend you take the Platinum or Go Pro Max packages as listed above. However, if you would like to add on more Speciality Instructor ratings other than the 5 included in the Platinum and Go Pro Max packages, or if you are already an OWSI and have a few Speciality Instructor ratings already, please use the following prices.
PADI ASIA PACIFIC PRICES
The following payments are in Australian dollars and must be paid IN ADDITION to the above Dive Center prices. These are standard PADI fees and are the same price all over the PADI Asia-Pacific region.All payments must be made by credit card.
PLEASE CONTACT US TO MAKE A BOOKING OR FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION YOU MAY REQUIRE
SCHEDULE FOR February 2017
If you are interested in joining our February IDC, scheduled to start on 22nd February 2017 with Course Director Camille Lemmens, with the IE taking place in Phuket 4 – 5 March 2017, please contact us or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.