Becoming a Scuba instructor

Becoming a scuba Diving instructor,

 The Instructor Preparatory Course (IPC)


This course is designed to prepare an instructor candidate for the Instructor Development Course as well as the real world of dive instruction. The schedule is very flexible to allow for individual needs. Much time is spent upgrading the skills and knowledge from Divemaster level to Instructor level. Depending on need, candidates are assessed and then tutored in Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Diving Skills and Environment, and the Recreational Dive Planner. Much time is also spent in the pool developing demonstration quality skills, and rescue

During the IPC, you will also have the opportunity to break the ice and begin developing the all-important instructional techniques, which are later polished in the Instructor Development Course. These techniques include classroom lecturing and pool training.

The ten-day IDC is the heart of the PADI Instructor Training Program. This program consists of two parts, the Assistant Instructor course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (OWSI). Combining the AI course and the OWSI program into a continuous program makes up the IDC. By completing both sections of the program, you are then qualified to attend the Instructor Evaluation and earn the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor qualification.

The major thrust of the course involves learning and polishing one’s instructional technique. However, the extensive curriculum is extremely varied, consisting of lectures, workshops and candidate teaching presentations in the classroom, pool and open water.

There are three main components to the course.

Instructional Technique:
Much of the program is spent developing a candidates teaching abilities in the classroom, pool and open water. This is a three step process that starts with staff presentations on how to teach, followed by staff teaching demonstrations and culminating in a number of candidate presentations. This experience not only polishes a candidate’s teaching ability but also gives them the confidence needed to run a course.

The PADI System:
A number of staff presentations focus on how to effectively use the PADI System of Diver Education. As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you are qualified to teach not only the Open Water Course, but also a wide range of continuing education courses that include the Adventure Diver Program, the Rescue Diver Course and the Divemaster Course. These presentations will familiarise candidates with the structure, standards, conduct and scheduling of these courses.

The PADI IE is the final step on the road to the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. The prerequisite is the successful completion of the PADI IDC within the previous twelve months. This program consists of two days of intensive evaluation of the instructor candidates. The evaluation is carried out by the highly trained Instructor Examiners from PADI Headquarters. The areas of evaluation are the same ones, which the candidates have experienced throughout the IDC and include:

Theory Exams
Physics, Physiology, Diving Skills and Environment, Equipment, Recreational Dive Planner and PADI System, Standards and Procedures.

Teaching Presentations
Classroom, Pool and Open Water.

After this you can also do some speciality coures such as the following :

Enriched Air Instructor

This is PADI’s most popular specialty course. You’ll be able to teach divers to plan and make no decompression dives using enriched air nitrox blends containing 22-40 percent oxygen.

Dry Suit Diver Instructor

A dry suit makes cold-water diving more enjoyable. You’ll be able to teach divers how to maintain a dry suit, and master the skills needed to safely dive dry.

Wreck Diver Instructor

Exploring a sunken ship is exhilarating, but not without the need for special equipment and techniques. You’ll be able to introduce divers to wreck diving in a safe, structured way, demonstrating proper safety techniques and procedures that make for a fun experience.

Night Diver Instructor

Night diving may be a little mysterious and scary for some divers, yet they want to try it. You’ll be able to train divers in the basics of night diving, making it a enjoyable experience.

Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor

Providing emergency oxygen is an important first aid step for near drowning and decompression illness. You’ll be able to train divers and nondivers to provide oxygen in an emergency.  There is no scuba diving prerequisite for this course.

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