The 10-day PADI IDC (Instructor Development Program) program is designed to prepare qualified candidates to become PADI Instructors.
We believe we offer one of the finest instructor training programs available in not only in North Queensland but Australia. Our IDC provides a professional learning experience in which you will learn how to teach diving using the most successful program in existence. Not only will you learn how to teach in the classroom, pool and open water environments, you will also learn how to effectively use all PADI's teaching aids, support materials and the most modern technology to deliver your presentation in a way far superior to those taught elsewhere.
As Townsville’s only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development or Program is “Candidate Centred”.
Our IDC is intense, fun, demanding and exciting all at the same time, ending in rewarding results and extreme confidence leading in to your Instructor Examination.
The IDC is two distinct programs combined into one rewarding course. The first 4 days are set towards becoming a PADI Assistant Instructor (AI). This is then followed by another 6 days of tuition working toward completing your Open Water Scuba Instruction (OWSI) program and preparing you for the PADI Instructor Exam (IE). Together the two courses combine to encompass the entire IDC and must be completed before attending the PADI IE. 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.
The topics come under 3 main headings
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Business of Diving: This component of the IDC establishes basic business philosophies that apply to teaching diving and acquaints candidates with the size, direction and trends currently facing the recreational dive industry. It also provides a starting point for candidates in how to deal with the legal aspects of dive instruction
These topics broken down include as follows:
Each segment can be scheduled as a stand-alone course or completed all at one time. You have several training options and flexibility for reaching your professional goals depending on your current certification level, experience level, time restraints, etc. Options include:
For PADI Divemasters
- You may choose just to attend the AI course first and later on after gaining more experience go on to complete the OWSI program.
- You may attend the full IDC and, upon successful completion, go on to the IE (as long as all other IE prerequisites are met).
For PADI Divemasters with between 60 and 100 dives
- Because we are a PADI 5 Star Career Development Center you may attend the full IDC and provided you have been certified 6 months, have logged 60 dives and upon successful completion, go on to the IE (as long as all other IE prerequisites are met). You must also be certified as an Assistant Instructor. However your paperwork will not be processed until you meet the 100-logged dives and you will be certified once your graduation registration packets and IE forms have been processed.
For PADI Assistant Instructors
- You may attend the OWSI program only and, upon successful completion, go on to the IE (as long as all other IE prerequisites are met). Please consult us for advice. Our advice will be based on your attitude, experience, level of dive knowledge, diving ability, overall understanding of the dive market and consumer attitudes, and your ability to grasp new concepts through independent study. Remedial training, additional IDC curriculum presentations, or full IDC with or without the Pre-Study and Preparation Workshop may be advised.
For Scuba Instructors affiliated with other certification organizations
- You may attend an OWSI program only and, upon successful completion go on to the IE. Please consult us for advice. Our advice will be based on your attitude, experience, level of dive knowledge, diving ability, overall understanding of the dive market and consumer attitudes and your ability to grasp new concepts through independent study. Remedial training, additional IDC curriculum presentations, or full IDC with or without the Pre-Study and Preparation Workshop may be advised.
Our IDC Pre-Study and Preparation Workshop is optional but highly recommended for everyone. Preparation is the key to your success. Please see our separate document on How to prepare for the IDC.
The IDC curriculum emphasis is focused on development, not tests or stress. This makes learning easier, more relaxed and there for increases retention. Fully supported by all of our friendly staff our professional programs are easily some of the best you will find on this big blue planet.
- Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months.
- Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in the individual’s log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
- Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
- Submit documentation of any qualifying certification for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (PADI Members whohave these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit.)
- If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
To enroll in a PADI Instructor Examination, an individual must:
- Successfully complete an OWSI program or IDC within 12 months of the start date of the IE.
- Have documentation of at least 100 logged dives including experience in deep, night and navigation diving.*
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