IDC Program & Structure

SDI IDC program and structure

The Scuba Diving International (SDI) IDC is a structured program that is designed to teach our future instructors the skills and knowledge of SDI. 

HOW IS THE SDI IDC STRUCTURED?

The SDI IDC is structured into different segments:

CLASSROOM SEGMENT

Here we go over dive theory development and ensuring that your level of understanding of the dive theory is that of what is expected from a SDI OWSI (Open Water Scuba instructor). The theory sections include:

  • Dive Physics

  • Dive Physiology

  • The Recreational Dive Planner (Dive Tables)

  • Skills and Environment

  • Dive Equipment

You will also dissect and become very familiar with the SDI Instructor manual by diving into every course that you will be able to teach once successfully passed the SDI IE.

Confined water

CONFINED WATER SEGMENT (POOL SESSIONS)

I try to ensure that we hit the pool everyday during the IDC program. During the confined water sessions we will practice the SDI skills circuit ensuring that your skills are up to demonstration style quality.

You will learn how to present confined water presentations, that is fancy talk for teaching you how to teach open water course skills to your students. You will learn how to conduct a good and descriptive briefing which includes values, descriptions and conduct just to mention a few items.

You will learn how to problem solve whilst we are role playing with other candidates who are pretending to be open water students. Your fellow candidates will be assigned problems and you will learn how to deal and correct these problems.

You will practice rescue skills which you learned in your Rescue Course and repeated in your Divemaster Course. 

OPENWATER SEGMENT

During the open water segment we will practice dive skills as well as present skills from the open water course and from other continuing education courses:

  • Demonstrate role model demonstration of a simulated unconscious diver at the surface

  • Surfacing and unresponsive non breathing diver

  • Exiting the diver

  • Administer first aid

  • Administer oxygen using a rescue mask

  • Open water presentations from the SDI Open water course and from other continuing education courses

  • Scuba Discovery workshop

  • Advanced Adventure Course workshop

  • Deep Diver assessment workshop

  • Controlled Swimming Ascent workshop (CSA)

  • IE assistance

 

THE SDI INSTRUCTOR EXAMINATION (IE)

The SDI IE is conducted by instructor examiners who is a fellow Instructor Trainer. These SDI PRO’s are amazing people whose job is to ensure that you understand how the SDI diver education system works. 

The SDI IE consists of:

  1. Knowledge review presentation (Classroom teaching presentation)

  2. Confined water presentation.

  3. Open water presentation (Can be from open water or other continuing education scuba dive courses)

THESE ARE THE THREE PARTS TO BECOMING A SDI INSTRUCTOR

 

SDI ELEARNING

You will have to complete the SDI online elearning section of the SDI IDC prior to the start of the course.

IDC elearning

SDI IDC PROGRAM

The IDC program as described above including classroom, confined water sessions and open water session.

SDI confined water

SDI IE

The SDI IE is the instructor examination where you show the Instructor Examiners that you understand the SDI diver education system.