In 2019 PADI launched the revised PADI IDC during the DEMA dive show in the United States. The revised PADI IDC Course is the result of listening to the PADI Course Directors and adapting the teaching materials to the digital century.
After 2 years teaching the Revised PADI IDC Course at Oceans 5 Gili Air it is time to evaluate the course from a PADI Course Director view.
The revised PADI IDC Course is digital. It’s adapted to the world where the participants are living in, a digital teaching world. Participants can start their e-learning wherever they are when they receive their digital crewpack. A huge advantage is that the e-learning supports independent study in the language that the participant wants to use, and it will save time during the physical PADI IDC listening to these presentations. The time will be used for more practical workshops.
The workshops of the revised PADI IDC Course are based “real-life” teaching techniques. Participants will practice their assignments more on land and in the water. This results in a better understanding of the PADI system. But also talking more about the skills and the purpose of the skills will help the participants the way to teach and correct to problems.
During the classic PADI IDC the participants had to preform PADI Rescue Exercise 7, the unconscious diver at the surface. Now in the revised the candidates also have to perform the Rescue Exercise 2, Panicked Diver, and Rescue Exercise 6, Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver.
In the PADI IDC at Oceans 5 Gili Air is a rescue day scheduled. The day will starts in the pool where all the rescue exercises of the PADI Rescue Diver Course will be demonstrated and explained. Followed up by an ocean session where the participants continue the rescue workshop.
Most of the time the participants don’t remember the rescue exercises anymore. It was a long time ago they became a rescue diver. This rescue workshop gives the IDC participants the confidents to teach future students a good rescue course, without asking themselves is this correct?
The swimming assessment is now the same as during a PADI Open Water Diver Course. The IDC participants have to swim 400 meters and to float for at least 10 minutes.
Having a digital PADI Instructor Development Course portal for the IDC participants will help reducing the time to listen to physical classroom presentations. This time will be used for more “real-life” teaching techniques during more workshops. At the end the revised PADI IDC will make better PADI Instructors.
Oceans 5 Gili Air offers a PADI Instructor Development Course over 20 days. PADI Course Director Sander Buis will conduct the course. Sander will teach the Instructor Development Participants to become a confident scuba diving instructor.