PADI IDC Malaysia - How best to prepare for
your IDC scuba diving instructor career training in Malaysia.
Beneficial Preparation for the PADI Instructor Development Course
The PADI IDC is a very intensive course, which prepares you for the
Instructor Examination (IE) and real world teaching. It also covers
aspects beyond the IE that will assist you in becoming a
knowledgeable practicing professional.
Over the years we noticed
that participants had problems when they arrived here with
insufficient preparation. They had to work harder during the IDC
than other candidates because they had to learn things which they
should have known already. As a result task loading and a higher
degree of stress followed.
PADI System, Standards and Procedures
This part will be covered during the IDC. Do not try to learn all
the Standards there are. That is not necessary at all. Your
preparation will be in having an updated Instructor Manual. Contact
us for update details or check the PADI Training Bulletins. You
should know which sections the Instructor Manual contains and how to
5 part dive theory
Prepare your diving knowledge. You will be evaluated in five topics:
Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Skills and Environment and the
Recreational Dive Planner (RDP), the Table and the eRDP-ML.
One big misconception of some candidates is that they will learn
these topics within the IDC. This is basically wrong. All these dive
theory subjects have previously been covered in the Divemaster
program. It is not part of the IDC curriculum. We will test that
particular knowledge, we provide feedback and our Staff also gives
remediation. However, do not expect to be taught in these areas in
A very good preparation is the Diving Knowledge Workbook, which you
should be familiar with from your Divemaster training. If you are
able to give the right answers and explain why the other options are
wrong, there is nothing you have to worry about in the IE. Back up
your knowledge with the Encyclopedia, but do not try to learn the
whole book word for word!
Knowledge Development Presentations
Teaching Presentations will be covered in detail during your IDC
course. It helps to be familiar with the Student Manuals and
Instructor Outlines of the Open Water Diver course, the Adventures
in Diving program, the new Rescue Diver course and the Divemaster
Confined Water Teaching Presentations
During your IDC course you will learn how to teach effectively in
confined water. During the IE you will be asked to present one skill
from the Open Water Diver course. Watching the PADI Open Water Diver
video would be helpful to refresh yourself. Also rescue skills will
now be included in the IDC and IE; therefore it would be a good idea
to review the Rescue Diver DVD.
Confined Water Skill Circuit
Review the confined water training skills of the Open Water Diver
course. A helpful tool is the PADI Open Water Diver video. There you
can see these skills in demonstration quality. The same Evaluation
Criteria are used as with your Divemaster course.
Open Water Teaching Presentations
Be familiar with the Open Water Diver and new Rescue Diver course in
particular. Skills from some Adventure Dives are now included in the
IDC and IE as well, particularly Search and Recovery (knot tying and
lift bag use), Underwater Navigation and Peak Performance Buoyancy.
Open Water Rescue Demonstration
Especially if it has been a while since your Rescue Diver and/or
Divemaster course, it will be necessary to review parts of the
Rescue Diver course. You will have to demonstrate proficiency in
Rescue Exercise 7 ‘Unresponsive Diver at the Surface’. A good idea
would be to watch the video and practice again. Proficiency in
mouth-to-mouth and mouth-to-pocket mask ventilation is expected and
will be evaluated in the IE.
One evaluation part is the 800m snorkel swim. Although there are
generally no problems, it requires a certain degree of fitness.
Obviously swimming with mask, snorkel and fins, using your fins only
and face down, is the ideal preparation. The swim test is already
completed during the IDC.
Click here for more information about the
IDC schedule and
materials. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
We are here to assist you.
PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI)
Please feel free to email Chong for question and enquires,
Chong is always ready to assist you in any way he can.
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