Top Gun-Making the best of the best!
Looking at the smiles and elation on the faces in the photo above, you can get some sense that goals and ambitions have been achieved, if not surpassed.
PADI have a process that is unique in the scuba industry. This process is called the Instructor Development Course (IDC for short). Like every course within the PADI system, it is a canvas on which an individual can leave his own print. This is no faceless course. Each potential instructor has the course tailored to his or her strengths and weaknesses so that the end result is a scuba instructor with depth, an individual who can hold their own in any company, A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI).
Just like the PADI Open Water Diver course at the beginning of a diver`s career, the PADI OWSI rating is the gateway to a career, albeit part time or full time, as a scuba instructor.
The professional journey starts with the PADI Divemaster course. This course forms a sound foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are needed to work with divers underwater. We at Diveworld run the course as an internship so that it can take as long as required to build up a comfortable depth of understanding, making the next steps towards instructor level smaller and therefore simpler.
The IDC is a two part process, and can be split with space between to put into practice learned skills. The first portion is the PADI Assistant Instructor Course. Taking a minimum of three days, the course introduces the outstanding course structure within the PADI system to the candidate. It aims to develop the presentation skills for both theory, when working on knowledge development, and practical applications in the water, both confined and open.
The Assistant instructor can then work with students, often under the supervision of OWSI instructor, to hone and develop the learned skills.
The culmination of the whole process is the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course. Over a minimum of four days, the whole cornucopia of PADI courses opens up to the instructor candidate.
Then the drama starts! To join the elite ranks of PADI Instructor, a candidate must attend and pass a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). This is an intense two day examination conducted by specialist Instructor Examiners.
The latest was held last weekend near Leicester. Day one starts with an orientation session, trying to lower everyone`s heart rate to an acceptable level.
First check out is three hours of written theory exams, a thorough testing of knowledge for anyone. Second hurdle is a classroom presentation, teaching a portion of any course from the PADI range. Final test of the first day is in confined water where personal dive skills are assessed and also how well each candidate can teach a skill. Each section has to be passed to certify. Next challenge is trying to get a good night`s sleep.
Day two is open water and starts with an assessment of the candidates rescue ability, again a pass is required. The final test is teaching in open water, Stoney Cove was the venue this time, control and safety is paramount, a realistic challenge for anyone.
Our recent successes, Tom Aukland and Mick Dwyer both shone as outstanding instructors. The weary but happy faces attest to the efforts they had to put in to succeed. Congratulations too to Mark Bray who staffed the whole IDC and IE to gain the rank of IDC Staff Instructor.
To see grown men on the verge of tears is a mark of how much emotional involvement is required to become a PADI Instructor. It is a privilege to see how people grow during the process, I would advise anyone interested to go for it, to say it is life changing is an understatement.
If you would like to know more about becoming the best of the best, a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor please contact us and come for a chat.