I Want To Be An Instructor!
A refrain we hear fairly often. Watching good instructors work, it is hardly surprising when anyone want`s to emulate them.
Our latest Instructor success story has an extra caveat, hardly any time due to working two jobs.
A major strength of the whole PADI system is that it is immensely flexible in how information can be gleaned and ambitions achieved, especially with a compliant and imaginative pro team as we have in Diveworld.
IDC online allows for maximum preparation to be achieved anytime you can manage it 24/7. Davids free time was spent on the practical aspects, theory presentation methods, confined water practices and how to conduct open water teaching safely and effectively. We should never forget Rescue capabilities too. These were worked into a fine polish.
Dive theory is not officially part of an IDC course but we feel it would be pointless hitting an IE with anything less than full confidence in theoretical knowledge. Valuable time, and some late night sessions, were well spent and the Theory exams proved to be a breeze. The Standard & Procedures exam requires care and understanding, and again time was spent in achieving the level of understanding that a good instructor should have, not just to pass an exam but for conducting exact courses afterwards.
As usual a PADI Instructor Exam weekend is a rollercoaster of emotions. Each candidate handles the stresses in their own way. PADI examiners go out of their way to calm everyone but exam stress is always there.
Everyone has put lots of time and effort into the process, with the IE the culmination.
Full on, non-stop weekend with written exams, knowledge development presentations in the classroom, Confined water skills presentations and then teaching presentations. Day two is all in open water with rescue assessment and then teaching presentations.
Final segment is all celebration, and a moment that most people will never forget for the rest of their lives. I Am A PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor! No feeling like it!
Huge congratulations to David Cubbins PADI OWSI.