For more than 50 years, PADI® Members have taught millions of people how to explore the underwater world while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service. The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) has continued to lead the industry as the gold standard in instructor training throughout the decades. On 12 November 2019, PADI will release a newly revised IDC that sets the new standard for dive education.
An immersive, hands-on experience, the revised course features an enhanced curriculum, which includes independent learning with workshop-style lessons that prepare candidates to Think Like an Instructor. The revised program also offers better accessibility through a number of interactive digital materials, including the enhanced IDC eLearning that can be used conveniently online or offline. More workshops complement IDC eLearning. Along with staff-led workshops, candidates practice real-world teaching situations for the classroom, confined water and open water, including teaching with and without an assistant. In more languages than ever before, IDC eLearning, along with supporting interactive digital materials and Course Director and IDC Staff Instructor materials, will be released in 14 languages on 12 November.
“The newly revised IDC delivers an incredibly comprehensive instructor training system with a focus on realistic training,” says Marcel van den Berg, PADI Platinum Course Director at Sairee Cottage Diving in Koh Tao, Thailand, who was involved in the field trials of the revised course. “The updated content is fantastic and the structure of the course is more candidate focused. Candidates seem to gain far more from the workshop and presentation sessions, showcasing the quality of the PADI System to the highest standards!”
The revised IDC includes a number of new elements:Instructor candidates learn foundational knowledge through independent study, either online or by downloading IDC eLearning sections to their devices using the latest PADI Training app. The new IDC eLearning platform is responsive, adjusting interactive content to display on most digital devices from desktop to mobile. More candidate-to-development staff time during the IDC to be spent on practical application and workshops. Staff-led workshops emphasize realistic scenarios that encourage candidates to Think Like an Instructor to problem solve teaching situations for best-practice solutions. Candidates practice confined and open water teaching presentations in dry simulation mode, which better prepares them for evaluated inwater presentations and makes dive time more efficient. Candidates also practice teaching both with and without an assistant to help prepare them for variable teaching scenarios and to adapt their teaching techniques accordingly. Emphasis is placed on situational awareness and rescue skills. Dive Theory has been streamlined into the course through improved study tools such as a digital Diving Knowledge Workbook and workshops. Candidates receive hands-on training using PADI digital resources such as the PADI Pros’ Site, Online Processing Center, prescriptive lesson guides and diver materials. Both candidate and staff materials are available in multiple languages including Arabic, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai, with Russian coming soon.
Information and registration forms for upcoming Course Director and IDC Staff Updates, required to teach the revised course, are available on the PADI Pro’s Site. For those attending DEMA Show 2019 in Orlando, Florida, USA, be sure to register early for the Course Director or IDC Staff Update on Tuesday, 12 November.
For additional information about the newly revised IDC, visit the PADI Booth (Booth 1513) at DEMA Show 2019 or contact a PADI representative.