Share your wisdom with the next generation of instructors
As a seasoned PADI Instructor, you have wisdom and experience to share with up-and-coming PADI leaders. And, you know that continuing your education never ends. As an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor, you help bring up the next generation of PADI Instructors while gaining in-depth instructor-trainer knowledge.
There are also many other benefits to becoming a IDC Staff Instructor, not least of which is reducing burnout by increasing the number of different courses that you are able to teach. On completion of the IDC Staff Instructor course, you will be able to teach Assistant Instructor courses and many parts of an IDC.
Because IDC Staff Instructors are an integral part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), you set the stage for moving on to PADI Course Director as you present topics in the IDC and help shape PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors into PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
Many dive centre or resort management positions require this level of Instructor experience and training, making this an important step if you are considering a career in a dive centre or you want to open a dive shop or resort.
The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course normally starts a few days before the IDC. Our Course Director will explain the IDC curriculum and requirements, show you how to organise and conduct Assistant Instructor courses, explain your role and responsibilities as a Staff Instructor and review the all important evaluation training and criteria that you will use when working with IDC and AI candidates.
Once you have successfully completed the IDC Staff Instructor course, you will then sit in on the entire PADI IDC where you will be expected to give certain presentations to the IDC candidates. You will also be evaluating candidates knowledge, confined water and open water presentations and working with our instructional team to develop the candidates.
What you learn
- You become a master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations.
- You audit a complete IDC as a staff member rather than as a student.
What you can teach
In addition to all the courses you can teach as a PADI Instructor can also:
- Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses.
- Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting the PADI Instructor Development Course.
- Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting instructor-level continuing education.
To enroll in a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, you must meet the following pre-requisites:
- Be in renewed teaching status as a PADI Instructor for the current year.
- Hold a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.
- Be an in-status Emergency First Response Instructor.
The materials you need
- PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course.
- Confined water teaching evaluation slate.
- Open water teaching evaluation slate.
- Course Director manual.
How long it takes
The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course consists of: 1-2 days theory and practical with our PADI Course Director, learning the evaluation process, and perfecting teaching skills. The candidate will then sit in on an entire IDC, evaluating students alongside with the Course Director.