When speaking to prospective Instructor Development Candidates (IDC) thinking about coming to the Gili Islands, Indonesia to take their IDC course we often find that they have looked around and are now more confused than ever. When choosing a PADI Instructor Development Course it is important to look around and see which course is best for you. Your criteria may be very different to those of your peers and therefore only you can make the decision.
In this article we aim to address a few of the common questions that we hear.
What about our Instructor Development Course (IDC) here in the Gili Islands, Indonesia ?
Our Instructor Development Course is based in the Gili Islands, Indonesia and we are extremely competitively priced at €950 (Euros). This price includes the Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) Course. The reason we have decided to price the course as this low is because I myself had a hard time when it came fitting the bill for my PADI Instructor Course and would hate to see fantastic instructors fall by the wayside purely because of the financial constraint. Here at the Gili IDC we are able to offer such a competitive price without in anyway reducing the quality of the course as our training site are only a stone’s throw away and the boat leaves from directly outside the dive shop. This facility allows us to reduce overhead as much as possible whilst also maximizing the time spent in the classroom. We operate within one of Indonesia’s largest dive centers meaning that not only will you gain hands on experience from some of our seasoned PADI Instructors you will also take your first step in self-marketing and networking.
Why did I choose to be a PADI Course Director ?
I have been diving now for several years both in a recreation and professional capacity and am currently running an IDC program on Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. I myself feel that over the years I have had make many sacrifices to peruse my chosen career and feel that the scuba industry may suffer as a direct result of cost and time constraints on behalf of the prospective scuba instructors. I have seen many excellent divemasters who have chosen to return to their previous careers, or chosen an alternative career, rather than provide a great contribution to the dive industry. I am a keen advocate and representative for the PADI system, and can quite honestly say that for me the training is second to none, particularly when it comes to instructor courses.
What is a PADI Course Director?
The PADI Course Director teaches The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), having been awarded the opportunity of attending The Course Director Training Course and is given the general outline and standards to which to course must be taught. Therefore the training received by each Course Director will be the same, and will be of a certain standard. Once a Course Director is working within industry they will gain certain awards based around the number of candidates they have certified. This will be a gold, silver or platinum award. There are also certain business awards and of course the “outstanding commitment to instructor development award.”
What is the right course for you ?
The best way of choosing your IDC is to look around and see which course feels right for you. As well as a Course Directors meeting a certain standard of teaching, the dive center also must qualify as a five star IDC center. Therefore worrying about the standard of teaching and the standard of the facilities can be eased in the knowledge that PADI has already provided its own industry standards, meaning that the course will be taught to the highest possible standard at a facility that is more than adequate for its purpose, wherever you may choose. Location is also a large aspect of your decision maybe you wish to study close to home, or maybe you would like to go somewhere new. This would be something that only you can decide. Cost will also play a vital role in you decision in terms on your accommodation costs as well as your course costs. It is also important to remember that if a course looks expensive it does not necessarily mean that it is a rip off, and conversely if a course is cheaper it does not necessarily mean there is any reduction in quality as everyone has different overheads to cover and may plan out their course differently i.e. Choice of lunch, transfer costs etc. Another important factor in choosing an Instructor Course is time; some people feel that they have the time and they would like to take the longest possible course, where others feel that they need to get out to work as soon as possible. They may even be constrained by an employer who needs them back as soon as possible. Ultimately it’s best to look around and find the course that feels right for you in a location that feels right.
We have produced a Full PDF IDC Brochure which is fully downloadable and includes everything you need to know about our PADI IDC Program. To download the IDC Brochure simply click here.
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If you happen to have more questions simply click here to contact the Gili IDC Team for more information.