How the New PADI Open Water Diver Course fits in the PADI IDC in Gili Trawangan
If you have taken the PADI IDC Gili Islands Program here at our PADI CDC Center and are looking to find out more about the new PADI Open Water Course Trawangan Dive is conducting special workshops for instructors who have previously trained through our PADI Platinum Course Director.
At a glance, we can briefly sum up some of the major changes
Terminology has changed ever so slightly and rather than using the word no-decompression, this has been replaced with “No Stop”. Nitrogen narcosis will now be referred to as “Gas narcosis”. Hyperventilation will from now on be called “Deep Stomach Breathing”. “Trim” will be introduced to this level to describe a diver swimming comfortably in the horizontal position with properly balance weights. A “Minidive” is now a confined water requirement where participants plan and execute a dive simulating that of Open Water. “Air Management” will be used to describe the new requirement for students to know their air supply at all times and plan their dives accordingly. “Good surface habits” will be used to describe being positively buoyant and keeping the mask on and regulator or snorkel in whenever at the surface. “Proper lifting technique” is now used to describe how to lift equipment using the legs and a straight back.
Knowledge Development Changes are also present. Pressure, Volume and Density concepts will now be introduced before buoyancy. Dive computer use is assumed and the “How to use and Choose Dive Computers” book is integrated into knowledge development. Air management concepts are introduced including how to plan reserves for safety stops and air supply turn points. Gas narcosis will now be in section five so as to help dives better separate problems (i.e. separating DCS, contaminated air, and oxygen toxicity from the cause of gas narcosis, signs and symptoms).
Confined Water Dives have a number of changes. “Disconnect low pressure inflator” is now a dive flexible skill (A PADI Scuba Diver will need to master it before the end of dive 3). This change is designed to allow those who have more difficulty more time to master it. The “Loose cylinder band skill” is a new skill and must be undertaken in the water either at the surface or underwater. This skill is designed for divers to be able to overcome problems associated with the cylinder becoming unsecure. The “weight system removal and replacement at the surface” is now a dive flexible skill (PADI Scuba Divers will need to master this before the end of dive 3). The “Emergency weight drop” skill is a new skill and is dive flexible and can be conducted either in confined or open water. The objective of this skill is to have students ditch their weights as they would do in an emergency so as to feel positive buoyancy. “Staying within reach of buddy and good surface habits” is now formalized with performance requirements. “Descent and ascents and environmental awareness” provides further emphasis on the use of the BCD for control e.g. on dive 4 students will stop their decent before touching a simulated sensitive bottom and develop neutral buoyancy over the sensitive bottom before conducting their ascent without touching the simulated sensitive bottom. The “Air management skill” requires students to indicate their remaining air within 20 bar/300 psi without checking their SPG. The “Alternate air source use whilst swimming” has changed slightly. Although it still requires students to swim 1 minute whilst sharing an alternate air source, it will now end with an ascent and the “out of air” diver being required to orally inflate at the surface. This skill is designed to allow divers to experience an “out of air” scenario and reinforces the principles of surfacing and establishing buoyancy. The “Clear a fully flooded mask” skill is now required as a skill in confined water an additional step added between “clearing a partially flooded mask” and the “mask removal and replace” skill. “Determine and adjust trim” is a new step of adjusting weights where possible to allow students to swim comfortably in a horizontal position. “Buoyancy” exercises require more of an emphasis on buoyancy practice and application, practicing as much as possible when students are neutrally buoyant as opposed to being on the bottom. The “Minidive” is where students plan and execute a dive as if it were in open water and respond to a situation presented by the instructor such as leg cramp, out of air, free flow regulator, mask flooded or off, regulator dropped from the mouth, BCD inflator failure or buddy separation. The “Minidive” is required in confined water dive 5, however it can also be conducted on dives 2-4. “Proper lifting techniques” should be demonstrated and practiced with students using their legs with a straight back to lift tanks and this should be practiced throughout confined and open water dives.
Open Water Dives now also employ a number of additions and changes. “Dive 1 now has skills” including hand signal recognition, partially flooded mask clear, and recover and clear a regulator. The “Inflatable signal tube use” is a new dive flexible skill. Students must now deploy an inflatable signal tube at the surface or deploy a delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB) from below the surface. Student divers will need their own device or be supplied by the instructor. The “Emergency weight drop” skill is a new skill and is dive flexible and can be conducted either in confined or open water. The objective of this skill is to have students ditch their weights as they would do in an emergency so as to feel positive buoyancy. The “Safety Stop” remains a dive flexible skill, but now students must make a stop on dive 4. However if the instructor evaluates their stop on an earlier dive, a certified assistant may evaluate the stop on dive 4. Either way the stop must be made on dive 4 and encouraged on all dives. “Trim Check” similar to “determining and adjusting trim” performed in confined water. Only with a confirmation that trim is set. “Staying within 2 seconds reach of buddy, good surface habits and environmental awareness” are now set with specific performance requirements. The “Tired Diver tow” is no longer required for the PADI Scuba Diver Certification. The “Audible Signal” now needs to be introduced and deployed underwater. Students must identify the signal and look at the instructor. Dive 4 has buddy teams “plan and execute the dive” whereby students will build upon their mini dive experience, planning and executing the dive. You can either have the group stay as a whole or separate into buddy groups. However the students must be accompanied by the instructor or the certified assistant under the indirect supervision of the instructor.
PADI Materials for the Open Water Courses and for the PADI IDC in Indonesia
The Materials have also been updated and the PADI Instructor Update Pack is currently available for PADI Americas members and should be made available to other regions in due course. The pack will include: The New Student Manual and DVD, the New Student Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate, The New Open Water and Confined Water Cue Cards, the New PADI Prescriptive Lesson Guides, the New Exam, Answer Keys and Answer Sheets. The “Open Water Diver Manual” is now revised rewritten and updated and will be available in three versions; the touch tablet based app, the online version and the traditional paperback. The “Open Water Diver Video” has all new footage focusing on skills and skill application. The “Open Water Diver Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides” have been revised, updated and streamlined to present the question, than the answer and a prescriptive explanation with easy navigational controls. “Instructor Cue Cards” for both confined and open water are updated with skill performance requirements and complete with the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent in open water. The “Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exams” have been updated along with answer sheets and answer keys. The PADI “Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate” is used in confined water and open water. The “skill practice” side of the slate is used in confined to gain an indication of whether the student is comfortable or needs more practice, thus helping the instructor to assess confidence and ability. The planning side of the slate is used in confined water to plan the mini dive and conversely in open water to plan the open water dive using foundational dive planning theory.
Currently Trawangan Dive is conducting special workshops for instructors who have previously trained with our PADI Platinum Course Director. The Gili IDC Indonesia PADI Instructor Development Course runs each and every month here at Trawangan Dive, the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in Lombok and the Gili Islands. The course is run by our PADI Platinum Course Director on an 11 day schedule with an additional 4 days of pre IDC prep. We are proud to say we are the preferred choice for professional dive education in the Gili Islands and therefor run a range of “PADI IDC Career’s programs”. To reserve a place on the course check out our PADI IDC Indonesia Instructor Program and simply contact our Platinum PADI Course director. To see how current and previous students are developing during the course we also have our IDC Indonesia Facebook Page.