During the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) here on the Gili Islands, Indonesia candidates are often curious why knots are included in the course.
In Asia it is often the case whereby dive centers will have a boat crew that operates the entire boat duties leaving the PADI Instructor to concentrate on the diving duties. Elsewhere it is common place that everyone on the boat is expected to help out with the boat duties and in some cases Instructors are expected to run the entire trip on a boat by themselves. For this reason PADI has now included a basic Knot tying exercise to the course.
In this article we have attempted to answer the common questions related to knot tying within the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).
WHY ARE KNOT’S INCLUDED IN THE PADI INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE
A decade ago you would not find knots included within the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). Over the years, this has prompted a lot of questions regarding the reasons why. As we already know there are many occasions where instructors are required to use knots when tying off buoy lines, mooring boats and even in life saving rescue situations.
PADI has now identified this situation and included 3 basic knots within the PADI Instructor Development Course. These basic knots will allow instructors to fulfill their duties more adequately and gives them a basic intro to knot tying. If instructors wish to further their knot tying knowledge it provides a great foundation.
WHICH KNOT’S ARE INCLUDED IN THE PADI INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE
Knots can generally be classified into three different types; knots, bends and hitches. Therefore it would be ideal if an instructor learns to tie the most common of these knots. The PADI Instructor Development Course focuses around three particular knots: the bowline, the sheet bend and the two half hitches.
WHERE WOULD AN INSTRUCTOR FIND THESE KNOT’S MOST APPLICABLE IN DIVING
The Bowline is one of the most popular chosen knots, most likely due to the fact that it is a secure but relatively simple knot. The bowline will stay secure against any surge and is very easy to undo. The Bowline can often be seen when attaching a float to an anchor, a reel to a marker boy, and can often be seen when mooring a small boat to a pier. Although the bowline can be seen when joining two ropes together via the use of two bowlines, a sheet bend is more suited to this application. Other uses for the bowline could be for the use of a buddy line, or for the end of the safety line trailing from the boat. However when a bowline is not kept under load, it can easily come loose which is why it is recommended that the extra half hitch is added.
In rescue applications the bowline is used when a fixed loop is needed that won’t close around a waist or foot, and again it is recommended that a half hitch is added to the knot at the very end to further secure it.
While the sheet bend may be structurally similar to the bowline, they are not the same. A bend is generally used tie two lengths of rope together, and a sheet bend is ideal when the two ropes are of an unequal diameter.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF INCLUDING KNOT’S INTO THE PADI PROFFESIONAL TRAINING
The inclusion of knot tying within the course has a very positive impact on both the scuba industry and upon new PADI Instructors. Employers are more confident with the level of training the Instructor has received and no longer needs to worry if the can tie off the boat, or perform in a rescue situation. The Instructor is more confident in not only their own skill set they are able to search for a wider
variety of roles.
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