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IDC failures are very rare, but they do happen occasionally, and everyone who has ever failed their IE, failed it before they even started by not preparing properly!
Please read through each section below carefully to make sure that you are ready for your IDC and Instructor Examination. Remember that proper preparation is about 90% of what will get you through the experience successfully and enjoyably. Also, make sure your Dive Skills are up to scratch!
If you need clarification of any of the details and recommendations on this page or anywhere else on the site please contact us for more info.
* If you have trained with another agency then look at our Crossover to PADI from BSAC, CMAS, SSI, NAUI or SAA Information
** Its possible to get a medical in Ao Nang or Krabi before you begin the course at a much lower cost than back home. Contact us for info.
*** You will need to provide your diving log to your Course Director or Staff Instructor during your IDC as proof of your diving experience.
**** You will normally only do 4-6 open water dives during your IDC so you should ideally have 95+ logged dives prior to starting your course.
These are the documents you will need for your PADI IDC..
By the time your IDC starts you should know all the dive theory on the courses you have done yourself inside out. Don't forget that once you pass your IE you will be eligible to teach Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Divemaster courses so we recommend that you review each course manual and complete all the quizzes, exams and knowledge reviews.
If you have bought the the Guide To Teaching you should read through it and complete from page 161 onwards. Also, it would be very useful to complete your EFRi manuals including the pre-read before starting the EFRi course!
The Knowledge reviews require you to read and understand some specific sections of your PADI instructor manual, IDC Candidate workbook, The Best of the Undersea Journal, The Law & the Diving Professional and The Business of Diving.
You should really be confident and happy with dive theory before you actually begin your IDC, you shouldn't turn up on day one of your course and expect to be taught Dive Physics or Physiology as the IDC has so much other information and skills to teach you there is no time to learn the theory. A good way to check your knowledge is to get new divers to ask you about things they are not 100% sure about. You only truly know diving when you can explain it to others.
Digital for sure! Here's why..
*Laptops can be used to install your Instructor Manual on, but when you are an instructor you will also need a laptop to communicate with PADI via email, access the PADI pro website, store and view your underwater photos and video, and view your PADI course videos. A laptop is an essential piece of equipment for most PADI instructors and its more common to see instructors with a laptop than without one.
Aqua Visions Offer a FREE IDC Prep for every candidate - a period of revision and practice for the IDC before the actual IDC begins, and we highly recommend joining in if you haver the time as it will get you familiar with the training facilities, swimming pool and IDC instructors before the course starts.
The most important thing is get involved in real life classes with qualified Scuba Instructors. You will see how relaxed and comfortable students absorb dive knowledge, your goal is to be a chilled-out super confident, friendly, happy, font of dive knowledge that students feel happy and safe with.
Ensure that all your kit is working and serviceable, you need to be super-aware of your BCD and weights, it should be second nature to you where your releases are and how you fasten it up. Go on then get it out now and practice putting it on and taking it off so you can do it with your eyes shut. Now practice untying your tank band and re-fastening it, you don't learn this on your IDC but there is nothing worse than as student asking you to fix their tank to the BCD when you have no idea how to do it, so now is the time to learn.
Watch all the PADI videos!
Get in your local dive centre swimming pool and practice your skills again and again, you should be super-cool in the pool with your skills and be able to do them to demonstration quality 'before' you begin your IDC. Concentrate on buoyancy skills like fin pivots and hovering.
Knots, this is part of the IE, you are expected to know how to tie and teach knot tying, now is the time to learn. You should know how to tie;