What Should You Know Before Turning Up for Your IDC?
This is a question that gets asked many times via email by interested parties and the answer is never the same because it is highly dependent on what you already know, which is probably everything?
But so you don’t find yourself struggling with the IDC course requirements we suggest you know the following things before turning up.
PADI now has a compulsory Digital IDC eLearning Crew pack
Topics covered are as follows:
1 – Getting Started
2 – Dive Theory for Dive Leaders
3 – PADI System Overview
4 – Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
5 – Discover Scuba Diving and Experience Programs
6 – The PADI Open Water Diver Course
7 – Risk Management and Legal Considerations 8 – Managing Risk
9 – PADI Quality Management and Licensing
10 – Introduction to Teaching Presentations
11 – Conducting and Evaluating Knowledge Development
12 – Confined Water Training
13 – Open Water Training
14 – Continuing Education and Leadership Courses
15 – The Business of Diving
16 – How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) – required for crossover candidates; optional for PADI Members
The crew pack includes:
Guide to Teaching, IDC eLearning, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Guide, Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Guide, Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Guide, OW Quizzes and Exams, Rescue Diver Exams, Divemaster Exams, Diving Knowledge Workbook, OW Prescriptive Lesson Guides. Languages available: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai)
Dive Theory Online (Option – Recommended)
Dive Theory eLearning is a comprehensive overview of dive physics, dive physiology, dive skills, environmental considerations, dive equipment, and decompression theory and the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). Each section consists of multimedia instructional material followed by questions to review what you’ve learned. You may find this course useful to prepare for your exams.
Physical Dive Skills
You should know how to do the following things safely, correctly and without difficulty.
- Deploy a surface marker buoy
- Deploy a lift bag
- Basic underwater navigation skills
- Boat entry & exits
- Assemble your diving equipment
- Operate a dive computer
- Swim 400 metres and treat water for 10 minutes
- Rescue Skills including: Surfacing a simulated unresponsive non-breating diver. Providing aid at the surface. Exiting. First aid on boat/shore including rescue breathing for and administering oxygen to the victim using a rescue breathing mask.
You should understand and be able to do, or generally explain the following things.
- General diving knowledge
- Safe diving practices
- Equalisation theory
- Basic Physics of and scuba diving
- Basic mathematical skills
- Operate a calculator
- Know the names of 5 fish *
* Just kidding, ask one of your instructor to teach you though :)
If any of this is unfamiliar you need to brush up on it and the best way to do that is by reading your Scuba Diving Encyclopedia which you should have received with your PADI Divemaster Pack.
The IDC prep days are great days for doing this is our air-conditioned classroom, free wifi and close to great restaurants and bars.