Are you about to start the PADI IDC – There are a few things that you need to have with your before you arrive for your Instructor Development Course.
Certification cards and log book – from open water through to Divemaster, make sure you have your cards.
PADI books – make sure you bring all the manuals you collected through the open water course, advanced, rescue and Divemaster course. You will need these on the PADI IDC and IE and if you don’t have them you will need to purchase them. It is now a standard that you have your own materials for the course.
Recent dive experiences – it is best if you can turn up for the IDC having done some diving so that you are fresh and up to date. If you don’t have the chance we offer seven days of diving free prior to the Instructor course. You don’t really want to get started in the PADI IDC if you are really rusty.
Your brain switched on – there is a lot of dive theory that you need to prepare prior to the IDC. You can either use the diving knowledge workbook and the encyclopedia of recreational diving to help you or you can sign up for eLearning. Whilst the latter option costs more it is really effective. Did you know that we are not meant to teach dive theory on the IDC? Although we do a lot of remedial work for it, it’s much better if you turn up prepared so you can focus on the IDC and not dive theory.
A dive medical – you will need this at the start of the PADI IDC and IE so don’t forget to bring it.
Dive equipment – whilst you can rent equipment at dive centers it is generally best to have your own gear and if you plan on working in the scuba industry you will need your own dive gear.
Money – your Course Director will no doubt like it when you buy him or her beer after you pass your IE J
Did I leave anything off? If you have anything to add for important things to bring for your Instructor course then let us know.
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