Let's take a look at just how easy it is to pass the PADI Instructor's Exam and become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor...
The exam is divided into four segments. Three of the segments involve an evaluation of your teaching ability; in the classroom, the confined water and the open water. The fourth segment involves a test of your understanding of Dive Theory and PADI Standards and Procedures.
You will be told your teaching topics and skills right at the start of the PADI IE so there's no surprises.
You'll have an hour and a half to answer 50 questions on PADI Standards and Procedures.
You will have a further hour and a half to answer 60 Dive Theory questions in these five subjects. Equipment, Physiology, Physics, RDP, Skills and the Environment.
There are only 12 questions on each subject. All of the answers are multi-choice, so a, b, c or d, AND you only have to score 75% or more to pass.
The examiner will mark your paper immediately and let you know your results.
If, like everyone else you are dreading teaching to a packed classroom, there is some good news for you! The good news is that you will only be teaching for approx. 5 minutes to a small group of 5 or 6 people including the examiner.
As soon as you finish teaching the examiner will tell you if you have passed this segment of the PADI IE. You need to score at least a 3.5 out of 5 to pass but if you do mess up, you'll get another go!
Another area where your teaching ability is evaluated is in confined water where you'll have to teach just one skill and demonstrate 5 skills.
You will have to score at least 3.4 on your Confined Teaching Presentation and score a minimum of 17 points on your 5 skills demonstrations. If you mess up on either, you will get another go!
The examiner will tell you if you have passed as soon as you have finished teaching.
In Open Water- You'll have to teach two skills and demonstrate Rescue exercise 7 - Unresponsive Diver on the Surface. In the unlikely event that you fail the rescue first time, you get a second go.
The two skills that you teach in Open Water are evaluated in a similar way as in the pool. You need to score an average 3.5 for both skills. You'll get your scores as soon as you have finished teaching.
PADI IE - Remember - IE stands for It's Easy!
You will have learnt and practiced all of the necessary skills and knowledge during your PADI Instructor Development Course. So, by the time you go in for your PADI Instructors Exam, it is easy because you are well prepared for everything you are going to be examined on.
Required PADI IDC Materials
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