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Monthly Archives: April 2011
Now we are back in the UK following the Sharm IDC. Jan and I thought it would be a good idea to make a video looking at a PADI IDC from our perspective. Take a look! you might find it interesting. It shows some of the thought processes that we go through during the course of teaching people to become PADI Instructors.
If you want to see what goes on in an Instructor Development Course and what it takes to become a Scuba Diving Instructor, take a look at this video clip!
The day following the EFRi course saw another three people join the group. Lorraine, an old friend from UK (old only in the fact that we have known her for a long time!) joined us to help Staff the course. Lorraine did her IDC with us around 4 years ago, and very shortly afterwards became a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. It’s good to have her around to help!
Alan and Phil joined the team. They were very quiet for the first morning. It’s difficult to join a class where bonds have already been made. But it was clear right from the start that everyone in the room were prepared to work as a team, and they were all prepared to enjoy themselves. The first day of the course had to be spent in the classroom, first for orientation, and then to cover essential subjects to prepare us for later days. Keith was getting a bit itchy! yesterday, EFR instructor course, and now today… two days inside, without getting wet! The fact that he had to walk past the pool to get to the classroom made things worse!
However, from the next day onwards every single day saw us either in the pool or in the sea at some stage. Keith got plenty of diving in during the next 8 days! Keith had a wonderful sense of humour, and had us in fits of laughter one day. He had to make a classroom presentation and conducted it all in the style of Sean Connery as James Bond. Unforgettable!
Alan and Phil soon became part of the team, and there was a real sense of camaraderie at all times.
After the first day, we spent more and more time outside, this suited Phil! He soon got the nickname “Lizard” because he would always pick the sunniest spot and bask
Yvonne was a great asset to the course. She was very organized and always had the right answer to most questions! There was more than one time that I suggested that we swapped seats! She will certainly make a fine Instructor.
The whole course was very relaxed, starting around 8.30 each morning and finishing around 5.00 pm. All candidates relished their homework. They were each assigned a mission to drink at least 2 bottles of Sakara (local beer) every night. No Slacking!
It was a fantastic course, and I’m sure that all 4 of them will go onto become very popular and excellent instructors. I am looking forward to hearing about their progress.
Yvonne and Keith arrived in Sharm yesterday, they had met in the Hotel last night, but still didn’t know each other very well. That was all going to change! They had both travelled from the UK to join our Instructor Development Course which starts tomorrow. But today, they were first going to learn about becoming an instructor to teach First Aid.
A Perfect way to form a bond! As you can see from these photos! They soon settled down and realised that although we were in a “Classroom” they could still relax and be comfortable by chatting and laughing.
Both Keith and Yvonne were already very comfortable with First Aid, in fact Keith is a Marshall at the famous TT races close to his home on the Isle of Man. Motor Cycling is another passion of his.
The EFR instructor course is packed with lots of tips about how to teach courses in a way that puts the Learner in complete control. Perfect preparation for the IDC that starts tomorrow!
Both of them were very impressed with the learning techniques that they learned and are both looking forward to putting them into practice on their first EFR courses.
I, on the other hand had other ideas! I was looking forward to them putting into practice much sooner than that! in the next couple of days during their IDC! I was very pleased as both Yvonne and Keith were already thinking and acting like Instructors. This was going to be a great course!
Wow, I have so many people to thank!! I have just received an email from PADI telling me that I am one of only 57 Course Directors Worldwide that has received the coveted status of “Platinum Course Director”
I am so proud that I have achieved this status every single year since it started in 2005.
Of course, I have so many people to thank. Janet for one, she is so supportive, and constantly helps me in making our courses better and better all of the time.
But I also have every single person that has attended a course to thank. Each one has helped us to develop our delivery so that each course is better than the last. I am so thankful that I have the very best job in the world, and so thankful that I have the very best friends that I can teach to become fantastic, popular PADI Scuba Diving Instructors.
Lee Dexter completes his PADI IDC Staff Instructor course only 4 months after becoming a PADI instructor. Lee did his IDC in November last year at Buckland Dive Centre in Kent. Since then he has been very active. Despite the freezing cold winter, Lee has managed to submit over 25 certifications to the PADI office. The 25 certs have been very mixed, only a few Open Water Diver certifications, all of the others have been Advanced Open Water, Rescue and mainly Specialties.
During the IDC Staff Course, Lee has clearly shown that he has understood the teaching methods that he learnt during his IDC, and is now fully prepared to pass on those techniques to others. I am looking forward to the day that Lee helps us by Staffing on one of our future IDC’s.