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Category Archives: PADI IDC
There was a triple celebration at the PADI Instructors exam in Sharm el Sheikh this week. First up, all of Steve’s IDC candidates passed their PADI Instructors exam which was a fantastic result and testament to their hard work and determination.
These five new PADI Instructors took Steve’s annual tally over the required amount of professional level certifications to secure his Platinum Course Director status for next year. ”I have had a fantastic start to the year.” Admits Steve, “I am delighted to have attained Platinum by early June. I have been awarded Platinum Course Director status every year since it’s inception in 2005, but to make it this early in the year is satisfying.”
This is no lucky break though. Steve works tirelessly to attract candidates to his PADI IDC’s and his success is a reflection of the hard work he puts into each and every candidate.
His enthusiasm and ability has been recognised by Amir Wasef, General Manager of Tvramir, the top distributor of dive gear in Egypt. Amir presented Steve with a top of the range SUUNTO DX dive computer.
Amir’s generosity does not stop there. Every successful PADI IE candidate here in Sharm el Sheikh will be entitled to a 50% discount off RRP if they purchase any new SUUNTO dive computer on the day of their Instructors Exam. Now there’s just another reason why you want to join Steve Prior on his PADI IDC at Emperor Divers in Sharm el Sheikh.
It’s a double celebration as Steve steams past the required number of professional certifications to earn Platinum Course Director status for next year.
To mark the occasion the guys turned their tee-shirts around! VERY proud of everyone in this photo.
PADI Platinum Course Director Steve Prior has completed another PADI IDC at Emperor Divers in Sharm el Sheikh.
Steve and his wife Janet have been teaching people to become Instructors in Sharm el Sheikh for 6 years now, this is the 23rd IDC that they have taught there. Most of the staff at Emperor Divers have been taught by Steve.
Today sees congratulations to Sav, Becky, Maria, Stuart and Martin on passing their 2-day PADI Instructors Exam to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. It has been a great team effort from start to finish in a great atmosphere, with a lot of laughs and a lot of learning. Well done all of you.
Have you ever wanted to buy something, and reasarched the Internet for advice? Have you been overwhelmed by the advice, the options and the advertising? How on earth can you be sure to make the right decision?
A few months ago, I wanted to buy a new car. It’s not often that I buy a car, so I wanted to be sure that I made the right choice. I wanted a reliable and comfortable car that would be a pleasure to drive. So I did my research.. Wow! The car dealers swamped me with “goodies” They tried to impress me with incidental temptations that did nothing to help me choose the car that I needed.
Bells and Whistles were added to unsuitable cars, Offers of “Cheap” and offers of free Roadside Assistance were all dangled in front of me… but what I wanted was a reliable and comfortable car.
If you’re planning on becoming a PADI Instructor at some time, and you’re looking for a reliable Course Director, you have the same problem!!! You know that you want to be the very best PADI Instructor and that you’ll have your future Students asking you time and time again for more and more courses. You want to be very effective and successful ..that’s why you want to become an Instructor.
But try to Google Course Directors!!! You’ll get a lot of confusing offers! Here are some of the temptations.. As you look at each of them, keep in mind that most of all you want a Course Director that will teach you to become a successful and popular Instructor.
++ Cheap!! ( avoid these like the plague.. how bad does the CD need to be if they are the cheapest?)
++ 100 pct pass rate !! ( it’s not difficult to make this claim, but it suggests that the CD is concentrating on passing an exam rather than making you popular in the future. Often the claim is deceitful as it doesn’t always refer to the IE, and if it does, the claim is often not applicable to “First Time” passes. )
++ Glorious Location!! (Whilst the adventure and excitement of doing your IDC in an exotic location might impress you, don’t forget why you are there! I have had many many emails from people that have been tempted to fly to a wonderful destination, only to be horrified by the quality of their Course Director and IDC. )
++ Sidemount, Technical, Facemask add ons ( Tempting Bells and Whistles that are nice to have.. but is the Course Director suitable to teach you what you want in the first place? )
So! what can I offer you???
Well, I am a Platinum Course Director that has now taught over 4000 PADI Courses. I have NEVER had even one complaint. I concentrate on teaching People, and not courses. I’ll pass on lots of my secrets that have made me successful in my lifetime.
I’ll show you how to teach every single one of your future Students regardless of their learning styles. I use a lot of fun, psychology and interaction to teach my courses, and I’ll teach you to be able to do the same.
My past candidates have not only passed their Instructor Exam ( that’s the easy bit! ) but a huge percentage of them have gone on to become extremely successful PADI Instructors by using the methods that I teach. I use a lot of “Life Skills” and “Real Life situations” to help you along. It always involves a lot of laughter as well.
Your PADI IDC will be the most important scuba diving course that you’ll ever take, so please do your research, and choose the one that is right for you. Location, Price and Claims are all very well, but will you get what YOU want out of it??
Please contact me, if you need more information.
You will remember that during your IDC we had an Open Water Diver in the classroom. Katrina had been diving for a number of years, had made approx. 200 dives and had never taken any further diving courses because she didn’t want or need to.
You may also remember that after each of you had made a classroom teaching presentation, Katrina told you that it sounded absolutely brilliant and that she might even fancy doing the courses that you had spoken about?
Well, here we are just over a year on and I met Katrina down the beach at Shark’s Bay. She is delighted to tell me that she is now a Master Scuba Diver. What’s more, during the PADI Fish ID specialty course Katrina became totally obsessed about fish identification and has taken her knowledge of the fish in Shark’s Bay to new levels. “To think,” she says, “a year ago, I didn’t know what a Tang was and now I know the Latin names of 82 of the species that are just off this beach.”
Katrina says thanks to us for letting her sit in on the PADI IDC, because it was in our classroom that she became enthused to try some more courses BUT, it was what each of you said during your classroom presentations about other diving courses that inspired her, YOU ignited a passion with just a few words and Katrina is SO thankful that you did.
Today, the PADI IDC moved into the open water and the candidates experienced being in control. The control we need varies depending on who we are teaching and at what level those people are.
The candidates experienced a variety of situations including, Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water course skills and continuing education course skills. There was a great deal of learning going on but still lots of laughter along the way.
We also completed all of our exams today and ended on a high note by knowing that everyone had reached the level to qualify as a PADI Assistant Instructor. Congratulations everyone.
Yesterday, the foundations for teaching in confined water were laid down and today we tested that the foundation was solid. It was and some great scores reflected the achievement.
As the IDC candidates confidence levels grew, we build on that foundation, pushing the boundaries wider by getting them to practice teaching skills from continuing education courses.
It’s at this point of the PADI IDC when the candidates begin to realise that they are the one in control of the situation.
It really is a wonder to see the speedy transition from day to day as the candidates gain confidence and change from Certified Assistants to Instructors. Staff Instructor candidates are always amazed at how quickly IDC Candidates gain competence.
Yesterday we learnt the theory of teaching in confined water and had a dry practice. Today we put it into action in the confined water at Sharks’ Bay.
The PADI IDC candidates are finding it really tough going! (NOT!) How much sun, sea, sand and fish can you take?