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Category Archives: PADI Instructor Development
We have now finished the latest PADI IDC at Emperor Divers in Sharm el Sheikh. Today was spent putting into practice all of the wonderful techniques that work so well in the “Real World” of being a PADI Scuba Instructor. All of the team really feel like they are already seasoned PADI Instructors.
The Funny thing is.. they are all looking forward to the PADI Instructor Exam tomorrow… BUT .. At the same time, they just don’t want the IDC Course to end!
We have had such a good time. Diving Instructors never forget their PADI IDC. Friendships are formed that last lifetimes. The teamwork that is generated is so powerful and so personal, and will last for many years to come.
The good thing for Janet and I is that we keep in touch with all of our past IDC Candidates and are always on hand to give advice. For us it’s wonderful to see the change that is generated in peoples lives.
Kevin, Will, David, Anthony, Simon and Keith. They all turned up to our latest PADI Instructor Development Course expecting to find out how to pass an Instructor Examination.
How wrong they were!
They have learnt so much more than that! They have learnt how to show their future Students a brand new life!
To be honest, passing a PADI Instructor Exam is pretty easy! It’s the same as all other exams; if you know the answers – then it’s easy. If you’re not properly prepared - then it’s difficult.
Being a PADI Instructor is NOT about passing an exam. It’s about keeping your customers happy.
+ teaching them to be safe and careful divers,
+ giving your customers a new and exciting lifestyle,
+ being able to solve their problems in a quick and empathetic way,
+ using teaching methods that suit each individual person.
+ and much more….
Of course these IDC Candidates are prepared for their Instructor Exam in 2 days time.. but most of all they are prepared for the “Real World” of teaching.
“Bring it on” they are saying.. not only for the Exam, but for Life Ahead!
All too often I hear of people that think that an IDC is full of things you need to do to pass an Instructor Exam, and then forget everything and follow Instructors who have been teaching in the same way for many years!
What a waste of time and money that would be!! I make sure that everything that I teach on the Instructor Development Course is relevant in the “Real World” I teach techniques that modern Industries use in developing their management teams. I teach the same methods that have made me a very successful PADI Instructor over the past 20 years.
If you are already a PADI Insructor and want to find out about some really effective and fun ways of teaching, why not ask me about details of my next NLP for Instructor Course?
What’s a PADI IDC really like???
This is a question often asked by PADI Divemasters. Of course the answer that they are given is based solely on the experience of the person giving the answer. So in other words, if a PADI Divemaster were to ask 100 different PADI Instructors the same question, they would get 100 different answers back.
As a PADI Course Director, I’m also asked the same question, I can give a more general answer. I have taught over 85 PADI IDCs in my life so far! and one thing is common in all of them – They are all different! No two IDCs are the same, and no 2 IDC Candidates are the same. I treat every single candidate differently.
But there is also one other thing in common with all of my IDCs, and that is that they ar a lot of fun! Every candidate enjoys the experience and looks back at their experience with the same emotions as if it were a wonderful holiday! Of course they learn lots about how to teach others to dive, but they also learn lots about themselves, and how to be succesful in their new role.
Comments that is being repeated time and time again on my current PADI IDC is that “Time is going so fast” and “I’m enjoying it so much-I don’t want it to end!”
Here is a video clip of an IDC that I taught in 2011, of course my IDC has changed a lot since then because the needs of the typical Diving Customer has changed since then, but take a look, you’ll get some idea of what to expect on a “Prior Knowledge IDC”
Also, see what others have been saying about our courses here.
Garry, Lisa, Cookie and Erin were doing the asking about the progress of the IDC, so to update you all….. We have now had three confined water sessions and the DSD Workshop and the team is really working well. The basic structure is in place and starting to be like second nature. Some 5’s were scored but more importantly, those blinkers that Steve talks about during the IDC are opening wider.
During the IDC we discuss different learning styles and how to cater for the different styles in our teaching. Some of the candidates are a bit surprised by their own preferences for learning. It’s funny what you can learn about yourself during an IDC.
By the way, the amount of extra weights I handed out was insignificant, so my walk back up the beach was quite slow and a bit breathless even though Simon helped by taking half of it!
During an IDC, I often meet up with candidates from a previous IDC and they always ask how the latest IDC is going, with a smile and a twinkle of excitement in their eyes. This happened again today, it was Steffi from Emperor Nov 2011 who was doing the asking. So, (sooooooo!) for all of you who have been a part of our previous PADI IDCs, this is where the latest IDC is at.
The guys have now made three presentations in the classroom and their fear has turned into confidence. Do you remember those feelings yourself? Realising that this is something that you CAN do, even though you never thought you would be able to!
We are off to the confined water tomorrow, having already built some pretty solid foundations during the dry practice and coaching session outside the classroom. But, you all know Steve, he is meticulous in the
preparation and he will never let you do something he doesn’t already know you can do.
Any guesses how much extra weight I’ll be handing out tomorrow?
Do you want to get : – Motivated? Updated? More Successful? Join our NLP for PADI Instructors course
This course is a must if you want to get back into teaching and need a motivational boost. Or you want to find out how you can be much more efficient and successful as an Instructor.
You’ll learn loads of really fun ways to get your students to meet the PADI performance requirements. You’ll be a very modern “up to date” Instructor.
Today’s Customers are VERY different to those of only 5 years ago. They have different aspirations to diving, and have different expectations of how they should be treated while on a course. If you treat your modern day customer correctly, and they feel valued, they’ll come back time and time again for more courses.
On this NLP course you’ll learn how to teach:
Today’s PADI Standards
“PEOPLE and not Courses!”
You’ll learn how just how important the “Power of Words” can be to a persons satisfaction of how they value your Instruction. You’ll find that your students learn much faster than they did before, and you’ll find that your “Job Satisfaction” will soar as you get positive feedback from your customers.
The course will be held on 10th May and will cost £125. Contact me for more details.
Improve your teaching as a PADI Instructor, learn lots of valuable teaching tips.
Are you a PADI MSDT? Would you like to take the next step and become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor?
I have been told time and time again that the BIGGEST benefit to attending our Staff Instructor course is that you’ll find your own teaching become much more successful.
Using wonderful but simple NLP methods, you’ll find that your Students will learn faster, have more fun, and have far less problems with skills.
*You’ll be able to assist Course Directors on PADI IDC
*You’ll be able to evaluate IDC candidate assignments during IDCs
*You’ll be able to teach PADI Assistant Instructor Courses
The Staff Instructor course costs £345, plus PADI fees. It lasts for 3 days.
You’ll be amazed at the “Cut the Crap” approach that I take, and you’ll be amazed at how much you’ll learn. I’ll be running a NLP course for instructors alongside this course, so you’ll see all of the “magic” tricks that I teach on this course as well.
Once you have finished the course, you’ll be invited to assist me on any IDC. There you’ll see the whole process put into action, and be part of the success of IDC Candidates. You’ll always be made to feel very welcome. Assisting on future IDCs is a wonderful way for you to get updated with all of the latest teaching methods that I am using.
Please contact me if you need any more information.
During the practical sections of the EFR Instructor course, candidates get to experience the interactive methodology that Steve advocates. Many comment on how easy it is to teach this way and that it gives them huge confidence to teach their very first EFR course.
Kev and Will show they have the confidence to teach others to care by qualifying as EFR Instructors. This certification comes just ahead of their PADI Instructor Development Course and has given them a useful insight into learning psychology and some great techniques to use during their instructor training. Contact us for more details of the next course.