The Itinerary of the Diving Instructor Course on Koh Phangan
Here are all points covered that await you in your diving instructor training course.
- Dive theory and classroom presentations: Not only do you need to have a fundamental knowledge of dive theory, you are also expected to present this theory in clear and structured lectures. During the course we use exams and classroom presentations on topics like dive physics, dive physiology, equipment and decompression theory to ensure you have a full understanding of the material. The theory is the same as what you learned during your Divemaster course. You will be taking the next step and learning how to teach this information to others.
- PADI training standards and procedures: As a PADI diving instructor you can't just do what you want and run your own program. There are standards and procedures which define the maximum depth, the group size and how many training dives you can do on a day. Minimum equipment requirements, paperwork that needs to be done and what skills need to be covered in every PADI diving course. These standards guarantee that PADI students receive safe and consistent dive training, everywhere in the world.
- Confined Water practice: By now you probably know how to remove your mask, adjust your buoyancy or how to share air with a diver that is out of air. But as an instructor you need to be able to explain and demonstrate these skills in a clear way, keep the group under control and evaluate your students to decide if they are comfortable or need more practice. So we spend a lot of time in the swimming pool to practice this to perfection.
- Open Water practice: When you take students out to the open water, group control and judgment are even more important than in the swimming pool. You need to have control at all times and be alert of stress and potential dangerous situations. Only then can you avoid problems and make sure that your students are always safe and comfortable during your diving course.
- Paperwork and administration: It's not only diving when you work as a diving instructor. You will need to know the proper procedures to certify your dive students and your paperwork needs to be in order and complete. Luckily this doesn't take up too much time, but it is a very important part of the job.
- The business of diving: Scuba Diving has become a huge industry and it also a part of the job, to know how dive schools work and do their business. Competition is big and it is interesting to see the costs and procedures that run behind the scenes.
- Diving and the environment: It is becoming very clear that the dive sites around the world are under threat by pollution, overfishing and rising temperatures. But what about divers? Are they good or bad for the reefs? And what can we do to keep the impact as minimal as possible or even make a positive difference?
- Safety and judgment: Even with all the paperwork, training standards and practice, diving is still a potentially dangerous activity. We can't prepare you for every imaginable problem, but we can teach you to use your judgment and prevent problems in the first place. Only then will you be able to be a good instructor.
The Prep course covering dive theory and skill development (2 days), gives you the opportunity to practice, practice and practice. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Better you make them here and learn from them so they don't happen on a real course. The Prep course isn't so much a pass / fail course but more a preparation for the IE and the real job of a dive instructor. However, your PADI Staff Instructor will will let you know when you are ready for the final step, the IE. Here at Sail Rock Divers we want to make sure that only good, safe, knowledgeable and motivated people become PADI Diving Instructors.
The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) takes two days and here you will be tested by an external PADI Instructor Examiner who will decide if you are ready to work as an active PADI Open Water Instructor (OWSI). You will be scored on the following four areas:
- Dive theory and training standards
- Classroom presentations
- Confined water presentations
- Open water presentations
Once you've passed the PADI IE, you have definitely earned yourself the rating of PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor and you are ready now to teach other people how to dive. ...and then it's time to party!! PADI IE parties at Sail Rock Divers in Koh Phangan are absolutely famous; Contact us Now!!