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Posted Dec 2nd, 2010 by Luke
Decembers’ Gulf of Thailand PADI IDC is underway here on Koh Tao and this time round Simple Life’s seasoned Course Director Jeff will be guiding 2 of our Divemasters through the 18 day intensive program.
Viktor from Sweden has been with us for the past few months, completing his scuba diving internship through to PADI Divemaster. Like many of us here on Koh Tao, he’s caught the diving bug and has decided to further his dive education, making the step up to PADI instructor.
Joining Viktor on the PADI IDC is Hannah from South-West England. Hannah took her PADI Divemaster training earlier in the year with Simple Life Divers, and after a few months back in the UK, (to quote Steve ‘partying’) has decided to return to tropical Koh Tao to complete her PADI Instructor training.
The guys have been in action for a couple of days, brushing up on their scuba diving theory, and having their first crack at academic teaching presentations.
This afternoon we paired up with two other Koh Tao dive shops concurrently running IDCs, to conduct the instructor candidates’ first confined (shallow water) teaching session.
Simple Life’s PADI Course Director Jeff introduces the Koh Tao dive instructor candidates to how the session will run
The idea behind the session is that the instructor candidates learn how to teach novice divers how to perform scuba diving skills for the first time, in a safe and positive manner. The way we achieve this is by simulating students for the dive instructor-in-training to teach to. Meanwhile a PADI Course Director (top of the PADI tree) oversees proceedings and gives the instructor candidates feedback on their performance.
Image: Simple Life’s Hannah, far left, listens as the group receive their first scuba diving skill instructions
For the soon-to-be-instructors, their confined water teaching presentation involves them giving a briefing of the skill they’re about to teach, organizing their students (and assisting Divemaster if they have one) and conducting the lesson underwater. They’ll need to solve any problems and learning difficulties which might occur underwater, then finally debrief their simulated students back at the surface.
In real life, when we’re teaching scuba diving to real students (for example during the PADI Open Water course) people encounter all sorts of small problems, and it’s the instructors responsibilityto identify any learning difficulties and help their students to achieve success. So to spice things up a bit during the Koh Tao PADI IDC & more closely replicate the real world, the Course Director assigns problems to the simulated students, which the instructor-in-training must identify and tackle.
Image: Jeff preps soon-to-be PADI instructor Viktor on a problem to simulate underwater
Today being the groups’ first attempt at a confined water teaching presentation, there were a couple of rough edges, but overall the guys did very well. At this early stage in the PADI IDC [Instructor Development Course] posse are shaping up well in preparation for PADI’s external examination in a couple of weeks time.
Image: Simple Life’s Aussie Course Director Jeff keeps one ear on the PADI instructor candidates’ briefings as he marks their performance
We’re wishing Hannah and Viktor all the best over the coming days – updates to follow on their progress over the coming days.
On a side note, assuming the guys excel during the PADI Instructor Examination and pass out as new PADI Instructors, (which we’re confident they will 😉 ) we usually celebrate with a bit of a party here on Koh Tao.
But this time around it’s a double blow. Some of Simple Life’s PADI Divemaster Internships gang are also set to finish their Divemaster training at the same time, so will be undertaking the ritualistic Koh Tao Divemaster ‘Snorkel Test’. Needless to say this will be a very memorable event – the excitement is already building.
The island will shake – mark your calendars for the evening of December 18th!
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