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Posted Sep 10th, 2010 by admin
For last couple of weeks seasoned PADI Divemasters Jay, Lee and Andre have been making their PADI Instructor Development Course with Simple Life’s Course Director, Jeff. The guys have been learning how to teach scuba diving theory, shallow water skills sessions and classes in open water, working within PADI standards to conduct safe, comprehensive dive training.
Image: PADI Instructor Examiner Rob marks Lee during his confined water presentation
At the end of the instructor development course (IDC), PADI’s external examiners travel to Koh Tao to perform an independent examination of the candidates, making sure they’re up to scratch. The three day PADI Instructor Examination (PADI IE) is a nervous time for the potential instructors – with a lot of time and money invested in their training, they obviously want to pass. By the end of the IDC Jeff has the guys performing to exacting standards – way above the requirements of the PADI IE, so provided they relax and apply their training we expect them to breeze through the PADI Instructor examination, but nerves can do funny things……
Jay, Lee and Andre sailed through the first two days of the instructor examination, completing assessments in theory and open water teaching. For day 3, the final day of the instructor examination, all that remained was a shallow water session, demonstrating how to teach shallow water skills and completing a skills circuit.
Image: Dive internships Thailand; Jay briefs how to perform a shallow water skill during the PADI Instructor examination
This month’s 20+ instructor candidates from Koh Tao convened at a resort swimming pool, for PADI’s visiting instructor examiners George and Rob to conduct the final examination.
The drama started early. Jay and Lee arrived nice and early, prepared their equipment well ahead of the 09:45 start and entered the water ready for the assessment to begin. Meanwhile Andre was nowhere to be seen. We waited…..
Eventually arriving with just a couple of minutes to spare, Andre got his gear together jumped in the water and we were ready to begin.
Simple Life Divers’ group of potential PADI instructors were to be examined by Rob – first up was the confined water teaching presentation. This involves a simulated scenario where the candidate teaches a skill to a group of students. This involves three steps – briefing the skill, the actual teaching and practice portion (when students simulate problems which the instructor will have to respond to), then finally a de-brief at the surface to discuss how the session went and reinforce learning.
Image: Diving internships graduate Lee teaching the group how to recover and clear a regulator 2nd stage underwater
From our viewpoint on the side of the pool it looked like Jay, Lee and Andre performed perfectly, delivering tight briefings and debriefings, and quickly identifying the simulated problems underwater. But listening to the examiner all was not well – apparently Lee’s session was conducted in deeper water than was deemed appropriate. The result was that Lee would have to repeat the session with a different skill – mess that up and he’d fail the entire examination…..
But we’re happy to report that he acted perfectly on the make-up, showing text book PADI teaching and made the grade. So Jay, Lee and Andre are now new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors!
The water work was followed by a closing ceremony, with George speaking about the rewards and responsibilities of working as a PADI Instructor and the exciting opportunities ahead. Then at last the guys were presented with their certificates, after which there was a bit of a party.
Image: The new PADI instructors pose with course director Jeff after passing out as Open Water Scuba Instructors
So all good! Three new PADI Instructors and a 100% pass rate for Jeff and Simple Life Divers. Well done to Jay, Lee and Andre.
Image: The confined water teaching examination on Koh Tao
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