Last day of the PADI IDC today, a good wind down with the EFR instructor program. It has certainly been a challenge running a Tec 45 program and a PADI instructor program. The dive center has been super crazy busy with lots of courses coming in keeping the instructors on their toes. Whether it is first time open water divers or search and recovery specialties the water is blue and inviting and everyone is having a blast. Always the way though, the water is amazing and blue and a lot of my teaching over the past few days has been in the classroom and pool *sigh*. I reality, I don’t mind though as obviously my passion is teaching whatever and all of the long hours preparing future instructors for the world of scuba diving is as ever great fun.
After the exam over the weekend we will be moving back into the Ocean for more fun and games when we start specialty instructor training. With a mix of deep diving and some conservation thrown in it should be a fun few days. At the moment with the water as beautiful as it is, I am looking forward to some adventurous dives as I am sure the IDC students are. After studying hard in the classroom it is nice to stretch out and relax underwater when all of the hard work has paid off.
This past PADI IDC I had some great help from two awesome staff instructors which was fantastic. This made it not only easier for me with workload but more fun for the students as they had different instructors with different experiences taking them through the steps to becoming an instructor. The IDC staff instructor from my point of view is a great level to be at because as an instructor is takes your evaluation and teaching skills to the next level as well as giving you more diversity in the programs you can teach. If you want to keep your career in the scuba industry exciting and fresh then I highly suggest keep learning and moving forward. My next goal I am thinking about already, not too sure what exactly I’ll be aiming for but I have a couple of ideas in the cooking pot.
Anyway, for now, I need to keep focused on the approaching PADI instructor exam this weekend. Stay calm guys, don’t panic!