Best 10 tips on How to prepare for your PADI IDC

Be Match FIT!

Be ready for your PADI Instructor Development Course

You will learn how to inspire people, give them confidence and encourage them to enjoy the wonderful life that divers are fortunate to experience. 

However, to take these concepts on board, you need to be prepared. 

10 tips on How to prepare for your PADI IDC

  1. Revise PADI Dive Theory
  2. Brush up PADI Standards
  3. Be right up to date – 2022
  4. Be familiar with 24 skill circuit
  5. Go over Rescue Skills
  6. Practice Briefings and Debriefings
  7. Get comfortable with teaching in the classroom
  8. Improve buoyancy
  9. Work on trim
  10. Practice using SMBs and lifting bags

PADI Dive Theory

Of course you need to revisit the Dive Theory section of your PADI Divemaster Course. 

Go over the basics, and revisit the formulas and explanations in the relevant sections.

PADI Instructor level theory

But, PADI Instructor level Dive Theory is a little higher than Divemaster level, so there is more to learn. 
You’ll need to fill that gap between Divemaster and Instructor theory.

PADI Dive Theory for Instructors

PADI Standards and Procedures

During your Divemaster course, you needed to be familiar with sections in your PADI Instructor Manual that dealt with Divemaster conducted programs.

Now you need to expand that knowledge. You need to be very familiar with the layout of the PADI Instructor Manual so that you can find answers to questions relating to all courses as well as in the General Standards sections.

Be current - Be right up to date

OK. This is a big one! When you prepare for your PADI IDC, you need to be right up to date.

Both Dive Theory and PADI Standards, change regularly.

PADI are constantly changing Standards, so it’s very important that you use the very latest version of the PADI Instructor Manual. 

Also keep handy recent updates from the Training Bulletins.

Be right up to date with dive theory

PADI change Theory questions too. 

I don’t mean just the wording, although they do frequently alter the wording of questions, but that’s not what I mean. 

I mean the syllabus. Some types of questions disappear altogether, while the emphasis on others alters. 

New types of questions appear that sometimes cause confusion.

So, please try to be as current as possible. 

Confined Water Skills

24 PADI Skills to demonstate

During your Divemaster course, you had to demonstrate 24 skills in confined water

During your PADI Instructor Development Course, you’ll need to be very familiar with all of those skills, and be able to demonstrate them clearly and with ease.

Then you’ll learn how to develop them into full lessons. 

Prepare for your PADI IDC

The more practice that you can get the better. 
My advice is to practice the skills themselves, as a diver would perform them. 
Practice them a lot before you attempt to demonstrate as an Instructor. 

Rescue Diver Skills

In addition to the 24 skills that you worked with on your PADI Divemaster course, it’s a good idea for you to brush up your Rescue Diver Skills as well. 

During your IDC you’ll have to:

Demonstrate the organization, sequence and conduct of Rescue Diver course:

  • Exercise 2 – Panicked Diver
  • Exercise 6 – Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver
  • Exercise 7 – Unresponsive Diver at the Surface

You’ll have to perform Rescue Exercise Skill No. 7 – Unconscious Diver at the Surface at your PADI Instructor Exam.

Briefings and debriefings

During your Divemaster course, you had to give some Briefing and Debriefings. 

However the criteria used to create effective Briefings and Debriefings on a PADI IDC is a little different from what you are used to.

There is a lot of advice on briefings and debriefings, plus a whole lot more! on my
FULL IDC Preparation Course.

Get comfortable with teaching in the classroom

Certainly this is an area that can cause anxiety. 

However, it’s only the same as chatting to someone about diving! 

After a little practice, it becomes normal. 

There is help and advice in my online course. You can sign up here: FULL IDC Preparation Course

Buoyancy, Trim and Lift bags

On a PADI Instructor Development Course, you’ll be ascending, descending and hovering in confined and open water.

You’ll be much more comfortable if you can easily control your buoyancy and trim while wearing different equipment and performing skills using SMBs or Lift bags.

This all comes under the subject of important diving skills that all divers should master.

Be prepared to become a PADI Instructor

The PADI Instructor Development Course is probably the MOST important diving course that you’ll ever take. 

It’s the course that will change your life. 
You’ll learn so many new things about teaching, learning and people in general. 

Inspire others

You will learn how to inspire people, to give them confidence and to encourage them to enjoy the wonderful life that divers are fortunate to experience. 

You need to be prepared both mentally and physically in order to get the very best out of the program. 

Change People's lives

On your PADI IDC, you’ll learn how to change people’s lives for the better. 
To help each individual person to follow their dreams, whoever they are, and whatever their diving goals are.

Old life - New life

But! Your life will change too! 

You’ll meet new people with the same passions as you, and you’ll find new ideas and methods to explore. 

In order to take full advantage of the program, you need to be fully prepared and ready for the new challenge. 

You will certainly be a new person!  
An exciting new life will be ahead of you. 
New dreams, travels and thrills.

 

How can you prepare for your PADI IDC?

Mentally, you need to be ready. 

You need to have the confidence and belief that you’re ready to learn new things with the firm knowledge that you’re up to speed with all of the necessary Prior Knowledge.

The more practice that you can get the better. 
My advice is to practice the skills themselves, as a diver would perform them. 
Practice them a lot before you attempt to demonstrate as an Instructor. 

Can I help you to prepare for your PADI IDC?

I’ve a few things that might help.

I can help with FREE Dive Theory help with videos and test questions.

Low cost realistic 2022 style PADI Mock Exams. 
Very similar to the exams that you’ll find on your PADI Instructor Exam.

Or online courses that teach all theory from scratch, includes lots of practice questions and mock exams. 

Also inlcudes lots of tips on how to teach the subjects, and how to teach in confined water. 

1. PADI Dive Theory - FREE videos

Lots of help here. 

Physics, Physiology etc.

All the main suspects!!

All of these videos are taken from my Online Preparation course. 
But of course you get to see them for FREE. 

Click here for Free videos

2. Mock Exam Papers

Ok, you have to pay for these. 

(But not much!) They’re right up to date, so you’ll have to use your 2022 PADI Instructor Manual to find the newest PADI standards. 
US$12 for each individual set or US$49 for all 5 sets. 

Practice, Practice and then Practice some more! 
This is great preparation for your PADI IDC.

PADI Instructor Exam questions

Each individual exam (A, B, C, D or E) is a replica of what you’ll find on your final PADI Instructor Exam. 
Each has

  • 5  Theory Exams each with 12 questions
  • 1 Standards Exam with 50 questions

And of course all of the answers.

Buy each exam separately for US$12 each (or the equivalent in your currency)

Click HERE for ALL FIVE mock exam papers for US$49 (or equivalent in your currency)

Online PADI IDC Preparation Courses

In these courses there are lots of videos where I explain in very simple terms all of the subjects. 
Both courses include all 5 sets of mock exams. 

Dive Theory and Standards Preparation Course

This online course is perfect for you.

  • Explained in simple terms.
  • Jargon Busting sections!
  • Lots of practice exams.
  • Videos (not taught in the “PADI” way!)
  • Quizzes to help you understand.
  • The most “up to date” questions.
  • Standards questions based on 2022 PADI Instructor Exam.
  • All Standards exam questions found in 2022 version of PADI Instructor Manual.

If you have found traditional teaching difficult to understand, then this course is for you.

It’s packed with simple videos and quizzes to help you with any subjects that you find difficult.

I explain things in very simple terms. I try to break through the “jargon” and also give tips on how you can pass this information over to others. 

Dive Theory

Every subject, every topic explained in a fun way.

Over 700 questions including the Mock exams questions.

SIGN UP HERE:  click on picture
US$ 79 (or equivalent)

PADI IDC theory

FULL PADI IDC Preparation Course

This course includes EVERYTHING from the Theory course PLUS how to teach in the pool. 

SIGN UP HERE: click on picture
US$ 99 (or equivalent)

FULL IDC Preparation Course

4. Distance Learning

This is where you and I work together via email. 

I will be your Personal Coach. 

The cost is US $ 120

Click on the picture to enrol. 

We use the Mock Exams mentioned above.

I’ll send them out to you one at a time. 
Send me your answers to the first exam, and I’ll mark it. 

I’ll then give you feedback, tips, hints and advice where needed and then I’ll send you the next exam. 

We’ll work through together focusing on your weaker areas and acknowledging your stronger areas.

“Hoorah! For the first time in my life physics is easy!! I would recommend this course to anyone, regardless of current level of qualification".

Mel

Change People's lives

On your PADI IDC, you’ll learn how to change people’s lives for the better. 
To help each individual person to follow their dreams, whoever they are, and whatever their diving goals are.

Old life - New life

But! Your life will change too! 

You’ll meet new people with the same passions as you, and you’ll find new ideas and methods to explore. 

In order to take full advantage of the program, you need to be fully prepared and ready for the new challenge. 

You will certainly be a new person!  
An exciting new life will be ahead of you. 
New dreams, travels and thrills.

 

How can you prepare for your PADI IDC?

I hope that this has helped. 10 tips on how to prepare. 

Mentally, you need to be ready

You need to have the confidence and belief that you’re ready to learn new things with the firm knowledge that you’re up to speed with all of the necessary Prior Knowledge.

That's it for now!

Thanks for reading! 
I wish you all the best. I know that you have a wonderful and exciting life ahead of you. 
You’ll be giving so much pleasure to your future students. 
But in the same way that your future students will get more from you if they’re fully prepared, you’ll get much more out of your PADI IDC if you’ve put in some study work beforehand. 

Last modified: 30th July 2022
Author: Steve Prior