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Making Your PADI Instructor Course Fun
The PADI Open Water Instructor Course, also known as the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is seen by many as the point of no return for the scuba diver, the course that changes everything. This is because the IDC exceeds what most would consider to be a dive holiday by subjecting Instructor candidates to a gruelling schedule that lasts for 7 days of continuous training, with multiple diving sessions.
Learning to dive is about having fun, while teaching diving is even more enjoyable so it is important that the IDC process should be fun. Make your presentations fun and become involved in your fellow instructor candidates' presentations in a fun way. Put effort into your training aids, make your presentations interactive with questioning techniques that involve everyone in a fun way, and always smile.
One way to make sure you have fun on your PADI Instructor Course is to be prepared before the course begins. This means completing your IDC eLearning and thoroughly revising your Dive Theory. By being prepared, you can minimize stress and maximize enjoyment during the course.
Taking part in your PADI IDC is one of the best ways to take advantage of your time. You will be able to flood yourself with information and take advantage of opportunities to learn from seasoned instructors, so make sure you take advantage of their knowledge and experience. Ask questions, participate in discussions, and soak up as much information as you can. It is another reason to come prepared as you will have more time to benefit from learning from your course directors and all those involved in the Instructor Development process.
This might sound strange, but it is essential not to be concerned about making mistakes. Use mistakes as a learning procedure; the more mistakes you and your fellow candidates make, the more all candidates can grasp. Do not be worried about experimenting with your presentations, if the experiment is a flop, the world does not end, but this is a way you can learn from your errors, and you will not make that blunder in front of your future students.
Finally, one of the best ways to make sure you have fun on your PADI Instructor Course is simply by enjoying the company of other students on the course. The IDC can be a challenging experience, but it is also a wonderful opportunity to bond with other like-minded individuals who share your passion for diving. So, take some time out from studying and enjoy getting to know your fellow students. Go for a social dive, go to the pub and have a beer together and help each other do your homework.