PADI Instructor

Headed up by Danny Martin, a Platinum Course Director with 12 years experience of running IDCs, Danny treats you as an individual, tailoring your course to suit your needs, abilities, and ambitions. The honour of 'Platinum' status is only awarded to those Course Directors who demonstrate the highest level of pass rate and continuing career success for their candidates. By March of this year PADI had already congratulated Danny on attaining Platinum status once again, noting that this made him one of only fifty or so such Course Directors on the planet, and one of a select group to have achieved this status every year since its inception.

The IDC (Instructor Development Course) is an intensive introduction to one of the most exciting industries in the world and Danny does more than ensure you pass your exams, it also aims to explain how to get the most of the different career paths open to instructors. In Southern Africa, he places more candidates in careers through resorts or dive schools than all the other instructor centres combined.

Partnered with industry leading IDC and CDC PADI Dive operations, Danny offers the first Platinum fully inclusive IDC Package. This is the best value for money package.

At any given time, there are more positions available for PADI Leaders than there are professionals to fill them. Let us explain the options and help you to find your dream job.

You might wonder why you would want to come to Cape Town to do your PADI Instructor course. We believe this is the ideal place to do your course, the reason for this being that we have such a diverse environment that will offer you a chance to experience all sorts of new challenges. You can do shore entries, boat dives, wreck dives and species specific dives that will absolutely blow your mind.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the medical clearance cannot be the applicant. The doctors letter must state "fit to Dive”
  • Have been a certified diver (OPW) for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 60 dives. (As documented in your own logbook.)
  • Note. To attend an Instructor Examination (IE), the instructor candidate must have been a certified diver (open water or equivalent) for at least 6 months and have logged at least 100 logged dives.
  • Submit proof of Instructor CPR and 1st Aid training within the past 24 months. Preferably the PADI EFRI (link) course.
  • Submit documentation of any equivalent certifications for entry level advanced and rescue certifications issued by another recreational diver training organization. If submitting an equivalent rescue diver certification, also include copies of first aid training documentation. 

Divers from other Scuba Training Organizations are required:

  • To have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 60 dives.
  • Be a current Divemaster member in good standing with another recreational diver training organization for at least 6 months.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive. The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the medical clearance cannot be the applicant.
  • Note. To attend the IE, the instructor candidate must have been certified for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 100 dives.
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months. 

Registration Day - Registration overview, course orientation, developing knowledge and development presentations will be conducted on this day. It will take roughly 4 hours from start to end.

Day 1 - Learning, Instruction and the PADI system, Start Diving, Teaching in Confined Water, Knowledge, Development Presentations - Part 1 and Pre-assessment Exams will be conducted on this day. It will take 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Day 2 - Skills Demonstration Workshop, Confined Teaching Presentations - Part 1, Confined Teaching Presentations - Part 2, General Standards and Procedures Part 1, Conducting Open Water Training Dives and a Standards Review will be conducted on this day. It will take roughly 9 hours.

Day 3 - Open Water Teaching Presentations - Part 1, Knowledge Development Presentations - Part 2, Risk management part 1 and Standards Exam will be conducted on this day. It will take roughly 8 hours.

Day 4 - General Standards and Procedures Part 2, Marketing Diving, Keep diving, The PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver, Course, How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (optional), Adventures in Diving Program and a Theory Review Session will be conducted on this day. It will take roughly 11 hours.

Day 5 - Confined Teaching Presentations - Part 3, Confined Teaching Presentations - Part 4, Skill Review/Rescue workshop, Teaching Specialty Diver Courses and Prescriptive Teaching Presentations - Part 1 will be conducted on this day. It will take roughly 10 hours.

Day 6 - Open Water Teaching Presentations - Part 2, Adventure Dive/Specialty Dive Workshop/Rescue Practice, Business of Diving and Rescue Diver Course will be conducted on this day. It will take roughly 10 hours and 30 minutes.

Day 7 - Divemaster Course, Risk Management Part 2, Prescriptive teaching Part 2, Dive Theory Exams and a Final Counselling Session will take place on this day. It will take roughly 10 hours.

Theory

Many presentation will be conducted during the PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor course, these will be on a variety of topics that will mostly refer back to the PADI Standards.

Throughout the IDC (Instructor Development Course) you will be brought up to date with all the standards from the various PADI courses. During the IDC and when you move on to the PADI IE (Instructor Evaluation) you will be tested on your knowledge regarding the standards you must comply with.

You will also be recapped on your theory that you completed during your PADI Divemaster course, many topics such as The Role and Characteristics of a PADI Divemaster, Supervising Diving Activities, Assisting with Student Divers and many more will once again be brought up. You will need to fully understand all of these topics in order to pass the theory segment of the IE.

Skills Development

During the IDC you will increase your abilities to teach dramatically. During the course you will take on the following scenarios:

Teaching Theory - During this part of the IDC you will learn how to best structure your theory presentations, you will be introduced to a methodology applied by all PADI professionals and you will also be introduced to prescriptive teaching.

Confined Water Sessions - You will learn how to conduct confined water sessions professionally. Safety is the main concern during these sessions. You will be taught how to demonstrate skills in a manner that your students can best understand. You will also be taught the importance of control and communication during these sessions.

Open Water Sessions - These sessions will be covered in depth. The reason for this being that diver safety is at its most important in a open water scenario. You as the PADI Instructor need to learn to have full control over all situations in the water while still bringing across a fun and informative experience.

Assesments

The assessment portion of your PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor course is run by a PADI Examiner. The reason for this being the strict quality management policy PADI maintains. By not allowing the PADI Course Director who conducted your course to certify you, PADI has now established a common and unbiased level that all SCUBA Instructors need to achieve.

The PADI Examiner will assess you in the following areas:

  1. Theory
  2. Confined Water
  3. open water

The Instructor Examination should not take more than 2 days and is usually run within a week of the IDC.

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