PADI IDC preparation

The way to be best prepared for the PADI IDC is simply to be just that.... be prepared.

You are now entering into the world of a professional PADI dive instructor. The term professional means to be ready, prepared, organized, presentable, and knowledgeable in your field.

You are required a have a full set of dive equipment

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if you have signed up for your idc with kai click here to access study materials


Acadmic preparation

Get prepared by looking at the following and being comfortable with these subjects:

  • Physics

  • Physiology

  • Equipment

  • Recreational Dive Planner

  • Skills and Environment

Understanding of the Diving Knowledge Workbook, and Encyclopaedia

Get into the pool

If you have access to a pool then get into it and get wet... practice makes perfect.

The videos I prepared show a demonstration style skill for a number of skills. Note the exaggerated movements and breaking up the skill into small parts. Your student will only pick up part of your demonstration, hence the exaggerated demonstrations. I urge you to practice all your skills to this level, which is what we call demonstration style quality.

There are 24 skills in the PADI skill circuit and these are listed below.

  • Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly

  • Pre dive safety check (BWRAF)

  • Deep water entry

  • Buoyancy check at surface

  • Snorkel to regulator & regulator to snorkel exchange

  • Five point descent (SORTED)

  • Regulator recovery and clearing

  • Mask removal, replacement and clearing

  • Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary)

  • Alternate air source ascent

  • Free flowing regulator breathing

  • Neutral buoyancy, using both methods oral & low pressure inflation

  • Five point ascent

  • Controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA)

  • Hover motionless for 30 seconds

  • Underwater swim without mask

  • Remove & replace weight system underwater

  • Remove & replace scuba unit underwater

  • Remove & replace scuba unit on the surface

  • Remove & replace weight system on the surface

  • Headfirst skin dive

  • Swim at least 15 meters/50 feet underwater on a single breath while skin diving.

  • Snorkel clear using the blast method.

  • Snorkel clear using the displacement method.

PADI skill circuit alternate air source

PADI skill circuit BCD removal & replace

Fully flood and clear the mask

PADI skill circuit Hover

PADI skill circuit Regulator Recovery

PADI skill circuit Giant Stride Entry

PADI skill circuit hover using oral inflation

PADI skill circuit mask remove and replace

PADI skill circuit CESA

PADI skill circuit Fin Pivot

PADI skill circuit 5 point descent

Part of your IDC training is to be able to perform these skills at a demonstrations style level. The scoring is quite simple

  1. You are unable to do the skill

  2. You are able to do the skill with significant errors

  3. You do the skill, but there are no exaggerated movement. It’s done as if you just do it without much thought given to the teaching.

  4. You are using exaggerated movements.

  5. You are using exaggerated movements, breaking the skill up into mini sub skills and it appears easy

Rescue skills and more

PADI rescue exercise 7
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  • Have been certified as a PADI Openwater diver or equivalent

  • Have been certified as a PADI Advanced diver or equivalent

  • Have been certified as a PADI Rescue diver or equivalent

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or equivalent qualifying rating

  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

  • Have a current medical less than 12 months old

  • Have a current First Aid certificate less than 24 months old (can be arranged by Quicksilver Dive)

  • Show proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives

  • Have all required diving equipment (please contact me to discuss specifics and options) 

Practice your rescue

You will need to do an 800meter snorkel swim

Practice makes perfect!!!