How to easily choose where to do your PADI Instructor Course ; OWSI or INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE (IDC)
The ultimate checklist to help you chose the best PADI IDC in the world
Photo: Dragon Dive Komodo international team of instructors
You’re finally here, only one step away from finally becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Hurray you!
Enrolling in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a big investment. Not only in terms of money, but also of in terms of your time and energy. Becoming a PADI instructor is an important milestone in your diving education, and choosing the best IDC center is crucial for your future diving career.
There are some great IDC centres in the world, and it is not always easy to narrow down your research to just one that meets all your expectations and requirements.
By doing some smart research and looking into the course details, you can rest assured that you’ll be making the right choice.
Here are some points you need to consider for your PADI instructor course:
- Find the Best Location for You
While every diver wants to do their scuba diving instructor course in some exotic location with the best diving opportunities, you should first ask yourself: “Where do I want to be after the course?”.
Take a moment to consider if you want to work at your local dive shop or abroad.
For example, if you plan to work in Indonesia, why not check out the PADI IDC course in the area you intend to travel to?
If you perform well during the IDC, the dive centre might offer you a job directly after the course!
The UNESCO Komodo National Park in Indonesia is a popular diving destination and dive centres are always looking for instructors to join their team.
Every year, the PADI IDC in Komodo trains international students from all over the world.
Photo: the pristine waters of Komodo National Park make it one of the best PADI IDC in the world
- Get Some Teaching Experience
The PADI instructor qualification is the start of your working life. But along with skills and knowledge, many employers value real-life teaching experience.
Choose a dive centre that offers a teaching experience period, where you get to teach and certify your first students!
Dragon Dive Komodo offers IDC candidates the possibility to train up to Master Scuba Diver Trainer level (MSTD).
- What about Accommodation?
The PADI instructor course is an intensive course that can sometimes be a little confusing. You will have to practice skills, learn dive physics and become familiar with the PADI standards and procedures.
By choosing a dive centre that offers accommodation, you don’t have to worry about finding a place to stay and arranging for your own transportation.
Dragon Dive Komodo offers IDC candidates free accommodation for the duration of their course. This makes it easy for you to concentrate solely on your IDC with the support of your fellow students and teachers.
Photo: Dragon Dive Komodo offers free accommodation, saving you time and money
- Find the Best Deal – But Look Out for Hidden Costs
Depending on your needs, budget and time, dive centers offer different IDC packages. And while some might seem like a good deal, read carefully what is included and what isn’t. The last thing you want is having to spend more money once you’re already enrolled in the course.
Dragon Dive Komodo offers different IDC packages to meet your every need in terms of accommodation, PADI specialities and teaching experience. Prices are clearly marked, with no hidden fees.
- Know who the Course Director is
Find out who the Course Director is, how many years they’ve been teaching and where. This will give you a clear overview of their diving expertise and if they are a good choice to complete your scuba diving instructor course with.
To increase your chances of finding work, you might also want to consider becoming a PADI speciality instructor. Some diving specialities are more popular than others and will serve you well in the future.
For example, PADI Enriched Air Diver, Wreck Diver and Deep Diver are the most common diving specialities.
If you have specific interests, however, like underwater photography and videography, diver propulsion vehicle (DPV) and Sidemount, find out if the Course Director can teach these courses.
Dragon Dive Komodo PADI Course Director is Aitor Diaz Arevalo. He has dived and worked across the globe, from the Caribbean Sea, to the Indian and Pacific Ocean. He vast experience teaching PADI Divemasters, PADI Instructors, PADI Specialty Instructors and PADI TecRec (Technical Diving).
He can offer a variety of speciality courses, from Rebreather to Adaptive Teaching.
Photo: PADI Course Director Aitor Diaz
Photo: PADI IDC Komodo
By completing the PADI IDC course, you are rewarding yourself with the much-respected status of PADI Instructor that will fill you with a sense of profound achievement.
Dragon Dive Komodo 5* IDC Centre, located in the prestigious Komodo National Park in Indonesia, offers first-class professional training that will equip you with all the knowledge and skills to needed to work for any dive centre in the world.
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