27 Dec

New year, New career: Road to becoming a PADI Instructor

Dreaming of warm waters and vibrant marine environment as you sit in your 9-5 office job? Dreaming about diving holidays and making memories under the sea? Sounds like it’s time to start doing what you really love: scuba diving.

IDC Bali - PADI Instructor

To become a PADI Instructor not only means a new career, but a new direction in life forward with incredible travel adventures, new people, new challenges and new perspectives. If this sounds like the life you’ve been missing, read on!

What is an IDC?

An acronym for PADI’s Instructor Development Course, the certification is made up of two parts: an Assistant Instructor (AI) and an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). Most candidates take both parts together, followed by a PADI Instructor exam (IE) that certifies them to become teaching status PADI Instructors.

Who can take the IDC?

First things first, individuals are expected to be PADI Divemaster certified and meet the following requirements:

  • Having held an Open Water diving certification for atleast 6 months.
  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Have completed PADI’s Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary care (First aid & CPR) training within the past 24 months
  • Have a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Hold a qualified certification as an EFR Instructor (to be completed during your IDC)

Who will teach my IDC?

IDC Bali

All IDC courses are taught by PADI Course Directors – the highest most respected level of professional scuba divers. Course Directors hold years of teaching experience , and it is their job to have you successfully pass the Instructor Exams.

In fact, all PADI Course Directors started out as PADI Instructors, so not only do they teach you what’s on textbook, but they’ve gone through it themselves. You will also notice that your course director may be assisted by an IDC Staff Instructor and Master Instructor who are all their for your support and ensure your success in completion of the course.

Is this the right career path for me?

Becoming a PADI Instructor takes a lot, including having a social personality, a burning passion to discover what lies in the underwater realm, a love for travel, and not to forget, a thirst for adventure! If you’ve checked all these traits, then YES, being a PADI Instructor is the right career choice for you.

This title does not limit you just to teach diving and share your passion, it helps you to make a real difference in the lives of many aspiring scuba divers. You’ll come across nervous beginners and through good training and relentless passion, give them confidence and show them the value of being a responsible diver and an environmental ambassador. You will spend hours with people of all nationalities, ages, life experiences, and you’ll give them the opportunity to experience the wonders of diving.

Life’s too short to not live up to it. Blue Seasons Bali offers you the opportunity to step away from your everyday routine based life to enjoy fun under the sun and prove yourself that you can achieve your dreams. For more information about our internship program, check out our website!

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