PADI Instructor Development Course in Gozo Malta Nov 1-8

This year join PADI Course Director and Tec IT Alex Griffin for a fun, modern and progressive instructor development course! Alex is one of the most active and qualified CDs in the UK and is responsible for most of the instructor development in the greater London area. Alex has been diving and teaching regularly in Malta for 15 years and brings a wealth of diving experience to the IDC.

On the course you’ll learn the following amongst many other things:

  • Use PADI teaching techniques in a low stress style to get the best from your students.
  • How to use technical diving skills to teach in a ‘tecreational style’. How to work with your students in neutral buoyancy and how to apply it to real world situations
  • You’ll get the chance to incorporate instructor specialities into the IDC itself and learn how to do the same with your students.
  • Most importantly how to have fun whilst teaching as no one learns to dive to have a bad time!

In addition to a standard IDC Alex offers an equipment and buoyancy precision diving techniques workshop as a free bonus. Also upon completion of the course you’ll also be able to complete a special offer self reliant instructor course that will teach you how to use and handle redundant gas, a great skill for all dive pros to have particularly when guiding deeper diving.

Dates:

IDC: 1-8 Nov

IE: 9/10 Nov

Self Reliant and combined instructor program: Special IDC offer €200: 13/14 Nov

Location:

Gozo Aquasports: http://www.gozoaquasports.com/en/

Pre-requisites, course materials and recommended kit:

Please see here

Course Schedule:

The following is sample schedule for a typical IDC and may be subject to some minor changes.

  • Day 1: Course orientation, equipment workshop, buoyancy workshop
  • Day 2: Knowledge Development workshop and confined water skill circuit
  • Day 3: Confined water teaching presentations
  • Day 4: Open Water teaching presentations and instructor specialities
  • Day 5: Emergency First Response Instructor Course
  • Day 6: Confined Water teaching presentations and Rescue Workshop
  • Day 7: Classroom Presentations
  • Day 8: Open water workshops and instructor specialities

Accommodation:
There are various options starting from around €25 euros per person per night based on 2 people sharing an apartment:
http://gozo.com/lantern/
https://www.booking.com/hotel/mt/crystal-palace-apartment.en-gb.html

Costs:

IDC (AI and OWSI): £850

Full IDC (AI OWSI, EFRI and MSDT specs): £1095

Self Reliant instructor: £200

Instructor Development Course Pre-requisites and Recommended Kit List

Here’s a bit of information about what’s required and what you need to bring to your IDC!

Pre-requisites

  • PADI Divemaster or equivalent
  • 100 Logged Dives
  • Current in date fit to dive medical
  • EFR training within last 2 years (or can incorporate into the Instructor Program)

Required PADI Materials:

  • IDC Crewpack
  • EFR Instructor Manual
  • Student Level materials (special available on digital products)
  • A laptop and or tablet. Please ensure you have downloaded the PADI app and the PADI Library App.
  • Please ensure you can log into the PADI Pros site and that you have downloaded the most up to date version of the Instructor Manual
  • Not required but highly recommended: Complete the PADI Dive Theory e-learning module.

Required Kit (All kit must be serviced and in good working order)

  • Regulator including primary and octopus on 100cm hose with SPG or transmitter and LP feeds for BCD and drysuit if required. Long hose set up with necklaced backup is also fine.
  • BCD or Wing system. If using a wing system there should be some form of break in the harness that allows you to remove and replace it easily.
  • Dive Computer
  • Mask and Snorkel. The snorkel does not have to be worn but must be easily attached to the mask when required.
  • Adequate exposure protection. Whilst shorties are fine, full suits are much more preferable even for confined water work as they assist in hovering in horizontal trim. Also for working in ‘confined open water’ shorties rarely provide enough warmth. A drysuit is the best bet for open water and preferably should have at least one pocket.
  • Boots and fins. I won’t cry if you turn up in split fins but my bottom lip will probably tremble.
  • Red SMB and spool/reel. My recommendation is a finger reel and oral inflation SMB
  • A simple clip for attaching slates to the harness. I recommend a stainless-steel double-ended bolt-snap (this will become clear on the course)! Please try to steer clear of curly lanyards and retractors as they do have a tendency to get tangled.
  • A Pocket Mask
  • A slate and pencil, wetnotes are a definite plus
  • A compass
  • Spares: Mask, fin straps, mouthpieces, bungee and cable ties!

For any help or advice on the above please do contact me so I can point you in the right direction!