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Professional Courses

What We Offer…

At Aquarius Dive Shop, we offer training for every step of the PADI development process from Open Water Diver through IDC Staff Instructor.   And if you want to go even further than that, we can help advise you on the steps you’ll need to follow to go as far as you want to go!

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Steps...

Step One:  DIVEMASTER.  This is the entry point to become a PADI Professional.  Divemaster training normally takes a minimum of 3 months, though it is possible to do it in less.  The training is very much one-on-one, with your instructor guiding and coaching as you complete the various requirements.  At any given point in time, we normally have several people who are at various stages of completion of this training.  You can start at any time, and we will be glad to work with you in whatever way is needed to develop your professional capabilities.  Please see our DIVEMASTER page for more information on this exciting program.

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PADI Divemaster

Are you ready to enter the elite circle of diving professionals? The PADI Divemaster Course expands a diver’s level of knowledge, skill and ability to the leadership level. Deeper study into the different aspects of SCUBA diving, as well as intensive training in the pool and ocean, will challenge the diver both mentally and physically. Upon completion of this course, the Divemaster will be certified to lead and supervise other divers on guided dives and to assist instructors during dive training. If you are serious about diving and want to rise to a level of competency which only 10% of the diving population achieves, then the PADI Divemaster Course is your path toward a career as a dive professional.

Prerequisites to begin this course are certification as Advanced Open Water Diver, certification as Rescue Diver, current certification in CPR and First Aid, plus completion of 20 logged dives. Most importantly, though, you must have demonstrated both interest and ability in helping other divers and working with students. You must be self-reliant, comfortable in the water, and demonstrate a commitment to safe diving practices. We can teach you diving skills, but your personal outlook on diving practices, your attitudes, and your interpersonal skills are qualities you bring with you to the beginning of the course.

From the above, it should be obvious that we are quite selective in who we will accept for Divemaster training. But if you’re the right kind of person for divemaster training, that statement will not intimidate you.  Come talk with us about your interests if you would like to become a PADI Divemaster.  We are always looking for people who want to pass along their love of diving to the next generation of divers.

The PADI Divemaster course is different from other courses in that a divemaster candidate typically progresses through the course at his or her own pace and interacts one-on-one with the instructor.   Among other things, you will have to complete 8 exams, 4 endurance tests, skill circuit training, an underwater mapping project, and you will have to assist the instructor with various classes.  Thus, an extensive internship is required in order to complete your training.  During your internship, you will function in several different settings (e.g. classes, guided tours) exactly as a certified PADI Divemaster would function.  However, your instructor will be with you and formally in control of all in-water activities involving students.  The instructor’s role as regards your training will be to observe your performance in front of students/clients and then give you feedback and suggestions afterwards.

You should expect to spend at least 3 months working towards your PADI Divemaster certification.  It is very rare, though possible, that a candidate is able to complete the full course in less time than that.

Costs:  Course tuition for the PADI Divemaster course is $500, payable at course start.  To begin, you must demonstrate that you meet the prerequisites mentioned above and be selected for divemaster training by your instructor.  You must submit a RSTC Medical form signed (during the past year) by a physician indicating that you are cleared for diving.  Note that this is different from the non-professional courses, where you are required to obtain a physician’s signature only if you answer “yes” to one of the conditions listed.

Required Materials:  Divemaster candidates must have a current version of these required materials:

  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • RDP, plus the eRDP-ML
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Divemaster slates
  • Instructor Guides for programs PADI Divemasters may conduct:  Discover Scuba Diving; Discover Snorkeling/Skin Diver Course; and Scuba Review/Discover Local Diving

Call Aquarius Dive Shop at 831-375-1933 to begin your PADI Divemaster training.

Step Two:  ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR.  Becoming an Assistant Instructor allows you to perform many more functions during student training than is possible as a divemaster.  However, the annual PADI membership fee and the liability insurance rates are no higher for an Assistant Instructor than they are for a Divemaster.  Thus for people who want to help in training but don’t want the responsibility of being the instructor, this is the optimal professional level.  See our page on ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR for more information on becoming an Assistant Instructor.

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PADI Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course builds upon the training you received to become a Divemaster to develop your teaching abilities and qualify you to assume a significantly expanded role during diver training.  As an Assistant Instructor, you will be qualified to perform all the duties you have as an instructional assistant by virtue of having Divemaster level certification, but you can also perform the following additional functions:

  • Teach the knowledge development portion of the Open Water course
  • Introduce dive skills for Open Water students during confined water training
  • Evaluate surface skills in the Open Water course during open water training
  • Teach the Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project Aware, and Project Aware Coral Reef Conservation specialties.

If you enjoy working with students, derive a sense of satisfaction from helping others develop their diving skills, and would relish the opportunity to share your sense of excitement about diving with newcomers to the underwater world, then becoming an Assistant Instructor could be just the thing for you!

The Assistant Instructor course can be completed in as little as 3 days of intense instruction, though advance study and preparation is required before course start.  And note that after certification, the annual PADI membership fee and liability insurance rates are exactly the same as for a Divemaster.

Prerequisites:  To enroll in an Assistant Instructor course, you must already be certified as a PADI Divemaster or equivalent.  You must have current CPR and First Aid training, and you must have at least 60 logged dives before beginning training.  You must also submit a completed RSTC Medical form which has been signed (within the previous 12 months) by a physician indicating you are cleared for diving.  To obtain a medical release form, download the RSTC Medical Release Form here.

Tuition:  Total instructional cost is $500, payable before the start of the course.

Performance Requirements.  To be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor, and individual must meet the following performance requirements:

1.  Attend the seven IDC Curriculum Components including:

  • Course Orientation
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI system
  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Conducting Open Water Training Presentations.

2.  Present at least two evaluated knowledge development teaching presentations and score a 3.5 or higher on at least one presentation.

3.  Present at least two evaluated confined water teaching presentations and score a 3.4 or higher on at least one presentation.

4.  Present at least one integrated (two skills) evaluated open water teaching presentation and score a 3.5 or higher on each skill.

5.  Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.  Candidates must earn 68 total points, with no individual score below 3.

6.  Score 75 percent or higher on the Assistant Instructor Standards Examination.

7.  Successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment in open water.

Required Materials:  Each student must have a personal copy of all of the materials required for the Divemaster course and additionally must have a personal copy of the Instructor Candidate Workbook (available from Aquarius Dive Shop).

Schedule:  The Assistant Instructor course will be conducted as the first part of each IDC.  For the full schedule of IDC’s conducted at Aquarius Dive Shop, please see our Instructor Development Course page.  Additional course dates can be scheduled as necessary.  Please contact us for further information.

So what are you waiting for?  If you’re already a PADI Divemaster, now is the time to take the next step to PADI Assistant Instructor!

Step Three: EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR.  Starting in 2009, PADI standards will require that all persons applying to take the Instructor Examination must be certified as EFR Instructor (or equivalent).  While EFR Instructor is not a prerequisite for any other course, it will be required to move on to OWSI.  Teaching EFR can be both fun and rewarding, and this course is of interest to non-divers as well as divers.  The EFR courses follow the emergency considerations and protocols from the Basic Life Support (BLS) Working Group of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR).  As such, these courses have widespread recognition and broad appeal.  See our page on EFR INSTRUCTOR to learn how you can qualify to teach these important programs.

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Emergency First Response Instructor

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course provides qualified individuals with the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid) and Care for Children courses.  This course builds on the instructor candidates’ skills as primary and secondary care providers and focuses on developing their instructional abilities. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practice teaching assignments, instructor candidates learn to conduct the Emergency First Response programs.

Prerequisites:  To enroll in an Emergency First Response Instructor Course, an individual must:

  • Have completed a sanctioned course in adult and child/infant CPR within the past 24 months;
  • Have completed a sanctioned course in basic first aid within the past 24 months;
  • Be 18 years of age.

Note that there is no requirement for any specific level dive certification in order to become an EFR Instructor.  The EFR courses have been designed to be taught to divers and non-divers alike.  However, we strongly recommend that where the instructor candidate intends to market EFR courses to divers, then that instructor candidate should be at least a PADI Divemaster.

Beginning in 2009, all instructor candidates who wish to take the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) in order to become certified as Open Water Scuba Instructor must be certified as EFR Instructor before they will be allowed to take the IE.  Thus the EFR Instructor course becomes a natural adjunct to the Instructor Development Course, and so future EFR Instructor courses at Aquarius Dive Shop will be scheduled with this in mind.

Required Materials:  Instructor candidates are required to have a personal set of the following materials for the instructor course and to teach Emergency First Response courses:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care Instructor Guide
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Instructor Guide
  • Emergency First Response Course Knowledge Reviews
  • Emergency First Response Participant Manual
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Participant Manual
  • Emergency First Response Video
  • Emergency First Response Care for Children Video
  • Emergency Care at a Glance

In addition, the instructor candidate must have the following materials for skill development practice:

  • Gloves
  • Ventilation barrier
  • Gauze pads and dressings for bandaging.

PADI has all of these materials packaged into one set, the Emergency First Response Instructor Start-Up Pack (#60219), available through Aquarius Dive Shop.

Sequence and Duration:  The Emergency First Response Instructor Course is typically a two-day program, though it is performance-based and not time-based.  Thus a small class will require somewhat less time than a larger class.

Cost:  Tuition for the Emergency First Response Instructor course is $350, payable before course start.  This does not include the cost of materials (listed above) nor the application fee to PADI.

Schedule:  We will schedule an EFR Instructor course at the convenience of the attendees sometime closely preceding each of the Monterey Instructor Examinations.

Step Four: OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR.  By successfully completing the Instructor Development Course, you can qualify to take the PADI Instructor Examination and then be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.  This will qualify you to teach courses from PADI Scuba Diver through Divemaster, and it is your ticket to some really fun jobs.  Dive resorts all over the world are looking for PADI instructors.  This is an opportunity for a career change beyond your imagination!

Instructor Development Course

Do you feel a sense of excitement and accomplishment out of helping other people learn new skills?  Would you like to be able to change people’s lives by introducing them to the exciting world of diving?  Are you interested in passing along your knowledge, skills, and excitement about diving to a new generation of divers?  If so, then you may be ready to take the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and then proceed to take the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) in Order to qualify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The IDC can only be taught at a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and it must be taught by a PADI Course Director.  Persons certified as IDC Staff Instructor or Master Instructor can assist and may teach some of the course modules, but ultimately the Course Director bears responsibility for the quality and completeness of the instruction.  Aquarius Dive Shop is the only PADI facility in Monterey with a full-time resident Course Director, so we are the place you want to go for your Instructor Development Course.

For information on the PADI system of instructor development, please visit PADI’s Instructor Development Courseweb page.

Prerequisites:  To enroll in an IDC, you must:

  • Already be certified as a PADI Divemaster, or equivalent
  • Have current CPR and First Aid training
  • Have proof of at least 60 logged dives before beginning training
  • Submit a completed RSTC Medical form which has been signed (within the previous 12 months) by a physician indicating you are cleared for diving.  To obtain a medical release form, download the RSTC Medical Release Form here.

Before you begin the IDC, you must complete the PADI eLearning – Instructor Development Course first.  This can be done at your leisure and in the comfort of your own home, but you must complete it no more than 12 months before the IDC begins.  To enroll in this course, click on the link below and get started now:

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Required Materials:  The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 19-item pack includes:

  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Aquatic cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty Instructor Manual on CD-ROM
  • Law and the Diving ProfessionalChildren & Scuba DivingThe Business of Diving, and the Best of the Undersea Journal books all on CD-ROM
  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book

This is available from Aquarius Dive Shop.  Please note that the IDC Crewpak does not include the PADI Instructor Manual, since under 2010 training standards all Divemaster candidates are required to have a personal copy of theInstructor Manual.  If you do not already have one, you will need to obtain a copy before taking the IDC.

Tuition:  The total IDC training fee is $1650 and is due before the start of the course.  (Please note that this does not include the Instructor Examination fee or the Instructor Application fee, both of which are payable directly to PADI.)

Schedule:  The Instructor Examinations scheduled for Monterey in 2013 will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12
  • Saturday September 7 & Sunday September 8

We have scheduled Instructor Development Courses to mesh perfectly with these dates:

 

2013 Instructor Development Course Schedule

 

 

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Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21

Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28;

Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5

8am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 17-18

Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 24-25;

Saturday-Sunday, Aug 31, Sept 1

8am-6pm

 

Note:  Based on the needs of the candidates enrolled in the IDC, we can be somewhat flexible on the above dates.  If there is a day or two in the above you cannot make because of a schedule conflict, you should not rule out taking that particular IDC.  We may be able to rearrange the schedule to accommodate your scheduling conflict and still get in the needed six full days of training for the entire class.

IE PASS GUARANTEE:  If you take your full IDC from Aquarius and are not successful with the Instructor Examination, we will continue working with you at no extra charge until you are successful at a subsequent attempt.

 

Instructor Cross Over

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program enables recreational scuba instructors certified through other certifications to become PADI Instructors.  This program acknowledges that participants are already scuba instructors with some degree of experience and teaching ability, so it focuses on allowing them to explore the PADI System of diver education, rather than on developing basic teaching techniques.  The course is designed to encourage participants to first analyze and understand the PADI system and then work on adapting their instructional skills to properly conduct PADI courses.

Individuals who are eligible to enroll in an OWSI program are also eligible to enroll in an Instructor Development Course (IDC).  We would strongly encourage crossover candidates to participate in the full IDC, as we believe this will better prepare them for the Instructor Examination (IE).  But the decision of whether to attend only the OWSI portion of the IDC instead of beginning with the Assistant Instructor (AI) portion ultimately rests with the individual.  If you are considering an instructor crossover to PADI, please come discuss your needs and interests with us early so that we can make the best choice for you.

For people who are already certified instructors with another dive training organization, the process of completing a crossover entails first completing the OWSI program and then successfully passing the PADI Instructor Examination.  Certification as an EFR Instructor is a prerequisite to attend the Instructor Examination.

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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) portion of the Instructor Development Course (IDC) follows the Assistant Instructor portion and completes the IDC.  This is the course which an Assistant Instructor would take to qualify to take the Instructor Examination and, upon successful completion, be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.  The OWSI course is also the course that a qualified instructor from a certification other than PADI would take in order to proceed to the IE and become a PADI instructor.

Prerequisites:  To enroll in an OWSI program, an individual must:

  • Be certified as an PADI Assistant Instructor or as a current instructor member in good standing with another recreational dive training organization for at least 6 months.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least six months and completed and logged at least 60 open water dives.  You will need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Examination.
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor.

Conduct:  An OWSI program can be conducted only at a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center and it must be directly supervised by a PADI Course Director.  Only persons who are certified as IDC Staff Instructor, Master Instructor, or Course Director can present or evaluate during an OWSI program.

Course Requirements:  To successfully complete a PADI OWSI program, an individual must meet the following performance requirements:

  • Attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations (1-14).  Instructors from a recreational diver training organization other than PADI must also complete number 15, How to Teach the RDP.
  1. Course Orientation
  2. Dive Industry Overview
  3. General Standards and Procedures
  4. The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  5. Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  6. PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  7. Adaptive Teaching
  8. The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  9. Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  10. Adventures in Diving Program
  11. Specialty Diver Courses and the Master Scuba Diver Program
  12. Rescue Diver Course
  13. Divemaster Course
  14. Diver Retention Programs
  15. How to Teach the RDP
  • Present at least two evaluated knowledge development teaching presentations and score a 3.5 or higher on at least one presentation.
  • Present at least two evaluated confined water teaching presentations and score a 3.4 or higher on at least one presentation.
  • Present at least one integrated (two skills) evaluated open water teaching presentation and score a 3.4 or higher on each skill.
  • Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.  Candidates must earn 68 total points, with no individual score below 3.
  • Perform a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.
  • Score 75 percent or higher on all five sections of the Instructor Preassesment Exam.

Required Materials:  The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual

All of these materials are available from Aquarius Dive Shop.

Schedule:  The OWSI program will be conducted as the second portion of each IDC.  For the full schedule of IDC’s conducted at Aquarius Dive Shop, please see our Instructor Development Course page.

Tuition:  Most people who take the OWSI program will take it as part of the IDC, in which case the tuition for the OWSI is bundled into the IDC tuition.  If you wish to take the OWSI program only in order to complete an Instructor Crossover program, please see our page on Instructor Crossovers.  If you are a PADI Assistant Instructor and wish to take only the OWSI program, the course tuition will be $1200.

 

Step Five:  SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR.  There are two ways by which you can become certified to teach one of the 27 different PADI specialties.  Method 1 entails taking a Specialty Instructor course from a PADI Course Director who is a Specialty Instructor Trainer in that specialty.  Method 2, which is available only to instructors who have issued at least 25 certifications, involves a direct application to PADI.  The obvious advantage of Method 1 is that it will get you certified more quickly and will provide you with the knowledge and tools you need to do an excellent job of teaching the specialty that interests you.  See our page on SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR for more information.

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Specialty Instructor

After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), you’ll want to be able to teach PADI specialty courses in order to help your students advance their skills to the next level and to introduce them to new areas of diving.   This keeps your students active in continuing education, helps you build certification credits for advancement to higher PADI instructor ratings, and, most importantly, can provide you with fun teaching opportunities.

When teaching PADI specialties, you are teaching students who already know how to dive.  That means there’s usually an opportunity for you the instructor to have some fun diving at the same time that you are helping your students gain new skills.

Let us help you earn the specialty instructor ratings which interest you and which would allow you to teach the most classes right away.  From our experience, Enriched Air Diver and Dry Suit Diver are the most often requested specialties in California.  But we receive plenty of requests for Deep Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Underwater Navigator, Underwater Naturalist, etc.  You should seriously consider a Method 1 application (Specialty Instructor course taught by Course Director) for those most popular specialties so that you can start teaching them sooner rather than later.

Cirriculum:  The goal of specialty instructor training is to give you the tools you’ll need to conduct effective specialty training.  You will present one microteaching  knowledge development presentation from the specialty diver course outline.  You will demonstrate mastery of all knowledge development and water skill performance requirements for the specialty diver course.  In open water, you will conduct a practice teaching assignment and demonstrate all open water performance requirements for the specialty diver course.  Finally, we will have a discussion of the costs involved in the pricing of specialty training and discuss successful marketing and promotional techniques to promote specialty diver training as part of the PADI system.

Costs:  In general, we will charge $125 for each specialty instructor course.  The exception would be for a course like Altitude Diver or Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor, where there are also travel costs involved.  See also our page on Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation course, where we will offer 5 specialty instructor ratings for the price of 4.

Schedule:  Specialty Instructor training can be arranged to fit your needs.  If you want to get started teaching a particular specialty, come talk with us now to see how we can get you going in that specialty soon.  Or, if you would prefer to take a package of Specialty Instructor courses, see our page on Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation

Step Six:  MASTER SCUBA DIVE INSTRUCTOR.  After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, it is only natural that you would want to move up the PADI instructor ladder.  The Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart from other dive instructors by showing your commitment to continuing your dive training and being prepared to help others continue their training as well. You also get to teach specialty diver courses – which opens the door to lots of fun while working.  See our page on MSDT Prep. to learn how we can help you get to MSDT faster.

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PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer

That nice lady in the photo to the right, is T.J. Staples, pictured at her desk in Grand Cayman.  If you’ve ever seen the PADI “Go Pro” video, you’ve heard T.J. talk about her career as a dive professional.  No, she is not a paid actor, and there is nothing phony about anything in the video production.  T.J was a classmate of mine during the Course Director Training Course at Newport Beach, CA during July, 2008.  I can assure you she loves her job just as much in real life as she states during the video.  And why shouldn’t she?So the question which has to be in your mind is,

So how do I get a job like T.J. has?

And the short answer is…

It’s not easy, but it can be done.

How???  There are lots of new Open Water Scuba Instructors out there, many of them avidly following postings on the PADI jobs board and firing off resumes in the mail as soon as a good job posting appears.  How do you make yourself stand out from the rest of the crowd?

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The best thing you can do to show that you are serious about your career as a dive professional is to take the next step beyond OWSI and become a MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER.  To do that, you’ll need to gain some experience teaching.  The basic requirements are to have issued 25 PADI certifications and to have been certified to teach 5 different PADI specialties beyond the 3 that come with OWSI.

If you want to use Method 2 (direct application to PADI) to obtain certification as a Specialty Instructor, you’ll have to wait until you’ve completed your first 25 certifications.  But those 25 will be hard to gain if you can’t teach any specialties; in order to get your certification count up, you need to be able to teach specialties.  It sounds kind of like a chicken and egg problem, doesn’t it?

The answer is to use Method 1 and take a course as a SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR from a PADI Course Director.  To make this easy for you, Aquarius Dive Shop will offer a MSDT PREPARATION COURSE at the conclusion of each IDC.  We can offer 5 SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR courses for the price of 4 (normally, $500 total) and get you on your way toward MSDT quickly!  The choice of what specialties you take is yours, but we do need to plan in advance.  Our suggestion, based on the demand we have seen in the Monterey area, is to focus on the following specialties:

  • Enriched Air
  • Dry Suit Diver
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Deep Diver
  • Night Diver
  • Underwater Naturalist

We can work with you on others if you are interested, but experience has shown that these are the most commonly requested specialties.

Cost:  In order to help you along the way to MSDT, we offer a MSDT Preparation Course twice a year, after each Monterey IE.  This course consists of 5 Specialty Instructor courses for the price of 4–a $625 value for $500.  Which courses do you want?  The choice is yours; just let us know in advance so we can plan ahead.

Schedule:   We can work around your schedule so call us to discuss what is convenient for you.

Come talk with us and tell us what you would like to do.  Together, we can get you on your way toward completing the requirements for MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER.  And that’s going to give you a big leg up toward getting a dream job like T.J. Staples has!

Step Seven:  IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR.  As a seasoned PADI Instructor, you have wisdom and experience to share with up-and-coming PADI leaders. And, you know that continuing your education never ends.  As an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor, you help bring up the next generation of PADI Instructors while gaining in-depth instructor-trainer knowledge.  If you are a MSDT and are interested in participating in instructor development, see our page on IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR to learn you you can advance to the next level.

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IDC Staff Instructor

As a seasoned PADI Instructor, you have wisdom and experience to share with up-and-coming PADI leaders.  As an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor, you help bring up the next generation of PADI Instructors while gaining in-depth instructor-trainer knowledge.

To become an IDC Staff Instructor, you must first be a PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer.  Then you gain added knowledge and experience by taking the IDC Staff Instructor Course.  We will offer IDC Staff Instructor training coincident with each IDC we conduct, so the training schedule is the same as for the Instructor Development Course.

What’s Involved?  The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course is designed to provide PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers with the additional training necessary to staff PADI Instructor Development programs. This course builds upon the IDC Staff Instructor candidate’s experience and abilities as a dive educator while concentrating on developing evaluation and counseling skills. Through independent study, classroom sessions, guided evaluation training and an internship, IDC Staff Instructor candidates learn to teach the PADI Assistant Instructor course and assist with instructor development programs.

There are 4 steps which must be completed in order to become an IDC Staff Instructor:

Step 1:  Preassesment.  There are several different areas in which the candidate must demonstrate proficiency before continuing training.

  • Dive Theory Exam Overview:  Demonstrate acceptable performance on the Instructor Dive Theory Exam by scoring 80 percent or higher on each of the five sections and having each missed item reviewed to achieve mastery.
  • Standards and Procedures: Demonstrate acceptable performance on the Assistant Instructor Standards Exam by scoring 80 percent or higher and having each missed item reviewed until mastery is achieved.
  • Skill Evaluation Session:  Score 80 points or higher (average 4.0 per skill) by demonstrating the 20 skills listed on the PADI Skill Evaluation with no skill demonstration scoring less than 3.0.Score 80 points or higher (average 4.0 per skill) by demonstrating the 20 skills listed on the PADI Skill Evaluation with no skill demonstration scoring less than 3.0.
  • Knowledge Development Microteaching Presentation:  Score a 4.0 or higher on a knowledge development teaching presentation.
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation:  Score a 4.0 or higher on a confined water teaching presentation.

NOTE:  All of the above except for the Dive Theory Exam Overview MUST be completed before proceeding to Step 4, auditing an IDC.

Step 2: Knowledge Development Sessions. There are four required presentations:

  • The IDC Staff Instructor Course Orientation
  • Instructor Development Standards, Procedures and Curriculum
  • How to Organize and Conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor Course
  • The Psychology of Evaluation and Counseling

Step 3:  Evaluation Training.  Here, you will learn to evaluate student presentations and to counsel effectively in order to help IDC students improve their performance.  The specific IDC Staff course requirements are:

  • Demonstrate consistency in teaching presentation evaluation my matching the control score on at least four out of the six knowledge development evaluation criteria sections for two out of three knowledge development presentations.
  • Demonstrate consistency in teaching presentation evaluation by matching the control score on at least three out of the five confined water evaluation criteria sections for two out of three confined water teaching presentations.
  • Demonstrate consistency in teaching presentation evaluation by matching the control score on at least three out of the five open water evaluation criteria sections for two out of three open water teaching presentations.

Step 4:  Practical Application.  Candidates must audit a complete IDC by observing all 20 required IDC Curriculum Components.

COST:  Tuition for the IDC Staff Instructor course is $500.

SCHEDULE:  See the schedule for the Instructor Development Course.  IDC Staff training will take place immediately before the IDC.