There is a number of reasons to become a scuba instructor: you get paid to dive, you meet amazing people, etc. But that’s not what knowledge is about.
This article is about the myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings that help people to take their passion for scuba diving to successive level. Read on to find out the reality about becoming a scuba instructor and therefore the PADI® Instructor Development Course (IDC).
MYTH 1: you need an Encyclopedic Knowledge of scuba diving
Some know fascinating details about their local wrecks. These skills are nice to possess, but they aren’t necessary to show someone how to scuba dive.
- The PADI Divemaster course will teach you the basics of diving physics, physiology, equipment, and the environment.
- In the PADI IDC, you’ll learn how to work with students, handle various problems, and explain concepts like buoyancy during a way that’s easy to grasp.
MYTH 2: It Takes a long Time to Become a Scuba Instructor
If you’re already a PADI Divemaster (or hold a leadership-level certification with another training agency), you can become a PADI Instructor in about 11 days (on average). Or, you’ll complete your training gradually over a series of weekends.
- First, you’ll need 10-12 hours to finish your online training (IDC eLearning®).
- Next, you’ll spend a minimum of 6 days working along with your PADI Course Director(s) practicing teaching presentations, completing workshops, and perfecting your dive skills.
- The last step, the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) takes place over two consecutive days.
You’ll need a minimum of 100 logged dives to begin the IDC and proof of EFR training within the past 24 months. If you don’t have already got this stuff , your training time could also be longer.
MYTH 3: It Costs a lot of money to Become a Scuba Instructor
We ran the numbers and therefore the average cost to become a scuba instructor is about an equivalent as becoming a watersports instructor or 200-hour yoga instructor. an average PADI Instructor course is really less costly than an average ski or snowboarding instructor course.
If you don’t feel ready – that’s okay. most of the people don’t, that’s why it’s called “The Instructor Development Course.” Your PADI Course Director will show you the in’s and out’s of teaching scuba, similar to your Open Water instructor showed you how to take your first breaths underwater.
In this author’s opinion, the Open Water Diver course® is a lot harder than the IDC. At the start of the Open Water Diver course, you start with zero knowledge.
When you start the IDC, you already know how to dive. The course teaches you the way to transfer your knowledge to others.