2. Becoming A Scuba Instructor
2.1. Scuba Instructor Training
The IDC is divided into two parts, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. Also, we must add the Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI) course. So, you can become a Dive Instructor in 16 days.
In the practical classes, you will learn to explain the theory of diving to students in knowledge presentations.
During the presentations in confined water and open water, you will do skill circuits where you will have to demonstrate your abilities to recognize the learning difficulties of your students and correct them.
The next step will be to take the Instructor Exam (IE).
2.2. Scuba Instructor Examination
When the time to take the IE comes, if you choose to become an SDI Scuba Instructor, our course certifier will examine you.
With PADI there is a meeting of candidates from the different PADI centers in an area and a PADI examiner. The exam is two days long and has 5 sections with theoretical tests and practical demonstrations. You must pass all of them to become a Scuba Instructor. Let’s see them!
Section 1: Theoretical exams.
Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Environmental conditions, and Tables. Each exam has 12 questions. You will only get the passing score if you can correctly answer 80% of them.
Standards. This is an exam with 50 questions and you will have an hour and a half to answer them. During this exam, you will be able to consult your book to obtain the minimum qualification to pass, 80% of correct answers.
Section 2: Theoretical presentation.
The PADI examiner will have an evaluation sheet with the skills an instructor must demonstrate in his or her presentations (Topic Knowledge, oral fluency, structure, clarity of the explanation, etc.) The maximum score you can get in this section is 5. You need a score of 3.5 points to pass the exam. Watch out! Although in the IE you will only do 1 theoretical presentation, during your IDC you will have to pass a minimum of 3 theoretical presentations, although the “Course Directors” usually insist on 4 or 5, so you can practice.
Section 3: Presentation in confined waters.
In this exam you will demonstrate your skills during 5 diving exercises. These will be assigned to you by the PADI examiner. In addition, you must submit a confined water class. The minimum grade to pass the exam is 3.4 points out of 5.
Section 4: Presentation in open water.
You will pass if your examiner gives you 3.4 points out of 5 for your class presentation and the exercises assigned to you.
Section 5: Rescue.
Finally, if you successfully perform the rescue of an unconscious diver on the surface, your IE will be finished and you will be a Scuba Instructor.
However, if you fail to overcome any of the sections, which is extremely unlikely, rest easy! SDI & PADI allows you to retake the suspended exam sections within a maximum period of one year. In addition, you will only pay the fees for the failed parts and not the full exam.