THE COURSE DIRECTOR: Using YouTube can make your PADI IDC a lot easier

Using YouTube during the PADI IDC Course can make the IDC course significantly easier to complete and it will be priceless during your PADI IE Exam. 


Using YouTube during the PADI IDC Course can make the IDC course significantly easier to complete and it will be priceless during your PADI IE Exam.

A lot of IDC candidates complain that the course is to short. The official PADI Standards state that the PADI IDC course can be completed in seven days. Many PADI Course Directors around the world believe this is not enough time and have extended the IDC course duration to around ten or 12 days. Here on Koh Tao in Thailand, many IDCs run for 14 to 18 days. Even then we still get a lot of people complaining it was not enough time to practice the in-water diving skills.

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How much time a person needs to succeed in the water skills with high scores depends on the person, the quality of his or her previous training, have they switched between dive organisations and previous training locations.

For this reason, some IDC candidates are stressed about their skill demonstration performance and this is where YouTube can significantly lower the stress levels of the IDC candidate.


PADI IDC Skill Circuit and demonstrations

According to PADI Standards, you need to perform all 24 dive skills in the Skill Circuit Evaluation, scoring a minimum of 82 total points, with no individual score below 3. Here at Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao, we conduct two PADI skill circuits and we do not send people to the IE unless the get a 5 (full points) on all skills. An IDC candidate also needs to demonstrate a PADI skill during the IDC Confined Water presentations.

Since I started presenting our IDC YouTube training videos to our candidates, it became an easy thing to get full scores on their Skill Circuit demonstrations. My tip to new PADI IDC candidates is to start by preparing before the IDC course. Go to our YouTube Channel and start watching the different PADI Skill circuit videos or get a cup of coffee and watch the compilation with all YouTube videos in one video. Another tip is to also do a ‘dry’ run after watching, this can easily be done in your own house, in front of the mirror or a friend. This might cause some laughs, but it can be really effective!

PADI is about to revise the IDC course and will add the new PADI Open Water Diver skills in the skill circuit of the IDC. If you already want to prepare yourself for this, then please check out the Sairee Cottage Diving Extended IDC Skill Circuit YouTube videos here:


PADI IDC Confined Presentations

There are so many different ways and styles to get a good score on your IDC confined presentation. Sometimes this is a great thing knowing you can have your own style, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming the first time you have to give an IDC confined water presentation.

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To have the best chance of a great score on your IDC confined water presentation you can use different confined water YouTube videos that I have made. First of all, you can use the Confined Water Briefing YouTube videos to get full points on your IDC confined water dive briefing.

Then after that you can use the different PADI IDC confined water skill presentation videos that include the demo for the skill, how to organise it and how to appropriately correct re-occurring problems. In the following example, you can see me get full scores on the PADI Mask Removal and Replacement skill.


PADI IDC Open Water Presentations

The IDC Open Water presentations can be a bit more tricky than confined water as you have a make up for confined and not for the open water presentations on the IDC and IE. This means it is even more important that we don’t get a failing score on the IDC Open Water presentations and these YouTube IDC videos can help a lot.

IDC skills can be organised in many different ways, but if you follow the way that you see in our IDC Open Water presentation videos, you will get the highest score of a 5 on your IDC or IE. Skills like Underwater Navigation, Lift Bag, Knot tying, PADI Rescue Diver Out of Air and the CESA can be especially tricky to organise in the open water. For all these skills, we have made YouTube training videos.


IDC land workshops can help a lot

We don’t always have to go into the water to practice IDC diving skills. On our YouTube Channel you can find a lot of workshop videos explaining diving skills on land. These videos are also great to use later when you want to teach these skills to your students after completing the IDC course.

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Eco Conservation

Right now we are living a world where thinking about the environment is very important. Our oceans are in trouble and we have to deal with a lot of plastic trash, coral bleaching events and overfishing. On our channel we have made some YouTube videos about our eco conservation efforts at Sairee Cottage Diving, and these will hopefully help you to organise your own eco conservation events.

I hope that these YouTube videos will help you to prepare for your PADI Divemaster and IDC course and that they will help you pass not only the IDC course, but also the PADI IE. Please don’t forget to ‘Like’ these videos and SUBSCRIBE to our channel to stay updated on future IDC training videos. More importantly, if you believe that our videos have helped you, then share them with others and on your social media platforms.

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If you want to become a PADI Diving Instructor but don’t know where to do your IDC course, then please contact me and I will send you all the information. At Sairee Cottage Diving, we teach a monthly PADI IDC Course on Koh Tao, and we offer some of the best IDC training, with tons of extra teachings to ensure your success in the dive industry. Check out our YouTube video here and hopefully I will see speak with you soon.







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