Today I started an IDCS course.
Amit, who participated in my 2nd IDC ever as a PADI Course Director in June 2003, started his IDCS course today. He worked all that time for one of our shops on Koh Samui, and started with us as an Open Water diver, from absolute scratch. Hats off Amit!!
He found it’s time for a change and found a job in his native India, on the Andaman Islands. It saves him a lot of trouble having to apply for the Thai visa each year.
The IDCS course requires a bit of preparation and I always start this course a day before the prep IDC course starts. Participants need to pass 5 exams with an 80% passing grade, pass a General Standards Exam with 80%, present a Knowledge Development Presentation with a 4.0 out of 5.0 and the same for a Confined Water presentation and on top of that pass a Skill circuit in Confined Water of 20 skills, all before the actual IDC starts. Today we completed the exams which Amit passed easily and he sat through 4 IDCS presentations presented by me, all before lunch.
The afternoon was spent watching video’s and learning how to evaluate Knowledge Development-, Confined Water- and Open Water presentations.
So we still have a busy couple of days ahead. Most of what still needs to be completed can be combined during the prep course, starting tomorrow.
He will also attend a full IDC and during this he will keep evaluating the candidates all the time, whenever they have a presentation and guided by me, he should reach a consistent scoring level that’s in sync with PADI’s standards and my scoring results.