IDC: tying Knots.

At the time that I  did my  PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) we did not have to learn any knots. This was back in 2000. Times have changed. Over the years, there has been many questions regarding the reasons why. As we already know there are many occasions where instructors are required to use knots when tying off buoy lines, mooring boats and even in life saving rescue situations. But what if you want to teach a rescue course?  You want to be a role model, right?

PADI has now identified this situation and included 3 basic knots within the PADI Instructor Development Course. These basic knots will allow instructors to fulfill their duties more adequately and gives them a basic intro to knot tying.

The PADI Instructor Development Course focuses around three particular knots:  the sheet bend, bowline and  two half hitches.


1. Sheet bend: good for attaching two lines together.

2. Bowline: good knot that doesn’t slip and is easy to undo.

3. Two Half Hitches: easiest and quickest knot.

1. Sheet Bend

Form a loop in the thicker rope  and hold it in one hand. Pass a thinner rope through the loop and behind the thicker tail and standing ends in that order. Finally, tuck the smaller rope under itself to finish the knot.

2. Bowline

The rabbit comes out of the hole, Runs around the tree, and runs back down into the hole. To tighten the knot, grab both loose ends and pull hard.

3. Two half Hitches

Pass the end of a rope around the object and tie an overhand knot, repeat with a second overhand knot in the same direction.


A good tip where you can find all knots to prepare for your IDC or even rescue course:

Have fun and let us know if you need help!




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