After the IDC every Course Director is telling you to go up the PADI ladder and become MSDT. You are still thinking about passing the IE and like the sales pitch, you listen but you don’t register, and are nervous enough to become an OWSI. Then the IE is there, you realize your Course Director was right by saying IE stands for “It’s Easy”! 9 out of 10 candidates exit the room with a feeling of euphoria and relief. The IDC was way more intense than this! The last speech of the PADI examiner goes on about how you should be a role model while teaching and wait…….there it is again: Do not stop here! Go on and get that MSDT rating! Now you are over confident and start dreaming away, maybe I will take the next step.
What to do next? Start with getting 5 specialties ( AWARE specialties like Shark count as well) then start teaching. You need 25 certs to reach this level. Now working at a CDC facility I notice that once people start climbing a higher step, it is contagious. The next IDC comes around the corner, hmmm, I have my MSDT and am ready for the next step. IDCS.
Now do not take this too lightly, even though it is a pretty easy course, you do have to remember the IDC candidates will look up to you, but basically you are once again a divemaster to an instructor but this time the personal assistant of the Course director. You need to show enthusiasm, knowledge and experience. So make sure you pass your exams with 80% and make sure you are familiar with the IDC materials so when one of the candidates comes to you for a question you WILL be able to help them out. Make them eager to be in your place one day. Put your self back in their shoes, remember your IDC? Try to be a support post for them, encourage and motivate them, make them feel at ease. IDC’s are long days, but sometimes candidates would love some extra tips after class; make sure you are available to them. Don’t be the first to leave the classroom.
Out of experience I noticed that finding a training aid or even harder a non diving training aid is sometimes a struggle, give them suggestions. ( make sure you are prepared to come up with some ideas)
Ask them if you can be of any help and of course make sure you add in some fun, because after all we are all interested in Diving to have a good time and enjoyable life style. BE a role Model!