This week our first Instructor Development Course (IDC) of 2017 came to an end. Five passionate divers from around the world arrived on the island two weeks ago and embarked on a journey, filled with hard work and dedication-and of course, scuba!
The IDC course is available to all experienced Divemasters who not only want to advance their own personal diving, but who want to help others experience the amazing underwater world. Being able to instruct scuba divers means being able to work anywhere in the world sharing your passion with others.
Before jet setting off they had to cover a range of topics both on land and in water. Over the past week we’ve had the students pass through the shop in waves: Quick lunch breaks, presentations, in water assessments, or finally winding down and listening to music in the shop after a long day.
Topics ranged from physics, first aid, understanding PADI standards and procedures, and of course lots of scuba diving. This all accumulated in two days of exams at the end, which everyone passed with flying colors!
After watching the students work hard for two weeks, we witnessed frustration, focus, motivation, and finally perseverance. Seeing their smiling, relieved faces when they finally received their diplomas was the highlight of 2017. The PADI examiner who came for the IE stated that everyone was very prepared, so our students collected their diplomas and are on their way to being PADI instructors!
Who knows? Maybe you’ll be taught by them soon!
Here is what the IDC students said about their experience:
“The fact that the teaching was in two languages simultaneously was amazing. I was able to learn at the same pace in my native language. The Spanish speaking assistant instructor was very well prepared and motivated to assist Eddie.” – Carlos from Costa Rica
“When I arrived I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be an instructor. I knew I was a good diver, but I didn’t know if I had the knowledge to teach. But the course was so well structured that I was able to progress. Now I feel ready to teach others my passion.” –Thom from Sweden
“I have found an amazing family atmosphere, with good staff and It was very easy to feel integrated. In this course it is very important to feel relaxed, focused, and comfortable to ask questions. Bocas Dive Center definitely has an environment that permits that. I felt at ease and able to ask any questions to the Course Director or even the experienced instructors around the Center. It is a family environment.” – Carlos from Costa Rica
Thom, from Sweden, re-iterated this sentiment:
“Bocas Dive Center has really nice group of people and such a cool atmosphere” – Thom
“Meeting and working with the other stude
nts and course directors has been really fun. Every new diver you meet has a different
story and it’s great to spend so much time with these guys.” – Manou, a french IDC student
“I am sad that it is over, because it was really fun to share passion of diving with everyone. We have become a great group of friends, learning from each other. It was very professional and we have become pro because of the standards. We all passed with high scores, around 4.8 (out of 5) which is evidence that we received high standards of training.” – Renate from the Netherlands
We asked the Course Director, Eddie why he loves training new instructors:
“I can influence a lot on the way people receive high quality standard instruction in scuba. I put a lot of effort making these instructors advance to a higher level, with the highest standards so they can take their knowledge around the world and teach in a professional capacity.”
We haven’t gotten rid of all our new instructors yet! Many love Bocas so much that they are sticking around, Eddie continues to work with them on furthering their education with Specialty, Tech-MSDT, and Freediving Ratings. Some students will stick around and train with instructors at Bocas Dive Center, refining their teaching skills.