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The first steps of your professional dive training start here! Climb aboard your catamaran home in Anse Marcel, and get to know your new friends as you prepare for the first part of your journey ahead. Strap on your fins and fine-tune your skills with some confined water circuit exercises, academics and begin the basics of leadership training. Dive into what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster through knowledge development sessions and start planning for your future in the world of scuba.
St. Bart’s is next as you dive deeper into your skill development – this includes navigation practice, underwater mapping, basic compressor training, diver safety and risk management. It’s not all work though! Take a well-deserved break for some town time in this tropical French hotspot to shop, grab a crepe in paradise and take in the views on a cliffside hike.
The beautiful waters of Saba are where you’ll really learn what being a Divemaster is all about. Practice leading your fellow divers, digging into the logistics of conducting briefings, mapping open water sites, dive site set up and management, and search and recovery. It’s everything you need to know to lead successful dives of your own! Plenty of diving allows you to discover everything this mysterious island has to offer.
As we sail back towards St Martin, it’s time for final exams and our last few dives. No worries, after all the practicing and hands-on preparations – you’re ready! Celebrate everything you’ve learned and accomplished by enjoying some well-deserved time off relaxing by on the beach and prepping for the next steps in your journey.
Settle into Simpson Bay for the next couple of weeks and prepare for the exciting journey of earning your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification. Orient yourself and dive into the work – learning about the PADI method of teaching and working towards an instructor level of knowledge while building on skills developed during your Divemaster. After class, there’s always time to head down to the beach to enjoy some time in the surf after a full day of activities.
Learn how to share your love of the aquatic world with others by practicing different teaching techniques and receiving feedback all along the way from your IDC Course Director. After rounds of teaching different topics, both above and below the surface, earn your Assistant Instructor (AI) certification, the first IDC milestone! Don’t celebrate for too long though because it’s time to venture out into open water for more advanced teacher training and to prepare for the next steps ahead.
It’s time to check the next certification on the IDC path off your list: Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI). Refresh your EFR knowledge with primary and secondary care training scenarios and learn how to teach CPR. Continue with classroom and in-water presentations demonstrating your newfound teaching abilities and perfect those confined water skill circuits. It’s an intense few days, but you’ll be surprised at how fun, engaging and satisfying it is to be so close to your goal.
Everything you’ve been learning, doing and practicing is for this moment– your Instructor Exam (IE). After some last-minute study sessions with your fellow candidates, it’s time to take the test and showcase everything you’ve learned. Post-exam, celebrate with your new fellow PADI scuba instructors and reflect at the sheer magnitude of everything you’ve accomplished in just a few short weeks. Return home from the Caribbean with a clear path to follow your passion diving, ready to nurture future generations of aspiring divers.