What is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor?

For many recreational divers this title is a little confusing – do they teach staff? Are they still Open Water Instructors? What does this title enable them to do? Instructors become instructors for the love of diving and the desire to share this experience with others. As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) you have the ability to teach the core courses (Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Divemaster) and a few specialty courses as well (Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE etc.), and as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), as the name implies, you have the ability to certify Master Scuba Divers – teaching the core plus 5 specialty courses. As interest grows in teaching mo

Climbing the PADI Ladder to CDTC

It has now been a year since I decided to engage in the Course Director application process in earnest and I figured I would share my experience of the application process as many have requested. I am not going to spoil the CDTC by talking about that in detail, but I will touch upon it so you have an idea of what to focus on along the way that is of use. First off, prepping for CDTC application - the guidelines say that it takes about 2 years of prep to get an application ready - thats accurate, but in my case, the first year of that was simply figuring out what ducks needed to be in a row and creating situations where requirements could be met, for instance, planning out Project AWARE activ

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