Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th June 2015 – Perth PADI Instructor Exam (IE) in Perth WA
Following the past four weeks of study, confined water practice, open water practice and classroom instruction, this weekend the PADI Instructor Exam (IE) is finally upon us.
Saturday was taken up with the written exams, confined water skills, and teaching presentations with Sunday dedicated to the open water. With the West Australian reporting a warning of big waves over the weekend we were thinking we would be in the river, but with the benefit of the shelter of Garden Island, we were able to go to the Rockingham Wreck trail (a local favourite).
Once we got in, the conditions for the open water section were cool at 17 deg C, but at least we didn’t have the rain and hail of last weekend! The visibility wasn’t great but none of us let that get in the way of showing off our stuff. A bit of chop for the rescue exercise just makes it all a bit more realistic!
Ten candidates, all from the IDC at Perth Scuba on the beach afterwards with our instructor, Brandon and the IE (Steve).
A fantastic result as we all passed, so soon we will all be taking PADI Open Water Scuba classes.
Saturday 6th June to Friday 26th June (Part Time) – PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) at Perth Scuba
I guess it was always going to happen one day, but this week I decided to enrol on the course to upgrade my PADI DiveMaster card to one that would make me an instructor.
Having had a look around, most places only do the PADI IDC in summer, but as luck would have it, Perth Scuba were running a part time PADI IDC starting on the 6th June.
The IDC is broken down into sections much the same as a PADI Open Water course. Online course materials and assessments from PADI were followed by classroom review and confined water training.
After lots of practice, exams and assessments of our ability to do the 24 skills from the PADI Open Water course, we got the chance to try them all out in Open Water on the last weekend down at the Rockingham Wreck trail. The conditions were poor on the surface with wind, rain and the odd bit of hail, but once we got down the only real problem was that it was a little cold at 15 deg C. The visibility was actually quite good for this site at about 5m which meant Brandon could see all the things we got wrong!