The Instructor Development Course
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the next step once you have completed your Divemaster Internship. During the IDC, you will build on the leadership, general dive skills and theory that you learnt during your Divemaster training and develop your teaching skills in line with PADI’s educational system. You will learn how to teach both in the classroom and in the water (confined and open water) and explore different techniques to help your students overcome any potential problems they may have. You will conduct numerous practical sessions in these three areas on which you will be evaluated using classmates as your students. The program also focuses on the requirements and standards for teaching the courses that you, as a new instructor, are authorized to teach; Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster and three environmentally focused specialties. Through PADI’s standardized teaching methods, you will be able to transfer your skills into any PADI training facility worldwide with minimal adaptations.
Our purpose-built, instructor-level training program heavily focuses on conservation best practices and makes you uniquely qualified to teach in environments that would benefit from diving programs being run in an environmentally conscious way, regardless of whether they are Marine Protected Areas or not. This means that, despite the fact that the training is environmentally focused, you will receive world-class professional-level training that is transferable to any dive-industry application, with extensive conservation understanding and training.
Instructor Examination (IE)
Upon successful completion of the IDC, an examiner from PADI will come and conduct their final impartial evaluation, through the IE. This is for PADI to independently verify that you have the skill level and professionalism that PADI expects from its instructors. We are privileged that PADI generally comes to us to conduct on-site IE’s which is logistically beneficial but is also advantageous to you as you will be familiar with the facilities and dive sites.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
Once PADI verifies your skills and you have successfully completed the IE, we conduct the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) preparation program. This is where our program stands out.
At the IDC stage, as much as we are able to and do go the extra mile to deliver a world-class program, the course is to a large degree, standardised. It is during the MSDT preparation program where we deliver a lot of additional training. You will go through 5 Specialty Instructor Courses (3 of which are standardized, and 2 which are distinctive to our conservation-focused qualification).
Your 2 specialist qualifications will be Coral Reef Research Diver Instructor, a qualification uniquely designed by GVI and XTC and Marine Conservation Specialist Instructor, which focuses on the best practices of delivering courses and guiding dives in protected areas whilst minimizing a divers impact and increasing their awareness of marine issues.The remaining 3 specialties that we recommend are Enriched Air, , Digital Underwater Photography and Gas Blender, however at XTC Dive Center, the instructors have a wealth of experience teaching the full range of PADI specialties, so you do have flexibility in choosing your preferred specialty areas.
The MSDT rating is the second level of PADI’s Instructor ratings and it denotes instructors who have undergone additional training and have a certain level of experience teaching. . Many dive centers choose to employ MSDT’s over Instructors because of their additional skills and knowledge, that make them stand out from the crowd by being able to teach popular PADI programs that customers ask for. To actually be certified as an MSDT, will not only need to have 5 specialty instructor ratings you will get through XTC’s preparation program, but also have certified 25 students. Please do note that this program does not actually certify you at that level, as you will need to get additional teaching experience, but it gives you the 5 speciality instructor ratings necessary. Selected interns will be given the opportunity to return to our marine conservation expedition base as PADI Open Water Instructors, giving you the opportunity to gain the 25 certifications required for the MSDT certification.
Going The Extra Mile
PADI requires that you get certain pass marks in each area, however, not only do we provide you with more practice sessions than PADI require, we also train at a higher level than required by PADI, ensuring that you get as much exposure as possible to the potential problems that you may come up against with real students, when working in the industry.
The program also furthers your education on the legal requirements for you as an instructor, your obligations and responsibilities to your students, tips on marketing courses and also looks at the business of scuba diving. PADI’s minimum training time for an IDC is 7 days, however, as is the case with our Divemaster training, we go well above and beyond PADI’s basic requirements, to guarantee that your training is the best it can possibly be, and you are sufficiently prepared for any eventuality.
You are not trained to be just any instructor – we want you to be the best instructor you can be, with the skills necessary to feel comfortable teaching whilst being an environmental ambassador.
Job Placement Assistance
Taking part in our IDC/MSDT Internship includes unrivalled career development guidance. Our extensive experience in the industry, as well as an extensive network of contacts around the world will all be shared with you, through our formalised career. Resume/CV workshop and job placement assistance.
Selected interns will be offered the opportunity to return to our marine conservation expedition base, as part of our staff team. This will help you gained further experience and our knowledgeable in-house instructors will provide invaluable advise and tips during your initial stages as an official PADI instructors. Not only that but you will able to reach the needed minimum number of student certifications so you can fulfill your MSDT qualification. Over 50% of our team are ex volunteers and interns, so there is always a chance of going straight from your instructor training into a job with us!
Most importantly, with your unique marine conservation knowledge and experience, you stand out. We are the only organisation that can provide you with such training; therefore you are part of a very select few candidates, making you invaluable to the SCUBA industry. We will do all we can help you get your career off to a good start.
We’ve been there, done it, and have succeeded. You can too.
Akumal's short, mid, and long-term objectives:
All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.
Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.
Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfill our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.
Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Akumal:
- Provide data to our partners on the overall health of the reef, to be used for coastal management, and to have a better understanding of the Mesoamerican barrier reef system.
- Raise environmental awareness within the area and local community.
- Minimise the environmental impact that visitors and other people have within the bay area.
- Increase in-country capacity within our partners and community members in the area.