When I came to Koh Tao a few weeks back to start the IDC, the Instructor Development Course, I wasn’t sure what to expect. People had told me so very different things about the course: “It’s easy, you have nothing to worry about”, “it’s hard and you have to study a lot”, “it’s very intense with long days from 7 in the morning until 7 at night”, “it’s a piece of cake, anyone can do it”. I didn’t know what to think but chose to listen to the ones that told me it would be hard. That way I would come prepared for the worst and with any luck it wouldn’t be as bad as I had imagined it. Said and done. I arrived trembeling with fear, expecting the course director Pete to take out his wip and start covering me with homework and assignments as soon as he laid eyes me. But of course he didn’t. I was welcomed with a smile and a handshake and found myself off to a good start.
And over the course of these weeks it continued like that. Smiles and good times and some big laughs too. Of course there has been hard work involved: homework and classroom presentations and long sessions in the pool…
But the workload was always reasonable, the days not 12 hours long as I dreaded they would be and most importantly – it was fun! I have learned a lot and I’ve had fun in the process! As the IDC got closer to the end and the Instructor Examination was approaching I got more and more nervous. Was I prepared enough to pass all the segments of the IE: the theory and standards exams, the
classroom presentations and the open water and confined water presentations?
The only way to know for sure was to take the plunge, go the Nike way and just do it. And sure enough, it turned out that Pete had done a good job preparing us for the IE because all went well. I am now a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and it feels great!
Up next is getting out there and actually doing it – teaching people how to dive! Thanks to Pete and DJL I feel confident that I am now ready for the challenge!