Wondering how to prepare in advance for your PADI IDC exams ? Wonder no more and be successful at your PADI Dive Instructor Examinations (IE)...
Arriving at your IDC prepared will make your dive instructor training much more relaxed. If you already understand the dive theory, you will be able to focus on learning the new information during the course. During the IDC you will have teaching presentations to prepare most nights, and will have little time to spend studying the physics, physiology, equipment, decompression theory and skills & environment information. Most people comment that the Dive Theory Exams are the hardest, and most stressful part of the IDC and the IE, so we strongly recommend getting a head start on this by using our study tools to get ahead before you arrive.
The best resource for you use to study for the PADI IDC Dive Theory Exams is PADI's Diving Knowledge Workbook. Used in conjunction with PADI's Encyclopaedia Of Recreational Diving, The Workbook will help you through the various dive theory topics in small segments. The Workbook will point you to a section of The Encyclopaedia to read first, then you tackle some questions on that segment. The Workbook also provides the answers, with thorough explanations, so you can track your progress and understand where you went wrong. You will be expected to be comfortable with this theoretical knowledge before you arrive for your PADI IDC on Koh Lanta - when you sign up for your IDC, you will receive a digital IDC Crew Pak, which contains a digital copy of The Workbook.
If you are looking to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, you will also need to pass the Dive Theory Exams again. For those of you aiming to become a PADI Course Director, you will need to attend a PADI IE and pass the Dive Theory and Standards Exams with a score of 85% or higher.
You can also download our IDC Dive Theory Revision Notes to help:
Once you have read through the IDC Dive Theory Revision Notes, download and try these multiple-choice Mock IE Dive Theory Exams...
During both your PADI IDC and IE, you will also need to pass a PADI Standards Exam. You can get a headstart on preparing for this by trying our downloadable IDC Prep Standards Exam below. This is a nice gentle introduction to PADI Standards Exams, as it follows the sequence of the PADI Instructor Manual, section by section. You will need a copy of the 2020 PADI Instructor Manual to answer this exam.
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As a PADI Divemaster, you should be competant with both versions of dive planners - the RDP and the eRDPml. The eRDPml is part of the PADI Divemaster Crew Pak, but if you don't already have one, please email us and we can help you get the eRDPml Touch, which works on tablets and smart phones. The RDP is part of the Open Water Course Crew Pak - if you have lost yours, there is an online version on the PADI website. If you're a little rusty with the RDP, check out the 'Instructions For Use' booklet too, and then try these downloadable test questions to test your progress:
You will also be expected to be comfortable with the three knots that you learnt during your PADI Divemaster course. There's a good chance you will have to present these knots as a teaching presentation during your PADI IDC or at the PADI IE. Click on the links below to help you practise...
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