The New Revised PADI IDC


The New Revised PADI IDC Course has been long-anticipated by many PADI Course Directors and IDC Staff members. Well, at last, it is here and is being rolled out now, in 2020.

The newly revised course brings a major update and a complete change of PADI CD and IDC Staff materials. The update on Malta and Gozo is the 01st of February 2020.

What is the reason behind such a huge change?

The most important reason is that we are now living in a digital age. Most people have access to the internet around the world, even very remote areas. People are using devices such as smartphones, iPads or tablets to access the internet. The digital age is one reason for a huge change, but the environment is also a crucial factor too. This move allows us to move away from hard copy paper manuals.

Contents of the New Revised IDC:

If you join the upcoming new, revised PADI IDC Course update you will gain access to the PADI IDC Digital Crewpak. Included in the crewpak is the PADI eLearning program. This makes learning easier, all devices supported, and the program is very eco-friendly! The new program allows candidates to start preparing for the IDC immediately when they sign up for your course. PADI Platinum Course Directors will be able to track their students and help them even before they arrive! Let us take a look at some major adjustments below:

  • Candidates complete their IDC knowledge development online or offline using a computer or mobile device.
  • Course Directors can track candidate progress and view scores to ensure candidates stay on schedule.
  • The all-digital crewpak includes a new, interactive Diving Knowledge Workbook.
  • Candidates can access training materials on the go with the new PADI Training app designed for offline use.

IDC candidate, Course Director and IDC Staff Instructor materials are available in multiple languages including; Arabic, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish and Thai. Additional languages will launch in 2020.

Changes to Live-Presentations and In-Water Sections;

Not only has the crewpack changed, but the way we conduct live presentations changes. You can read below the major changes and differences in the new revised PADI IDC Course. Let’s look at the following:

  • Updated Skill Circuit
  • New IDC Lesson Guides
  • eLearning vs Live Presentations
  • More Real Life Workshops
  • Swim tests updated
  • More Rescue Scenario Practice
  • IDC Training Video’s added to the new pack
  • Updated PADI Course Director Manual & Guide to Teaching
  • Updated Classroom, Confined & Open Water Presentations
  • New IDC Digital Crewpak with e-Learning

New updated Skill Circuit during the Revised PADI IDC Course;

The Skill Circuit has finally had a review and is now updated. The last revision of the PADI IDC Course was back in 2010. This meant that the Skill Circuit skills in the IDC program were reflecting the PADI OWDC Skills in 2010.

However, in 2013 PADI decided to revise the Open Water Course and add new skills. This improved the quality and safety of the Open Water Course by far. Although the PADI Open Water Course received an update, the PADI Divemaster and IDC Skill Circuit did not receive the same changes. Therefore, many people are now pleased to see that in the Revised PADI IDC Course, the skill circuit now reflects the current PADI Open Water Course skills.

To get a high score of 5.0 (the highest score) some of the revised skills requires the candidate to demonstrate them in neutral buoyancy. This procedure will help protect the reefs and the environment. You can still choose to kneel on the seabed, but then the score will be a bit lower.

Revised Skill Circuit;

  • Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning
  • and disassembly
  • Pre-dive safety check (BWRAF)
  • Deep-water entry
  • Buoyancy check at the surface
  • Snorkel-regulator/regulator-snorkel exchange
  • Five-point descent, using buoyancy control to stop the descent
  • without contacting the bottom
  • Regulator recovery and clearing*
  • Mask removal, replacement and clearing*
  • Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary)
  • Alternate air source-assisted ascent
  • Free-flowing regulator breathing
  • Neutral buoyancy, rise & fall – using LPI
  • Five-point ascent
  • Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA)
  • Orally inflate BCD to hover for at least 60 seconds
  • Underwater swim without a mask
  • Remove & replace the weight system underwater
  • Remove & replace scuba unit underwater
  • Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
  • Remove and replace the weight system on the surface
  • Surface dive while skin diving & clear snorkel using blast method upon surfacing
  • Disconnect low-pressure inflator
  • Re-secure a loose cylinder band
  • Perform an emergency weight drop

* To earn a score of 5, a diver must demonstrate skill while remaining neutrally buoyant.

Evaluation Scoring Criteria:

1 – participant unable to perform the exercise

2 –  the exercise performed with significant difficulty or error

3 –  performed the exercise correctly, though too quickly to adequately exhibit (or illustrate) details of skill

4 –  to perform the exercise correctly and slowly enough to adequately exhibit (or illustrate) details of skill

5 – exercise performed correctly, slowly and with exaggerated movement (appeared “easy”)

The New Lesson Guides – Revised PADI IDC Course

This is an amazing update, the eLearning Section of the PADI Digital Crewpack. The eLearning IDC Presentations can replace most of the old live IDC Presentations. This allows PADI Course Directors to spend more time on sections that require some revision.

However, many people still prefer to listen to a PADI Course Director. Many Course Directors still prefer to teach some IDC presentations, live to their candidates. For this reason, PADI made sure that you can still teach all IDC Presentations, live in the classroom. A great thing is PADI changed and updated the IDC Lesson Guides to reflect the current day and to give it a modern look.

The new PADI IDC Lesson Guide Topics are:
  • Orientation
  • Dive Theory Workshop
  • Learning Teaching Workshop
  • Confined Water Training Workshop
  • Open Water Training Workshop
  • KD Presentations Workshop
  • PADI System Workshop
  • Risk Management Licensing Workshop
  • Continuing Education Workshop
  • Sales Techniques Workshop
  • Course Close

What is best during the New Revised PADI IDC Course – eLearning vs Live Presentations?

This question is difficult to answer. It depends on many factors and the PADI Course Director. Influencing the decision will be things such as candidate numbers, facilities, dive centre location and time available.

Some presentations will definitely shift to eLearning. This frees up more time to present real-life dive instructor workshops, both on land and in water. Important are the presentations of Risk Management and Standards if in doubt, conduct them live. The eLearning allows candidates to prepare well in advance before the start of the IDC. The PADI Course Director can expand on knowledge during the live IDC presentation.

The new revised IDC gives the PADI Course Director a huge amount of flexibility. Thus, allowing her/him to teach in a way it suits his candidates best.

More Workshops – Revised PADI IDC Course;

Most PADI Course Directors and IDC Candidates felt there was not enough time on “real-life” teaching in the old 2010 PADI IDC. Now, this has changed so there is lot’s of time for in-water and on-land workshops to emphasize real-life teaching.

Workshops -New Revised PADI IDC Course:
  • Learning and Teaching workshop
  • PADI Systems workshop
  • Dive Theory workshop
  • DSD Workshop
  • Open Water Diver Course workshop
  • Advanced Diver Course workshop
  • Continuous Education workshop etc.

The workshops in the New Revised PADI IDC Course are super! They emphasize on IDC candidates working together in a team. Here they learn to teach each other changing roles as they go along.

Confined & Open Water skill presentation – Dry workshops;

Dry-workshops allows the IDC Candidate to practice on land first, before their in-water presentation. This is not only very effective in their learning process, but it leads to much better results on their in-water presentations. Don’t forget the IDC Course should also be fun and the dry-workshops provide some funny scenes!

Swimming in the Revised PADI IDC Course;

In the old 2010 IDC Course, the IDC Candidate had to perform an 800-meter swim with mask, fins and snorkel. In the New Revised IDC Course, the candidate performs a 400 metre/yard continuous swim. This is without the use of swimming aids and using any stroke or combination of strokes. On top of that you now also need to tread water for at least 10 minutes, as in the PADI Open Water Diver Course.

More emphasis on practising Rescue Scenarios during the New Revised PADI IDC Course

In the old 2010 IDC Course, you had to conduct a Rescue Diver Course workshop. Now, in the New Revised IDC Course, PADI added Rescue Diver scenario’s to the requirements.

Here are the performance requirements for the Rescue Scenarios:

By the end of Part 1 of this workshop, at and in an open water site, the candidate should be able to:

Demonstrate the organization, sequence and conduct of Rescue Diver course:

Exercise 2 – Panicked Diver

Exercise 6 – Surfacing the Unresponsive Diver

Exercise 7 – Unresponsive Diver at the Surface

Brief and debrief one or more skills or tasks from Exercises 2, 6 and 7.

Demonstrate techniques that may be used to meet the performance requirements for Exercises 2, 6 and 7.

By the end of Part 2 of this workshop, the candidate should be able to:

  • Perform a demonstration-quality rescue of a simulated panicked diver at the surface, in water too deep in which to stand, in either confined or open water.
  • Perform a demonstration-quality rescue of a simulated non-breathing unresponsive diver at the surface in open water that is too deep in which to stand.
  • Participate as a rescuer, simulated victim, secondary rescuer or equipment handler in an open water scenario that includes:
  •  Bringing a simulated non-breathing, an unresponsive diver from the bottom to the surface (from not deeper than 9 metres/30 feet).
  • Providing aid at the surface while towing a non-breathing diver to an exit.
  • Removing a non-breathing diver from the water.
  • Administering oxygen to a non-breathing diver while using a rescue breathing mask.

Of course, it is very important to spend some time in the IDC to teach a solid Rescue Diver workshop. A solid base on rescue skills can, in the unlikely event of an incident, be life-saving!

In PART 2, we will take a look at the newly revised Knowledge Development Presentations and the revised digital PADI’s Guide to Teaching. The revised IDC Theory online as well as the PADI Digital Crewpak with eLearning has also seen changes which we will review too. Eco-friendly is the motto for the new PADI digital crewpak as well as digital updates.

Our next PADI IDC will begin on 25th February 2020

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