The things to consider before taking your IDC on a paradise island like Nusa Lembongan! One thing we can agree on is that your love for scuba diving brought you here.
Are you are already a divemaster and looking to take the next step on the professional ladder, to become a dive instructor? Or are you already a dive instructor and want to develop your dive career as an IDC STAFF Instructor?
Either way, there are a few important things you want to consider before choosing your PADI IDC centre.
By reading this, we hope you find some clarity to choose your IDC in Nusa Lembongan.
We are proud to offer our famous #IDCWithKim instructor development course with PADI Course Director Kim at Scuba Centre Asia.
Motivations and reasons
So the first question you should ask yourself (and we want to know, too) is why?
Why do you want to do your IDC? What will it mean to you?
We have seen many people walk through our door to take on the IDC, and all for different reasons.
We can list the benefits, but you probably have your own motivation and reasons for the right reasons.
Benefits of completing your IDC
- The PADI Instructor qualification is globally recognized. It’s a passport in itself to be eligible for work opportunities globally.
- Enable you to take the step from divemaster and assisting to instructor and teaching.
- Personal development as a scuba diving instructor.
- Learn different ways of teaching.
- Improving and developing your own diving skills and knowledge.
- Make yourself more desirable to potential employers.
- Increase your earning potential.
- Turn your passion into a career!
Picking a location for your IDC
Picking a location for your IDC is completely subjective, as everyone has different preferences.
Some people prefer convenient locations over going to a new location that may be further away. Some prefer to dive in warm tropical waters; others don’t mind colder waters.
Many locations around the world are famous for the scuba diving sites they offer. The dive sites here at Nusa Penida and Lembongan are famous for diving with manta rays daily and the Mola, the Ocean Sunfish in mola season! The location is not only about the dive sites. The PADI IDC Dive centre or resort plays the most significant role in choosing your dive instructor course location.
Ask yourself what do you want to gain from the PADI IDC Dive centre or resort you choose? Do you want to have a more personal approach, or do you want to be part of the biggest IDC? Ask yourself what you look for in the Course Director? Do you want the Course Director to be a freelance person that shows up for an IDC whenever the IDC centre runs a dive instructor course? Or do you want a Course Director that is part of the organisation? Do you want to have a dedicated, passionate Course Director or someone that leaves a lot of work to an assistant staff instructor or others? Etc. What kind of personality of the IDC dive centre and PADI Course Director are you looking for?
All important questions you have to think of before you choose your IDC location. Remember that no matter where you do a PADI IDC, you learn the same material. What makes the difference is how the PADI Course Director and IDC Dive centre or resort are passionate about the dive instructor course!
Why Nusa Lembongan?
What is the reason? The island of Nusa Lembongan is famous for its scuba diving sites as we said before.
Most of the year, it has warm tropical (27-30°C) and colder (16-27°C) between July and September.
The island is famous for its dive sites Manta Bay and Manta Point, to see manta rays. Also, when the water temperature drops, you have a chance of seeing the famous Mola-Mola Sunfish fish. Two reasons alone why we know Nusa Lembongan is an excellent choice.
It also has a very established scuba diving community. Having this community around is great for networking and socializing with like-minded people.
The IDC takes commitment and hard work! So it’s nice to have plenty of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and warmer waters to help you relax after a hard day’s work.
IDC group size
Group size is an important but sometimes overlooked aspect of taking on your IDC. Everyone has a different preference for group size, and there is no right or wrong. Completely subjective.
Some students are happy to be part of large groups at bigger dive shops. Other students prefer smaller groups at medium to small-sized dive shops.
The material you learn is the same, and the tests you sit are the same. But both offer very different feels.
Larger groups may offer the chance to socialize with larger groups of divers. One on one time with your IDC instructor may be more limited as they have more students to work with.
Smaller groups offer the chance for the IDC instructor to spend more 1 on 1 time with you, as they aren’t spread as thin.
So if you need and want extra time to run through skills or theory knowledge, a smaller dive shop could be right for you!
You also end up feeling a part of the family by the time you leave with smaller dive shops.
The question is, what is more, important to you? Size does matter sometimes.
What’s included in your IDC?
You will want to find out what’s included as part of the IDC program you choose.
Some IDC programs will only offer the course. Other IDC programs will include accommodation. Few will offer accommodation as well as daily meals during course hours.
If you are cost-conscious and want to maximize what you receive for your money, it is worth asking this question.
Our #IDCWithKim at Scuba Center Asia comes inclusive of accommodation and lunches. Plus the EFR Instructor rating, and the AWARE course instructor ratings. At the dive centre, you find everything under one roof! A big, deep pool on-site, designed to accommodate all skills related to the IDC, a BBQ area, different lounge areas, an airconditioned IDC classroom, a bar (sometimes also important especially after all that hard work), and a dedicated boat for the IDC.
Upcoming 2021 #IDCWithKim dates
The IDC dates for 2021 are:
Indonesian Divemasters only: Start date 11th October – PADI Instructor exam (IE) 10/11 November in Bali.
Normal mixed IDC: Start date 12th November – Instructor exam (IE) 1/2 December 2019 in Lembongan.
We have limited spaces on our #IDCWithKim so do get in touch today for more information.
We hope the above has helped to shed some light on considerations before booking your IDC. Professional development is amazing, especially when your motivations lay in the right place. If you want to know more about our #IDCWithKim, get in touch with us here for more information.