What is the PADI instructor Examination like?


This is one of the first questions our PADI IDC candidates ask: what is the examination like?
Being in exam situation can be a little bit stressful, but there is nothing to worry about! After going through the Instructor Development Course, you will be ready to take the examination and become a PADI Instructor!

The examination usually lasts two days, and there are four segments you need to complete in order to pass:

Written exams:
There are two written exams you will take. The first one is a closed book exam on dive theory that covers 5 sections: Physics, Physiology, Skills and Environment, Equipment, RDP. You need to pass each of these with 75%
The second written exam is an open book one about PADI Standards and Procedures. You also need a 75% score to be successful.

Confined Water:
The confined water section of the exam allows you to show your skills and teaching methods. You will present and teach a skill (meaning briefing the skill, demonstrating and then having your students do it), then demonstrate 5 skills to the examiner.

Open Water:
The requirements are similar to Confined Water but you will be assigned two skills that you have to integrate. They can be from the same course or different ones. You will also have to perform a demonstration quality rescue exercise on an unresponsive diver at the surface. This is the same skill you have performed during your Rescue and Divemaster course, including providing rescue breaths, towing the diver and removing equipment.

Knowledge Development:
You will be expected to present a short teaching presentation on a topic taken from any PADI course. This is designed to evaluate your understanding of the PADI materials and system of education, as well as give the examiner a sample of your teaching style!

Once all of this is done…you will be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and ready to teach your first students!
If you want to learn more and to become a PADI Instructor in Bali, get in touch with us.

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