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When you take your PADI Instructor Development Course you will find it is made up of two parts; the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. Once these are completed you can then gain your entry into the PADI Instructor Development Course. But which dive center should you undertake your scuba diving IDC?
First you need to seek out how much experience the dive center has under its belt. Are they simply a start up, or have they had several years of experience in holding Instructor Development Course programs. Also find out if this is the right IDC course for you.
"Where to do my IDC?"
Before you go traveling off to a dive center and complete your Instructor Development Course, you should first find out if the dive center is holding an IDC course at the time you may be visiting. Remember, dive centers would almost certainly have specific dates for holding Instructor Development Courses and will not be holding them every day of the year.
Some of the best ID courses are held in the UK and Egypt. The Egyptian courses are favored by many European scuba divers as the waters around the Red Sea are very warm and clear, unlike around Britain where you'll find many strong currents and cloudy, cool seas.
Talk to other divers around the world and try to join scuba forums where fellow divers regularly go online. Here you can pick up a number of tips and hints as to the best place to take your Instructor Development Course.
Those living in Asia may want to check out the many facilities in Bali, where there are lots of warm waters and professional scuba diving centers offering IDC programs. Also make sure all the equipment is available at the dive center when considering where to do your IDC. Does the center have all the right cylinders and body wear, and do they charge the right fees?
If you do go onto forums online, ask other scuba divers about reputation. Unlike restaurants and hotels that have many ratings from previous visitors, many scuba diving centers are without any sort of rating system, so it might be a good idea to ask around those scuba divers who have had experience and first hand knowledge surrounding each center.
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