IDEA instructor course
The Idea Instructor course is planned in 3 modules. The first one consists in standards and procedures, theory and practice lesson planning of introductory courses, basic course and 1 star course. In the end the Instructor Trainer makes a preliminary check of students about practise, namely water exercises, rescue activity, first aid and CPR manouvres and theory, namely IDEA course test and theory lesson test. After positive evaluation the student is admitted to the final exam. If this is passed then the candidate is qualified OWD Instructor and can release certificates of the courses seen in this module and apply to be qualified for basic level specialities. The second module consists in the study of Advanced OWD, 2 Stars and Deep Diver courses and requires at lasts 10 hours of training. The qualification is Advanced Instructor, that allows to teach the courses Advanced OWD, 2 Stars, Deep Diver and apply for all IDEA specialities. In the third module the Instructor Trainer will explain how to teach the courses Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Assistant Instructor; the qualification obtained is Scuba Instructor, that allows to teach all IDEA student courses.
Admission prerequsites: OWD certificate at least since 1 year, Rescue Diver certificate or similar, Deep Diver certificate or similar, First Aid, CPR and Oxygen Provider for scuba emergencies not more than two years, Divemaster certificate at least since 6 months of RSTC agency, or Assistant Instructor also less than 6 months, at least 100 dives logged with 80 hours of scuba experience. A Divemaster or Assistant Instructor from a no RSTC agency or training organizations recognised by IDEA must pass an admission tests, then he will get the IDEA Assistant Instructor certificate and will be admitted in the instructor course.
IDEA instructor crossover
Instructors in active status with training agencies recognised by IDEA can participate in a 3 days course (crossover), during this course the Instructor Trainer will train candidates to teach all the IDEA student courses. The qualification obtained after the crossover is Scuba Instructor.
Crossover structure: IDEA teaching material, IDEA courses standard, EN/ISO standard, RSTC standard, IDEA courses overview (theory and practical lessons, student quizzes, administrative procedures.
The crossover is not based on theory knowledge acquiring, but on teaching methods. Candidates are already instructors, so what they need is to acquire the IDEA teaching method, not to study again theory of scuba diving.
Competences and skills are assessed by the Instructor Trainer through the "continuous evaluation" during the course. In case of failing some assessment of some courses, candidates will be qualified instructors of positive courses only, for instance OWD Instructor or Advanced Instructor. Later on candidates can repeat the failed exams and in case of positive outcome they are qualified as IDEA Scuba Instructor.