Instructor Evaluation Course


The Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC) is a two-day evaluation of the instructor candidate for his knowledge and fitness to teach others.  The course is taught by a different instructor trainer from the one who conducted your IDC.  This helps to maintain the high standard of instructors in SDI.


The IDC consists of 2 days of class, pool and open water.  You are individually evaluated as to your ability to teach others scuba diving.  You must be ready before you go to an IEC.  This is a pass/no pass course.  At this stage you are expected to be proficient. You must perform each skill at an instructor level.   If you do not successfully complete a skill the first time, you have one opportunity to repeat it.  You are only allowed two different skill repetitions during the entire course.  Any unsuccessful demonstrations of skills will cause you to be dropped from the course.  In some cases, failing an IEC could require you to re-enroll in an IDC.  The purpose of this phase is to re-affirm your ability to teach others a potentially risky sport.

The exact topics or skills you have to demonstrate are assigned at random.


1) Successfully complete an IDC

Detailed equipment requirements can be found on the TDI/SDI web site or at Airheads Scuba.

Qualification of Graduates

Successful completion of this course will allow the candidate to teach the Open Water Diver course through Assistant Instructor.


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