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MDEA Instructor Candidate Course. By Lori Otto Level 4 Instructor Evaluator. Introduction to Instructor Training. Course schedule and Content Fees (Instructor fees and MDEA fees ) Registration (fill out required forms ) Level One Instructors Qualified to Teach.

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mdea instructor candidate course

MDEA Instructor Candidate Course


Lori Otto

Level 4 Instructor Evaluator

introduction to instructor training
Introduction to Instructor Training
  • Course schedule and Content
  • Fees (Instructor fees and MDEA fees)
  • Registration (fill out required forms)
  • Level One Instructors Qualified to Teach
level 1 instructor course content 3 steps to certification
Level 1 Instructor Course Content3 Steps to Certification
  • QualifyingIE makes sure Candidate meets qualifications to apply and later passes all evaluations to qualify foe certification.
  • DevelopingI.E. helps candidate build instructor skills and prepare for I.E.S.
  • EvaluatingI.E. evaluates candidates readiness to be on their own and a skilled and professional instructor who will have other lives in their hands.
  • Questions

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qualifying steps
Qualifying Steps
  • Pre-requisites VI-11
  • Pass IDC Entrance Exam (90% minimum)
  • Review Level One Requirements
  • Pass Water Skills (swimming, snorkeling, scuba)
  • Provide 3 Letters of Recommendation (non-family, 2 must be dive related)
  • Candidate to do list
  • Instructor Evaluator to do list

Return to Course Content

candidates to do list
Candidates To do List
  • Complete Application
  • Provide Photo copies of all certifications
  • Complete Medical Exam form
  • Provide 2 pictures (to MDEA standard)
  • Requirements: candidate must have proof of insurance, seal, Q cards, leadership manual, MDEA dive tables.
  • Candidate is responsible for MDEA registration fees, and MDEA membership dues

Return to Qualifying Steps

evaluators to do list
Evaluators To Do List
  • Complete IES Evaluation Report for candidate
  • Write letter of recommendation for worthy candidate
  • File candidates tests, evaluations, medical forms, credentials, and applications for 5 years
  • Mail copies of application, credentials, medical forms, pictures, IES evaluation reports, and letters of recommendation to MDEA
  • Mail candidates registration fees, and membership dues

Return to Qualifying Steps

instructor development course i d c
Instructor Development Course (I. D. C.)
  • Traits of a professional instructor
  • IE provide candidate an overview of correct teaching techniques
  • Candidate observe IE or Instructor teaching all four level one academic sessions, confined water sessions, and open water procedures
  • Candidate observe IE or Instructor teaching level two academic sessions
  • IE provides candidate an overview and technique forconducting level 2 open water sessions
  • IE conduct Instructor Orientation Seminar I.O.S.(expound leadership manual page by page)

Return to Course Content

instructor evaluation seminar i e s
Instructor Evaluation Seminar (I.E.S.)
  • After each presentation candidate will receive oral critique. This will help candidate prepare for next presentation.
  • Procedure for Academic Presentations(form)
  • Procedure for CW Presentations(form)
  • Procedures for OW presentations(form)
  • Assign Teaching Subjects
  • Written Exam Study Guides
  • MDEA Standards Exams Study Guide
  • New Instructor Information
assigned teaching subjects
Assigned Teaching Subjects
  • All teaching props and equipment should be prepared and ready to go during presentation.
  • Presentations should be between 10-20 minutes and stay focused on subject assigned.
  • Presentation must cover everything in leadership manual outline for selected subject .

Back to IES Slide

new instructor
New Instructor
  • Legal aspects
  • Business aspects
  • How to organize, promote, and conduct a class
  • How to certify a student
  • How to promote the next level certification course to students
  • MDEA Products
mdea products instructor fees

Leadership manual


Dive Tables

Log Book

Nitrox Stickers

VIP Stickers

Instructor Apparel

MDEA Instructor Fees

MDEA Products & Instructor Fees

Back to Intro Slide

welcome to mdea
Welcome to MDEA
  • Congratulations with hand shake, and presentation of certificate and instructor hat
  • The Level 2 Instructor option allows Instructor to conduct and certify Level Three Diver specialties
level one instructor qualifications
Level One Instructor Qualifications

Level One Instructors are qualified to teach:

  • Skin Diving
  • Level One Diver
  • Level Two Diver
  • Rescue Diver*
  • Diver Master*
  • All Levels of Youth

* With approval of Training Director

  • Return to Introduction
props steel cylinder aluminum cylinder minimum teaching requirements
Props:Steel Cylinder & Aluminum CylinderMinimum Teaching requirements:
  • Cylinders are made of Aluminum or Steel, are low and high pressure, and hold from 13 to 121 cubic feet of air.
  • Tank markings assist in distinguishing what type of Cylinder you have.
  • All Cylinders require a Visual Inspection (VIP) every year and Hydrostatic testing every 5 years.
  • Maintenanceof tanks:
  • Retire all Cylinders over 20 years old.
  • Always leave some air in your Cylinder. Do not let oil or moisture get in tank.
  • Always check your O-Ring on your Valve
  • Always verify what is in the Cylinder before using another divers Cylinder.
  • Do not drop or overfill
  • Do not let tank overheat
  • Return to assigned Teaching Subjects
dalton s law
Dalton’s Law

The total pressure of a gas mixture equals the sum of the partial pressures that make up the mixture.

Partial Pressure

Pressure each gas in a mixture would exert if it were the only gas in the container

Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures

The total pressure exerted by a gas mixture is the sum of the partial pressures of the gases in that mixture.

PT = P1 + P2 + P3 + .....

Return to Assigned Teaching Subjects

prop mdea dive table teach how to plan 2 dives
Prop: MDEA Dive TableTeach:how to plan2 dives
  • Dive Tablesdo not prevent DCS, just minimize the chances.
  • Accurate use of Dive Tables will allow you to plan your dives in a safe manner.
  • The first dive tables were devised by the Englishman John Scott Haldane and colleagues in the period 1906-1908, following their landmark experiments on goat decompression.
  • Return to Assigned Teaching Subjects
sound underwater
Sound Underwater
  • Water is 800 times more dense that air.
  • Sound travels 4 times faster underwater.
  • Tapping, clapping, and more…
  • The human brain can not distinguish direction of sound underwater.
  • Be very careful when you hear a boat!!!
  • Return to Assigned Teaching Subjects
instructor study guides
Instructor Study Guides
  • Emergency Study Guide
  • Environment Study Guide
  • Return to I.E.S.
required forms
Instructor Candidate

Make Application Back to candidate to list

copies of credentials (all C cards)

Before Instruction Release

Medical Form

Written Exams

After Instruction Release

2 Pictures for certification report

3 Letters of Recommendation

Level One Diver

Before Instruction Release

Medical Form

Written Exam

After Instruction Release

Picture for certification Report


Temporary C Card

Required Forms

Back to Intro Slide

Back to new instructor

academic schedule
Academic Schedule
  • Thursday nights at the Bailey Cove Library
water skills schedule
Water Skills Schedule
  • Every other Saturday at the Moulton Quarry

Back to Intro Slide

traits of a dive professional
Displays enthusiasm about the subject

Has a well planned lesson with logical presentation of materials, yet can be flexible

Able to analyze student performance and motivate students to do their best

Develops a sound philosophy for grading total student performance

Tries not do express opinions about other instructors or agencies in front of students

Does not curse or exhibit inappropriate behavior in front of students.

Traits of a Dive Professional

Back to IDC Slide

correct teaching techniques academic classroom
Correct Teaching TechniquesAcademic Classroom
  • Introduction
    • Introduce yourself and Credentials (write your name & instructor # on board)
    • Ice Breaker: have students introduce themselves and why they want to learn to SCUBA dive
    • Tell them what you are going to tell them (Brief Overview or Outline)
  • Teach/Main Body
    • Tell them
  • Review/Summary
    • Tell them what you told them

Back to IDC Slide

correct teaching techniques confined water
Correct Teaching TechniquesConfined Water
  • Teach the skill on the surface in shallow water by demonstrating above the water. Explain exactly what you will do once you go underwater. That you will allow them time to adjust to the new breathing technique and then ask them if they are ready to start the skill by asking them with the “are you OK” sign. Tell them to respond with “OK” if they are ready. Then demonstrate the skill slowly with students in a semi circle around you. Once you have completed the skill ask them if they understood what to do by giving you an “ok” sign when you look at them. Once everyone is ready, point to the first person and have them demonstrate the skill to you. Stay close in case they panic, choke or bolt. Then move on to the next student but always watch the other students out of the corner of your eye to make sure they are ok. Explain all these steps before hand so they will know exactly what you are going to do underwater.
  • Performunderwater demonstration and have student repeat skill
  • Positive reinforcement of students strengths and then show them how they could do it a little easier next time. Have the student go under with you to practice one more time if they were weak on their performance the first time.

Back to IDC Slide

correct teaching techniques open water
Correct Teaching TechniquesOpen Water
  • Brief students before each dive
    • Explain exactly what skill will be demonstrated on the 15 foot platform tell them you will demonstrate the skill and then you will ask them if they understood by using the “are you OK?” hand signal. Tell them to reply with the “OK” hand signal if they understood what they are to demonstrate back. Tell them if they did not understand to give you the “not OK” hand signal, and that you will repeat the demonstration and ask again if they understood what is expected of them.
    • Tell them that after the skills on the training platform you will lead them on a short dive. Tell them to do the fin pivot to get neutral before leaving the training platform and give you the Ok when they are neutral. Tell them where the tour will lead when & where you will return. (Point out the landmarks from shore so they will have a better understanding). Remind them that you will do a safety stop for 3 minutes at 15 feet. Remind them to watch their air and depth gauge often. Tell them to signal you using the “low air” hand signal if they get to 700 PSI. And to NEVER let their tank get below 500PSI . Remind each student to stay with their buddy and review lost buddy procedure.
    • Tell them that once you all surface safely, you will debrief them about the dive. This is where you give positive reinforcement about their strengths before tell them what they need to work on.
  • Perform the skills and dive
  • Debrief students, surface interval, log books, hydrate, change tanks

Back to IDC Slide

conducting level 2 open water sessions
Conducting Level 2 Open Water Sessions
  • Level 2 diver candidate must hold a level one (or open water) card from a recognized agency.
  • Follow procedures how to certify a sport diver
  • All academic sessions must be completed before conducting dives
    • Review physics and physiology (1½-2hours)
    • Review dive tables (1½-2hours)
    • Give an overview of the following 7 dive environments. Give general basic information on each type of dive. More extensive discussion would be addressed when a specialty class is taught on these environments.
    • Night, Deep, Navigation, boat w/current, wreck, simple search & recovery, dive of instructors choice.
  • 5 dives from the above subjects are required for course completion.
  • No more than 2 dives can be conducted in one day. Unless a night dive is conducted, then three dives are permitted.
  • Steps to Include for Every Level 1& 2 Dive
    • Brief, inspect equipment, don gear and enter water
    • Complete dive
    • Exit, disassemble, debrief, log dives
  • Candidate must pass written exam with 80% or above
  • Complete certification procedures
  • Promote Level Three Diver certification

Back to IDC Slide

how to certify a sport diver
How to Certify a Sport Diver

Have the student:

  • Complete certification authorization card (C.A.C.)
  • Read and sign the waiver release and indemnity agreement before instruction. If under 18 their parent must fill out.
  • Fill out and submit medical questionnaire for diving eligibility form. Section marked “to the applicant” must be filled out and signed by student. If student marks they have any medical problems they must have a physician complete the appropriate portion of the form.

Certification Procedures:

  • Student must complete all CR, CW, and OW training sessions.
  • Instructor can now completely fill out the Class Roster.
legal aspects
Legal aspects

Back to New Instructor Slide

  • Please ask all the questions you desire before the I.E.S. Session begins. At that time you should already know the material and know how you should present the material. Once I.E.S. starts, you may ask questions during the oral critique sessions.

Back to 3 Steps Slide

applicant qualifications prerequisites
Applicant Qualifications/Prerequisites
  • Must be of leadership quality
  • At least 18 years old
  • Must be an AI or DM
  • Must attend the I.O.S. to be eligible for the I.E.S.
  • Logged a minimum of 50 OW dives
  • Have basic first aid and CPR training
  • Have assisted in teaching 4 level 1 courses and 1 level two course
  • Submit a current medical exam form
  • Required textbooks and materials:
    • MDEA Leadership manual
    • MDEA dive tables
    • MDEA level one and level two underwater Q-cards
    • OW sport diver textbook & Advanced sport diver textbook (Jeppesen)
required equipment
Alternate Air Source


Buoyant Control Device


Depth Gauge






Single Hose Regulator


Submersible Pressure Gauge


Timing Device

Underwater Slate

Weights and weight belt

Wet Suit

Required Equipment
i e s subjects covered for level one instructors
Diving Physics

Diving Philosophy

The Underwater Environment

Skin and Scuba Diving Skills

Diving Emergencies

Skin and Scuba equipment

Rescue Diving

Business aspects of Diving

Legal Aspects of Diving

Professional Traits and teaching skills

MDEA Policies, Procedures. and Philosophy

9 written, 2 oral, 2 water and one swimming examination.

Pass with an 80% or above.

The I.E.S. candidate must be prepared.

The I.E.S. is designated to evaluate the candidates knowledge and ability.

It is NOT a training seminar.

I.E.S. Subjects Coveredfor Level One Instructors

Back to Qualifying steps

level one requirements
Level One Requirements

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level one water skills
Level One Water Skills

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