PADI Instructor Exam. Confined Water Teaching Presentation & Skill Circuit.

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PADI Instructor Exam.

PADI Instructor Exam. Confined Water Teaching Presentation and Five Mini Skills Circuit. Course Director Dan Robinson.

Your PADI Instructor Exam has five segments and the 2015 fee for this is AUD A$785.  You will pay this on your card direct to PADI at the start of your PADI Instructor Exam, as well as your IDC and EFRI App. Fees.  If you do not succeed at all four segments of your first PADI Instructor Exam, then the 2015 segment resit fee is AUD A$330.  You can only resit whole segments, so it does not help to pass just part of one as you would need to do that part again too.  To date all of my students have passed their first PADI Instructor Exam.

The four PADI Instructor Exam segments are.

  • Written Exams.
  • Knowledge Development.
  • Confined Water.
  • Open Water.


The Confined Water segment of a PADI Instructor Exam has two parts and your PADI Examiner will tell you which your team will do first at the start of this segment.  The two parts are.

  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation.
  • Five Mini Skills Circuit.


You do have a make-up if you do not pass your first Confined Water Teaching Presentation.  Both skills and the five mini skill circuit will be given to you at the start of your PADI Instructor Exam.  You must score a min. of 3.4 out of 5.0 on the Confined Water Teaching Presentation, just like you must do a min. of twice out of four chances on your IDC.  You must demo. the skill or you will score a 1.0.  I have seen students forget to do this.  I have also seen students fail their PADI Instructor Exams due to the fact that they asked their Divemaster to demo. the skill.  E.g. for alternate air source use, the instructor is out-of-air and the DM is the donor.  You must spot problems.  If you miss one and this means one of your students does not meet the performance requirement, then you will also score a 1.0, which does happen.  I saw a student do both of these things and fail their PADI Instructor Exam.  Their DM was the out-of-air diver and a student’s fin touched the bottom so they did not (oral) hover for 30 seconds.

The Five Mini Skills come from the 20 basic SCUBA skills.  The 9m horizontal Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent is always there.  Hovering for 30 sec..  Usually alternate air source breathing stationary underwater in shallow water for at least 30 seconds.  Perhaps remove and replace the SCUBA unit either at the surface in deep water or underwater.  Underwater:  Remove, replace and clear a mask or free flow regulator breathing.  Each skill gets a 1. 2. 3. 4. or 5.  You need a min. of 17 points with no 1s or 2s.  If you score a min. of 17, but one skill is a 1 or 2, then you may remake just that one skill.  If you do not score a min. of 17, then you may remake all five skills.  if you get more than one 1 or 2 on your first attempt or you do not pass the make-up, then you will need a second PADI Instructor Exam.

Multi-award winning PADI Course Director Dan Robinson, training confident, effective, efficient and ethicalSM PADI Pros.  PADI IDC WaterColors Boracay Diving Adventures S-6775, Philippines.  Sri Lanka.  Maafushi, Maldives.  Koh Tao, Thailand.  Worldwide.

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