Diving Instructor Courses on Koh Tao

PADI Skill Circuit Video’s – How to Demonstrate the PADI Divemaster and PADI IDC Skills

During the PADI Divemaster course and PADI IDC you need to perform a PADI Skill Circuit (Skill Workshop). The PADI Divemaster Skill Circuit and the PADI IDC Skill Circuit are similar in that you will be demonstrating most of the PADI Open Water Diver skills.

PADI Skill Circuit Minimum Performance Requirements

During the PADI Skill Circuit you will be scored between a 1 and a 5, with 5 being the highest score and a 1 the lowest. The PADI Dive Instructor Manual for the Divemaster and IDC Skill Circuit states the standards for your Skill Circuit as being:

“Demonstrate all scuba and skin diving skills, scoring at least a 3 on each skill, and scoring at least 82 points in total, with at least one underwater skill to a 5”.


We will describe to you the characteristics of a demonstration quality skill, and explain that the focus is on exaggerating the critical attributes. We will then demonstrate each skill, and have you practice them. After practice, you will perform each skill for a score and we will remediate as necessary until you meet the performance requirements.

Scoring Criteria:

5.0 Exercise performed correctly, slowly and with exaggerated movement – appeared easy
4.0 Exercise performed correctly and slowly enough to adequately exhibit or illustrate details of skill
3.0 Exercise performed correctly, though too quickly to adequately exhibit or illustrate details of the skill
2.0 Exercise performed with significant difficulty or error
1.0 Candidate unable to perform exercise

PADI Skill Circuit Divemaster IDC Course

Note: These criteria are used to score skill evaluations throughout all levels of PADI leadership training: PADI Divemaster, PADI Diving Instructor, PADI IDC Staff Instructor and PADI Course Director. According to PADI Dive Instructor manual these are the dive skills:

  1. Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly
  2. Pre-dive safety check (BWRAF)
  3. Deep-water entry
  4. Buoyancy check at surface
  5. Snorkel-regulator/regulator-snorkel exchange
  6. Five-point descent
  7. Regulator recovery and clearing
  8. Mask removal, replacement and clearing
  9. Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary)
  10. Alternate air source-assisted ascent
  11. Free-flowing regulator breathing
  12. Neutral buoyancy – using both oral and low-pressure inflation
  13. Five-point ascent
  14. Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
  15. Hover motionless for 30 seconds
  16. Underwater swim without a mask
  17. Remove and replace weight system underwater
  18. Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
  19. Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
  20. Remove and replace weight system on the surface
  21. Vertical, headfirst skin dive
  22. Swim at least 15 meters/50 feet underwater on a single breath while skin diving.
  23. Snorkel clear using the blast method after ascending from a skin dive.
  24. Snorkel clear using the displacement method after ascending from a skin dive.

More PADI Skill Circuit Training at Sairee Cottage Diving

To meet the performance requirements of the Divemaster course, standards state that you only have to pass one Divemaster Skill Circuit (Skill Workshop). We at Sairee Cottage Diving and IDC Koh Tao, believe that this is not enough to become a successful and employable Divemaster for most people. Our mission at Sairee Cottage Diving is to train only Divemasters and Dive Instructors with the highest quality possible to increase their chances of getting a good Divemaster Job or Dive Instructor Job. For this reason our Divemaster Candidates need to complete at least three PADI Skill Circuits during their Divemaster course.

PADI Divemaster Skill Circuit

We set the level of quality even higher during the PADI Dive Instructor course as we only pass our IDC candidates with 5 full points for each of the skills in the IDC skill circuit. We just keep practicing until you get full score and because the IDC at Sairee Cottage Diving takes longer then most Instructor training courses, we have plenty of time to practice.

Extended Sairee Cottage Diving Skill Circuit

You need to demonstrate 24 skills during the PADI Skill Circuit on the PADI Divemaster and Instructor Development Courses. However, the PADI Open Water Diver course was revised in 2013 and PADI added many new diving skills to the course. We decided at Sairee Cottage Diving to extend the PADI Skill Circuit and add all of the new diving skills, and more. The extended Sairee Cottage Diving Divemaster and PADI IDC Skill Circuits now have 35 skills for you to learn how to demonstrate, making you a much better PADI Divemaster or PADI Diving Instructor.

Preparing for your PADI Instructor Development Course

Being well prepared before your IDC makes your Instructor Development Course so much easier. Please watch these Extended PADI Skill Circuit videos to be well prepared for your PADI IDC or, indeed, feel free to use them to improve your abilities on the Divemaster or IDC course you are participating in at the moment.

PADI Skill Circuit Videos

Dive Equipment

Start your new dive career straight away with a brand new set of Professional Dive Gear. We are proud to present the Diving Instructor Silver and Gold Dive Equipment Packages that include everything you need to start your career in the best way possible.

During our PADI Diving Instructor Course (IDC), Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and Dive Instructor Internship course, we offer to use our dive shop equipment for free. Except for a Dive Knife, SMB, Whistle, Compass and a Torch is only needed for MSDT. These items you can purchase here, if needed. However it will always be more comfortable and convenient to have your own diving equipment; and if you want to work in the dive industry, staff have to have their own kit as a rule in nearly all dive companies.

At Sairee Cottage Diving we offer 2 packages to suit different budgets:

  1. The Silver Dive Equipment Package – a very affordable way to kick-start your new adventure for 45785 THB
  2. The Gold Dive Equipment Package for those who want more luxurious and high-end dive equipment for 63567 THB

We also offer separate Scuba Pro Wetsuits and Suunto Dive Computers. Please contact us if you would like to add anything in particular. 15% discount is included on these gear packages if you book online and you can always change items here on arrival if you want.

IDC Silver Equipment Package

Best Dive Equipment Package for Divemaster and Diving Instructor Silver

IDC Gold Equipment Package

Best Dive Equipment Package for Divemaster and Diving Instructor Gold

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