What is a training aid? In the context of PADI Instructor Development Course, we encourage its use particularly during Knowledge Development sessions. We will do a role play of dive students not understanding questions or topics from various dive courses and use the training aids in the PADI IDC. Here are images of our IDC candidates doing a wonderful job during their Instructor Development Course.
Instructor candidates use training aids in the PADI IDC so that it helps make the information being explained to be more understandable to future “students”. Items used must clearly benefit learning and can include just about anything. However they do need to connect the topic to the real world of diving in a meaningful way.
The PADI App, dive equipment, videos, pictures, books are among the PADI materials that make great aids. There are many non dive related items such as ping pong ball and golf ball which can assist demonstrating buoyancy or a human shaped sponge which can help explain nitrogen absorption that also make great aids which benefit learning.