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OCR Level 3 Diploma in Management & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course Divestyle UK are pleased to announce that we are one of only a handful of dive centres to have been involved in the launch of this new linked program. We are now able to offer an OCR Level 3 Diploma in Management alongside the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)!
The OCR Level 3 Diploma is eligible for a learner loan (like a student loan) from the government which makes the course incredibly accessible. So what’s involved and can I sign up?
The course is called an OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) Level 3 Diploma in Management. OCR is an examination board that sets examinations and awards qualifications (including GCSEs, A-levels, NVQ’s etc). The course is aimed at those who will or would like to take a management role in the workplace and deals with all aspects of management from coaching and mentoring to training and development and conflict management. The course results in a recognised, useful qualification which maybe in itself a proof of competence for a job role or can add value to an existing set of qualifications.
PADI Instructor Development Course includes a number of learning requirements that are needed to show proof of competency for the Level 3 Diploma.
The PADI IDC teaches to develop a teaching presentation, whether this be for use during knowledge development in a classroom situation or as a briefing or training session in the water. During these teaching presentations candidates show their ability to effectively use their certified assistants (Divemasters or Assistant Instructors) as well as showing an ability to evaluate and feedback performance to students. This is just one of the areas where the OCR Level 3 Diploma and the PADI IDC overlap.
Divestyle UK run the PADI IDC in the same way it would for most other IDC Candidates. There are a two additional requirements that OCR Level 3 Candidates must complete, these include:
Candidates completing the Level 3 Diploma are required to complete an online e- learning portfolio before, during and after the IDC. Candidates will show how what they have learnt during the IDC can be translated into more general business management practices. This is the bulk of the OCR course which is independently assessed.
There is also an extra module that needs to be completed for the IDC, the ‘Diving Business Management Course’. This is a diving specific module which goes into far more detail of the business side of the dive industry. For example you’ll learn more about gross and net profit, margins and how to price products and courses.
This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to get into the diving industry as well as earn a useful business qualification which will assist them in applying for other non-industry specific jobs. Given the eligibility of the course for government learner loans, it’s a great opportunity for people who are put off by the initial up front cost of becoming an instructor. It’s also excellent for someone looking to change their career or anyone wanting to do a more in depth, business orientated instructor course.
As an OCR Level 3 Diploma the course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government. These loans are potentially open to anyone resident in the UK over the age of 19. The loan currently stands at £2500, over the OCR Level 3 Course. They are relatively simple to apply for and work in a very similar way to student loans in that you won’t need to start re-payments until you are earning over 21k and the payments then start very small, coming out of your PAYE, and tracking up with your income. The interest paid on the loan is at inflation plus a maximum of 3% dependent on your income.
After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.
The PADI IDC crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.
The 23-item pack includes:
You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.
Contact Divestyle UK on email@example.com or call 01189761729 and ask for details about the PADI IDC/OCR Level 3 program. We will then arrange a meeting at the dive centre to discuss your training needs.
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