PADI Skill Circuit for the Divemaster or IDC Course

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PADI Divemaster (DMT) and Dive Instructor (IDC) Demonstration Dive Skill Workshop or Skill Circuit on Koh Tao in Thailand. –

During your PADI Divemaster and Dive Instructor IDC course you need to perform a PADI Dive Skill Workshop (Skill Circuit) demonstrating most of the PADI Open Water Diver skills. You will be scored a between a 1 and a 5, with a 5.0 being the highest score and a 1.0 the lowest.
PADI Standards from the PADI Dive Instructor Manual for the Divemaster and IDC course states:

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


Describe for candidates the characteristics of a demonstration quality skill, and explain that the focus is on exaggerating the critical attributes.
Demonstrate each skill, and have candidates practice.
After practice, have candidates perform each skill for a score. Remediate as necessary until candidates meet the performance requirement.

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

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.
To meet the performance requirements of the Divemaster course PADI standards states that you only have to pass 1 Dive Skill Workshop (Skill Circuit). We at Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao believe that this is not enough to become a successful and good Divemaster. Our mission at Sairee Cottage Diving is to train only Divemasters and Dive Instructors with the highest quality possible. For this reason our Divemaster Candidates need to complete 3 PADI Dive Skill Workshops (Skill Circuits) during their Divemaster course.

We even put the level of quality even higher during the PADI Dive Instructor IDC course as we only pass our IDC candidates with 5.0 full points on all skills.
To get a 5.0 highest score on a dive skill at Sairee Cottage Diving you need to not only perform an exercise correctly, slowly and with exaggerated movement but also we want to see our IDC candidates turn their bodies during certain dive skills to make shore that all the diving students can see critical moments during the dive skill demonstration. We also want to see during the demonstration a lot of “reminders” of important steps to perform the dive skill well and safe. On top of this we only give a 5.0 if the IDC candidate reminds their recreational students about any time or distance in a particular PADI dive skill.

According to PADI Dive Instructor manual these are the dive skills:

Equipment assembly, adjustment, preparation, donning and disassembly
Predive safety check (BWRAF)
Deep-water entry
Buoyancy check at surface
Snorkel-regulator/regulator-snorkel exchange
Five-point descent
Regulator recovery and clearing
Mask removal, replacement and clearing
Air depletion exercise and alternate air source use (stationary)
Alternate air source-assisted ascent
Free-flowing regulator breathing
Neutral buoyancy – using both oral and low pressure inflation
Five-point ascent
Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent
Hover motionless for 30 seconds
Underwater swim without a mask
Remove and replace weight system underwater
Remove and replace scuba unit underwater
Remove and replace scuba unit on the surface
Remove and replace weight system on the surface
Vertical, head first skin dive
Swim at least 15 meters/50 feet underwater on a single breath while skin diving.
Snorkel clear using the blast method after ascending from a skin dive.
Snorkel clear using the displacement method after ascending from a skin dive.

At Sairee Cottage Diving in Thailand we have made YouTube Video’s showing in clear and great detail the dive skill demonstrations of most of the required dive skills. Please watch them all to prepare yourself well for your PADI Divemaster course or PADI Dive Instructor IDC course with us on Koh Tao in Thailand.

Forever Believe by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

Aurea Carmina by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (

Rating: 4.78

  1. IDC Koh Tao Thailand says

    We have made a new PADI Skill Circuit Video – This Time Neutrally Buoyant!!
    Check it Out Here:

  2. dharmapunk5 says

    I'm currently doing my DM training in BC Canada. This video is an invaluable resource thank you so much for putting it together and sharing.

  3. Paul Chambers says

    Excellent video .. really helpful. I am a DM based in UK about to start my IDC in the next couple of months. Hope I can come out and visit you in Thailand soon

  4. Funnylady says

    I'm new at scuba diving
    ..and I just enjoyed your video because u calmly trained the class

  5. keith c says

    great video bro. when you hit your fist on the inside of your palm are you indicating for a new skill ?

  6. Patrick Gelinas says

    This guy is really good. He must have studied at mime school…

  7. weerobot says

    Omg change the music…

  8. Yann tGautier says

    Very well done. I will use it as reference and recommend as well. Very clear, good pace and funky music sealed it for me. Lol

  9. Jordan Minkoff Geraldo says

    Thumbs up for the rad funk in the beginning of the video!

  10. Jake D says

    is there a way to download these videos to save as attachment so I can view them without Internet willing to pay. would like them to help with dm and idc

  11. Ragga says

    Which full-foot fins is the instructor wearing?

  12. Justin H says

    Incredible demonstrations… I've watched this video so many times that I hear that disco beat whenever I demo a skill. Keep up the amazing work!

  13. DracariaEntertainment says

    this was great. i want to do the divemaster course next summer once i finish rescue diver and then maybe the full idc. this was really great to see what is involved

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