PADI Instructor Course

PADI Instructor Course [IDC – Instructor Development Course] – Age 18+, 14-16 days

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Be part of the magic and adventure of scuba diving.

PADI OWSIStart today to become part of the way the world learns to dive. Become a PADI Instructor.

The main objective of the IDC is prepare you for teaching in the real world – not just to pass the IE!
The IDC shows you how to become a good instructor & how to use all the available PADI educational materials to efficiently and effectively teach your students in the future.
During the IDC, you’ll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers.

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a broad range of PADI programs from the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course to the PADI Divemaster Course. You’ll practice teaching on your fellow IDC candidates and our staff, allowing you to see how others teach, what works for them, and tips that will make you a better instructor when you finish the course.

When you teach you want to have fun, and your students do as well – thats why we provide a relaxed and professional atmosphere to learn in. PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about.

The PADI Instructor Course consists of four parts:

  • IDC Preperation – 3 days
  • Assistant Instructor (AI) course – 4 days
  • Open Water Scuba Inst. (OWSI) program – 6 days
  • Instructor Exam (IE) – 2.5 days

Together, the AI course and OWSI program make up the IDC.

To help you prepare for the IDC, there are 3 preparation days, free of charge. These days are designed to improve your performance in the IDC & IE, and allow us to see which areas of preparation you need to work on the most.

The 3 preparation days are used to:

  • check your required administration (please bring all diving & EFR certifications, a current medical, credit card and logbook)
  • check and refine your diving skills (demonstration quality required in your IE)
  • improve your rescue assessment (demonstration quality required in your IE)
  • practice your swimming and in-water skills
  • assess your theoretical knowledge and identify areas that need improving
  • sit practice exams from previous IE’s
  • work on your presentation skills – giving you a real advantage in the IE
  • work on your CPR and First Aid skills

PADI ProBefore you start the Instructor Development Course, Assistant Instructor Course or OWSI program, you must complete all 16 IDC Knowledge Reviews from the IDC Candidate Workbook. Our staff instructors will guide you through your reading assignments and help you understand PADI standards, educational philosophy, training suggestions and other background information.

You’ll also complete practice PADI Divemaster exams including Physics, Physiology, Skills & Environment, Equipment and RDP. Dive Theory is the most common improvement area for IDC candidates. You’ll receive feedback on any missed question you may have.

Assistant Instructor (AI) Course – 4 days

The first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the PADI The Assistant Instructor (AI) course provides additional experience as a PADI Professional and teaches you the PADI System of Diver Education.

What’s involved?:

  • Self-study – Knowledge reviews, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water – Skills review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open Water – Workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

PADI Assistant Instructors can:

  • Teach knowledge development (classroom) presentations (under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor)
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills (under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor)
  • Teach the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
  • Teach the Project AWARE Coral Conservation Specialty course
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving courses
  • Teach the EFR Course after successfully completing the Emergency First Response Instructor Course

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program – 6 days

The Open Water Scuba Instructor program portion of the PADI IDC further hones your leadership and teaching skills to prepare you for life as a PADI Instructor. The IDC course provides a professional learning experience in which you’ll learn how to teach diving using the PADI System of Diver Education. You’ll learn how to teach in the classroom, pool and open water environments, using PADI’s teaching and support materials.

What’s involved?

  • Self-study – Knowledge reviews, quizzes, lectures, presentations
  • Confined Water – Skills review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open Water – Workshops, rescue assessment and presentations

Once you complete the IDC, you’ll be ready to attend the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). This is the final step toward your Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.

Instructor Exam (IE) – 2.5 days

Upon successful completion of your IDC, you are ready to progress to the IE.

IDCThe Instructor Examination (IE) is where you get to demonstrate what you’ve learned during the IDC. An independent PADI Instructor Examiner objectively assesses your knowledge and skills, testing everything from dive theory to PADI training standards. Good preparation and a relaxed and clear head will help you prove to the examiner that you are ready to be an Instructor. This is what we will help you with in the prep and the IDC.

PADI is the only certification organization that requires an objective, independent examination to qualify as a professional instructor. This balanced and consistent evaluation process is one of the hallmarks that makes PADI professionals the most demanded and respected instructors in the dive industry.

What’s involved?

  • Dive theory and standards and procedures exams
  • Waterskills and diver rescue assessment
  • Teaching pesentations in classroom, confined and open water

What equipment do I need for the PADI Instructor Course?


  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Alternate Air Source
  • Submersible Pressure Gauge
  • Dive Computer or Timing Device
  • Appropriate exposure protection
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Emergency Signaling Device (Whistle)
  • UW Signalling Device (Tank Banger)
  • SMB – Safety Balloon
  • Pocket Mask
  • Slates
  • eRDP, RDP Table & Wheel

Tanks and weights will be provided for training.

Please bring sufficient clothing and personal effects to be able to maintain a professional appearance for the duration of all courses.

Who can apply for the PADI Instructor Course?

The first step to becoming a PADI professional is to complete the PADI Divemaster Course. Once you’ve become a Divemaster and have the prerequisite number of dives, you may apply for the PADI Instructor Course.

To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Instructor, you must:

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  • Already hold a PADI Divemaster certification (or equivalent)
  • Be 18+ years of age
  • Have held a dive certification for at least six months
  • Have 100 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
  • Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician
  • Want a fun and exciting career!

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