top of page

The PADI Instructor Development Course

Who should take this course?

If you have a passion for scuba diving, enjoy meeting new people, and want a career that will open up the world to you - become a PADI Instructor.  Being a PADI Instructor allows you to share your passion of the aquatic world and teach others about diving.  You do all this while spending your days underwater, transforming your own and others' lives with a new sense of adventure.  PADI Instructors are some of the most sought after professionals because you will have completed a course that is informative, challenging, progressive, all while still being fun!  You will watch your own skills grow in order to best teach your passion for the underwater world to others.
















What does the course look like?

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

What will qualify me to take the course?

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • AT least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

What will you learn?

The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. The main sections include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

  • Risk Management and Diver Safety

  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor

  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling


How will I start?

For more information about the course and the course costs, stop by or call the shop.  We will be happy to help you on your path to become a PADI Instructor.

For more information on furthering your Instructor Rating, please stop by or call the shop.

bottom of page