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PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

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PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Price: $1200


This is a two-part course – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills.

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course.

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.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

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.

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

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) $1,199.00
PADI Instructor Application Fee $199.00
PADI IDC Crew-Pak $600.00
Total $1,998.00
PADI Instructor Examination Fee (IE) $715.00
Total w/ IDC $2,713.00


Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, 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. Key topics 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

You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.

Prerequisites & Requirements

Program Hours: 80 Days Required: 7

  1. PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months. A licensed physician must sign the form and state that the candidate is fit for diving. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant. (a Medical Statement is located in the appendix of this catalog)
  4. Current CPR and First Aid Instructor prior to the Instructor Examination. The EFR Instructor Course meets this requirement and can be taken after the IDC. We teach this after the IDC and before the IE.
  5. Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months, have completed and logged at least 60 dives, and have logged 100 dives prior to attending the IE.
  6. Knowledge in Dive Theory to pass a five-part Dive Theory Exam in the areas of Physics, Physiology, Recreational Dive Planners (including the use of the Table and eRDPml), Skills and Environment, and Equipment.
  7. Submit documentation of any qualifying certification for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (PADI Members who have these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit)
  8. Enrollment Agreement completed and received by Beyond the Reef located in the appendix of this catalog.
  9. See Course Fees, Books and Materials for required items located in the appendix of this catalog.
  10. See Course Calendar and Course Dates located in the appendix of this catalog. Private courses are also available; call us to set up a date.
  11. See IDC Schedule located in the appendix of this catalog.


Course Orientation

Learning, Instruction and the PADI System (Online Version)

Developing Knowledge Development Presentations

General Standards and Procedures (Online Version)

Start Diving (Online Version)

Keep Diving (Online Version)

How to Teach the RDP (Optional & Online Version)

Risk Management (Online Version)

Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses (Online Version)

Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations [3]

Teaching in Confined Water

Business of Diving (Online Version)

Skill Demonstrations Workshop

Confined Water Teaching Presentations [4]

Marketing Diving (Online Version)

General Standards and Procedures

Open Water Diver Course

Adventures in Diving

Rescue Diver Course

4 Es Counseling Workshops [2]

Discover Scuba Diving Workshops [2]

Conducting Open Water Dives

Risk Management

Open Water Teaching Presentations [4]

Rescue Workshop

Divemaster Course

Adventure Dive Workshop

Standards Exam

Dive Theory Exams

Standards Review


Check with Beyond the Reef regarding the specific ‘Equipment’ Requirements for this course.

Take Action!

PADI e-Learning Instructor Development Course (IDC) Option

Starting Jan 1st, 2010 PADI has started an exciting option for Instructor Candidates participating in the IDC. Once you are a Divemaster you can log onto the PADI website and begin your IDC right away by signing up for e-Learning. e-Learning lets you complete a small portion of the IDC online through the site. By taking this option, you can opt out of these presentations during the IDC.

Important note: Please remember this is completely OPTIONAL and does not change our price on the IDC tuition or any other parts of any packages. This option is for you if you just want to get a head start of the IDC.

PADI Instructor Examination (IE)

PADI Headquarters holds this 2-day evaluation/examination to test preparedness of instructor candidates. Successfully completing an IDC is a prerequisite to attending. We will give you the IE options during the IDC Course. Upon successful completion of the IE you will receive a diploma.

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