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:
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|
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:
You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.
Program Hours: 80 Days Required: 7
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 
Teaching in Confined Water
Business of Diving (Online Version)
Skill Demonstrations Workshop
Confined Water Teaching Presentations 
Marketing Diving (Online Version)
General Standards and Procedures
Open Water Diver Course
Adventures in Diving
Rescue Diver Course
4 Es Counseling Workshops 
Discover Scuba Diving Workshops 
Conducting Open Water Dives
Open Water Teaching Presentations 
Adventure Dive Workshop
Dive Theory Exams
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 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.