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Instructor Development Course

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.


This 8-day course introduces the candidate to the PADI System of Instruction and familiarizes them with the Standards used for teaching those courses a PADI OWSI can teach. This program prepares the PADI Assistant Instructor or Instructor from another training organization to take the Instructor Examination (IE) with PADI Examiners. Though Instructors from other training organizations are thought to be fully developed Instructors, we often, encouraged them to take the entire IDC to ensure they are prepared to take the Instructor Examination. 

As a PADI OWSI, you can teach classes from Discover Scuba Diving all the way through Dive Master. You can also become a Specialty Instructor which allows you to teach specialties to increase your marketability through our Specialty Instructor courses taught by one of our Course Directors. (See MSDT Prep Course)


  1. PADI Dive Master, PADI Assistant Instructor, or instructor member in good standing (eligible to renew) with a recognized diver training organization* for at least six months.

  2. 18 years old.

  3. Medical clearance signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

  4. Certified diver for at least six months.

  5. Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training, within the last 24 months; or current Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organization.

  6. Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level certifications* as required.


*Contact your PADI Regional Headquarters with questions about eligibility or for more information.

Course Cost Includes: 

Tuition: $1100

Materials: $1000

PADI Instruction Exam Fee: $825

PADI Registration: $350

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