PADI Instructor Development Course

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About the PADI Instructor Development Course

PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) prepare candidates to function as PADI Assistant Instructors and Open Water Scuba Instructors. Candidates build on their instructor-level dive theory knowledge, role-model watermanship and rescue skills, and leadership abilities by learning how to teach in confined water, in the classroom and in open water. During the IDC, instructor candidates gain a complete understanding of PADI's educational goals and philosophies.

Training options:

Training Topics

Beginning with online independent study through PADI eLearning or live-delivery segments, the IDC can be separated into an Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Depending on the need or interest, training can be planned with breaks to gain more experience, or can be continuous all the way to instructor certification.

eLearning Topics

You can complete the Knowledge Development portion of the course online!
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PADI eLearning


In-class Topics
Dive Theory Exams are also taken during the IDC, however, if you have successfully completed the Online Dive Theory Course, it can eliminate the need for the exams during the IDC. Click the image below to get started.

PADI eLearning

Course Prerequisites

1. Dive Leader certification - PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization who is either:
a. an instructor member in good standing, or
b. a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
2. 18 years old
3. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
4. Certified diver for six months.
5. EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
6. If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
7. Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.
8. To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, the candidate must also be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor, plus show proof of 100 logged dives

Scuba Instructor patch 2016 Course Fees
Complete Instructor Development Course (5 days): $1195.00 (assuming IDC eLearning completed, and for 2016 includes Dive Theory Online)
Complete Instructor Development Course live-delivery option (7 days): $1695.00
AI Course alone: $525.00 (assuming online work completed)
OWSI Course alone: $725.00 (assuming online work completed)
AI Course alone: $725.00 (assuming online work NOT completed)
OWSI Course alone: $925.00 (assuming online NOT completed)

These course fees do not include books, materials, PADI application or exam costs (paid directly to PADI at the Exam site), any dive site entrance fees.
2016 PADI Instructor Application and Exam fees:
Instructor Application Fee: $165.00
Instructor Examination Fee: $650.00

Emergency First Response Instructor Course: $450 including all Instructor Materials

Required Materials for the Instructor Development Course
PADI Guide to Teaching

For more information, or to enroll in our PADI Instructor Development Course or Instructor Specialty Courses, contact Colin Zylka our PADI Course Director.