Instructor Development Course

Course Description

The goal of our IDC program is rather simple: we will make sure that you the future PADI diving instructor will be well prepared to work in the diving industry. Almost anyone can train you to pass the IE but we want to train you to get a job and be good at it. The IDC includes many useful workshops that will make candidates more prepared for the real world after passing the IE.

During the IDC, which is typically a nine to ten day program, we will provide you all the knowledge you need to feel safe and comfortable while conducting presentations in the classroom, pool or open water. Practical workshops, hints and suggestions as well as the correct use of the PADI Instructor Manual will make you more familiar with the PADI standards & procedures in different kind of courses.

It's okay to make mistakes, no problem. We are there to encourage you and provide help whenever needed. Our frequent counseling during the course will make it easy for you to improve and feel more self confident.

The PADI IDC program is split into two parts: Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor. Instructors who are already certified on the instructor level with another recreational dive training organization just need to join our OWSI program.

IDC Prerequisites and Paperwork

To join the Instructor Development Course, you need to:

  1. Be at least 18 years old.
  2. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another diver training organization.
  3. Be fit for diving and submit a medical statement not older than one year, including the date of the IE.
  4. Certified diver for at least 6 months, 60 logged open water scuba dives. Have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
  5. Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  6. Submit documentation of any equivalent certification for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another diver training organization.
  7. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster Course diver rescue skill assessment.
Required Materials

During the Instructor Development Course, you will need the following materials (some of these are from your previous courses and come PADI offers as IDC crew pack):

  1. PADI Instructor Manual and PADI's Guide to Teaching including the sticker
  2. PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual or specialty course instructor guides for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
  3. PADI Open Water Diver Manual, Adventures in Diving Manual, Rescue Diver Manual and Divemaster Manual
  4. Recreational Dive Planner RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
  5. Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  6. Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  7. Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  8. Aquatic Cue Cards for OWD, AiD, Rescue, DM, DSD
  9. Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  10. Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  11. Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  12. Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online
Please contact us if you need any help ordering the needed materials. Besides the above mentioned materials you will also need the following diving equipment: mask, snorkel, fins, BCD with inflator, weight belt or integrated weight pockets, scuba regulator, alternate air source, pressure gauge, appropriate exposure protection (wetsuit or drysuit), watch (time measuring device) and depth gauge or dive computer, compass, cutting device (i.e. diving knife), underwater slate, dive tables, emergency signaling device (acoustic and visual) and a pocket mask.


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