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Instructor Development Course

Why take this course?

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of the PADI Instructional Development process.  The goal of the program is to prepare you to function as an effective PADI Instructor by thoroughly familiarizing you with the PADI system and its entire range of diver training programs.  During the course, you’ll apply your dive knowledge and skills while learning to use the PADI System of diver education in the classroom and in the water.

About the Course

The IDC is divided into two sections, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.  Each component can be scheduled as a stand-alone course, or complete the entire IDC at one time.  During the IDC you learn to manage and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual diver needs.  As a PADI OWSI, you can conduct a range of PADI Diver courses from Discover Scuba Diving experiences to Divemaster.  The IDC curriculum is focused on development.  You will be introduce to the complete PADI System and learn how to teach all of the core PADI courses through Divemaster.  You will learn teaching techniques inconfined water, open water, and in the classroom.  You will develop your confined water and rescue skills to instructor level, and test your stamina by completing an un-timed 800 yard mask, fin, and snorkel swim.  Our focus is to prepare you to teach successfully, not just pass the IE.


What do I need to start?

  1. PADI Divemaster (or qualifying certification from another organization)Underpool
  1. Proof of 60 logged dives including experience in deep, night, and navigation
  1. 18 years old
  1. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course dive rescue assessment
  1. Certified dive for six months
  1. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
  1. Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
  1. Provide your own dive equipment that is professional both in appearance and performance.


Required Materials

  1. IDC Crew Pac
  1. Recreational Dive Planner (RDP), eRDPml, and instruction booklets for both

Current editions of the following manuals:

  1. PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  1. PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  1. PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  1. PADI Divemaster Manual
  1. Logbook


Course Schedule

Our IDC is conducted over a period of eight days, with the final day devoted to the Emergency First Response Instructor Development Course.  Most days will include both classroom and in-water activities.  Candidates will be expected to prepare classroom and in-water presentations during non-scheduled hours.


Course Preparation

  1. Complete the IDC E-learning Course (on-line)
  1. Review the Dive Theory in the Diving Knowledge workbook or take the Dive Theory E-learning (On-line)
  1. Become familiar with the PADI Instructor Manual
  1. Practice the 24 required skills from the PADI Divemaster video


Instructor Examination (IE)

Subsequent to successful completion of the IDC, to become a PADI OWSI, the instructor candidate must successfully complete the PADI IE.

The IE is a PADI conducted examination in which the candidate is evaluated over two days in the following areas:

  1. Dive Theory
  1. Academic Teaching
  1. Confined Water teaching and skills demonstration
  1. Open water teaching
  1. General diving skills and professionalism


IE Prerequisites

  1. 100 logged dives
  1. Successfully complete the IDC or OWSI course within the past 12 months

Exit Requirement

Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organization


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