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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.

Pricing Considerations:

Base tuition does not include learning materials, applications fees, pool fees, quarry fees, and lodging. See description below for more information.

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IDC stands for Instructor Development Course. It’s the course you need to take to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). 

The PADI IDC is divided into two components, the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor. It’s possible to take these courses separately if you don’t want to take them both in one go. After you successfully complete both segments you will then be eligible to take the PADI Instructor Examinations, also known as the PADI IE. The Instructor Examinations are invigilated by PADI Examiners (this may sound scary but it’s really not!).

After completing your PADI IE you’ll then be qualified to teach the following PADI Courses: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty and Project AWARE courses.

During the IDC you’ll learn how to teach the skills from each of these courses, you’ll study PADI Standards and General Procedures including the following topics: IDC Course Orientation, Learning Instruction and the PADI System, Marketing Diving, Start Diving, Teaching in Confined Water, Developing Knowledge Development Presentations, Conducting Open Water Dives, Risk Management, the 4E’s and Keep Diving. By the time you are done you’ll be geared up for life in the diving industry! You can also do an MSDT prep course in order to be able to teach multiple specialties upon completion of your IE.

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 PRO with an Instructor Development Course.

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:

  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months


You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.


Pricing Considerations:

The prices below are in addition to the IDC tuition and the responsibility of the student. Please contact the shop with any questions.

E-Learning Fees:

  • IDC Crewpack and E-Learning: $1027.62
  • EFR Instructor Crewpack and E-Learning: $402.48


Application Fees:

  • Instructor Development Course: $209.00
  • Instructor Examination: $749.00
  • Instructor Examination Make-up (per segment): $314.00
  • Specialty Instructor: $79.00 per application(Discount for the MSDT program)

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