PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
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 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.
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 join our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.
New version PADI IDC
We are very proud to deliver to you the new version of the PADI IDC with less classroom presentations and much more hands on workshops.
The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:
- PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
- Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
- Risk Management and Diver Safety
- The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
- Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling
All new PADI eLearning
The new PADI IDC has an online portion that needs to be completed prior to arrival at the Dive Center for your IDC.
Once you have signed up for the IDC with us, we will register you for IDC Online. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.
Required PADI Materials
PADI IDC CrewPack
EFRi Guide, Primary and Secondary Care, with binder.
PADI IDC Tenerife – Before the IDC
In order to enrol on the PADI Instructor Development Course you must have the following pre-requisites;
Be at least 18 years old
Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
Have at least 60 logged dives for the IDC or 100 logged dives for the Instructor Exam
Have PADI Divemaster certification or equivalent*
Have medical clearance signed by a physician (not the applicant) within the last 12 months
Be an Emergency First Response Instructor (most candidates will not have this, so training is included in the IDC – see During the IDC)
Have paid the current registration fee and examination fee to PADI Europe (see Prices for details)
*Please contact us if you have trained with another organisation and wish to make the crossover to PADI, so that we can advise your entry level.
Materials for the IDC
All of the study materials that you need are conveniently packaged in the IDC crewpack.
Most candidates prefer to use their own dive kit but if you do not wish to travel with yours we can rent it to you or it is included for free in some of our packages.
Candidates should bring their own laptop computer to be able to make use of digital training materials. Notepads, pens, calculator and highlighters should be brought with you.
Preparation before you arrive for the IDC
You should be familiar with everything that you learned in all your courses up to and including PADI Divemaster.
It is important to go over all the material before you arrive. Revision of this material is not part of the IDC, but knowledge of this material is essential. If it has been more than 6 months since you completed your PADI Divemaster course or you are at all unsure about any of the theory please enrol for our IDC Preparation course.
Pre-requisites for EFRI
In order to complete Emergency First Response Instructor training you must have a current (less than 2 years old) EFR provider certification, including AED.
For candidates who do not have a current EFR when can complete this prior to your IDC.
Materials for the EFRI
You will need the EFR Primary and Secondary Care Instructor Guide (PADI ref 70149).
This is available from us on request the before the course commences.
What happens during the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)
IDC Part I – Assistant Instructor (AI)
It is possible to just take this part of the course together with Part I of the Instructor Exam. Part II can be taken at a later date after gaining some hands on experience. As a PADI Assistant Instructor you may assume limited teaching responsibilities including the Snorkeling and Discover Scuba Experience programs and Project Aware and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties, Confined Water training and Open Water training presentations.
The academic and practical training in Part I of the IDC covers the above skills, which you will have prepared for before the start of the IDC by completing the relevant sections of Knowledge Development in the Guide to Teaching. Finally these skills and knowledge are tested in Part I of the Instructor Exam which includes Confined Water and Open Water teaching presentations, a written exam and a dive rescue skills assessment.
IDC Part II – Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
Using a mixture of classroom based teaching and confined water practical sessions you will learn how to apply the PADI System of Education, making at least:
2 confined water teaching presentations
2 knowledge development presentations
1 open water teaching presentation, integrating 2 skills
You will also attend and participate in a number of other workshops including;
• Dive Theory Workshop
• PADI System Workshop
• Learning and Teaching Workshop
• Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
• Open Water Dive Course Scheduling and Set Up Workshop
• Risk Management and Licensing Workshop
• Knowledge Development Presentation Workshop and Candidate
Knowledge Development Presentations
• Skill Development Workshop
• Confined Water Training Workshop and Candidate Confined Water Teaching
• Open Water Training Workshop and Candidate Open Water Teaching
• Continuing Education Workshop
• Advanced Open Water Diver Course Workshop
• Rescue Diver Course Workshop
• Sales Techniques Workshop
• Course Close
You must perform 24 dive skills and a non-stop swim for 400 metres . Your dive theory will be tested using a 5-part exam for which the minimum score is 75%.
As a successful PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to teach the entire range of PADI programmes and courses from Discover Scuba to Divemaster together with Specialty courses in accordance with your training and experience.
Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) – 2 days
You will gain Instructor status for EFR – an internationally recognised certification in first aid and secondary care which is useful not just to divers but also to those responsible in many workplaces and in the home, which means that you can teach these skills to anyone.
In this course you will learn how to structure learning, use performance-based training and understand your role as the instructor. Special techniques and considerations for administering first aid and secondary care to children are also covered, as is training in the use of AED equipment.
After the PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course)
First the PADI IE (Instructor Examinations) and then it is time to start the celebrations…..
If all has gone well during the examination process, congratulations!
Then you have some more options;
PADI Instructor Specialties – Get ready to step up to the next level and gain more teaching experience.
Our Team will train you on how to teach the PADI Specialties of your choice.
Do you have even more time on your hands?
Then you can join one of our Instructors and start teaching any courses that are booked with us from Scuba Diver to Rescue Diver and even PADI Divemaster.
One of our Instructors will supervise, but the name on your students’ certification card will be yours! This experience will help you to quickly gain confidence and demonstrate to future employers that you have already put into practice what you learned on the IDC / IE.
What happens if you do not pass?
You can re-sit just the modules you failed if you do so within a year of the exam; you don’t have to do the whole IDC again.
If you do not want to re-sit, then as long as you were successful at Part I you are qualified as a PADI Assistant Instructor and can upgrade to OWSI on any future IDC / IE.
To inquire about the latest offers on the next PADI Instructor Development Course please email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some of our previous successful candidates.
Ten Candidates, continuing our 100% record, with 10 passes becoming PADI Instructors.
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This Team from May 2019 were from England, Scotland, Holland, Estonia and Denmark. Pictured with PADI Platinum Course Director Kim and PADI Examiners Robbie and Matt.