PADI Instructor Course

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.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts:

  • Assistant Instructor (AI) course
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course

Most candidates complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.


To qualify for the Instructor Development Course, an individual must:
  • Be a PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for 6 months
  • Have at least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE
  • Provide a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Have taken Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying certifying CPR and First Aid certification) training within the past 24 months
  • Complete the appropriate PADI eLearning program for AI and IDC candidates
  • Be a PADI EFR Instructor (you can earn this rating during your instructor training)

Course Structure

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

Course Fee

IDC AI Course Fee….……………$425.00

IDC OWSI Course Fee…….……$700.00

Total IDC Course Fee….………$1125.00

(Crossover Instructors + $100.00, AI Candidates may join for the OWSI portion of the course)


  • All classroom sessions
  • All open water training
  • Tanks for all dive sessions


  • All scuba gear including, BCD, regulators, gauges, octopus, wetsuit, compass, knife, gloves, weights, weight belt, mask, fins, snorkel and booties
  • Transportation, lodging and meals for Open Water training
  • PADI Registration Fee


  • Open Water Student Kit ($84.75)
  • Adventure Diver Manual ($51.15)
  • Rescue Diver Manual ($46.15)
  • Dive Master Crew Pack ($351.65)
  • The Recreational Dive Planners ($32.15) and eRDP ($41.40
  • How To Choose and Use Dive Computers ($34.95)
  • Instructor Crew Pack: ($890.45
    • PADI Backpacks
    • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
    • The Law and Diving Professional Manual
    • Business of Diving DVD
    • Specialty Course Manual and DVD
    • Confined Water Q-cards 
    • Open Water Q-cards
    • Confined Water Lesson Prep Slate
    • Open Water Lesson Prep Slate
    • Adventure in Diving Instructor Slates
    • Rescue Diver Instructor Slates
    • Open Water Exam Book
    • Rescue Diver Exam Book
  • Instructor Development Course Online ($355)


Make up sessions may be arranged on a one to one basis as needed for a charge of $40.00 per hour.


Cancellations made less than two weeks before the orientation begins will result in a forfeit of the deposit.  There will be NO refunds after the starting date of the course.