PADI Instructor Course

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) followed by the successful completion of a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is your first step to being awarded the prestigious rating of Open Water Instructor (OWSI). Candidates for this professional rating receive training in PADI standards, procedures, philosophies and teaching methods. They are evaluated in the areas of practical teaching ability, waterman ship, diving knowledge, attitude and professionalism. As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you have gained the basic knowledge of the PADI teaching philosophy. As an OWSI candidate, you will complete your training in the PADI Instructional System, and be eligible to take the PADI Instructor Examination.


To qualify for the Instructor Development Course, an individual must:
  • Be 18 Years of age or older
  • Be certified as an Assistant Instructor
  • Must be a PADI EFR Instructor
  • Good physical condition for diving (Must submit an approved medical exam form conducted within the previous 12 months and signed by a licensed physician)
  • Meet the following requirements of being a certified diver for a minimum of 12 months and logged 100 dives
  • Submit proof of certification, within the last 24 months, in CPR
  • Submit proof of entry level, advanced, and rescue certifications issued by another certification agency, if applicable
  • Must complete the appropriate PADI E-Learning program for AI and IDC candidates


The IDC is composed of 10 Staff presentations and 5 Candidate presentations (2 classroom, 2 confined water, and 1o pen water). There will also be time allotted to evaluate your watermanship skills, rescue techniques, and advanced diving ability. Once you have completed the IDC you will be ready to attend the IE. The IE is a two day examination which includes: written examinations, teaching presentations in the classroom, confined water and open water, skill evaluation and rescue evaluation. It is administered by an examiner from PADI headquarters and is a pass/fail program.

Upcoming Schedule 2015 -


Course Fee: $700.00

** Cross-over Instructors additional $100.00


  • 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


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.