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 Fees:

IDC AI Course Fee….………………………$550.00

IDC OWSI Course Fee……………………..$650.00

Total IDC Course Fee….……………….…$1200.00

(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 and Application Fees


  • Open Water Student Kit – $87.85
  • Adventure Diver Manual – $52.95
  • Rescue Diver Manual – $49.50
  • Dive Master Crew Pack – $364.35
  • The Recreational Dive Planners – $33.25 and eRDP $42.90 
  • Instructor Crew Pack: $922.45
    • 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 – approx. $366 (as of 1/1/2016)


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.