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PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC)

The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) is the leading instructor training program in the recreational dive industry. Our programs are generally scheduled over 7 days to allow ample time to become fully comfortable with all the material. Candidates undertaking the PADI IDC have the choice of completing the full program in one course, or taking the program in two parts - the PADI Assistant Instructor Course and the PADI OWSI Program.

Upon successful completion of the complete PADI IDC (or PADI AI Course and PADI OWSI Program), a candidate will be eligible to attend a PADI Instructor Exam. Once this step is successfully completed, you'll be ready to be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

During the PADI OWSI Program you'll be exposed to a wide range of topics and workshops that will prepare you to be a great dive instructor. You'll learn about the dive industry, risk management, the business of diving, and how to conduct a wide range of PADI Programs. You'll learn how to teach in a variety of contexts, including knowledge development and skill development in the classroom, confined water and open water.

Our 7 day PADI IDC schedule gives you more time for learning at a relaxed pace, and allows time to undertake the FREE bonus Specialty Instructor Training Course for a free specialty instructor course (Underwater Naturalist, AWARE Shark Conservation or similar, depending on location). When you complete your IDC at these operators, you'll not only be qualified to attend the PADI Instructor Exam, but you'll also be certified as a Specialty Instructor in this important area of diving.

Our IDC Programs are conducted in two formats - either full time (7 continuous days) or as a part-time PADI IDC (over three weekends). For the full time option, we generally try to schedule a rest day during the course.

Please see our Course Calendar for more information on our upcoming courses.

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

Online Learning

The following topics are incorporated in the PADI IDC Online eLearning program, which is to be completed prior to the commencement of the PADI IDC*.

  1. Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  2. General Standards & Procedures
  3. Risk Management
  4. Marketing Diving
  5. Start Diving
  6. Teaching PADI Specialty Courses
  7. Business of Diving
  8. Keep Diving
  9. How to Teach the RDP (optional for PADI Members)

* For individuals who are unable to complete the PADI IDC Online eLearning program, we are able to offer a Pre-IDC 2 day program where the above modules are conducted face-to-face. Please contact us for information on this option. Additional fees apply.

Course Topics

  1. Orientation
  2. Developing Knolwedge Development Presentations
  3. Teaching in Confined Water
  4. Conducting Open Water Training Dives
  5. General Standards & Procedures
  6. Open Water Diver Course
  7. Adventures in Diving Program
  8. Rescue Diver Course
  9. Divemaster Course
  10. Risk Management


  1. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.
  2. Be at least 18 years old.
  3. Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months.
  4. Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in the individual’s log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
  5. Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  6. Submit documentation of any qualifying certification for entrylevel, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (PADI Members who
    have these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit.)
  7. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.

Requirements for Certification

To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you'll need to complete the full PADI IDC, show proof of having logged 100 dives, and complete the PADI Instructor Exam. Prior to final certification, you'll show proof of being a current instructor in first aid and CPR. We recommend the EFR Instructor Course to meet this requirement.