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.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • CPR and First Aid training training within the past 24 months. (Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care recommended)
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Diving Instructor who holding an instructor rating from another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll into IDC or directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor in order to get your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor status, but you will earn this rating during your instructor training with us.