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.
- At least 18 years old
- Certified as a PADI Divemaster
- At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE
- Has been a certified diver for 6 months
- EFR Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
- A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
- You also need to be an EFR Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.
Seahorse is a PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Center in Athens, Greece
Who should take this course?
If you love the ocean, have an obsession for scuba diving and want an extraordinary style of living – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching diving lessons permit you to share your passion of the aquatic world with others while doing
what you like – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals. You get a PADI Instructor rating through demanding work, intense training and personal commitment, but you’re earn a job that offers you the chance to experience unbelievable underwater adventures with others – transforming yourself, transforming their lives.
Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.
What will you learn?
Over a minimum of seven days, but usually more like nine, 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 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
What’s an IE?
An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism.
PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities.