Diving Instructor Course


Are you looking for something extraordinary? Do something that other people can only dream about? Open doors you didn't even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Be part of the magic and adventure of scuba diving. Begin today to become part of how the world learns to dive. Become a PADI Instructor.

Becoming a PADI Recreational Diving Instructor is the first step for you as a diver looking for a lifestyle change, an additional earning opportunity or even to start his or her own business. Once an instructor you will have every open diving opportunity in the profession and partner with any of your favorite diving centers.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI) prepares candidates to serve as Instructor Assistants and Scuba Diving Instructors. Candidates at this level of education develop their knowledge of diving theory, rescue and leadership skills by learning how to teach in confined water, the classroom and in open water. During the IDC training, the candidate will understand the goals and philosophy of the PADI educational system and learn how to conduct PADI diving courses around the world.


  • Be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Submit a valid medical certificate within the last 12 months with diving clearance
  • Be a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have training in EFR PSC, or equivalent, valid in the last 24 months
  • Have documentation proving training in: Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster
  • Have at least 100 logged dives
  • Be an EFR or First Aid Instructor


Upon completion and approval of an IDC, the candidate will be required to participate in an Instructor Exam conducted by a PADI official assessor for skills and knowledge verification. Upon passing an IE Instructor Evaluation, the applicant is pending the receipt of teaching status when he or she is authorized to start his or her PADI Scuba Diving Instructor career.


  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Guide
  • Project AWARE Course Instructor Guide
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Instructor Guide
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner - RDP Table and eRDPML, including usage booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exams
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exam
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exam
  • Course Instructor Slates: Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver,
  • Divemaster, and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Underwater Slates for Confined and Open Water Lesson Preparation
  • PADI Recreational Diving Encyclopedia
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or Online Diving Theory eRecord


  • Fins, mask and snorkel
  • BCD with a low pressure inflator
  • Main regulator (first and second stage) and alternate air source
  • Submersible Pressure Gauge
  • Depth monitoring device
  • Ballast System Quick Release Buckle
  • Wetsuit
  • Surface emergency warning device (whistle, air horn, etc.), surface visual device
  • (inflatable signal tube) and underwater sound device
  • Dive Computer or RDP (eRDPML or Table) and their manuals and user's guides
  • Diving knife or tool
  • Underwater Writing Clipboards
  • Pocket mask
  • Compass
  • Cables of different thickness for underwater knots and moorings
  • Lift bag


The participant should prepare to take exams on diving theory and PADI standards and procedures by reading the above materials. The participant must present a minimum achievement of 75% in these exams.

  • Diving Theory
    • Conduct independent study with student manuals and PADI Diving Encyclopedia
    • Answer all questions from the PADI Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Standards and Procedures
  • Read the Instructor's Guide and Guide To Teaching.

Important: The participant must perform and deliver all the activities included in the Guide To Teaching at the beginning of the training.


The program will be conducted in accordance with PADI standards and procedures.
All certification and application expenses as well as all fees due to PADI will be borne by the applicant via an international credit card.
Teaching materials are not included in the program.

What you will learn:

The Padi learning and instruction structure; General Standards and Procedures; How to teach Confined Water; How to teach Knowledge Development sessions; How to conduct Open Water sessions; How to conduct the Open Water Diver course; The Adventures in Diving program, How to conduct the Rescue Diver course; How to teach the Divemaster course; How to teach Specialty programs; Risk Management; How to teach the use of RDP; Diving as a business; Marketing in diving.


Confined Water Presentations, Knowledge Development Presentations, Open Water Presentations, 4 Es Counseling Workshop, Discover Scuba Diving Workshop, Adventure Diving Workshop, Rescue Workshop.

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