PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the heart of the PADI Instructor training process. During the IDC you'll apply your diving skills and knowledge to learning to teach the PADI System in the classroom, confined water (pool) and open water. All IDC's are conducted by PADI Course Directors, each a highly experienced instructor trainer who has met strict educational proficiency requirements.

The PADI IDC stresses development. As a result you can relax while learning, knowing that mistakes are part of the process. Although there are performance requirements for successfully completing the course there are no time limitations, so you may continue to progress under your Course Directors guidance. The goal is to create a low-stress environment in which you can learn to function as a PADI Instructor. This makes the IDC a challenging yet enjoyable learning experience.

The standard curriculum for the PADI IDC may be completed in as little as seven days or over an extended period. Each element of the course is supported by the Instructor Candidate Workbook and other educational materials, including the latest PADI videos. Topics include: teaching the PADI Open-water course; continuing education courses; Discover experiences; the Recreational Dive Planner, lesson planning and presentation; conducting confined and open water sessions; legal responsibility and risk management; and marketing your PADI courses.


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

* Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
* Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
* Be at least 18 years old
* Be certified as a diver for at least six months
* Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
* Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
* Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months