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Instructor Development Course (IDC)


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.


Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.


Course Prerequisites

• Certified diver for at least 6 months

• PADI Divemaster or qualifying leadership-level certification

• Documentation of any non-PADI certifications as required

• Logged 60 dives to start training

• Logged 100 dives to attend the Instructor Examination

• EFR Primary and Secondary Care, or qualifying training, within the past 24 months

• Evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the past 12 months and have had no changes to medical condition

• Minimum age of 18




If you like people, have a passion for SCUBA diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching SCUBA diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours. Ready to commit? All set to Seek Adventure and Save the Ocean?


Course Prerequisites

• Non-Diver or PADI Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)

• Logged 100 dives to receive certification

• Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the past 12 months

• Minimum age of 18


Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep


The PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be Master SCUBA Diver Trainers.


This rating is the next step up the professional ladder and is a prerequisite for IDC Staff Instructor and many TecRec Instructor ratings. Students may select five Specialty Instructor ratings from the following specialties: Enriched Air Diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Boat, Deep, Drift, Search and Recovery, Night, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy, Wreck, and Self-Reliant Diver.


Course Prerequisites

• Completion of PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor Development Course

• Successful Completion of the PADI Instructor Examination

• Evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within the past 12 months

• Minimum age of 18