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
This Assistant Instructor course builds upon what you have learnt in your divemaster training and introduces you to the role as an instructional assistant in academic teaching and confined and open water training. This 7-day program can be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of the PADI IDC and allows you to gain experience before deciding to commit to the IDC
* We include the costs of PADI materials separately in our professional courses as candidates may wish to personally purchase in advanced. If you wish to purchase the materials through us, then please let us know with enough time to have them shipped
The PADI Assistant Instructor course takes PADI Divemaster training a step further by teaching certified assistants how to introduce new knowledge and skills independently, or with minimal supervision. The course enhances abilities as an instructional assistant and provides candidates with practical experience in teaching knowledge and skill development portions of various PADI courses. Candidates also learn to conduct open water dives for the courses they can teach, such as the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty. The course familiarizes candidates with PADI Standards, administrative requirements and certification procedures and prepares them for additional PADI Instructor training.
Becoming a PADI Assistant Instructor is a good option for PADI Divemasters who want to gain additional knowledge and skills before taking an IDC, or who must delay attending a complete IDC. Some individuals may find it helpful to become familiar with the PADI System through the assistant instructor course before going on to an OWSI program. Some assistant instructors may not become instructors for a variety of economical, educational, and personal reasons, but still may work as dive professionals and hold key positions within the dive industry. They can provide many instructional and noninstructional services for dive centers and resorts, which allows instructors to concentrate on teaching core programs.
Held over 7 days, the AI component of the IDC teachers 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 become a better public speaker and 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 Counselling
Tipp: You may be able to get college credit for the PADI assistant instructor course - ask your instructor.
eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Assistant Instructor.
Professional courses and required materials are listed separately. Elearning assists in advanced preparation for all courses and codes will be assigned upon payment. Pre-payment is required for all purchases and shipping of materials and crew packs. Please allow enough time for shipping of products to be available upon your arrival
Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment, and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC. This is highly recommended and may be purchased separately at a reduced price for the IDC through the dive center.
The digital crew pack is available for instructors at a special IDC pricing. This is a package deal that includes all eLearning core course subject products. It is highly recommended that candidates purchase and study these guides before and during the course to become familiar with their use. They will be referred to continuously throughout the course and in your real-life training. It is extremely useful to have this at your disposal when you enter the world of dive instructors and need to reference the eLearning courses to teach these products. These may be purchased through the dive center upon request.
The package includes
Advanced Open Water
If you have not already begun with your studies online, no worries at all. You may purchase upon arrival your IDC Crew-Pak, which also includes other reference materials that you’ll need during the course
For those who do not pre-study using eLearning before arrival, candidates are advised to use their evenings for reading and study. A workplace agreement is in place to ensure that both students and instructors comply with what is required of this course.
Equipment is NOT included in the course. You may rent for a small monthly fee your basic equipment but to start the PADI assistant instructor course, we also highly recommend you have:
a timing device (an underwater watch or computer)
reel and DSMB
a pocket mask
As a dive professional this should be included with your basic scuba equipment.
During practical skills and exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you will use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags, and slates.
Your PADI Course Director may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.
A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:
You also need to have:
Emergency First Response 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.
At least 60 logged dives to begin the course and 100 dives to attend an ie.
All students must purchase dive insurance. www.diversalertnetwork.org is a great place to obtain dive accident insurance.
DOWNLOADABLE COURSE GUIDE
This guide presents all the PADI core courses offered in our GoPRO package deals
PADI OPEN WATER DIVER
PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE
PADI RESCUE DIVER
PADI EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR
PADI MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER
PADI STAFF INSTRUCTOR
For a more detailed description of each course, please download the following document.