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scuba instructor


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 OWSI program is the final step in your journey to becoming a PADI instructor. During this final phase, you will learn to use and adapt the PADI System of Diver Education to suit individual student needs. A wide variety of PADI educational material supports comprehensive training.


$ 853 USD

$ 650 USD

crew pack*


does not include 

padi fees & EQUIPMENT rental

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open water

scuba instructor


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(ai + owsi)


$ 1278 USD

does not include 

padi fees & EQUIPMENT rental

see pricelists

$ 650 USD

crew pack*


Please have a look at our

payment methods & 

refund policies

*  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


During the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program, you will complete your academic teaching presentations as well as confined and open water training in addition to other related topics

The OWSI Program allows dive professionals to continue training to become PADI Instructors or to regain status as a PADI Instructor. There are different program options based on three types of candidates:

1. PADI Assistant Instructors enroll to complete the remaining IDC components in preparation for attending a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

2. Scuba instructors from other recreational diver training organizations enroll to learn about the PADI System of diver education and prepare to attend an IE.

3. PADI Instructors who want to regain Teaching status due to lapse in membership or a required reorientation to PADI Standards (formerly called a Status Update) complete a customized program.


PADI Course Directors are directed by the PADI Regional Headquarters to conduct a prescriptive OWSI program based on the instructor candidate’s needs. These instructors may or may not be required to attend an IE to regain their PADI Instructor rating.

Any additional training will be provided for those who have difficulty meeting performance requirements or just feel unsure about their abilities. Additional IDC curriculum presentations and assistance may be provided to bolster dive theory knowledge



Upon application

For more detailed information please have a look at our DOWNLOADABLE COURSE GUIDE



Over a minimum of five days, but usually, more like seven, 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 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 open water scuba instructor  AND INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT courseS - 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

  • Open Water

  • Advanced Open Water

  • Rescue

  • Enriched Air

  • Freediver

  • Equipment

  • Reactivate



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)

  • compass

  • 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 to have:


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