Instructor Level Training

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 programme 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.


Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course.


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.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.

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

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

What will you learn?

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 organise 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

What’s an IE?

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.

Course Fees

The course price for the IDC is £1095. This is a saving of £100 across doing each individual course. Also if you sign up for the MSDT weekend at the same time then you will pay £1495 a total saving of £300. Included in the course price is the following:

All training, Pool access, Equipment hire.


On top of the basic course price you will also need to factor in the following:

E-Learning: £215

Course Materials: Usually about £400(You must have copies of all the core course manuals so if you don’t have these you’ll need to factor this in too).

Instructor Examination Fee (payable to PADI): £516

Instructor Application (payable to PADI): £150

EFR Instructor application (payable to PADI): £92

Also not included in the course price:

Transport.

Dive site entrance.

In total, you will need to budget around £2500 to become a diving instructor. Please note that the fees payable to PADI and course materials are set globally. You won’t find any of these cheaper anywhere else in the world.

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