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You have a passion for diving…ever thought of becoming an instructor? Join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs. 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 the water.


PADI Open Water Scuba 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. The PADI Instructor rating is earned through hard work and commitment, and rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Build your skills as an instructor by earning specialty instructor, master scuba diver trainer, technical instructor and IDC Staff Instructor ratings. Each new rating adds to your experience level as an instructor and expands the number of scuba courses you can offer. They also allow you to pursue your interests in diving as well as making you more marketable and profitable. We offer classes for all instructor ratings to mee your goals as a PADI scuba professional.

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 to enroll but 100 dives to attend an instructor examination.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two courses– the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. 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 rating. 

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 the PADI Instructor rating. 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.

The IDC takes place over 6-8 days, and teaches you to conduct all PADI core recreational courses up to and including the divemaster course. 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 Counseling

Instructor courses offered include: EFR Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor Instructor Development Course, Specialty Instructor, IDC Staff Instructor, Technical Instructor, CCR Instructor 

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