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Are you dreaming of living the dive life but haven’t yet taken the plunge? Do you find it appealing to spend your days diving instead of Facebooking your day away in an office?

If so, now is the time to start your PADI Professional career by inquiring about a personalized PADI Go Pro course package.

The Instructor Development Course can be divided into two parts: the first part is the Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the second is the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI).

This opens up the possibility of becoming either an AI or an OWSI from the Divemaster level.

For those who are Instructors from other Scuba Training Organizations and wish to crossover to PADI… you only need to take the OWSI course.


The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.

The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organization and dedication are key.


What You Learn

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)


You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all 24 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part .


What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.


The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual. You will also need a divers tool, DSMB and Reel, Pocket Mask and ERDPML

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual


Minimum requirements

  • Minimum requirements: Must be a PADI Divemaster (or qualifying certification from another training organization) and 18 years old
  • Minimum certification as a diver: 1 year (with a minimum of 6 months as a diver, the candidate can participate in the IDC and finish it, but needs to wait for validity of the certification until requirement is met)
  • Show proof of 100 logged dives (with a minimum of 60 logged dives, a candidate can participate in the IDC and finish it, but needs to wait for validity of the certification until requirement is met)
  • Medical certificate: signed by a doctor, stating fitness for (professional) diving
  • Valid EFR certification with CPR: within the last 2 years
  • Study materials (mandatory during IDC & IE, in original format):
  • Open water Manual & RDP
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Rescue Diver Manual
  • Divemaster Manual
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • OWSI Crew Pack

How long it takes :

The PADI IDC at Blue Magic Scuba is based on years of experience and offers a relaxed but fully loaded learning experience. The IDC will take 12 days with extra days factored in to allow some free time and/or remedial learning. The days will consist of classrom presentations, confined water training in the pool and open water diving in the ocean, so no single day is the same. For a full (tentative) schedule please contact Javier (Javi) Agudo,  your PADI Course Director.

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