PADI Instructor

Becoming a certified PADI Instructor is a two step process. The first step is completing the IDC, which in itself is also a two step process. The first half of the IDC is the Assistant Instructor portion with the last half of the IDC the Open Water Scuba Instructor portion. Both portions of the program are collectively the IDC.


The IDC is an intensive program familiarizing you with the PADI programs and standards. It introduces you to the skills you will need to effectively teach the classroom, confined water and open water portions of the most popular certification levels.

For those individuals interested in earning college credit for their IDC experience, the course has been approved by the American Council of Education (ACE) for two undergraduate credit hours in the field of education.

After the IDC has been completed, the final step in becoming a PADI instructor is completing the Instructor Examination (IE). This two day process will assess your knowledge of PADI programs, dive theory, standards and procedures, dive skills and confined water as well as open water presentations.


EFR Instructor Course (Emergency First response)

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course

CPR and first aid are important skills that in high demand. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you can teach these skills to anyone.

The Fun Part

Teach CPR and first aid to others so they can be prepared for an emergency.

What You Learn

Gain experience in how to structure learning, the requirements of performance-based training and your role as the instructor in the learning environment for teaching CPR and first aid.

You also learn how to motivate students, evaluate student knowledge, present course content effectively, become proficient in developing students’hands-on skills practice sessions, and are taught how to present an effective scenario-based learning experience.

What You Can Teach

Learn how to conduct the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and First Response Secondary Care (first aid) courses.

You also learn to conduct the recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.


PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course)

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of?

To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training.

The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

The Assistant Instructor program is a minimum of 2 days and introduces you to the use of the PADI System, familiarize you with PADI Standards and after certification grants you the opportunity and knowledge to independently conduct designated PADI specialties and parts of several core certification courses.

The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you’ll make life long friendshipsThe Fun Part. Participation and concluding the OWSI part grants you to participate in the PADI Instructor Examination.

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.


PADI Specialty Instructor

The PADI Specialty Instructor Course

Dive more, have more fun and teach about your favorite subjects.

Specialty instructor courses provide valuable teaching tips for meeting the requirements of the course.

You can choose from any of the 27 standard specialty courses that PADI offers along with distinctive specialty courses your Course Director may offer. Having five specialty instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.

Browse the most popular instructor specialties.

Don’t see a specialty on a subject that interests you? Write your own specialty! It’s easy and it gets you teaching scuba divers about things you like.

The Fun Part

Whether it’s Ice, Deep, Photography, Enriched Air Nitrox or one of your own, PADI Specialty Instructors are out there scuba diving and training. Join the fun.


Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program

As a PADI Specialty Instructor, challenge your students to become Master Scuba Divers

Increase your marketability as a PADI Professional

What You Learn

You’re on your way to becoming a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer with only five PADI Specialty Instructor ratings.



  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or higher. (Must be a PADI certification; no other Divemaster ratings qualify).
  • Be a certified diver for at least six months with at least 60 logged dives. (You must be certified for at least six months with at least 100 logged dives to attend the IE conducted by PADI)
  • Training and certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the past 24 months.
  • Have a completed PADI medical statement signed by a physician.
  • Copies of documentation of all certifications.
  • Two passport sized photos
  • Balance of your IDC tuition


In addition to training instructors, Dive Safaris also conducts a full range of PADI courses. We can assist you in obtaining any training you may need for the IDC. Candidates must have completed the Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Divemaster course before enrolling into a PADI IDC (Advanced Open Water and Rescue may be “equivalent”from another certifying agency, Divemaster may not).

You must have the material listed in the required and Recommended Material section of this packet in order to participate in the IDC. Contact us if you need information on how to purchase these materials. An IDC Crew Pack is available which offers you more value than buying each item individually.

The IDC schedule is intense, but reasonable. Expect to be involved in about 60 hours of training over eight days. During this time you will attend academic presentations by our teaching staff. These lectures give you insight into the PADI Educational System, the diving industry, marketing, legal issues, teaching psychology and a host of other topics all designed to make you a successful diving educator.

As our teaching staff presents many topics, each instructor candidate will give classroom, confined water and open water presentations as well. Your presentations are part of your preparation for the IE and will be scheduled throughout the program. Don’t worry, we will not ask you to give any presentation before you are ready.

Because you are not expected to have any teaching experience, the program is designed to start at the very beginning with our staff explaining each step of the process in developing your presentations.

Your diving skills will be honed to demonstrative quality with techniques demonstrated emphasizing student and class control without being over bearing. We know you can do the diving skills, now you are going to show others in expert style!

Our PADI IDC program has been designed to be conducted in a stress free environment. This is impossible of course if you continually worry about the consequences of your scores. Therefore, the only requirement to complete the IDC successfully is to attend the various staff presentations and conduct your presentations. Please note we said “conduct”, not pass.

The scores you receive on your teaching presentations, while important in providing feedback to you, does not in any way count toward your certification as an instructor. We will be coaching you and providing feedback in the classroom, confined and open water. You will be very well prepared by the time you attend the IE.

Without getting into to much detail, you will be asked to give presentations for the classroom, confined and open water portions of various PADI programs. Diving theory and PADI Standards and Procedures (GS&P) knowledge will also be assessed. You will not be tested on anything that was not addressed in the IDC, you are simply asked to show the examiner what you have learned and practiced! (See page 3 of the PADI IDC Candidate Workbook for more details of the IE.)

Although this is an understandable and expected question, it is highly subjective. Although there are very different opinions on the difficulty of any IE, one thing all candidates agree upon is the level of stress and apprehension is in direct relation to how prepared the candidate is. The better prepared, the easier the exam will be –no rocket science here.

Although failure at the IE can result from deficiencies in any area of assessment, the overwhelming majority of failures result in theory exams. Dive Safaris offers two optional –and free- diving theory development sessions prior to the IDC. We are committed to your success, should you feel you need to take advantage of these sessions, please contact us to schedule your sessions.

The IE is a PADI Headquarters program. It has no affiliation with Dive Safaris or any other Instructor Development Center. You can expect a PADI Headquarters staff member to evaluate all teaching presentations and oversee all other aspects of the program.

The PADI instructor examiner staff is comprised of some of the most experienced and respected diving educators in the world. They are especially well trained in recognizing and diffusing the stress and anxiety often brought to the IE by candidates. We believe your IE will not only be educational, but enjoyable as well. There is always a sense of camaraderie among candidates at an IE.

There are IDC programs like that, but not at Dive Safaris. We fully appreciate the fact that your life as a diving professional really begins after the IE is over. We recognize that our reputation is based on the quality of product that comes out of our courses, hence our interest in you! Frankly, anyone can learn to parrot answers so they can pass a test, the real question is whether you can do the job that will be asked of you once you get into the real teaching world.


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