Instructor Development Course – IDC (AI/OWSI)

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 Counseling

IDC Course Structure

There are 2 parts to the Instructor Development Course (IDC): Assistant Instructor (AI) and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). Professionals who hold an Instructor rating from another organisation may be accepted directly into the OWSI. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to becoming a PADI Instructor.

The IDC consists of several parts but the main focus is on becoming a great teacher and dive educator. As a Divemaster you will have already gained some insight into the dive industry. The IDC gives you the tools and techniques needed to pass on the knowledge you have already acquired.

Course Prerequisites / Requirements to start the IDC

To start the PADI IDC Diver´s 7 Okinawa Instructor Development Course, professional divers must have:

  •  At least 6 months as a Certified Divemaster (from Open Water level).
  • At least 100 dives to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (I.E).
  • Participated in Emergency First Response and Secondary Care CPR and First Aid) training within the past 2 years.
  • 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 as part of your training.

The PADI IDC crewpack contains all of the materials that you will need for the course. We can supply you with your own PADI IDC and EFRI crewpack and this will include:

  • PADI IDC e-learning 
  • Guide to Teaching 
  • Specialty Instructor Manual 
  • Open Water Diver cue cards (confined water)
  • Open Water Diver cue cards (open water)
  • Confined Water lesson preparation slate
  • Open Water lesson preparation slate
  • Advanced Open Water Course cue cards
  • Rescue Diver Course cue cards
  • Discover Scuba Diving cue cards (included in DM Crew Pak)
  • Divemaster Course cue cards
  • Open Water Diver quizzes and exams
  • Rescue Diver final exams
  • Divemaster final exams
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook

In addition to these it will also be useful to bring the following materials from your Divemaster Crewpack:

  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (included in your Divemaster Crew Pak)
  • eRDPml and RDP (table version) with instructions for use booklet

What can a PADI Instructor do?

As a certified PADI OWSI you can teach the full range of PADI programs and courses including:

  • PADI Scuba Diver/Open Water Diver
  • Adventure Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Skin Diver and Discover Snorkeling
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker
  • ReActivate and Discover Local Diving
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project AWARE Specialty
  • Coral Reef Conservation

What is not included?

All the services and materials listed below are not included on the program, please sure you can follow all the guidelines. Some of them will be included as extra costs and some of them can be added if available.

  • Transportation
  • Accomodation
  • Food and drinks
  • Tanks fees
  • Boat fee
  • Parking fee
  • Equipment rental

Please check the prices herePrice list