Scuba Cat IDC

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)


This is the core of PADI Instructor training as it provides a professional level of experience, knowledge and skill that you will need as a PADI professional.

Using the PADI system, the IDC process consists of the Assistant Instructor (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course.

To become an OWSI you will need to succeed in completing the Instructor Examination (IE).

As an OWS Instructor you can:

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you can conduct the entire range of PADI experience programs and PADI diver programs, from Open Water Diver through Divemaster (except for specialties and PADI Emergency First Response) which require specific Specialty Diver Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor ratings).

After successfully completing your PADI IDC and IE, you receive a certification card and certificate denoting this rating. You'll also become a member of PADI and receive the PADI benefits.

Course prerequisites

  1. Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization* who is either:

    a. An instructor member in good standing, or

    b. A diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.

  2. 18 years old.
  3. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  4. Certified diver for six months.
  5. EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  6. If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  7. Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.

What will you do on the Course?

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 15 curriculum presentations:

  1. Course Orientation
  2. Dive Industry Overview
  3. General Standards and Procedures
  4. The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  5. Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  6. PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  7. Adaptive Teaching
  8. The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  9. Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  10. Adventures in Diving Program
  11. Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  12. Rescue Diver Course
  13. Divemaster Course
  14. Diver Retention Programs
  15. 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.

How long will it take

12 days unless you complete the eLearning Option

Costs involved in the Course: What materials are needed. Fees payable to PADI.