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OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR Are you looking for something extraordinary?

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (IDC)

Approximately $ 4,000 (See breakdown of pricing below)

Our next IDC will be September 3rd - 13th, 2019. 

Instructor Exam September 14-15, 2019

Are you looking 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 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

Prior to the course you must complete the IDC online presentations.  The online Dive Theory is highly recommended, but not required.

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

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

You will also attend and participate in the following 11 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Risk Management
  • PADI  Open Water Diver Course
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Digital Media

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.
  • Rescue assessment

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

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.

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

Next Steps

Give us a call for more information and to sign up for the class. Space is limited.



To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months


  • Full IDC                                                             $ 1,500
  • EFR Instructor                                                  $    300
  • Online eLearning                                            $    402
  • IDC Crewpak                                                    $    525
  • EFR Instructor Crewpak                                 $    200
  • IDC Application Fee                                        $    185*
  • EFR Instructor Application Fee                     $    128*
  • Instructor Exam Fee                                       $    700*
  • Dive Theory Online                                         $    140

* Fees paid directly to PADI

Your Next Adventure:

You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.

For more information about this or other PADI courses give us a call.