PADI

Our IDC package comprises of three courses – PADI Assistant Instructor Course & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor Course.

If you are crossing over from another dive organisation please check out our section Crossover.

And don’t forget to check out our Specialty Instructor Courses in section 5!

If you are at the stage in your diving career where you want to start teaching beyond the Divemaster level, see our Staff instructor Course!

 

1. The Assistant Instructor Course (AI)

During the AI course you will be introduced to the Standards and Philosophy of the PADI System. You will have a great time learning how to give presentations in the classroom, in confined water and in open water, and for sure there will be plenty of time to work on your demonstration skills.

With successful completion of the AI course you will be authorized to conduct some PADI programs independently. You may then go on to complete the OWSI in the future.

AI – Prerequisites:

To become a PADI Assistant Instructor and enroll on an IDC you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or as a Dive Leader with another training organization
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have completed and logged at least 60 dives
  • Proof of experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
  • Show proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months
  • If you are a Dive Leader from another training agency than PADI, you will need to complete the PADI Divemaster Course rescue assessment
  • Diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months
  • Submit documentation of any qualifying certifications for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership level issued by another training organisation.

2. THE IDC

We encourage all candidates to complete the eLearning PADI Dive Theory section prior to the IDC. Although this is not a fixed requirement, previous candidates have benefited from this additional preparation.

During the IDC you will develop and refine personal dive skills and leadership ability to an elevated level and learn how to successfully transfer knowledge and skills to others.

Furthermore you will develop a clear understanding of The PADI philosophy of continuing education and the full range of PADI programs, teaching materials and tools, including digital products that are available to you as a PADI Instructor.

Once you have understood the basic teaching methods employed in teaching scuba and how to use the PADI system to its fullest, you will find teaching an easy and exhilarating experience!

The programs are performance based and focused on development, they are candidate centered, so you will receive feedback throughout the course informing you of your progress and level of proficiency.

Team work is a key element to success and you are likely to meet people that become lifelong friends. The IDC is great fun and a rewarding and unforgettable experience.

OWSI – Prerequisites

To become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or as a current instructor member in good standing with another recreational diver training organization for at least six months
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Have completed and logged at least 60 dives (Note: To attend an Instructor Examination (IE), the instructor candidate must have at least 100 logged scuba dives)
  • Proof of experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
  • Show proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months
  • If you are an instructor from another training agency, you will need to complete the PADI Divemaster Course rescue assessment
  • Diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months
  • Submit documentation of any qualifying certifications for entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership level issued by another training organisation

OWSI – Instructor Examination (IE):

The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is the evaluation phase of the PADI Instructor development process. Instructor candidates who have successfully completed an IDC or OWSI Program may enrol in a standardized 2 day PADI IE. To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, an individual must successfully complete a PADI IE conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner.

3. THE EFR-INSTRUCTOR

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course is a one day course. Depending on the IDC group we can schedule it at the beginning, the middle or end of an IDC.

During your Emergency First Response Instructor course you will update your knowledge to the latest CPR and First Aid techniques using an adult and infant mannequin and an Automated External Defibrillator training unit giving classroom presentations and hands on practical sessions.

EFRI – Prerequisites:

To enroll in an EFR-Instructor course, an individual must:

  • Have completed the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) course within the past 24 months
  • Have completed the Emergency First Response Secondary Care (First Aid) course within the past 24 months.
  • Have completed the Emergency First Response Care for Children course within the past 24 months
  • Be 18 years old

Note: Practicing medical professionals are not required to have completed these EFR provider-level courses.

4. CROSSOVER

If you are an Instructor from an other organisation and would like to crossover to PADI you only need to participate in the OWSI part of the IDC.

As you are an Instructor already and know how to teach, the OWSI program will introduce you to the PADI course system and approach, the PADI materials as well as the PADI philosophy and standards.

To participate you need to be in active status of another organisation for at least six months.

The organisations we can accept are:

CMAS 3 Star, BSAC , NAUI , SSI , SAA , YMCA , PDIC , FAUI, IDEA

Please contact me for more details.

 

5. SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR COURSE

Keep your options open and add as much variety to your teaching as possible.

Do some Specialty Instructor Courses, give your customers more satisfaction and enjoyment in the areas they particularly enjoy, and earn more money in the process!

As a PADI Specialty Instructor you are PADI Instructor who has met the requirements to offer courses in various special types of diving activities. You have acquired the knowledge and skills necessary to offer this training by continuing your education and gaining experience in a particular specialty area.

These courses provide valuable hands-on training, technique demonstrations, course marketing information, and current PADI Standards information and, when applicable, Instructor-level open water training. It is also the cheapest method of application with PADI!

Specialty Instructor – Prerequisites:

To enroll in a Specialty Instructor Training course, you must:

  • Be a renewed PADI Assistant Instructor, Open Water Instructor or higher
  • Have made and logged at least 10 dives in the particular specialty area. These dives may be completed before, during or after attending the Specialty Instructor Training Course, but they must be completed prior to submitting a Specialty Instructor Application to PADI.

Once you have attained 5 specialty instructor credentials and have certified 25 students at any level, you are eligible to apply to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)!

PADI is having a special promotion where if you submit “5” Method Two Specialty Instructor ratings via manual process, you only pay for 4.

Or

Apply for 5 Method Two Specialty Instructor ratings online (www.padimembers.com >Online Services > MSDT/Spec Applications). Once the Specialty Instructor ratings are complete, submit a manual MSDT application for free MSDT processing.

 

6. IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR (IDCS)

You are now at the stage in your diving career where you want to start teaching beyond the Divemaster level, and see how to teach Instructors!

The Staff Instructor Course gives you an insight into how to do this with hands on experience alongside a PADI Course Director to guide you in how to evaluate candidates and also give presentations during an actual IDC.

By completing this course, you are proving what dedication you have to the industry, by broadening your horizons and acknowledging your professional achievements so far. You are someone to look up to and respect as a person with much experience in the field and a passion to pass on your knowledge to others.

IDC Staff Instructors work with PADI Course Directors to develop instructor candidates’ teaching abilities as well as shape their attitudes as dive professionals. IDC Staff Instructors are also authorized to independently conduct PADI Assistant Instructor courses.

The IDC Staff Instructor course is divided into four steps:

  1. Pre-assessment
  2. Knowledge Development
  3. Evaluation Training
  4. Auditing an IDC

As a renewed Teaching status PADI IDC Staff Instructor you will be authorised to:

  • Independently teach and certify PADI Assistant Instructors
  • Conduct IDC training segments under the supervision of a PADI Course Director
  • Evaluate and critique instructor candidate knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations
  • Provide counselling and remedial training for Instructor candidates and IDC Staff Instructor candidates
  • Assist with training during Instructor-level continuing education programs
  • Observe the orientation and closing sessions of PADI Instructor Examinations
  • Conduct portions of the Tec Deep Instructor course (if certified as a Tec deep Instructor)

IDCS – Prerequisites:

To enrol in a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, you must:

  • Be a renewed, Teaching status PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • Agree to conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual
  • Agree to use the PADI System and components in its entirety.

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