Open Water Scuba Instructor

Instructor and Beyond!

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor.

Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.


What will you learn?

Over nine days our IDC teaches you how to conduct all the PADI core courses.

You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives.  

By the end of the course you will have all skills and knowledge you need to pass the IE and, more importantly to be able to teach diving effectively and safely.


  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
  • 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

What happens next?

Call us and we will chat through dates, prices and options for you.  We run a 9-day IDC because it allows us to spend time on extra-curricula topics that will help you both at the IE and as a teaching instructor.  We strongly encourage you to do this version of the IDC.

However for some people it may be more appropriate to sign up for online learning at IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before the main IDC starts. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which means we can reduce the IDC to a week.



Before the start of the IDC we do expect you to have the academic knowledge under your belt.  You can do this in several ways:

Using your Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and Diving Knowledge workbook on your own.  This will give you all the knowledge you need, and more besides!

Cost: nothing assuming you have the books already.

Sign up for PADI’s Dive Theory Online,. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC. 

Cost: £79

If you would rather learn face-to-face we offer a Pre-IDC 2 day course that goes over all the theory plus a pool session to make sure you’re on track with your skills.

Cost: £150 if you have signed up for one of our IDC’s.  If you are going elsewhere to do your IDC you can still do this course but it will cost £250

What’s an IE?

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners.

The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.  See what PADI Pros have to say about living the dream.

IDC without EFRI





IDC Crewpack


You will also need the IDC Crewpack which contains all the materials you need for your course and everything for when you go on to teach real students.


More scuba diving and more fun sharing what interests you – that’s what teaching specialty diver courses is all about!

The best way to learn how to make your specialty diver courses really special is to take a specialty instructor course from your local PADI Course Director.  Specialty instructor courses provide teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away.  With 25 standard PADI Specialty Diver courses, and numerous distinctive specialties, you have lots of choose from – so get going.

All PADI Instructors will benefit from taking specialty instructor training courses, especially those who are ready to step up to the Master Scuba Diver™ Trainer (MSDT) rating, which requires at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications.

PADI Assistant Instructors, instructor candidates in training, and PADI Divemasters are eligible to enrol in certain specialty instructor courses. Some specialties have additional prerequisites and exit requirements – ask us for details.


What will you learn?

You’ll learn new techniques to add to the experience you already have in a specialty area and have fun fine-tuning your skills and teaching methods. 

Plus, you’ll get great ideas for marketing your specialty diver courses.

Next Steps

Give us a call to chat about the specs you want to teach and when our next courses are.


7 Speciality package (MSDT Prep)

* Doesn’t include PADI fees or dive fees


Individual Specialities

* Doesn’t include PADI fees or dive fees


Individual Specialities

* Doesn’t include PADI fees or dive fees