The first part of the PADI scuba diver instructor course
If you have a love for people and the ocean with a yearning for an extraordinary life, become a PADI Instructor. Make the ocean your office while sharing your love for scuba diving. PADI Assistant Instructors and Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most sought after dive professionals worldwide, as they have achieved certification for the program that sets the standard for professional divers. Hardwork and dedication are required to complete this course but the reward of an always adventurous job that follows your passion awaits you.
PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of two parts: The Assistant Instructor (AI) Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Program. Most future dive pros complete the entire IDC and go on to attend and Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor Certificate. The IDC commonly takes seven days.
After completing the AI Course the PADI Assistant Instructor is ready to progress to the OWSI course following which you may attend the two day IE to earn your PADI Instructor qualification.
If you are already an instructor with another dive organisation, this may qualify you to skip the AI and enroll directly in the OWSI program.
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 will become 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