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PADI Instructor Development Course

This is a very challenging course, but also a lot of fun. Here is where you learn to actually teach scuba diving. Successful completion of an IDC is a prerequisite for admittance to an Instructor Evaluation (IE). The new format IDC is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1 is the PADI Assistant Instructor Course, and part 2 is the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Course. Instructors from other agencies, wishing to become PADI Instructors, need only take part 2.


PART 1 :

Assistant Instructor

This is where you learn the skills of how to prepare classroom, confined, and open water teaching, as well as anintroduction to some of the courses an AI can teach.

If you are already an Instructor from another diving agency, you can skip this part of the course.



Open Water Scuba Instructor

Here is where you learn at a greater level about the various courses offered by PADI, as well as more advanced teaching techniques. This course is open to PADI Assistant Instructors or equivalent and also to instructor from other training organisations wishing to become PADI instructors.Successful completion of an IDC is a prerequisite for admittance to an Instructor Evaluation (IE).


The IDC (OWSI) curriculum includes the following topics:

A) Academic topics
1. Course Orientation
2. Learning Instruction and The PADI System
3. Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
4. Teaching Project Aware and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
5. PADI Discover Scuba and Snorkelling Programs
6. Teaching in Confined Water
7. Conducting Open Water Training Dives
8. Diving Industry Overview
9. General Standards and Procedures 1
10. Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
11. The role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
12. PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
13. How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (optional)
14. Adaptive teaching
15. The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
16. Business Principles for the Dive Professional 1
17. Adventures in Diving Program
18. PADI Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
19. Rescue Diver Course
20. Divemaster Course
21. Diver Retention ProgramsDive industry overview
B. Orientation to Academic Teaching
- Academic Teaching
- Practice Teaching Presentation
C. Orientation to Confined Water Teaching
- Confined Water Teaching
- Practice Confined Water Teaching
D. Orientation to Open Water Teaching
- Open Water Teaching
- Practice Open Water Teaching
E. Water Skills
- Scuba Skills (Skill Circuit)
- 800 m Snorkel swim
- Advanced course Orientation (Work shop)
- Rescue course Orientation (Work shop)
- Rescue Skills (Workshop)
F. General
- Course Orientation
- Dive Equipment / Sales Orientation & PADI Equipment Specialty
- Work place Health and Safety Presentation
- IE Orientation
- Candidate Review and Recommendation


1. PADI Dive Master or equivalent from another training organisation.
2. Minimum age 18.
3. Medical certificate, less than 12 months old, stating you are fit to dive (preferably to Australian Standard 4005.1).
4. 60 logged dives (including documented experience in night, deep and navigation) please note 100 logged dives are a prerequisite to attending an IE.
5. Be certified for at least six months.
6. Must be a PADI EFR Instructor (this course can be included as part of your IDC at extra cost)
Duration: 9 Days (Two weeks including IE)
Daily Hours: 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm (Introduction evening) 8.00 am - 6.00 pm (Daily)
Investment: $ 1890.00 valid till 31/12/2014 excluding PADI fees
Deposit: A three hundred dollars ($395) initial deposit is required to reserve your position on this program, with the total investment due by the commencement. Refundable up to one week before starting date. The price does not include PADI fees (IDC application, IE)
You will need to have the following materials prior to your course commencement as per PADI requirement.
1) PADI Open Water Manual*
2) Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
3) PADI Adventure in Diving*
4) PADI Rescue Diver Manual*
5) Rescue Diver Final Exam booklet
6) PADI Divemaster Manual*
7) Divemaster Final Exam booklet
8) Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving*
9) Specialty outlines for PPB, Project Aware, Aware CRC
10) The Best of the Undersea Journal*
11) Law & the Diving Professional*
12) Business of Diving*
13) Children & Scuba Diving*
14) Instructor Manual
15) IDC candidate workbook
16) Recreational Dive Planner Table version and eRDPml
17) Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba diving
18) EFR Instructor manual, student manual
* Items available from library (fee applies)
As a Dive professional it is expected that you have your own tools (dive equipment).
Your Course Director can help you with advice on equipment and any equipment purchases during the IDC will be offered at a discounted industry rate.
Rental equipment is available.
For the IE it is required that you have a full set of Scuba Equipment including al Safety Equipment (Knife, Whistle, Safety Sausage) and a Rescue Pocket Mask. (as per PADI standards).

Administrative Requirements

1.Ensure current membership of PADI.
2. Provide 2 sets of photocopies of all your certification cards (front and back), Open Water through to Divemaster / AI (not specialties).
3. Provide proof (2 copies) of First Aid and CPR taken within 24 months.
4.Provide 2 passport photos.
5.Provide 2 copies of current dive medical.
6.Complete and sent 2 copies of personal dive history (see back of booklet).
7.Bring original, and current log books, to substantiate experience, and number of dives.

Included in course fees :

1. 11 days tuition and use of classroom facilities
2. Pool use during the course, and all boat trip fees
3. Tanks, weights, and air fill

Not included in course fees:

1. PADI materials
2. PADI IDC registration fee (see current price list)
3. Transfers, meals, and accommodation

How to prepare for the course :

1. Attend the Instructor Preparation Course
2. Book early to avoid disappointment, and secure your place with a 10% deposit
3. Obtain materials early, and begin self study - You MUST complete all Knowledge Reviews prior to the course
4. Ensure you meet all administrative requirements above
5. Practice your 800m snorkel
6. Practice you demonstration of skills from the Open Water Diver Course
7. Study the Diving Knowledge Workbook
8. PLEASE contact us with any questions, worries or concerns!
Contact us for details. Prices subject to change without notice
Typical prices (to be used as a guide only) are
Course cost $1,890
Application fee including Instructor Exam $860
Materials $800 approx (but you should have most as a DM)
EFR Instructor course $550 (inc materials) + PADI application fee
Aquapro Dive Services, PO Box 4842, Cairns, QLD 4870, Australia