Are you looking for something extraordinary? 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 Instructor. Teaching scuba allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with thers. 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.
PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training – is composed of two distinct components: the first portion is the Assistant Instructor (AI) course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (OWSI).
The fun part of instructor training is interacting with student divers while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.
Candidates completing the Assistant Instructor course are authorized to conduct some PADI programs independently. Candidate may also go on to complete an OWSI program in the future. Candidates completing an entire IDC (or AIs who go on to complete an OWSI Program) are eligible to enroll in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) conducted by PADI Staff. The IE evaluates the candidate’s teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism using standardized, objective criteria. When the criteria are met, candidates achieve the PADI Open WaterScuba Instructor rating.
Prerequisites for AI Phase:
The PADI Dive Center, Resort, Course Director and/or IDC Staff Instructor conducting the course ensures that instructor candidates have, in their possession, a personal, current set of the following materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward; unless the materials are not available in a language understood by the candidate:
Instructor Candidate Materials(Recommended):
Costs of Assistant Instructor Development Course:
As of April 2021
Assistant Instructor Course Fee + IDC Crew Pack..................................................................................$1700
(IDC Crew Pack with Guide to Teaching Manual #60234)
Required materials, equipment, entry fees and air fills are all Candidates responsibility.