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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor


The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of two sections, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. You can complete each course separately or combine them together, going through the entire IDC in as few as seven days. 


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. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.


What Will You Learn?

In addition to everything covered in the PADI Assistant Instructor Course 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 get 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.

There is the option to do many of the academic training sessions online which reduces the course duration.


Course Pre-requisites

  • PADI Assistant Instructor rating or qualifying certification from another organization

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • 60 logged dives (with experience in night, deep and navigation)

  • Proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months

  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

  • Submit a medical form signed by a Doctor

Knowledge Development

Similar to many PADI training courses, the PADI IDC course has a self-study element.


Upon beginning your course you'll receive quality training materials from PADI, specifically an IDC CrewPak designed to teach you what you need to know.


The PADI IDC crewpak and pass for on-line seminars include all the materials needed for the course and also to prepare for the PADI Instructor course. It includes:


  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, AOW, Rescue and Divemaster)

  • The Law and the Diving Professional

  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water

  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses

  • PADI Speciality Instructor Manual

  • PADI Guide to Teaching

  • and more.....


You will perfect your skills and learn how to present them in confined water teaching presentations, waterskills and skills reviews.


Confined Water Dives

You will perfect your skills and learn how to present them in open water teaching presentations, waterskills and skills reviews.


Open Water Dives

  • Classroom Lectures

  • Confined Water training

  • Open Water training

What's Included?

The PADI Assistant Instructor with e-learning option can take a minimum of 2 days. The full IDC, including PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, may take approximately 7 days.


How Much Does It Cost?

£695* + IDC Crewpak (Current Member price £670) 

Course duration approximately 3 days.

* AI & OWSI combined as full IDC £995 + IDC Crewpak (Current Member price £670)

NB: There are separate fees for the Instructor Exams (approx £550) payable direct to PADI and annual PADI Instructor membership fees payable upon application



Call 01603 485000 or click the 'Contact Us' button to find out about dates and availability.


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