PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

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. 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. Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs?

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.


  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, a PADI Assistant Instructor or leadership level with another diver training organization (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us)
  • 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six month
  • Have 80 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 Exam (IE).
  • 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 present a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months


  • PADI Assistant instructor course (AI) and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI)
  • Dive theory presentations on physics, physiology, equipment, decompression theory and skills & environment
  • Practice exams
  • Classroom time for presentations about how to teach the PADI courses, and other topics like marketing and risk management.
  • Confined water skill sessions to practice the 24 skills from the PADI Divemaster course
  • Confined water and open water sessions: in-water workshops to learn how to handle students when teaching the PADI courses.
  • Workshops in knot tying, lift bag use, DSD, CESA, etc.

We do training in small groups, which allows us to give you plenty of one on one time to practice things that you find difficult. We will have time to spend with you in a pool or practice rescue exercises over and over again. There is no such a thing as too many questions, we’re here for you -100%.


PADI IDC Crew Pack

The following are included in the IDC Crew Pack

  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching with hologram
  • Aquatic Cue Cards
    • Confined Water
    • Open Water
    • Adventures in Diving
    • Rescue Diver
  • Lesson Planning Slates
    • Confined Water
    • Open Water
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline (pdf)
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline AWARE (pdf)
  • Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline (pdf)
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet 
  • Law and the Diving Professional (book)
  • CD containing
    • Best of the Undersea Journal
    • Children and Diving
    • Business and Diving
  • Positive Approach Selling (DVD)

PADI Backpack

In addition you will need the following which are now included in the current Divemaster Crew Pak or can be purchased separately:

  • Current PADI Instructor Manual. The digital Instructor Manual is available for free download by all PADI Divemasters
  • Aquatic Cue Cards – Discover Scuba Diving

You will also need the current books and slates from PADI Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster, some or all of which you may have already:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner: table and eRDPML with Instructions for Use booklets
  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Slates
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook

There is also a lot of recommended material like all PADI videos etc., but don’t worry; we’ll provide the recommended materials for your reference for free during your IDC.


As an instructor you should have your own full scuba gear as follows:

  • Fins, mask, snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device with low pressure inflator
  • Regulator with alternate air source and submersible pressure gauge
  • Wetsuit
  • Timing device, depth gauge and compass
  • Knife/diver’s tool
  • Slate and dive table
  • Two surface signaling devices
    • one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.)
    • one visual (inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.)
  • Weight belts, weights and tanks (provided by us)
  • Pocket mask

It is possible to rent basic equipment from us (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, wetsuit, weights and tank). However, if you wish to work as an instructor you will need your own set of gear.