Instructor Development Course


The Instructor Development Course is a twofold process designed to increase and enhance the abilities of the candidate as a dive professional.

The program combines three & a half days training as an Assistant Instructor (AI) and five days training as an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), making a continuous eight & a half day Instructor Development Course (IDC). Alternatively, candidates may choose to break the IDC into two parts, by completing the AI course and working in the field prior to completing the OWSI program. Successful completion of the OWSI program (or an entire IDC) is required for the candidate to participate in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

The IDC emphasises development in areas such as teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding the PADI system, attitude, professionalism, and leadership.

Instructor candidates become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors only after successfully completing an IE. PADI IE’s are standardised, objective evaluations conducted by Instructor Examiners. The PADI Instructor development process of the IDC and IE makes the program the most comprehensive and demanding of any in the dive industry. New PADI Instructors must meet the highest standards for learning and performance of any recreational diver certification organisation.

Candidate Preparation:

Prior to the start of an Instructor Development Course, Assistant Instructor course or OWSI program candidates should read and be familiar with the PADI Instructor Manual and PADI's Guide to Teaching.

Ultimate success during instructor development programs depends greatly upon the amount of preparation candidates put forth. Independent learning needs to begin well in advance, and is critical to personal achievement. Pre-study allows candidates to start with a basic understanding of standards, which means that class time may be dedicated to learning how to apply standards and prescriptive teaching techniques, and how to market courses effectively.

We also recommend that candidates spend time reviewing and practicing pool and open water skills learned as a Divemaster, rescue skills, and theory in areas such as physics, physiology, equipment, decompression theory and the RDP (both table & eRDPML versions), and dive skills and the environment.


Assistant Instructor Pre-requisites:

  • Be 18 years of age by course commencement
  • Certified as a PADI Divemaster
  • Submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical conducted within the previous 12 months. A licenced physician must sign the form stating that the candidate is fit for diving
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives

OWSI Course Pre-requisites:

  • Fulfill all AI Course Prerequisites
  • Certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor
  • NOTE To attend an IE, you must have at least 100 logged dives

To Enrol:

Total investment for the IDC is $1950 (AI only $850, OWSI only $1200)

A deposit of $500, along with a completed application form is required to secure your position on the program. Balance of fees and all paperwork is due upon commencement of the IDC. Please ensure that you review the candidate checklist on the back of the application form.

In addition, please note that two passport-sized photographs of you are required along with photocopies of all certifications held. Logbooks should be brought to the first day of the program for verification of diving experience.


Required Materials;

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Aquatic Cue Cards – Confined Water & Open Water
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams Booklet
  • Rescue Diver & Divemaster Final Exam Booklets
  • Adventures in Diving, Rescue, Divemaster & Discover Scuba Diving Cue Cards
  • The Recreational Dive Planner –Table & eRDPML
  • PADI's Guide to Teaching
  • PADI How to Use & Choose Dive Computers
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Outline
  • Project Aware Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Spec. Instructor Outline
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Log Book
  • Pocket Mask
  • Pen, pencil and note taking materials

Required Equipment;

  • Mask, snorkel, gloves, boots & fins
  • Appropriate exposure protection for confined water (approximately 24 degrees C) and open water (dependent on the time of year)
  • Buoyancy Control Device with low pressure inflator
  • Regulator with alternate air source
  • Submersible pressure gauge, computer & compass 
  • Weight system with appropriate weight for confined and open water
  • Dive knife or tool
  • Cylinder
  • Emergency signalling device (whistle & surface marker buoy)
  • Slate with pencil
  • Gear bag or bin

Ocean Divers will supply all air fills for the duration of the IDC, along with any extra tanks as required. For country, interstate or overseas candidates, weight belts can also be provided. These are supplied at no extra charge. Washing, drying and storage facilities are available on site.

  • It is helpful to carry a spare parts kit for field repairs and a first aid kit for any unexpected emergencies. We have trained equipment technicians on staff to lend assistance should the need arise, as well as qualified first aiders and oxygen providers. An emergency oxygen supply and appropriate means of delivery is available to candidates for the duration of the program. Floats, flags and lines are also supplied. All equipment must be well maintained and in good working order.

Centre Facilities:

Our facility offers several classrooms that are utilised throughout the program. We also have a showroom, gear washing facilities, indoor & outdoor drying racks & equipment servicing room.

Pool Diving: We use a variety of pools depending upon the time of year, but try to offer the best options whenever possible. Most local pools are 2 – 3 metres in depth, and are heated to suit lap swimmers.

Open Water Sites: Diving takes place at different locations according to the weather. Some sites are local (10 – 15 minutes by car), whilst others (up to an hours drive) may be utilised if necessary. Mostly we shore dive, and attempt to finish the day at the beach. Please be flexible!

Dress Code: We require that at all times your appearance reflect a professional attitude and image. Smart casual is necessary for academic sessions, dive store shirts, PADI shirts, track pants etc. are acceptable at the pool and open water. Don’t forget towel & bathers!

Accommodation: There are a number of places to stay, which are close to our facility for country, interstate, or overseas candidates. Most seem to offer a wide range of facilities including restaurant or self catering, laundry, television, cable, air conditioning, tea and coffee making, direct dial telephone, facsimile, e-mail and so on. You would be responsible for making your own bookings, and accommodation costs are not included in your IDC fees. Brochures of nearby facilities are available upon request.

Transport: Although it is not generally provided, arrangements can be made for non-driving candidates or for those from ‘out of town’. Please notify us of your needs in advance.

Each Day: Program commencement is at 9.00am on the first day at our 5 Star Instructor Development Centre, 223a East Boundary Road, East Bentleigh, Victoria, 3165.

You will receive a timetable outlining the format for the week. Please pay careful attention to the days' requirements for teaching assignments, pool and open water work and necessary materials for the day. For the first day, please bring all your classroom materials with you, but you will not need your scuba or snorkeling equipment. Don’t forget your sense of humour!

If In Doubt:

We are available to assist you as much as possible, so do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries at all. We have two PADI Course Directors, several Master Instructors and IDC Staff Instructors, Master Scuba Diver Trainers, Open Water Instructors, Marine Safety Victoria coxswains, equipment technicians and sales personnel on staff..

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