This is a two-part course – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills.
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? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course.
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.
Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.
Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.
Total investment for the IDC is $1995.00. (AI only $895.00, OWSI only $1200.00)
A deposit of $795.00, 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
Day One – Saturday Nov 3rd
9.00am Registration & Course Orientation
11.30am Learning, Instruction & the PADI System
1.30pm Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
3.30pm Teaching in Confined Water
Day Two – Sunday Nov 4th
9.00am Confined Water Teaching Presentations 1 (pool)
Confined Water Teaching Presentations 2 (pool)
Pool skills demonstration
2.30pm Knowledge Development Presentations 1
3.30pm Conducting Open Water Training Dives
5.00pm Start Diving
Day Three – Monday Nov 5th
9.00am Knowledge Development Presentations 2
10.00am Standards Exam
1.00pm General Standards & Procedures Part 1
4.30pm Open Water Teaching Presentations 1 (open water)
Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
Day Four – Tuesday Nov 6th
9.00am Open Water Diver Course
11.30pm Adventures in Diving Program
1.00pm Risk Management Part 1
2.30pm General Standards & Procedures Part 2
4.30pm Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses
Day Five – Wednesday Nov 7th
9.00am Risk Management Part 2 – Duty of Care Workshop
11.00am Business of Diving
1.30pm Confined Water Reaching Presentation 3 (pool)
3.00pm Confined Water Teaching Presentation 4 (pool)
800m Mask, snorkel, fins swim (pool)
5.00pm Rescue Diver Course
Day Six – Thursday Nov 8th
9.00am How to Teach the RDP & eRDP/ML
10.30am Divemaster Course
1.00pm Keep Diving
3.30pm Open Water Teaching Presentation 2 (open water)
Day Seven – Friday Nov 9th
9.00am Knowledge Development Presentations 3
11.30pm 4 E’s Counseling Workshop
1.00pm Marketing Diving
3.30pm Adventure Dive/Specialty Dive Workshop (open water)
Day Eight– Saturday Nov 10th
9.00am Rescue Exercise Workshop (open water)
10.30am Rescue Practice
2.00pm Dive Theory Exams
5.00pm Counselling Session
Be 18 years of age by course commencement
At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.
• Mask, snorkel, gloves, boots & fins
• Appropriate exposure protection for pool (approximately 24 degrees C) and open water (dependent on the time of year)
• BCD with low pressure inflator or Backplate/Harness
• Regulator with alternate air source
• Submersible pressure gauge, compass & computer
• Weight system with appropriate weight for pool & open water
• Dive knife or shears
• Emergency signaling devices (whistle & SMB)
• Slate with pencil
• Pocket mask
• Gear bag or bin
All equipment must be well maintained and in good working order.
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.
This course is subject to Ocean Divers’ normal Terms & Conditions. By enrolling in this course, you agree to accept all terms and conditions.