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Who should take the this course: 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.
After successfully completing the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), you can now participate in the PADI Instruction Examination (IE) in Puerto Galera or Anilao or any IE location of choice (your course director will discuss this with you). The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.
Course Prerequisites: A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:
- To have at least 60 logged dives upon IDC enrolment 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.
- To be an Emergency First Response Instructor, and you can earn this rating during your instructor training.
Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask us for more details. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What scuba gear will you use: As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment:
- Dive Computer and/or (any timing device that can accurately measure time underwater)
- Mask and Snorkel
- Fins and Booties
- Torch / UW Light
- Delayed Surface Marker Buoy (safety sausage) and Reel (with distance markers)
- Exposure Protection (i.e. wetsuit) including pocket shorts
- Dive Knife
- First Aid kit
- Rope for Knot Tying
- Pocket Mask
How long does it take: Depending on your pace, preparedness and Divemaster proficiency, actual in-person class usually takes around 10-12 days which may be done in consecutive days or spread in a few weeks. Preparatory activities (i.e. reading of manuals, watching of videos, etc) which should be done prior the in person class usually take approximately 150 hours.
How much does it cost: Course fee is Php 75,000.
- IDC Preparatory Phase (Prep days will cover dive theory, dive skills, DM skills review, ascent & descent techniques, knot tying, lift bag use, and a rescue skills refresher)
- IDC Tuition Fee
- Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor Course Fee
- AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor Course Fee
- PADI IDC Crew Pak (~Php28,000)
- PADI IDC eLearning (~USD 299)
- DSD Brochure (~Php200)
- Digital Suite Package (AUD 169; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
- IDC Application Fee (AUD 238 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
- IE Examination Fee (AUD 825 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
- Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor Application Fee (AUD 94 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
- AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor Application Fee (AUD 94 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
- Anilao Expenses for the Open Water sessions
- First Payment: Php37,500 as downpayment upon enrolment
- Second Payment: Php 37,500 upon start of IDC