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Who should take 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 underwater. 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:

Submit the following documents:

  • A copy of your PADI Divemaster rating (or dive leader certification from other organization).
  • A copy of your logbook (or screenshot of your dive computer) that shows at least 60 logged dives upon IDC enrolment (and 100 dives to attend an IE)
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • A copy of Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. This can be renewed as part of your EFR Instructor course if your EFR training is more than 24 months.
  • Two (2) pcs of passport-sized or 2×2 printed photos
  • Proof that you have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Proof that you are at least 18 yrs of age

To qualify for PADI IE, you should also have completed the Emergency First Response Instructor course.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask us for more details. Email us at

What scuba gear will you use: As a dive professional and during your IDC, you’ll need to have all your basic scuba equipment:

  • Fins
  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Tank (rented)
  • BCD (preferably jacket-type)
  • Regulator with Alternate Air Source
  • Breathing Gas Monitoring Device (i.e. Submersible Pressure Gauge)
  • Depth Monitoring Device (part of your SPG and/or dive computer)
  • Quick Release Weight System and Weights (though rented in most cases, best to have your own so you don’t have to keep on adjusting your trim and buoyancy)
  • Exposure Protection (Full Wetsuit)
  • Pocket Shorts (to minimize dangling slates or other equipment).
  • Audible Emergency Surface Signaling Device (i.e. whistle, air horn)
  • Visible Signaling Device (i.e. DSMB; inflatable surface tube aka balloon)
  • Spool (with marker of every 1m or 5ft)
  • Dive Computer
  • RDP Table (for dive planning) and Instructions for Use
  • eRDPML (for dive planning) and Instructions for Use
  • Time Monitoring Device (not a dive computer; a diver’s watch that can easily monitor seconds)
  • Compass
  • Knife / Diver’s Tool
  • Rescue Breathing / Pocket Mask
  • Rope (for knot tying; at least 2 pcs of at least 48 inches)
  • Lift Bag
  • Two Dive Lights
  • Fins and Booties
  • Wet Notes
  • Toolkit
  • First Aid kit

How long does it take: Depending on your pace, preparedness and Divemaster proficiency, actual in-person class for the IDC usually takes around 10-14 days which may be done in consecutive days or scheduled for several weekends. Preparatory activities (i.e. reading of manuals, watching of videos, etc) which should be done prior the in person class usually take approximately 160 hours. A typical schedule is seen below:

Day 00: Course Enrolment – Release of IDC Study Materials. May need 2 weeks (160 hours more or less) to go through the materials

Day 01 [Makati]: IDC Preparatory Phase – Dive Theory; 24 Dive Skills; Rescue Skills; S&R Skills
Day 02 [Makati]: IDC Preparatory Phase – Dive Theory; 24 Dive Skills; Rescue Skills; S&R Skills
Day 03 [Anilao]: IDC Preparatory Phase – DSD; Dive Briefing and Management; Rescue Skills; S&R Skills
Day 04 [Anilao]: IDC Preparatory Phase – DSD; Dive Briefing and Management; Rescue Skills; S&R Skills

*may be shortened or lengthened depending on the level of candidate preparedness

Day 05 [Makati] – IDC Proper
Day 06 [Makati] – IDC Proper
Day 07 [Makati] – IDC Proper
Day 08 [Makati] – IDC Proper
Day 09 [Anilao] – IDC Proper
Day 10 [Anilao] – IDC Proper
Day 11 [TBD] – Refinement Session / Schedule Buffer
Day 12 [TBD] – Refinement Session / Schedule Buffer
Day 13 [Anilao] – Mock IE
Day 14 [Anilao] – Mock IE

Day 15 [IE Location] – Arrival at IE Location
Day 16 [IE Location] – PADI IE
Day 17 [IE Location] – PADI IE

What are the fees that I need to prepare for:

  • IDC Tuition Fee Php75,000. Downpayment of 50% upon course enrolment and 50% at the start of IDC proper. PADI IDC tuition fee comes with a complimentary 2 PADI Specialty Instructor Course Tuition Fee as noted below.
  • PADI IDC Crew Pak (~Php29,600) to be paid in cash upon enrolment
  • PADI IDC eLearning (~USD 299) to be paid in cash upon enrolment
  • DSD Brochure (~Php250) to be paid in cash upon enrolment
  • Digital Suite Package  (~AUD 170; PADI fees may change without prior notice) to be paid upon enrolment
  • IDC Application Fee (~AUD 280 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice) to be paid during IDC
  • IE Examination Fee (~AUD 975 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card after IDC upon IE application; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
  • [Optional] Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor Application Fee (~AUD 150 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
  • [Optional] AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor Application Fee (~AUD 150 to be paid directly to PADI using your credit card; PADI fees may change without prior notice)
  • Anilao Expenses (food, lodging, tanks, dives, any rentals needed, transportation) for the Open Water sessions in Anilao to be arranged and settled separately
  • IE Expenses (food, lodging, tanks, any rentals needed, transportation) to be arranged and settled separately
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