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PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Are you looking for something extraordinary?
To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn't even know existed?
All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training.
The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.
The IDC program is a minimum of five days (not including online independent learning) It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.
The Fun PartIt’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.
The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.
You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.
Get College CreditYou may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

The Challenging Part
The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn
During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education.

Sample Schedule (subject to change)
Day One
Course Orientation
General Standards and Procedures
How to Teach the Open Water Diver Course
Teaching in Confined Water
Skill Demo Workshop (and 800 m/yd swim)

Day Two
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 1
Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
How to Teach the Advanced Open Water Course
Conducting Open Water Dives
Risk Management

Day Three
Open Water Teaching Presentation 1
How to Teach Discover Scuba Diving (Intro to Scuba)
Advanced Open Water Workshop
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 1
4 Es Counseling Workshop 1
How to Teach the Rescue Diver Course

Day Four
Open Water Teaching Presentation 2
Rescue Exercise Workshop
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 3
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 2

Day Five
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 3
4 Es Counseling Workshop 2
How to Teach the Divemaster Course
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 4

Day Six
Make Up
Specialty Instructor Courses: Enriched Air Instructor, Emergency O2 Provider Instructor, Optional)

Day Seven
Open Water Teaching Presentations
Fun Diving or Specialty Instructor Courses: 5 for $500 Search and Recovery and Underwater Navigator (Optional)

Day Eight
Open Water Teaching Presentations
Specialty Instructor Courses: 5 for $500 Boat/Deep/Wreck (Optional)

Day Nine(Vortex Springs)
Open Water Teaching Presentations

Day Ten
(Destin Florida)
PADI Instructor Exam

PADI IE - Instructor Examination

To complete your Instructor training you need to be tested after you complete your IDC, You will only be allowed to take these exams once your IDC has been passed successfully, these tests or examinations are needed so that you can certify as an OWSI. The exam is a right of passage for PADI Instructors and is known as the Instructor Examination (IE).
The purpose of the IE is to evaluate your knowledge and skills in order to make sure they are sufficient to earn a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. It is an evaluation program that tests your teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, water-skills, understanding of the PADI System and attitude and professionalism. The IE is a standardized evaluation conducted by Instructor Examiners who work for the various PADI Offices.
The IE is run by professional PADI Instructor Examiners from the local PADI Regional Headquarters, which goes a long way to ensure that your Instructor assessments are correct and without bias.
You will be tested both on your dive theory and knowledge as well as your personal dive skills and teaching presentations and these will occur in a classroom type environment, additionally these exams take place in both confined (pool) and open water (normally the beach if local dive conditions allow) environments. Confined water environments for the PADI IE is normally restricted to swimming pools to aid administration and logistics.
To pass the IE and to get certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you have to successfully meet the standards in every section of the Instructor Examination or IE. If you fail at your first attempt at the IE you will be permitted to take a second IE. Your second IE is not allowed to be taken within 5 days of the first and if you wait longer than 1 year after the first one you will need to either take a full IDC again or apply to PADI.
Areas that you will be evaluated on:

Dive theory Classroom Exams

  • Physics
  • General Skills & Environment
  • RDP - Recreational Dive Planner
  • Physiology
  • Equipment

PADI Classroom Exams

  • PADI Standards & Procedures

Classroom Presentations

  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation

Pool / Confined Water Teaching Presentations

  • Confined Water Presentations (1 random skills)
  • Confined Water Skills (5 random skills)

Open Water Presentations

  • Open Water Teaching Presentation (2 random skills)
  • Rescue Exercise 7 Demonstration

Your application fee for the PADI Instructor Examination are never included in your IDC course or package price, and need to be paid at the IE to PADI.
Once you have passed your IDC you will be invited to take your IE, this is normally taken the weekend straight after your IDC finishes. You will be given a standard set of instructions like this.
This information is intended to assist IE Candidates in their preparation for their IE with information on venues, times and date. Make sure you read it carefully. If you have any questions in regard to the IE we suggest you contact your Course Director in the first instance or alternatively Instructor Development at PADI
Be sure and bring to the Orientation all materials necessary to participate in the IE. Additional information of venues and scheduling will be provided at this time.

Entry to the IE

If you are taking the full IE, your PADI Examiner needs three documents related to you. These include:
  • An Instructor Certificate of Completion filled out and signed by a PADI Course Director. This form documents your completion of the IDC or OWSI program. Please note that the hologram shipped with your PADI Instructor PADI Guide to Teaching should be affixed to this form. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your IDC and IE paperwork.
  • Your completed IE Enrollment Form with payment details attached. The IE fee is payable by check, credit card or bank draft to the PADI Examiner at the IE. Please note it is our policy not to accept cash. All checks and bank drafts should be made payable to PADI Americas.
  • A copy of an approved medical form. This form must be signed by a physician indicating that you have been examined and declared unconditionally fit to dive within a year of the IE's final day. Without an approved medical form, you will not be allowed to participate in the confined or open water components of the IE.
Your Course Director may have:
  • Given these documents to you with instructions to bring to the IE Orientation and Registration.
  • Made other arrangements to ensure they are available at the Orientation and Registration session.

Your Course Director will be able to tell you which option they have chosen. However regardless of which option these are required items and must be handed to the Examiner at the IE Orientation and Registration. Failure to do so may result in your not being able to take the IE.

Resitting your IE

If you are resitting one or two segments of the IE, the examiner will need the following:
  • The Certificate of Participation from your previous IE.
  • Completed IE Enrollment form with payment details attached. The cost is made per segment payable by check, credit card or bank draft to the PADI Examiner at the IE. 
  • If you are resitting either the confined or open water portion of the IE, a copy of an approved medical form. This form must be signed by a physician indicating that you have been examined and declared unconditionally fit to dive within 12 months of the IE's final day.
If this is your 3rd IE, you are required to provide your 3rd IE remediation document, signed off by a valid PADI Course Director.

Confined Water Logistics

The confined water portion of the IE will be held at a local pool / confined water area.

Open Water Logistics

The open water site for the IE will be announced at the Orientation.

2016 IDC Schedule TBA

Spring April

Summer August

Fall November

Start Today with Elearning

How Does Elearning Work?

Complete IDC (AI-OWSI) $999
Elearning Course $320 (Paid online)
AI Only: $599 (Attend first five days)
OWSI Only: $699 (Attend last five days)
PADI Manuals/Materials/Crew Pak/Slates (Varies) $400-$600

Specialty Instructor Courses: $150 + Boat Charter (or get five for $500)
Emergency First Response Instructor Course: $250 Plus Instructor Materials
Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor Course: $250 Plus Instructor Materials

The Above costs do not include IE, membership, or registration fees.
Please consult the latest PADI price list from your Divemaster Package for the most current fees.


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