A PADI Instructor is the most sought after professional in the scuba diving industry and jobs can be found all around the world. In the current tough economic times you could also supplement your income by becoming a part time instructor. At any given time, there are more positions available for PADI leaders than there are professionals to fill them.

Pursuing a professional career in diving can be rewarding and lucrative as doors open to visiting some of the most exotic destinations around the globe.

Instructor Development Course

The PADI 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.

As part of our commitment to you we offer an IDC Preparation Course at the start of this program at no extra charge to ensure that you are at the required competence level. This in conjunction with my IDC Revision notes will have you ready and prepared to start your IDC with confidence. It is a three-five day preparation course covering Dive Theory as well as Skills and Rescue Assessments. Initially we review all your theoretical knowledge, identifying areas where you need to improve. We give presentations on these areas as well as practice exams.

We then take you into our purpose built diving pool where we conduct skill circuits designed to improve your demonstrations to the quality expected by the PADI examiner’s on the IE. We also conduct a Rescue workshops to ensure that your rescue skills are of an exemplary standard.

The IDC at Calypso Dive Centre is conducted over 13 days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

Having completed the IDC successfully you’re almost there. The Instructor exam (IE) is conducted over two days at the end of the IDC by an examiner sent out by PADI International. The traditional schedule is as follows.

PADI Instructor Examination (IE) Day 1

  • 07.30 – Orientation
  • 08.00 – Dive Theory Exams (90 mins)
  • 09.30 – Standards and Procedures Exam (90 mins)
  • 13.00 – Confined Water Presentations
  • 16.00 – Knowledge Development Presentations

PADI (IE) Day 2

  • 09.00 – Open Water Presentations
  • 16.00 – Award Presentations

The Fun Part

It’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.

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to prepare 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 by presenting at least:

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentation integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs

You will demonstrate competence at:

  • Performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation
  • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 meters using a mask, snorkel and fins

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part.

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

The Scuba Gear You Need

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signalling devices, one audible and one visual. This includes:

  • Fins, mask, snorkel
  • Exposure Protection Suit
  • Cylinder
  • Buoyancy Control Device with LPI
  • Regulator, alternate air source and SPG
  • Weight system
  • Timing device
  • Depth gauge
  • Compass
  • Knife/divers tool
  • Slate
  • Audible and Visible emergency signalling devices

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course Crewpack includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty CD Rom
  • Positive Approach Selling Techniques
  • PADI’s Guide To Teaching


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor or Divemaster in good standing with another training organization for at least six months
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Your Next Step

Decide on the date that best suits you. All the programs are full time. Typically the 13 day IDC program will start at 9am and finish at approximately 6pm. All sessions must be attended for the successful completion of the IDC and enrolment onto an IE. Individual assignments are to be completed after hours.

To Confirm Your Spot

We limit class sizes and demand is high. To guarantee your place we require a 50% deposit on booking and the balance paid at least a month prior to the start of the course. Payable in cash or via eft/wire-transfer.

Prices for PADI Instructor Course


Requirements for the IDC

  • 2 ID Photographs
  • All Non PADI Diving Certifications
  • Copies of Certification cards (both sides) or Certificates
  • Log Book for Dive History Verification
  • In Date Medical stating you are fit to dive
  • All PADI Mandatory IDC Course Materials
  • Calculator for Exams
  • PADI Enriched Air Student Qualification or copy of equivalent
  • Balance of Payment paid at least one month prior to the start of the course

Continuing your Education

Specialty Ratings (Master Scuba Diver TrainerPrep)

During this 4-6 day course you will learn how to plan, conduct and market PADI Specialty Diver training courses in at least 5 areas. The program includes Knowledge Development and a Standards review specific to the Specialty courses you have chosen to do. Candidates are also required to present sections of the Academics in the classroom, participate in in-water workshops and specialty Open Water teaching presentations. You can choose the specialties that you wish to teach. Once you’ve completed this phase you then need to achieve the minimum prerequisite of 25 PADI diver certifications before you can apply to PADI for the prestigious Master Scuba Diver Trainer Rating.

Price: R29999.00 per person

Deep Underwater Navigator
Enriched Air Diver (We will give it to you free if you are already Nitrox Student Level Certified, this means you can choose a 6th specialty at no charge) Drift
Night Diver Emergency Oxygen Provider
Wreck Equipment Specialist
Digital Underwater Photography Multilevel Diver
Drysuit Diver Propulsion Vehicle
Underwater Naturalist Boat Diver

EFR Emergency First Response Instructor

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course is conducted over two days and provides qualified individuals with the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid) and Care for Children courses. This course builds on the instructor candidates’ skills as primary and secondary care providers and focuses on developing their instructional abilities. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practice teaching assignments, instructor candidates learn to conduct the Emergency First Response programs. Individuals who are current CPR/ first aid instructors with another qualifying organization may choose to earn the Emergency First Response Instructor rating by completing a prescribed program based on portions of the Emergency First Response Instructor Course or the Emergency First Response Instructor Crossover Program.

Instructor Examination Pass Guarantee…

“In the unlikely event that you are unsuccessful in the IE, I will pay for your second IDC with us out of my own pocket!”

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