PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

The PADI IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses from PADI Open Water to Divemaster. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives.

PADI Divemaster

Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Assistant Instructor Course (AI)

Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI)

Instructor Examination

PADI Assistant Instructor

EFR Instructor Course

EFR Instructor

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

What will you do?

 

During the AI part of the IDC, you will

 

  • complete independent study

  • participate in classroom and in-water workshops

  • perform all dive skills in Skills Evaluation up to professional standards

  • present at least two Knowledge Development presentations

  • present at least two Confined Water presentations

  • present at least one integrated (two skills) open water presentation

  • complete the diver rescue assessment in open water*

  • pass the PADI Standards Exam*

 

All presentations are evaluated and have maximum passing scores. The evaluation is based on the same criteria as in the IE. You will be explained and taught the evaluation process before your presentation.

 

During the OWSI part of the IDC, you'll

 

  • complete independent study

  • participate in classroom and in-water workshops

  • perform all dive skills in Skills Evaluation up to professional standards*

  • present at least one Knowledge Development presentations

  • present at least two Confined Water presentations

  • present at least one integrated (two skills) open water presentation

  • pass Dive Theory Exam

  • complete the diver rescue assessment in open water*

  • pass the PADI Standards Exam*

  • perform 800m face-down fins, snorkel&mask swim (no time limit)

 

*) need to be performed only once during the full IDC

 

You can complete most of the academic requirements online. This is a good option if attending classroom sessions is difficult for you. PADI has two eLearning programs for instructor candidates that may benefit you:

 

  • Instructor Development Course

  • Dive Theory

 

The Dive Theory includes the same topics you completed during your PADI Divemaster course.

 

The eLearning programs are payable directly to PADI. PADI charges AUD425 for the IDC eLearning program and AUD148 for the Dive Theory program. (Prices as of January 1, 2018). This is a Premium Option, so sorry, no deductions from the course fees. They are optional: you can complete everything 'the old fashion way' studying from the books and attending classroom sessions.

 

 

Equipment

 

Instructor candidates are expected to have full set of dive equipment of their own (excluding tanks and weights).

 

 

Materials

 

Please contact us for the full list. Most of the required materials are included in PADI IDC Pak. You'll also need all student materials from PADI diver level courses from Open Water Diver course to Divemaster course.

 

 
How long does it take?

 

IDCs in Hong Kong typically span over a period of 6-8 weeks - or longer - with sessions running weekday evenings and weekends.

 

 

When do IDCs run?

 

The IDCs are timed to finish just before PADI Instructor Examinations (IE). There are three IEs per year in Hong Kong, early May, August and early November. 

 

The IDCs start at least 6-8 weeks before the IE dates. IDCs in English are conducted based on demand, and typically run in the winter months aiming at the May IE.

 

Separate Assistant Instructor courses are occasionally arranged outside the 'IE window'. The separate AI courses run with a more intensive schedule.

 

 

How much does it cost?

 

Please contact us for current course fees. The course fee includes tuition, pool and boat fees, tanks & weights used during the course.

 

You will need to purchase the course materials. You are likely to already have some of the required materials. If you are PADI Divemaster, you can purchase the materials directly from PADI or through us. We may be able to offer special rates to instructor candidates doing the IDC with us.

 

In order to be certified as a PADI Instructor, you will need to pass the PADI Instructor Examination and apply for the Instructor rating. The fees for these are payable directly to PADI. 

 

 

PADI Instructor Examination (IE)

 

PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests instructor candidates’ teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism.

 

PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners from PADI offices worldwide. 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 PADI Instructor certification.

 

PADI IEs are conducted in various locations around the world. After successful completion of your IDC you can attend any IE within 12 months of completion of the IDC.

 

There is a fee for attending an IE payable directly to PADI during the orientation session of the IE. You can also pay the PADI Instructor Application fee at the same time.

In the process, you get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety and become a better public speaker.

 

 
What you learn

 

Key topics include:

 

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach

  • In-water workshops in confined water and open water

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

  • Risk Management and Diver Safety

  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor

  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

 
 
Prerequisites
 
  • A PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) who has been a certified diver for six months.

  • At least 60 logged dives to enroll, 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 before you can be certified as a PADI Instructor. You can earn this rating during or after your Open Water Scuba Instructor training.

 

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.

 

 
Course Structure

 

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. You can take the two parts at different times and in different places, but most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE) which is the final step in earning the PADI Instructor certification.

 

Successfully completing just the AI course allows you to apply for PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, completing the OWSI program allows entry into the IE to earn the full PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

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