Your diving career

PADI Instructor Development Course

Who are you and who do you want to be?

How many professions are there which allow you to share the best moments with others? Sharing experiences, loving nature and defending it, becoming better humans, being ambassadors of the ocean, meeting new friends and building up a career at the same time. Yes, a profession like that exists. Set the goal and follow your path.

Who are you? PADI Divemaster or leadership level with another diver training organization, or maybe you are an Open Water Diver - beginner, or not a diver at all? Whoever you are and whatever experience  in diving you have, a short or long diving history - we all start somewhere, and each diving instructor once was a beginner. What is important is “what we want to become”, the rest is just a path to achieve it. Everything is possible.

Now it is your time to add more depth and new opportunities to your life.

What is the PADI Instructor Development Course?

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the PADI 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 the PADI Instructor certification.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) prepare candidates to function as PADI Assistant Instructors and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. 

The PADI Instructor candidates build on their instructor-level leadership skills, dive theory knowledge, fine-tuning demonstrations of dive and rescue diver skills  by learning how to teach and deliver knowledge development in the classroom, in confined and in open water. During the PADI IDC, Instructor candidates gain a complete understanding of PADI’s educational goals, approaches and philosophies.

There are few different training options available:

  • PADI Divemasters may attend the AI course.
  • PADI Divemasters may attend all IDC components and the IE.
  • PADI Assistant Instructors may attend the OWSI program and IE.
  • Scuba instructors or dive supervisors affiliated with other training organisations may attend an IDC and IE.
  • Scuba instructors affiliated with other training organisations may attend an OWSI program and IE.

Depending on the needs or interests, training can be planned with breaks to gain more experience, or can be continued all the way to Instructor certification.

Course prerequisites and who can take 

the PADI  IDC 

Prior to enrolling in the PADI IDC, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • have a current medical attesting to your diving fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
  • hold a leadership level diving certification such as the PADI Divemaster rating, or leadership level with another diver training organization
  • be a certified diver for at least six months and be able to prove that you have completed at least 60 dives (100 before attending the IE); documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
  • proof Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months

If you have leadership level with another diver training organization, not a PADI Divemaster, you will need successfully to complete dive rescue assessment from the PADI Divemaster course. 

If you have any questions as to whether you meet the necessary prerequisites or not, please contact me. Together we will look closely at your particular case and take necessary steps in achieving your goals.

What is the duration and the location of the PADI IDC?

The PADI Instructor Development Course runs as a 10-12 day program, depending on the amount of the Instructor candidates and their experience.

Hurghada Egypt is a great choice for making your PADI Instructor Development Course. It has great weather throughout the year, stunning underwater world, best training conditions and numerous PADI Instructor Examinations scheduled  during the year - all of that just 4-5 hours from your home. This  gives you flexibility in choosing dates for your course, gives you time to prepare yourself in relaxed atmosphere.

The PADI  Instructor Development Course (IDC) has to be conducted  in the diving center with status PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre or higher.

There are normally 6 PADI Instructor Examinations  happening in Hurghada Red Sea Egypt, which gives you many chances during the year to become a PADI Instructor. Most common months for attending the IDC and PADI Examination in Hurghada: February, April, July, September,October, December, but they can slightly vary from year to year.  Keep in mind that if you would like to have longer preparation and practice time, while assisting in diver level courses, it is also possible, to have additional time for training, just contact me and we can discuss and find out what suits you the most.

What materials do you need for the


Together we need to ensure that you, as an Instructor candidate, have a personal, current set of the following materials for study, for use during the course and for reference afterward; unless the materials are not available in a language that you understand: 

  • PADI Instructor Manual  and PADI’s Guide to Teaching 
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual
  • Diver Manuals for PADI Open Water Diver, PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Rescue Diver, PADI Divemaster courses
  • PADI Final Exams and Quizzes booklets for all courses Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet 
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving 
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate 
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate

This is just a part of the materials  which are required for the course, more detailed information will be provided on request.

What diving equipment will you need for the PADI IDC?

Most probably  you already have your complete set of diving equipment, most Instructor candidates prefer to use their own dive kit. If for any reason you would like to use rented equipment, it is also possible. Be familia with all your diving equipment, everything has to be comfortable and properly fitted. It will help you to focus on conducting good quality courses. 

Keep in mind to have a few dives with your or rented equipment before the course starts. This can be done during the preparation part before PADI IDC starts.

According to the PADI Instructor Manual, additionally to standard diving equipment  as PADI Instructor /Certified Assistant you need to have:

  • Time monitoring device 
  • Compass 
  • Knife/diver’s tool 

        Exception: Where prohibited locally. 

  • Two surface signalling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visible (inflatable surface tube, are, signal mirror, etc.). 
  • Dive flag – where required locally 
  • Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/eRDPml 

What will you learn during the PADI IDC?

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organise and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control during confined and open water dives. You will learn how to use the PADI system as an efficient  teaching tool helping your students to become safe divers, helping you to deliver consistently quality courses. 

During different curriculum components, practical assessments, presentations and workshops as a part of the PADI Instructor Development  Course, you will get knowledge and experience in the following:

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • General Standards and Procedures 
  • Risk Management 
  • Marketing Diving 
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations 
  • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses 
  • Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations 
  • Conducting Confined and Open Water Dives 
  • Discover Scuba Diving, Adventure Dive, Rescue Workshops
  • Presentations related  to each core PADI course up to Divemaster level, which you will be eligible to teach and much more.

EFR Instructor Course

and training requirements

All PADI Instructors need to be current Emergency First Response Instructors or hold another equivalent First Aid and CPR instructor qualification.

This course covers how to teach First Aid and CPR (adults, children and infants) to your students, divers and non-divers. The course is scheduled preferably just before or directly after the IE. This takes into account the needs of the candidates.

Individuals qualify as Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructors by attending an EFR Instructor Course conducted by an EFR Instructor Trainer. 

Note: EFR Instructor rating or equivalent is mandatory to have your PADI Instructor paperwork processed, after the PADI Instructor Examination. 

Course Prerequisites 

  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying training) within the past 24 months
  • 18 years old

What is the

PADI Instructor Examination (IE)?

The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is the second phase of the process to become a PADI Instructor. 

The PADI Instructor Development course is given by me, your PADI Course Director, while PADI IE is standardised two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism. This phase is 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. The PADI Instructor Examination is divided in to four evaluation areas. To become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you have to successfully pass all four areas. Only those who meet the PADI IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.

Prerequisites for the IE:

  • Have completed successfully the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) or PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) within the past 12 months.
  • Show proof of 100 dives

What courses will you be authorised

to teach as a PADI OWSI?

Teaching Status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are authorised to teach the following PADI courses: 

Check out PADI GoPro chart to see all professional levels, to have a complete picture about courses you will be authorised to teach.

What is the preparation course for 


The PADI IDC is a very intensive experience  which takes time, energy and concentration. Future success depends on arriving well prepared on the first day of the course. 

The Assistant Instructor and Instructor candidates are required to have all necessary theory knowledge and diving skills. 

Depending on your comfort level, experience and amount of additional work needed to prepare you for the Instructor Development Course, the preparation course itself  can vary from two days evaluation of your theory and skills knowledge up to a week of practice. This is composed by theoretic and practical parts, specifically designed to clarify any doubts or fill gaps, giving you the chance to be fully prepared  for the IDC, where you will be able to focus only on the new upcoming tasks. 

We will discuss your particular case and decide individually  what would be the best and most efficient way of doing the preparation.

How can you start learning now?

To refresh your diving theory knowledge, you can sign up  for Dive Theory Online through PADI eLearning. If you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). 

By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.

Other options, which are great tools to use, are  the  PADI Divemaster Knowledge workbook and the Encyclopedia of Diving. They really give you a solid base and deep understanding of diving theory.

I would recommend  you to get in touch with me before you start your preparation for the course, I would give you some tips how to make this process efficient, depending from you readiness level.

More options are available 

  • enroll in a PADI Divemaster Course, if you haven’t completed this level yet. Which is a prerequisite for enrolling into PADI Instructor Development Course
  • enroll in a PADI Assistant Instructor Course, If you think, that the best way for you would be to advance more slowly and you would like to take more time for each further step
  • enrolling in a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course, would be your option, if you are already a PADI Assistant Instructor  
  • continue your PADI IDC, if you partially completed your training with another PADI Course Director during the past year 
  • crossover from other diving associations
  • flexible schedule, if you would like to do the course during the dates not mentioned in the PADI IDC schedule

Contact me to discuss the requirements  and available options, we will always find together the best solution for your particular case.

How to start?

  • Download a Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf).
  • Fill up the request form at the top of the page for one of the upcoming PADI Instructor courses    
  • Participate in preparation course
  • Enroll in a PADI IDC, Assistant Instructor course or OWSI program

What is next?

Are you already a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor?

You have reached the level of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, so you have the possibility to be qualified as a Specialty Instructor and later as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Contact me for more details about your next step in diving career.

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Hurghada - Egypt - Red Sea


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