PADI instructor Course (IDC)

Ready to share your love of diving with others who are just starting out? Become a PADI Instructor. Take students from their first breaths underwater to open water dives that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Your PADI Instructor Development Course will prepare you for a successful career ahead. Not only will you learn tried and true ways of teaching students, but you’ll join the ranks of elite dive pros. In fact, PADI Instructors are the most sought after dive pros in the world.


Pura Vida Diver’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a 10-Day program followed by a 2-day Instructor Exam (IE). Class sizes are kept small and are usually around 3 people (with no more than 6). This allows for lots of practice and individual attention, ensuring that you’re well-prepared and confident during your IE.

Our IDC is offered as a Career Program that bundles the cost of everything you need to become an instructor. This includes your Emergency First Response Instructor rating, the IDC itself, the IE, and all related fees. For a breakdown, look at the Dive Professional Level 2 Program on our Career Training Packages page.

Average Day

Our average day during the IDC runs from 8am to 6pm with a break for lunch. Days are a combination of classroom sessions, pool sessions, and open water sessions.

What will you Learn?

Your IDC will cover everything you need to know to pass the Instructor Exam. More than that, it will prepare you for a successful career in diving. 

Before beginning your IDC, you’ll learn what it means to be an instructor using PADI’s IDC eLearning. Once the IDC begins, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom, confined water, and open water. Barbara, our Course Director, will guide you through the process and strengthen your skills so that you’re ready to go for your exam.

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least:

  • 4 Confined Water Teaching Presentations
  • 3 Knowledge Development Presentations
  • 2 Open Water Teaching Presentations integrating 2 skills

Open Water Workshops Include:

  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
  • Adventure Dive Workshop
  • Rescue Exercise Workshop
  • Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation
  • Perform at Face-down, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins (no time requirements)

You’ll attend and participate in the following curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Open Water diver course
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course

To prepare you for real-world teaching and the IE, you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge of Dive Theory by passing a five part theory exam scoring 75% or better on each section,.

You’ll also take an open book Standards Exam.


The PADI Instructor Exam or IE typically takes place over 2 days. The exam is conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner, and the exam schedule can be found on our Course Calendar.

The IE is split into 4 components

  1. Written Exams
  2. Classroom Presentation
  3. Confined Water Teaching
  4. Open Water Teaching

    Course Prerequisites

    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 in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials).
    • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor. Contact us for details.
    • 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 month (the Emergency First Response course meets this requirement)
    • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Form (PDF) signed by a doctor (MD or DO) within the last 12 months.

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