How do I become a PADI Instructor?

All Instructor training begins with the Instructor Development Course, the PADI instructor training process is a two-fold process.  The first part is the Instructor Development Course (IDC).  In this portion, you will learn the PADI educational system and how to use the system.  This is where you will build the foundation of being a good instructor.  The IDC is made up of the Assistant Instructor program and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Program.  If you are not sure if you want to become a PADI Instructor, you can do just the Assistant Instructor certification.  With this certification you are an integral part of the instruction team. 


Here are a few responsibilities as an Assistant Instructor:

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor

  • During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor

  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor

  • Teach and certify PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor

  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty course


The OWSI program finishes the IDC process, with this you are prepared to proceed to the Instructor Examination.  During the Open Water Scuba Instructor program you will learn how to organize, control and teach all of PADI’s core courses.

You do all training at Dive Georgia facilities.

How long does it take?  What’s my time commitment?

The Dive Georgia IDC is 7 days in duration (with the help of the IDC online E-Learning).  Followed by the Emergency First Response Instructor Course.

Your total commitment for the IDC is 8 days.


What will I do during the IDC?

A LOT!!!   You will participate in Classroom, Confined Water and Open Water sessions.  To successfully complete a PADI IDC, you must meet the following performance requirements:

  • Complete the PADI IDC E-Learning prior to starting the IDC

  • Participate in 12 IDC classroom curriculum presentations/workshops

  • Present at least Three (3) evaluated knowledge development teaching presentations.

  • Present at least four (4) evaluated confined water teaching presentations.

  • Present at least two integrated (two skills each, four total) evaluated open water teaching presentations.

  • Demonstrate competence at performing all 24 dive skills listed on the skill evaluation.

  • Perform a 400 yard continuous swim, any stroke, without swimming aids.

  • Perform a 10 minute tread, drown-proof, bob or float using no aids

  • Score 75 % or higher on a five section theory instructor pre-assessment exam.

  • Score 75% or higher on the PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures exam

  • Rescue workshop

  • DSD workshop

  • Demonstrate role quality rescue of simulated unresponsive, nonbreathing diver at the surface to include providing aid, exit and first aid on shore.

What training can I do after the IDC?

Dive Georgia is proud to help you continue your dive education after the IDC.  We offer several courses that will help you become a well rounded, sought after instructor.

  • Emergency First Response Instructor(included in the IDC, but can be done separately)

  • MSDT prep- learn to teach 6 Specialties…Pay for 5, get the 6th free

  • Scubapro Intro Repair Tech

  • PSI Cylinder Inspection

  • Compressor Orientation

  • Rebreather Instructor

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