• PADI Instructor Course

PADI Instructor Course

Are you looking to do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

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Take your IDC with a PADI Course Director John Harman. John has been teaching diving for over 37 years. Not only learn how to pass the exam, learn how to teach diving! Questions, contact john@atlanticedge.com.

The OWSI program is a minimum of five days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study knowledge reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations. Organisation 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 presentations 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
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards 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.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course Crew-Pak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes: Included with the course.

  • IDC Crew Pak, which includes the items below:
  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue, and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook,Guide to Teaching and related reference materials
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual

Other needed items can be purchased from Atlantic Edge at member pricing.


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 organisation 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
  • 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 (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Cost

$1995 Course Fee only.

IDC Crew Pak/eLearning $995 (Purchase from Atlantic Edge for this discounted price, PADI IDC Processing Fee $150, PADI Instructor Examination Fee $795.

Candidates must have all current PADI Manuals, including Open Water Diver Manual, Advanced Open Water Diver Manual, Rescue Diver Manual and Divemaster Manual. (Can be purchased from Atlantic Edge at member pricing). Balance of course due 45 days prior to course start date

Candidates must be EFR Instructor (First Aid/CPR) prior to submitting Instructor Application (You could attend the IE but not be certified as instructor until certified as EFR Instructor, Here's information on the EFR Instructor Course)

The price below is the deposit. Once you've registed give us a call and we will take payment for the elearning so you can start the course. 301-519-9283.


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