Start here to become a PADI dive Instructor. Share your passion with others and help them experience the same joy you have for scuba diving.

Description

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course.

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

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

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.

Prerequisite Requirements

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives 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. CLICK HERE FOR FORM

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and 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. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.

Academic

Over a minimum of five days or three weekends. The full IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You will learn to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops. (IDC Crew Pack)
  • 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

Getting Started

Contact Gatwick Scuba on 01444 891402 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and talk to our inhouse PADI Course Director about the course options and how to register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, 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.

Upcoming Events

Referral Course 1 Day Midweek BOUNCE BACK SPECIAL

5 Aug 2020
Location: Gatwick Scuba Pool
Price: £ 199

Emergency First Response EFR (To coincide with Rescue Course)

5 Aug 2020
Location: Gatwick Scuba Pool
Price: £ 110

Enhanced Refresher Midweek Course

5 Aug 2020
Location: Gatwick Scuba Pool
Price: £ 105

Emergency Oxygen Provider

6 Aug 2020
Location: Gatwick Scuba Pool
Price: £ 110

Referral Course 1 Day Midweek BOUNCE BACK SPECIAL

6 Aug 2020
Location: Gatwick Scuba Pool
Price: £ 199

Enhanced Refresher Midweek Course

6 Aug 2020
Location: Gatwick Scuba Pool
Price: £ 105

Open Water Completion Dives

8 Aug 2020 - 9 Aug 2020
Location: Wraysbury Dive Centre
Price: £ 199

Full Open Water Completion Dives Wraysbury for Full Open Water Course customer ONLY

8 Aug 2020 - 9 Aug 2020
Location: Wraysbury Dive Centre
Price: FREE