Instructor Development Course

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

Be part of the magic and adventure of scuba diving. Start today to become part of the way the world learns to dive.
Become a PADI Instructor.

To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Instructor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a PADI Assistant Instructor certification or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director for qualifying credentials.)
  • Hold a dive certification for at least six months
  • Be 18 years old
  • Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
  • Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months
  • Have Medical clearance signed by a physician attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  • Have completed an Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • Want a fun and exciting career!

Required Educational Materials

The PADI Dive Center, Resort, Course Director and/or IDC Staff Instructor conducting the course ensures that instructor candidates have, in their possession, a personal, current set of the following materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward; unless the materials are not available in a language understood by the candidate:

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams 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
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online

Most of these materials are found in the IDC crew pack and the divemaster crew pack.

Equipment Requirements

Standard Diver Equipment

1. Fins, mask and snorkel
2. Compressed gas cylinder and valve*
3. Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount or separate backpack, and low pressure inflator
4. Primary regulator and alternate air source
5. Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
6. Depth monitoring device
7. Quick release weight system and weights (if necessary for neutral buoyancy, or if required for skills practice)
8. Adequate exposure protection appropriate for local dive conditions.
Note: The dry suit orientation requirement in this guide.
9. At least one audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle, air horn, etc.).
10. Dive computer or RDP (eRDPML or Table)

Have all standard diver equipment plus:

1. Time monitoring device
2. Compass
3. Knife/diver’s tool (Exception: Where prohibited locally.)
4. Two surface signaling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visible (inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.).
5. Dive flag – where required locally
6. Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/eRDPML

See PDF on this page for course specific details.

Download the 2017 Open Water Scuba Instructor