This is a two-part course - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills.


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.

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

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

How do I become a PADI Instructor?

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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.  With this certification you are a integral part of the instruction teach. 

Here are a few responsibilities you have 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 courses

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

You do all training at Dive Georgia…Main Store and Classroom, Dive Georgia Quarry and classroom.

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

 The complete IDC takes a minimum of 7 days (with the help of the IDC online E-Learning). 

Assistant Instructor- 2 days

OWSI - 4 days

EFR Instructor- 1 day   (Emergency First Response Instructor or a qualifying CPR/FA instructor certification is needed to complete the IDC)

Dive Georgia offers several formats to complete the IDC:

·      The most flexible is the weekend format…a total of 2 long weekends, Thursday evening, all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  These are full days…plan on 8am-7pm.  On the bright side, you get a break between weekend sessions to allow the information to soak in.

·      Consecutive days…7 straight days…Monday – Sunday.  More intensive, again long days 8am-7pm

·      Private-together with your Course Director, days are set to meet your time schedule.

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 10 IDC classroom curriculum presentations

  • Present at least four (4) 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 20 dive skills listed on the skill evaluation.

  • Perform a face down nonstop swim for 800 yards using mask, fins, snorkel.

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

  • Score 75% or higher on the Assistant Instructor Standards

  • Rescue workshop

  • DSD workshop

  • 4 E’s counseling workshop 1 & 2

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

  • DAN courses - BLS-PRO, DFA – PRO, HMLI, Oxygen, Neuro

  • PSI Cylinder inspection-

  • Compressor orientation

  • Rebreather Instructor (Silent Diving-Inspiration)

What’s the cost?

         Basic IDC cost: $2,775.00

                                    Includes:        -IDC crew pac & EFR Instructor Pac

                                                          -IDC E-Learning Course

                                    Does not include:   -lodging

                                                                   -Personal Dive Equipment

            EFR Instructor: $775.00 (if done separately)

            MSDT PREP: $595

            DAN COURSES: $150.00 ea   


When do I start?

IDC:  2019 Schedule - 3 weekend dates & 1 consecutive day format to choose from.

Weekend Format:  Feb 1-3, 8-10…EFR Instructor Feb 11

                              May 3-5, 10-12…EFR Instructor May 13

                              Sept 13-15, 20-22…EFR Instructor Sept 23

Consecutive Day Format:

July 12-17…EFR Instructor July 18                                    

   MSDT:       2019 Schedule       

                             Feb  22-23

                            May 24-26

July 26-28

Sept 27-29


July 20-21, Oct 5-6

There you go…everything you wanted to know about the IDC.  If you have more questions please call us or send us an e-mail, we will get back you with-in 24 hours…

We look forward to helping you “Discover the Magic of Teaching”