Do you wish to have extraordinary life? Do you wish to work while travelling? Do you have a passion for scuba diving and wish to pass the passion to others? If YES, you can become a Scuba Diving 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.
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.
Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able 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:
You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.
Alternatively, you can register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning. eLearning option allows you to study independently at your own pace before class. There are 9 interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills.
Furthermore, if you have not completed Dive Theory or it is been more than a year since you went through it, you can sign up for Dive Theory Online. The Dive Theory is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). After completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.
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