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PADI Instructor Training

The Open Water Instructor level is the highest professional level in scuba diving. As an PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, a dive professional is qualified to train and certify divers up to Open Water and Advanced levels with the world’s largest scuba training agency.

As one can imagine, this is a position of immense responsibility, as the student’s safety is entirely in the hands of the instructor. As such, our training is extremely thorough: we take this program very seriously and we expect the candidate to do so as well.

We offer scheduled  PADI Open Water Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) several times a year, with PADI-conducted Instructor Exams immediately afterwards, so you can get your instructor rating over a 2 week period.

We can also conduct private IDCs for candidates, depending on the group size. Please contact us for more information

Requirements for Instructor

In order to become an Instructor, the candidate needs to meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Complete the Instructor Development Course (IDC) with a qualified Course Director
  • Pass an Instructor Evaluation (IE), conducted by an independent examiner sent by PADI
  • Have a current, valid medical clearance
  • Apply and pay for membership with PADI

Pre-requisites to start the IDC

In order to enrol in an IDC, the candidate needs to have the following pre-requisites:

  • Certified as an Divemaster with any recognised agency
  • Have a valid CPR/First aid certificate from within 24 months
  • Be certified as a diver for minimum 6 months
  • Have a current, signed medical form dated within the last 12 months

The Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam

The Instructor Development Course is a minimum 10-day program. This program reviews some of the diving theory from Open Water all the way to instructor, covers the 3 components of teaching (Academics, Confined Water, Open Water) and also the business/liability side of diving.

Candidates who are enrolling in the program from another agency, or candidates who do not have a lot of actual working experience as a DM or AI are encouraged to come early and join our optional Prep Program, where they will spend a little more time building/reviewing the fundamentals of control, supervision and professional-level theory. As with any other program, the more time you spend, the better you get, so we always welcome candidates who want to come early and get some more experience before starting the course.

Also, after successful completion of the IE, candidates have the opportunity to intern at Diveindia and get their Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.    Contact us for more info on this.


The price for the Instructor Development Course is Rs 75,000 + GST.

Not included in this are the cost of mandatory materials (approx Rs 35,000), IE fees + first year’s membership fees (approx A$1268, paid directly to PADI) and accommodation – please contact us for up-to-date pricing on this, as well as all-inclusive IDC+stay packages.