Are you a PADI Divemaster?

You’re getting close. Now it’s time to start your Instructor Development Course (IDC). This program consists of two sections, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. This structure lets you divide the course into two blocks for schedule convenience if you need to. However, you may prefer to complete the two portions together, going through the entire program in as few as seven days.

The first part of the IDC is the AI program.

 2020 special IDC offer

After successfully completing your PADI IDC and PADI IE, we offer you an internship at Thresher Cove Resort on Malapascua in the Philippines.

  • First of all, assist our instructors during the courses they teach and gain real life experience.
  • Secondly, up to 2 months free shared accommodation at our air conditioned dorm room.
  • Thirdly, free breakfast in our restaurant during the IDC, PADI IE, MSDT Prep and internship for up to 2 months.

Assistant_instructor_courseThe PADI Assistant Instructor course

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course can be conducted by all Five Star Dive Shops and Resorts and Five Star Instructor Development Centers and Resorts.

IDC Thailand conducts IDC’s together with Easy Divers on Koh Samui, Blue Planet Divers on Koh Lanta and Sea Dragon in Kao Lak.

In the Philippines I teach on Malapascua with Thresher Cove Resort.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the PADI Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.


The Fun Part

Get mentored by Award winning PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens while gaining hands-on experience teaching students.



What You Learn

You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills. You learn through:

• Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations

• Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations

• Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:

• Module 1: Academic Training

• PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs

• Developing Knowledge Development Presentations

• Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties

• Teaching in Confined Water

• Conducting Open Water Training Presentations

• Module 2: Independent Study

• Knowledge Development

• Module 3: Practical Application

• Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations

• Standards Exam

• Dive Rescue Skills Assessment


What You Can Teach

• Present the knowledge development elaboration for

any PADI Diver course under the instructor’s indirect

supervision. The instructor personally assesses student

knowledge development.

• Present initial skills training under the instructor’s direct

supervision during confined water dives.

• Conduct open water surface skill evaluations during Open Water

Diver course dives under the instructor’s indirect supervision.

• Teach and certify Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty divers under the direction of an instructor.

• Independently teach the Project AWARE (nondiving) Specialty course.

• Independently teach the AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation (nondiving) Specialty course.

• Independently conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water.

• Independently conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions.

• Teach and certify divers in a specialty courses that don’t include dives after successful completion of Specialty Instructor Training courses for such specialties.

• After completing the corresponding instructor training, conduct:

a. Digital Underwater Photographer specialty courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor.

b. Emergency Oxygen Provider courses.


The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find most everything at your local dive shop 


You must

• Be a PADI Divemaster or qualifying certification from another certification organization

• Be at least 18 years old

• Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives

• Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

• Have CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months

• Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

• Want a fun and exciting career!


Your Next Adventure

Take the full Instructor Development Course to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor so you can teach and certify PADI Open Water Divers.