Interested in making scuba diving a career? Here is a sample of what it takes to become an instructor:


This video demonstrates only a minuscule portion of the IDC requirements. Mike and Colin spent 8 consecutive days fine-tuning their skills and demonstrations. After this long week, they traveled to Ft. Lauderdale to be tested by an Instructor Examiner (PADI IE). They are now able to teach Discover Scuba Diving through Divemaster!

To qualify for training as a PADI
Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials).
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor…Contact us for details.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months.
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams.
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months…the Emergency First Response course meets this requirement.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.