Become a SCUBA Instructor!

Are you looking for a way to inspire others to reach their goals? An amazing career that others only dream of? Are you looking for an additional career opportunity? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is an 8-day class designed to prepare qualified candidates to become PADI Instructors. The core of PADI Instructor training, the IDC combines two distinct Instructor courses in one program. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (OWSI). Each course can be taken separately or combined into one complete IDC program.

Over the 8 days we focus on getting you ready for your Instructor Examination which covers Confined Water Teaching and Skills Evaluation, Open Water Teaching and Rescue Demonstration, Academic Teaching, exams in PADI Standards and Procedures, and Dive Theory topics such as Physics, Physiology, Equipment, and more. The 8 days does include 2 days of online e-learning which you complete prior to the start of the IDC.  Email us or call toll free at 888-WPB-DIVE to request a course catalog or download it here.

Contact us for upcoming course dates and availability: 561-840-8750 or

 What You Learn in Our Classroom

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least:

  • Four confined water teaching presentations
  • Three knowledge development presentations
  • Two open water teaching presentation integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Open Water workshops include: Discover Scuba Diving Workshop, Adventure Dive Workshop and Rescue Exercise Workshop.

You will demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation and perform a face-down, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.  During the course you must demonstrate competency in Dive Theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% or better on each section and an open book Standards Exam.

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of core PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Enriched Air Diver.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.
Call or email Pura Vida Divers to purchase equipment needed for the course.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual

To purchase your crewpak and get started, contact Pura Vida Divers by email or toll free at 888-WPB-DIVE. You’ll receive special student pricing!


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.


If you are looking for information on how to go pro, please contact Pura Vida Divers, your PADI Instructor Development Center and sign-up today!

Continuing Education:

Once you’ve completed the PADI IDC and passed the Instructor Examination (PADI IE) you’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. Courses to complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio include: Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and several unique specialty instructor ratings.