Want to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water? Become a PADI Instructor! You must like people, love scuba diving and want an extraordinary life. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most desired dive professionals around the world because they set the standard for dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating with an Instructor Development Course. It takes 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.


Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another 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:
    •    At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
    •    Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
    •    A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

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, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize classroom sessions, conduct confined water sessions and control open water dives. You will become a better public speaker and get proficient at teaching while maintaining student safety. Main topics include:
    •    PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach
    •    Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
    •    Risk Management and Diver Safety
    •    The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
    •    Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

You may be able to get college credit for the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.

Start learning now! Sign up for the IDC Online! Then stop in and register for the next course. We offer both weekend and weekday courses. Pick the one that best suits your schedule.

For additional information, or to enroll, call (630) 833-8383.

Prerequisites: PADI Divemaster certification (or equivalent) and certification in First Aid and CPR.

Places and Times

2019 Course Dates

Weekend Courses
April 6 & 7, May 4 & 5, June 1 & 2
August 3 & 4, August 31, September 1,  September 28 & 29
Weekday Courses
June 3-7
September 30-October 4
PADI IE
June 8 & 9
October 5 & 6