IDC and IE

PADI IDC – Instructor Development Course

After completing your PADI Divemaster Qualification, the next step towards your professional career is to take part in a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and then a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) respectively.

The PADI instructor Development Course is made up of two main parts the Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI). With your Course Director's agreement and in completing the AI and OWSI courses to the required standard gains you entry into the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

AI Course Requirements

  • 18 years old and certified to PADI Divemaster or equivalent
  • Recommended 40 hours over minimum of 4 days (normally this course is over 5 days)
  • Attend the 9 curriculum sessions after the Orientation
  • Conduct a minimum of 2 Confined Water (CW) presentations
  • Conduct a minimum of 2 Knowledge Development presentations
  • Conduct a minimum of 1 Open Water (OP) presentation integrating 2 skills
  • At least one presentation must meet the minimum scores outlined below
  • Achieve a minimum score of 3.4. in a Confined Water Presentation (CW)
  • Achieve a minimum score of 3.5 Knowledge Development Presentation (KD)
  • Achieve a minimum score of 3.4 Open Water Presentation (OW)
  • Participate in 1 Open Water training sessions
  • Pass the standards exam with a score of 75% or higher
  • Earn 68 points overall with no score lower than 3.0 on the 20 Skill Evaluation Circuit*

OWSI Course Requirements

  • 18 years old and certified to PADI Assistant Instructor or equivalent
  • Complete independent study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins
  • Recommended 50 hours over minimum of 5 days (normally this course is over 6 days)
  • Attend 15 curriculum sessions after the Orientation
  • Conduct a minimum of 2 Confined Water (CW) presentations
  • Conduct a minimum of 2 Knowledge Development presentations
  • Conduct a minimum of 1 Open Water (OP) presentation integrating 2 skills
  • At least one presentation must meet the minimum scores outlined below
  • Achieve a minimum score of 3.4. in a Confined Water Presentation (CW)
  • Achieve a minimum score of 3.5 Knowledge Development Presentation (KD)
  • Achieve a minimum score of 3.4 Open Water Presentation (OW)
  • Participate in the DSD, Adventure Diver and Rescue Diver course workshops
  • Participate in 3 Open Water training sessions
  • Pass the 5 dive theory exams (physics, physiology, RDP, Skills and Environment and Equipment with a score of 75% or higher
  • Earn 68 points overall with no score lower than 3.0 on the 20 Skill Evaluation Circuit
  • 800m swim

IDC Course

  • Consists of AI and OWSI Courses
  • Recommended r minimum of 7 days (normally this course is over 10 days)

Entry to the IE

If you are taking the full IE, your PADI Examiner needs three documents related to you. These include:

  • An Instructor Certificate of Completion filled out and signed by a PADI Course Director. This form documents your completion of the IDC or OWSI programme. Please note that the hologram shipped with your PADI Instructor PADI Guide to Teaching should be affixed to this form. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your IDC and IE paperwork.
  • Your completed IE Enrolment Form with payment details attached. The IE fee is payable by cheque, credit card or bank draft to the PADI Examiner at the IE. Please note it is our policy not to accept cash or EFTPOS. All cheques and bank drafts should be made payable to PADI Asia Pacific.
  • A copy of an approved medical form. This form must be signed by a physician indicating that you have been examined and declared unconditionally fit to dive within a year of the IE's final day. Without an approved medical form, you will not be allowed to participate in the confined or open water components of the IE.