The PADI IDC consists of two (2) parts, the Assistant Instructor course, and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. After taking the program, you will have to complete a PADI Instructor Exam (IE).
If you don’t have the time to complete the entire PADI IDC program or if a PADI IE isn’t available in your ideal area, you can opt to become a PADI Assistant Instructor, wherein you’ll learn portions from the Instructor Development Course (IDC) and be able to independently conduct PADI programs like the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course, Emergency Oxygen Provider and Digital Underwater Photography Specialty courses.
To earn your rating as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), you will have to attend the OWSI portion of the PADI IDC and complete a PADI IE which is administered by PADI examiners.
As a PADI Divemaster (or other qualifying certification) with at least 60 logged dives, you’ll be eligible to enroll in this course.
What equipment will I need?
Each instructor candidate must have the following:
Fins, mask and snorkel
Buoyancy control device with tank mount or separate backpack, and low-pressure inflator
Primary regulator and alternate air source
Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
Depth monitoring device
Quick release weight system
Adequate exposure protection appropriate for local dive conditions
At least one audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle, air horn, etc.)
Dive computer or RDP (eRDPML or Table)
What other requirements do I need for the PADI Instructor Exam?
100 logged dives
Successfully complete the PADI IDC or OWSI program
Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organization
As of 2020, we have migrated our classroom online and conduct a couple of indoor face-to-face sessions in our office in Makati, and another couple of pool sessions for confined water training presentations before heading to Anilao, Batangas for open water presentations.
How much do I have to prepare to become a PADI Instructor?
Depending on which instructor route you choose, you’ll be spending roughly a total of Php200,000 including examination and application fees to PADI amounting to around Php57,000.