PADI Instructor Development Course

PADI Instructor Development Course
From USD $1,000.00
  • Duration: 8 Days (approx.)
  • Location: La Paz, Baja California Sur
  • Product code: PADI_IDC

PADI Instructor Development Course

Cortez Expeditions offers Instructor training from basic Open Water Scuba Instructor to full Trimix Technical Instructor. Our courses are aimed to make a vocation and carear out of the dive industry. 

Our classes are deliberately small and designed to ensure you can confidently teach and thrive in the dive industry from day one. 

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving, and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through 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.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation may be eligible to enrol directly in the OWSI program. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

To enroll in the IDC course, you must have:

  • A PADI Divemaster certification
  • 6 months as a certified diver
  • At least 60 logged dives to enroll in an IDC
  • 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.

How long is the course?

The basic IDC takes 8 days, but with all the add ons, most people take a minimum of 14 days

What will you learn?


Over a minimum of eight days, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organise and present information, conduct skill development sessions, and control open water dives. You become a better public speaker and develop confidence at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • 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