The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of PADI's professional-level training. Becoming a PADI Instructor consists of these segments – knowledge development, practical application and the Instructor Examination.
What does it cover?
The online portion of the course covers nine topics which prepare you for the practical sessions needed to complete your Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor course. Through PADI's eLearning system and practical segments of the IDC, you are introduced to the complete PADI System of Diver Education, and you learn to use it as a professional dive educator - a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor.
How does it work?
After enrolling, PADI’s eLearning system presents you with interactive presentations that include videos, audio, graphics and reading. Short quizzes let you gauge your progress, and review and correct anything you might happen to miss. This lets you move through the program efficiently and at your own pace.
What does it cost?
The eLearning portion of the course is $320 (US) nonrefundable. Scuba Cat Diving, PADI 5 * CDC Center, will charge you for the practical application portion of the course. After completion of the IDC, you must successfully complete a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). To take an IDC, you need a current PADI Instructor Manual and the IDC Crew-Pak that includes the PADI's Guide to Teaching. There are other required materials and equipment, some of which you already have. Scuba Cat Diving is here to help you with what you need, and will make suggestions to help you prepare for a valuable course experience.
What else is required to become a PADI Instructor?
Once you successfully complete the IDC, you enroll in a two-day Instructor Examination (IE). When you successfully complete the IE you earn the PADI Instructor Rating.
It is slightly more expensive to do the PADI Instructor Development Course via eLearning, but it is a great option if you want to complete your course conveniently.