PADI Open Water Instructor Development Course

The next Open Water Scuba Instructor Development Course begins May 10, 2021. Enrollment ends April 26, 2021

Scuba Shacks PADI Open Water Instructor Development Course (IDC) is 13-week course of study that fully prepares a PADI Divemaster to participate in the PADI Instructor Examination. This program will consist of PADI online electronic learning, presentations and workshops delivered by Scuba Shack’s faculty along with practical exercises and presentations in the classroom, in confined water and in open water. Upon completion of this course, you will be eligible to gain your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating by completing the PADI Instructor Examination administer by PADI (not Scuba Shack).


  • Minimum age to participate is 18 years old
  • Be a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or current leadership level with another recognized recreational scuba training organization
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Completed 60 logged dives to commence the program (100 logged dives needed before taking the PADI Instructor Examination)
  • Completed Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for scuba diving by a physician with 12 months.
  • Documented proof of Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver

Course Outline

Knowledge development – self-paced online training (16 modules)

Watermanship skills: 400-yard swim and 10-minute tread/float

Staff presentations/workshops

  • Dive theory
  • PADI system
  • Learning and teaching
  • Discover scuba
  • Open water diver course scheduling and set up
  • Risk management and licensing
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Skill development
  • Confined water training
  • Open water training
  • Continuing education
  • Advanced open water diver course
  • Rescue diver course
  • Sales techniques
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Confined water presentations
  • Open water presentations


Students will be evaluated in accordance with the current PADI Instructor Candidate grading standards. Specific details will be provided to all students during orientation which will take place the first night of class.

Student Materials

In addition to the required equipment outlined in the Scuba Equipment Requirements section of this catalog the following material will be required:

PADI Instructional Development Course Crew-Pak includes:

  • IDC electronic learning
  • Digital dive knowledge workbook
  • Digital Guide to Teaching
  • Confined water cue cards
  • Open water cue cards
  • Advanced open water cue cards
  • Rescue diver cue cards
  • Divemaster cue cards
  • Open water student planning slate
  • Skill development preparation slate
  • Open water exam
  • Rescue diver exam
  • Divemaster exam
  • Peak performance buoyancy specialty outline
  • AWARE coral reef conservation specialty outline

Certification Requirements

Upon completion of the Scuba Shack PADI Instructor Development Course students will be eligible to submit their application to participate in the PADI Instructor Examination (administered directly by PADI) as long at the applicant has completed 100 logged scuba dives. They must also be a certified Emergency First Responder Instructor (this class is also available from Scuba Shack)

Please call Scuba Shack at (860) 563-0119 or email us to arrange a consultation to discuss more details regarding the training including costs and other expectations.