PADI instructor course

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I want to be an instructor 

A PADI Instructor is the most sought after professional in the scuba diving industry and jobs can be found all around the world. In the current tough economic times you could also supplement your income by becoming a part time instructor. At any given time, there are more positions available for PADI leaders than there are professionals to fill them.

Pursuing a professional career in diving can be rewarding and lucrative as doors open to visiting some of the most exotic destinations around the globe.

Instructor Development Course

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

As part of our commitment to you we offer an IDC Preparation Course at the start of this program at no extra charge to ensure that you are at the required competence level. This in conjunction with my IDC Revision notes will have you ready and prepared to start your IDC with confidence. It is a three day preparation course covering Dive Theory as well as Skills and Rescue Assessments. Initially we review all your theoretical knowledge, identifying areas where you need to improve. We give presentations on these areas as well as practice exams.

We then take you into our purpose built diving pool where we conduct skill circuits designed to improve your demonstrations to the quality expected by the PADI examiner’s on the IE. We also conduct a Rescue workshops to ensure that your rescue skills are of an exemplary standard.

The IDC at GEKO is conducted over 9 days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

Having completed the IDC successfully you’re almost there. The Instructor exam (IE) is conducted over two days at the end of the IDC by an examiner sent out by PADI International. The traditional schedule is as follows.GEKO idc1

Day 1
07.30 – Orientation
08.00 – Dive Theory Exams (90 mins)
09.30 – Standards and Procedures Exam (90 mins)
13.00 – Confined Water Presentations
16.00 – Knowledge Development Presentations

Day 2
09.00 – Open Water Presentations
16.00 – Award Presentations

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you.

The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

The Challenging Part

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to prepare assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.

What You Learn

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least:

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open water teaching presentation integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs

You will demonstrate competence at

  • Performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 meters using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part.

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Digital Underwater Photographer or Enriched Air Diver.

The Scuba Gear You Need

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual. This includes:

  • Fins, mask, snorkel
  • Exposure Protection Suit.
  • Cylinder ( If you are travelling this can be rented from us)
  • Buoyancy Control Device with LPI
  • Regulator, alternate air source and SPG
  • Weight system ( If you are travelling this can be rented from us)
  • Timing device
  • Depth gauge
  • Compass
  • Knife/divers tool
  • Slate
  • Audible and Visible emergency signalling devices


The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course Crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty CD Rom
  • Positive Approach Selling Techniques
  • PADI’s Guide To Teaching


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor or Divemaster in good standing with another training organization for at least six months
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months


PADI IDC Schedule Pretoria 2015

06 Apr – 08 Apr 09 April 17 April 18/19 April 15 April 20 – 23 April
26 Oct – 28 Oct 29 Oct 06 Nov 07/08 Nov 04 Nov 09 – 12 Nov


Your Next Step:

Decide on the date that best suits you. All the programs are full time. The IDC will commence with an Orientation Evening starting at 3pm prior to the first day of the IDC to complete all administrative procedures. Typically the 9 day IDC program will start at 7am and finish at approximately 6pm. All sessions must be attended for the successful completion of the IDC and enrolment onto an IE. Individual assignments are to be completed after hours.

Confirm your spot. We limit class sizes and demand is high. To guarantee your place we require a deposit of One Thousand Rand (R1000) into the bank account provided. Please fax or email the proof of payment to us with your name as reference.



Prices for PADI Instructor Courses

EFRI and IDC Combo R12,500 Incl. Prep Skills & Theory +EFR Instructor
IDC R10,700 Incl. Prep Skills & Theory
EFRI R2,900 Emergency First Response Instructor Course
Materials IDC CrewPak R8,500 Other Materials Depend on Individual Requirements.
Materials EFR CrewpaK R2,950 Other Materials Depend on Individual Requirements.
IDC Application Fee £121 Paid directly to PADI EMEA
IE registration £423 Paid directly to PADI EMEA
EFR Instructor Registration £75.50 Paid directly to PADI EMEA Includes Care for Children

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Requirements for the Orientation Evening:

  • 2 ID Photographs
  • All Non PADI Certifications. Copies of Certification cards (both sides) or Certificates
  • Log Book for Dive History Verification
  • In Date Medical stating you are “Fit to Dive”
  • All PADI Mandatory IDC Course Materials
  • Calculator for Exams
  • PADI Enriched Air Student Qualification or copy of equivalent
  • Balance of Payment



Continuing your Education

Specialty Ratings (Master Scuba Diver Trainer)

During this 4 day course you will learn how to plan, conduct and market PADI Specialty Diver training courses in at least 8 areas. The program includes Knowledge Development and a Standards review specific to the Specialty courses you have chosen to do. Candidates are also required to present sections of the Academics in the classroom, participate in in-water workshops and specialty Open Water teaching presentations. You can choose the specialties that you wish to teach. Once you’ve completed this phase you then need to achieve the minimum pre-requisite of 25 PADI diver certifications before you can apply to PADI for the prestigious Master Scuba Diver Trainer Rating.


  • Deep
  • Underwater Navigator
  • Enriched Air Diver
  • Drift
  • Night Diver
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Wreck
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Digital Underwater Photography
  • Multilevel Diver
  • Dry Suit
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Boat Diver
  • Search and Recovery
  • Aware Fish ID
  • Altitude
  • Underwater Videographer
  • Sidemount
  • Self-Reliant Diver

Distinctive Specialties

  • Sharklife Bull Shark Diver
  • Sharklife Manta Ray Diver
  • Sharklife Blacktip Shark Diver
  • Sharklife Tiger Shark Diver
  • Sharklife Ragged Tooth Shark
  • Sharklife Whale Shark Diver

Master Scuba Diver Instructor Rating

5 x Specialty Ratings R4,950
Individual Standard Specialty Including Dives R995
Sharklife Distinctive Specialities Excluding Dives R995
Registration per speciality (Including Sharklife) paid directly to PADI. Pay for 4 get 5th Free £27.50



EFR Emergency First Response Instructor

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course is conducted over two days and provides qualified individuals with the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid) and Care for Children courses. This course builds on the instructor candidates’ skills as primary and secondary care providers and focuses on developing their instructional abilities. Through independent study, classroom sessions and practice teaching assignments, instructor candidates learn to conduct the Emergency First Response programs. Individuals who are current CPR/ first aid instructors with another qualifying organization may choose to earn the Emergency First Response Instructor rating by completing a prescribed program based on portions of the Emergency First Response Instructor Course or the Emergency First Response Instructor Crossover Program.


Instructor Development Course Timetable

Registration 15h00 AfternoonCourse OrientationAdministration / Documentation Remarks
DAY 1 Morning                   Business of Diving                                      Learning, Instruction and the PADI systemGeneral Standards and Procedures                           AfternoonGeneral Standards and ProceduresTeaching in Confined WaterMarketing Diving Prepare Confined Water Presentation 1&2(Home Work)
DAY 2 MorningStart DivingOpen Water Diver CourseAdventures in Diving ProgramAfternoonSkill Demonstration WorkshopConfined Water Teaching Presentation 1& 2Developing Knowledge Development Presentations Prepare Knowledge Development 1 -Prepare Confined Presentation 3 & 4             (Home Work)
DAY 3 MorningKnowledge Development Teaching Presentation 14 Es Counselling Workshop 1Conducting Open Water DivesAfternoonRescue Diver CourseConfined Water Teaching Presentation 3 & 4General Standards and Procedures Exam Prepare Open Water Presentation 1-Knowledge Presentation 2(Home Work)
DAY 4 MorningKnowledge Development Teaching Presentation 2Open Water Teaching Presentation 1                       AfternoonTeaching PADI Specialty Diver CoursesDiscover Scuba Diving WorkshopAdventure Dive Workshop Open Water Dives
DAY 5 EFR Instructors Course Prepare Confined Presentation 5 & 6
DAY 6 MorningConfined Water Teaching Presentations 5 and 6AfternoonRisk ManagementDive Theory Exams Prepare Open Water Presentation 2(Home Work)
DAY 7 MorningKnowledge Development Teaching Presentation 34 Es Counselling Workshop 2AfternoonOpen Water Teaching Presentation 2Rescue Exercise Workshop Open Water Dives
DAY 8 MorningKeep DivingDivemaster Course                                                                          AfternoonFinal Counselling and IE Recommendations.
 IE Day 9 and Day 10

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