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Become a padi instructor

Are you passionate about diving and would you like to share this passion with other people? Become a PADI instructor.

Teaching diving allows you to pursue your passion while helping others discover the underwater world. The instructors PADI Open Water Scuba and the assistant instructors are in high demand all over the world due to their comprehensive training and skills.

Becoming a PADI Instructor takes commitment and work, but it is a rewarding experience that will allow you to transform the lives of others while enriching your own.

To become a PADI instructor, you must complete a training course called Instructor Development Course (IDC), which consists of two parts: the course ofAssistant Instructor (AI) and the program Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). Most diving professionals complete the full course IDC and then take an examinstructeur (IE) to obtain their certification.

If you already have experience as an instructor in another diving organization, you can follow the program directly OWSI to become a PADI instructor.

To register for IDC training, you must:

  • Be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent
  • Have logged at least 60 dives (100 to pass the instructor exam)
  • Have completed first aid training in the last 24 months
  • Provide a medical declaration signed by a doctor less than 12 months old

You will also need to become a first aid instructor Emergency First Response during your instructor training.

The padi instructor course

During theIDC, ua program that typically spans a minimum of five days but more often seven, you are trained to lead all PADI Basic Courses.

This training teaches you how to organize and present theoretical information, conduct skill development sessions and supervise open water dives. As a result, you hone your public speaking and exercise demonstration skills, while ensuring the safety of student divers. Main topics covered include:

  • PADI standards and procedures, with practical in-water exercises for courses you’ll be able to teach
  • Learning, teaching and the PADI system
  • Risk management and diver safety
  • The Diving Business and Your Role as an Instructor
  • Diving Marketing and Tips to Improve Sales

In addition, it is possible to obtain university credits for the Assistant Instructor course as well as for Instructor Training (IDC)..



An IE (Instructor Examination) is a two-day evaluation process that evaluates an instructor candidate’s teaching skills, knowledge of diving theory, level of diving proficiency, understanding of the PADI system, and attitude and professionalism.

PADI IEs are standardized and are conducted by specially trained PADI examiners, called Instructor Examiners.

The locations where the IEs take place, the conditions for the written exams and the assessment sessions are selected in such a way as to ensure as objective and fair an assessment of the candidates’ skills as possible.

Only those who meet IE performance criteria earn the prestigious PADI Instructor certification. A fee is generally required to participate in an IE.



The motivations for becoming a PADI Divemaster are varied and are not limited to a career in the world of diving!

Of course, many divers enter the PADI Divemaster program with the goal of becoming guides or progressing toward PADI Instructor status. However, there are also those who undertake this journey to improve their skills and understanding of diving. Some are simply looking for a personal challenge, while others see it as a rewarding activity to fit into a gap year.

Accept the challenge!

During your Divemaster training, you will have the opportunity to assist instructors during courses, guiding and influencing students in various contexts. For many, this is their first time taking on a mentoring role, an experience that is incredibly rewarding but also fraught with responsibility. Unlike your previous courses where you were in an instructor/student relationship, your trainer will become your mentor and you will be seen as a professional diver in the making.You will be tested physically, mentally and in your ability to interact with clients and students in real situations. Taking the PADI Divemaster course is much more than just training; it’s a lesson in self-knowledge and a remarkable learning curve.
During your Divemaster training, you will have the opportunity to delve into the heart of how a dive shop operates, and it’s hard not to be captivated by the experience. You’ll discover first-hand how your workplace can be a beach, how your daily life can take place on board a dive boat and how your office can be transformed underwater! It is therefore not surprising that many Divemaster candidates, even those who were initially simply looking for a challenge or an enjoyable way to spend their time between school or work commitments, ultimately decide to continue their professional development or work as a Divemaster .Whether you are considering a career as a PADI Professional or have other motivations, there are some essential things to know to become a PADI Divemaster…

What are the skills of a PADI Divemaster?

As a certified PADI Divemaster, you will have permission to:

  • Supervise diving activities, both educational and recreational, by planning, organizing and directing dives.
  • Accompany PADI Scuba divers on fun dives.
  • Assist PADI Instructors during training sessions for all PADI Diver courses.
  • Lead the PADI Advanced Snorkeler and PADI Discover Snorkeling programs.
  • Organize the PADI Discover Local Diving experience.
  • Lead the PADI ReActivate program.

Additionally, you have the opportunity to complete brief training to become a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Leader, which will allow you to independently lead the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program in the pool.

To register for IDC training, you must:

  • Hold PADI Rescue Diver certification (or recognized equivalent).
  • Have completed the Emergency First Response® Primary Care and Secondary Care courses (or hold a recognized equivalent qualification) within the last 24 months.
  • Have logged at least 40 scuba dives.
  • Have passed a medical examination within the last 12 months and been deemed fit to practice diving by a doctor.
  • Minimum age: Be 18 years old (or*15 yearsto become a Junior Divemaster).

Divers aged 15 to 17 have the opportunity to enroll in the PADI Junior Divemaster program.

The Junior Divemaster course is an extension of the PADI Divemaster course. Junior Divemaster candidates can complete most of the Divemaster program, but additional training is required once they reach the age of 18.

Junior Divemaster program prerequisites:

  • Certification PADI Advanced Open Water Diver et PADI Rescue Diver.
  • Avoir effectué au moins 20 plongées enregistrées.
  • Être jugé médicalement apte à la pratique de la plongée.

Prospects after the Divemaster

For those who complete the PADI Divemaster course, a wide range of opportunities open up in the diving industry. Among the most common choices is to first seek a position as a Divemaster in a diving center or on board a liveaboard. The second and most popular option is to continue your training by enrolling in an instructor training coursePADI (IDC) to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. The PADI Job Board proves to be a valuable tool for finding opportunities around the world.

For those not planning a career in diving, returning to work, school or accepting a new challenge often presents itself with a heightened sense of confidence, energy and assurance. However, it is common for those who did not initially consider joining the industry to completely change their minds during their Divemaster training.


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