From PADI Divemaster to PADI Instructor

What do you need to know?

Between the high and low diving season it’s often a great time to reflect on personal ambitions. Deciding on goals and plans for the future is not always a straight forward decision. As a Divemaster, you may have thought about moving up the PADI ladder to become an Instructor?

Decision time;

For some Divemasters, it’s a foregone conclusion! For others, moving from a PADI Divemaster to PADI Instructor seems like a big step. Whether becoming a scuba instructor is at the top of your will-do list or not yet, here’s what you need to know:

The basic requirements are:

To sign up in a PADI Instructor Development Course (known as the IDC) you must be a certified Divemaster. Your Divemaster certification must be at least six months old.

Other standard requirements include the following;

Current training in CPR and Emergency First Response, or other qualifying training organisation. Your current training certification must be within the past 24 months.

A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months. The medical statement must not include any form of restrictions.

Basic requirements for the Instructor Examination are:

You require a minimum of 100 logged dives to go to an IE

A CPR and First Aid Instructor certification from EFR or other qualifying organisation. The EFR Instructor course is often completed in conjunction with your IDC

Frequently asked questions;

How much does it cost?

Prices vary depending on location and what you require? In general, the cost is similar to what you’d pay to become a yoga instructor, and cheaper than a snowboard or skiing instructor. Add ons, such as long haul flight costs and hotel accommodation need to go into your budget calculation.

How long does the IDC take?

The minimum length of an IDC is now 6 days, but most will run 8 to 10 days. This offers a more relaxed atmosphere, less stress and more time to practice. The IDC includes in-water skills, theory examinations and classroom presentations.

What if I have NO teaching experience as a Divemaster?

The PADI system of education is a stepping stone program. It covers each section separately, helping Divemasters with little or no teaching experience. The goal of the IDC is to move Divemasters forward to become a PADI Instructor. It works very much on the same stepping stone basis as the PADI Open Water course. First, you learn to breathe, then you learn skills to scuba dive. As a result, you become a confident scuba diver.

The main goals;

of an IDC program are to teach people how to present information to students. Learning how to provide both positive and encouraging negative feedback. How to conduct in-water training sessions in both shallow and deeper water. Understand how to become a better communicator and improve your confidence.

Is it value for money?

Helping first-time divers experience their first breath underwater is a feeling that you will not forget. Once you become a PADI Instructor, the job board on the PADI Pros Site offers a range of job openings around the world. PADI Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals in the world. Your PADI Instructor credential will open doors to a variety of job offers, careers and travel experiences.

How do I know if I’m ready for the IDC?

Progressing from Divemaster to the instructor may seem a daunting move. However, the training and experience you have as a Divemaster has you well prepared for the next step. If you look back, it was a big leap from a PADI Rescue diver to the PADI Divemaster Pro level.

Why are you still waiting?

Studies show those who make a decision early on in the year are ten times more likely to achieve their goal. Those who pondered the question throughout the year never make that life-changing move.

Why not resolve to take the first step now towards becoming a PADI scuba instructor? Opportunities are around for those who seek them! Gozo is the best destination for scuba diving, and with DiveSMART Gozo, for a friendly and professional IDC.

Contact us for more information about the IDC at or view our IDC webpage here