Age +18 YRS
Duration 10 DAYS
Price €850

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then start here and Go Pro with our PADI Instructor Development Course.

The PADI system allows PADI Divemasters to train to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors by passing through the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and qualify by successfully completing the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Beyond the IDC/IE, PADI Instructor development continues through education programs ranging from Specialty Instructor training to IDC Staff Instructor courses.

The instructor development process follows three basic paths, all of which apply the same IDC instructional system and performance requirements. PADI Divemasters can complete the entire IDC as a single program. Alternatively, PADI Divemasters may take the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course, which consists of key IDC components, then complete the OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) program, which includes remaining IDC components. Finally, an instructor from a diver training organisation other than PADI may qualify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor by completing the OWSI program.

Candidates develop their instructor-level knowledge and skills in the IDC through independent study as well as live presentations and workshops conducted or supervised by a PADI Course Director. IDC Staff Instructors may also guide and assist candidates. The IDC emphasizes development, not testing, and so provides a low-stress environment that frees candidates to learn from their errors and concentrate on knowledge and skill development. Candidates continue until they can reliably achieve the minimum performance requirements to progress beyond the IDC.

The Instructor Examination (IE) evaluates candidate teaching ability, dive knowledge, skills level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude, professionalism and other attributes required of PADI Instructors. IEs are conducted over at least two days by an Instructor Examiner using standardised, objective testing criteria. When these criteria are met,
candidates achieve the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

This two-phase program – the development phase (IDC) conducted by PADI Course Directors and their instructor development staff; and the evaluative phase (IE) conducted by PADI Staff – is the most comprehensive and demanding of any in the dive industry. New PADI Instructors meet the most extensive requirements for learning and performance of any recreational diver certification organisation.

The IDC & IE plan for 2020

The focus of the IDC with DiveSMART Gozo is to develop good teaching techniques and practices. We mentor and guide our IDC candidates throughout, in addition to learning how to effectively use the PADI system of education. All our courses are supervised by one of the best and long-standing PADI Course Directors on Malta and Gozo. We are proud to have a 100% candidate pass rating since 2001. Our training methods allow you to develop and bring out the best in yourself.

Further IE dates for 2020 for Gozo and Malta


The course begins with a day in the classroom. Here, we focus on the design of the PADI system and how to use it in a flexible manner. Our participants will learn the PADI system which offers the best possible training. Understanding the PADI System is crucial to becoming a valuable Instructor later in your career.

You will complete a dive theory and a Standards and procedures written examination. This usually takes place around day two or day three. This gives your Course Director an indication of your level of knowledge of dive theory and your understanding of the PADI system. It still allows enough time to remediate any issues you may have.

You will teach at least four confined water skill presentations, and play the role of a student when the other instructor candidates are teaching.

You will teach at least four open water skill presentations, and play the role of a student when the other instructor candidates are teaching.

You will teach a minimum of three classroom presentations.

You will develop your rescue skills to demonstration quality level required at the IE.

There are classroom sessions where we discuss the various PADI courses you will be qualified to teach. Business and marketing related issues will be covered as well as liability and safety.

What will you learn?

The IDC is normally held 10 days before the Instructor Exam (IE).

The unique PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.
Dive professionals, who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation, may be eligible to enrol directly in the OWSI program. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to becoming a PADI Instructor.

What learning materials do you require?

PADI Materials which are required for the IDC are as follows:

  • PADI IDC Digital eLearning
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, Coral Reef Conversation and Project AWARE Speciality Course Instructor Guides
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual or eLearning
  • Recreation Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPml, including instructions for Use booklets
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual or eLearning
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual or eLearning
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual or eLearning
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Skill Development Preparation slate
  • The Encylopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or Record for Dive Theory Online

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1. PADI Divemaster or:

a) an instructor member in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognised recreational diver training organisation.*

b) have a leadership-level certification in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognised recreational diver training organization;*

2. 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.

3. 18 years old

3. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months, and have had no medical condition changes.

4. Certified diver for at least six months.

5. Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training, within the last 24 months.

Note: Emergency First Response Instructor (or qualifying rating) is required for Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. This can be achieved during the IDC.

6. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.

7. Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership level certifications* as required.



  • Ten days IDC and two days IE
  • Including Transport to and from the dive site
  • Excluding PADI learning materials and ALL PADI FEES & APPLICATION FEES
  • Excluding scuba diving equipment

Cost €850.00

You will need to pay the application fee to become an Assistant Instructor directly to PADI.  Click on PADI FEES for prices.

How do I book?

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Where next?

See our IDC Value Packages or Emergency First Responder Instructor

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