How to Become a Scuba Diving Instructor


A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor

Are you passionate about exploring the underwater world and sharing your love for diving with others? Becoming a PADI scuba diving instructor could be the perfect way to turn your passion into a rewarding career. Let’s dive into the step-by-step process of how to become a certified scuba diving instructor, according to the guidelines provided by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

Prerequisites to become a scuba diving instructor

  • Be of at least 18 years of age.
  • Possess PADI Divemaster certification or an equivalent qualification from another recognized organization.
  • Log a minimum of 100 dives.
  • Hold a current Emergency First Response Instructor certification (or equivalent first aid and CPR teaching certification) obtained within the past 24 months.
  • Obtain a medical clearance from a physician within the last 12 months to confirm your fitness for diving.

PADI Divemaster Course Completion (if not certified)

If you’re not already a certified PADI Divemaster, you’ll need to undertake this pivotal course. The Divemaster certification equips you with the necessary skills to responsibly guide and assist with diving operations.

Step 1- Complete the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) serves as your preparation for the upcoming Instructor Examination (IE). This comprehensive program spans both classroom and in-water training, delving into topics such as dive theory, instructional techniques, and industry standards. The IDC, usually spanning 7 to 10 days, constitutes a crucial phase where you receive guidance from experienced PADI Course Directors and IDC Staff Instructors. Here, you’ll refine your teaching skills, practice classroom presentations, and master your in-water instructional techniques.

Did you know that Crystal Divers offers an additional IDC prep course? This will give you extra tools to make the IDC a breeze!

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Feb 15Feb 18- Mar 3Mar 4-5Mar 7
Mar 15Mar 18-31Apr 1-2Apr 4
April 19Apr 22- May 5May 6-7May 8
May 17May 20- Jun 2Jun 3-4Jun 6
Jul 19Jul 22- Aug 4Aug 5-6Aug 8
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Oct 18Oct 21 – Nov 3Nov 4-57 Nov
Nov 15Nov 18 – Dec 1Dec 2-3Dec 5

Step 2- Pass the Instructor Examination (IE)

The Instructor Examination (IE), a two-day evaluation conducted by qualified PADI Instructor Examiners, is a pivotal milestone. It involves written assessments, confined water teaching demonstrations, and open water teaching presentations. Successfully passing the IE is an essential requirement to attain the esteemed title of a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Optional: Pursue Specialty Instructor Ratings

Once certified, you have the opportunity to pursue additional specialty instructor ratings. These specialised certifications empower you to teach specialty courses like Deep Diver, Night Diver, Underwater Photographer, and many more.

Essential: Initiate Teaching and Gain Experience

With IE triumphantly conquered and your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification secured, you’re ready to initiate your teaching journey. Starting under the supervision of experienced PADI Instructors, you’ll impart your knowledge to aspiring divers

Good to know: How to Maintain PADI Instructor Status

To maintain your PADI Instructor status, an annual renewal of your PADI membership is essential. Fulfilling renewal requirements, which may encompass continuing education participation and fee submission, ensures your ongoing status as a certified PADI Instructor.

Embarking on the path to becoming a certified scuba diving instructor demands dedication, training, and a genuine passion for the underwater world. By following these steps outlined by PADI, you can pave the way for a fulfilling career in teaching scuba diving to enthusiastic adventurers.

Do you want to become a scuba diving instructor? Contact us today and one of our Platinum Course Directors will be happy to answer any questions you may have!


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