The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is most often taught as a single integrated program, but did you know that it is actually two separate programs run together?  The PADI IDC is simply the PADI Assistant Instructor course, and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course run back to back.  Even though many people choose to enrol in the full IDC, there are many people who through time restrictions, or simply by choice, complete these two programs separately, or only complete the Assistant Instructor course as a stand alone program.

Assistant Instructor 

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is perfect for those people who only have a limited amount of time, or do not wish to assume the responsibilities of being a PADI Open Water Instructor, but would still like to hone their skills and knowledge to an instructor level, and qualify to teach certain programs independently.  At Palm beach Divers we have scheduled the first 5 days of our IDC program as the Assistant Instructor portion of the IDC, so it is easy and convenient for you to participate.  We have also scheduled the Emergency First Response Instructor course to run immediately following the Assistant Instructor course, so those who wish to add the EFR Instructor program to their Assistant Instructor program can do so easily.


Dive Leader Certification - PADI Divemaster or leadership level certification with a recognized recreational diver training agency.  Must be 18 years old.  Have a medical clearance for diving signed by a physician within the last 12 months.  Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.

Open Water Scuba Instructor

The Open Water Scuba Instructor course is designed for PADI Assistant Instructors or scuba instructors from another agency who wish to become full PADI instructors.  This course runs over the final 8 days of our IDC programs, so is easy to schedule into our existing courses.  This course will refine the teaching skills of PADI Assistant Instructors to the level needed to be an exemplary PADI instructor, and allow you to independently teach the full range of PADI core courses up to Divemaster.  For instructors from another training agency wishing to cross over and become PADI Instructors, the OWSI program will build on your existing teaching experience and fully orient you to PADI’s systems, standards, and teaching techniques.  We have scheduled the OWSI program to start immediately following the Emergency First Response Instructor course, so those who require both certifications can earn them easily and conveniently.


You must meet all IDC/AI course prerequisites, plus be a PADI Assistant Instructor, or current instructor in good standing with a recognized recreational diver training organization for at least 6 months.

Required Materials

The required materials for both the PADI Assistant Instructor course and OWSI course are the same as those listed for the PADI Instructor Development Course.