Instructor Development Course

SCUBA EMPORIUM Instructor Development Course PREP

The instructor development process is a combination of programs designed to enhance instructor candidate's abilities as dive professionals, as well as offer specialized training programs, all of which are intended to increase their success. This process begins with the PADI Assistant Instructor course and ranges through Specialty Instructor training, Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor courses and business education programs..

The foundation of PADI instructor development is the PADI Instructor Development Course. The program consists of two parts - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Combining the AI course and the OWSI program into a continuous program makes up an eight day Instructor Development Course.

Successfully completing an AI course allows instructor candidates to earn the PADI Assistant Instructor rating which authorizes them to function as instructional assistants and independently conduct certain PADI programs. AI course completion also qualifies candidates to participate in an OWSI program.

Successfully completing the OWSI program (or an entire Instructor Development Course) makes candidates eligible to participate in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). The IE is a completely evaluative program that tests the instructor candidate's teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism. Instructor candidates become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors only after successfully completing an IE. PADI IEs are standardized, objective evaluations conducted by Instructor Examiners representing one of PADI's international offices.


What does the course cost? (Cost does not include course materials or IE fees)

  • Standard 7-Day Instructor Development Course
    certification or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months ( check with a PADI Course Director or PADI Office for qualifying credentials.)
  • Weekend 7-Day Instructor Development Course
    Course consists of two Friday afternoon through Sunday weekends and one Thursday and Friday (Must complete Instructor Development Course Online prior to start of course)
  • Semi-Private Instructor Development Course
    Plan your Instructor Development Course around your schedule (Must complete Instructor Development Course Online prior to start of course)

*Costs do not include course materials or PADI application fees

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**Private Instructor Development Courses available in Orland Park. If you have a group we can schedule an Instructor Development Course, at your facility!**

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Instructor-level continuing education courses available following every Instructor Development Course!
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