Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced (83 hours, plus 16 hours over 2 days for the PADI Instructor Examination)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 interpersonal communication
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 3 classroom management


The course objective is to prepare the instructor candidate to function as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. The program further develops leadership and teaching abilities to the instructor level and prepares candidates to teach PADI courses. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are qualified to conduct the entire range of PADI experience programs and PADI courses from Open Water Diver through Divemaster.

Learning Outcomes:

  • be able to conduct the entire range of PADI experience programs and core courses from Open Water Diver through Divemaster, as well as three PADI specialty diver courses, after successfully completing the separate two-day PADI Instructor Examination conducted independently by PADI staff
  • demonstrate instructor-level diving theory knowledge by successfully passing the Instructor Development Course (IDC) Final Dive Theory Exam
  • demonstrate the effective use of the PADI System components, including the PADI Instructor Manual, PADI's Guide to Teaching, as well as other instructional materials and resources when conducting PADI training
  • explain the role of standards in PADI training and compare the differences between standards and recommendations
  • demonstrate how the PADI Instructor Manual and other resources are used to answer realistic standards and procedures-related questions typical of those faced by instructors, by successfully passing the IDC Final Systems, Standards, and Procedures Exam
  • demonstrate a fundamental understanding of learning and instructional theories, performance-based training, and mastery learning
  • develop and present effective knowledge development teaching presentations using the PADI System for courses with and without student media support
  • demonstrate how to develop and present effective confined water presentations, applying appropriate control and risk management procedures, and following accepted teaching principles to determine student skill mastery
  • demonstrate how to develop and present effective open water presentations, applying appropriate control and risk management procedures, and following accepted teaching principles to determine student skill mastery
  • explain the importance of basic risk management, insurance requirements, legal concepts and issues related to teaching scuba, and apply local specifics to these broader principles, and develop an effective sales presentation, demonstrating a positive attitude toward selling customers dive equipment, training, and other services

General Topics:

  • Getting started
  • Dive theory for dive leaders
  • PADI system overview
  • Learning, instruction and the PADI system
  • Discover scuba diving and experience programs
  • The PADI open water diver course
  • Risk management and legal considerations
  • Managing risk
  • PADI quality management and licensing
  • Introduction to teaching presentations
  • Conducting and evaluating knowledge development
  • Confined water training
  • Open water training
  • Continuing education and leadership courses
  • The business of diving
  • How to teach the recreational dive planner (RDP)
  • Orientation
  • Dive theory workshop
  • PADI system workshop
  • Learning and teaching workshop
  • Discover scuba diving workshop
  • Open water dive course scheduling and set up workshop
  • Risk management and licensing workshop
  • Knowledge development presentation workshop and candidate
  • Knowledge development presentations
  • Skill development workshop
  • Confined water training workshop and candidate confined water teaching presentations
  • Open water training workshop and candidate open water teaching
  • Presentations
  • Continuing education workshop
  • Advanced open water diver course workshop
  • Rescue diver course workshop
  • Sales techniques workshop
  • Course close
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Laboratory
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Other
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Completion of the Dive Theory and Systems, Standards and Procedures Exams. Evaluation of 3 knowledge development teaching presentations, 4 confined water teaching presentations, and 2 integrated open water teaching presentations.

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from PADI Americas, Inc.