PADI IDC in July

Attention Divemasters and Assistant Instructors!!! 

Red Alert Diving is anticipating the COVID-19 Social Distancing to last a while longer, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot continue your education now!!! We are offering online training for all of the academic portions of our IDC and EFR Instructor Program, so you will be able to complete all of the dry components of your course from the comfort of your own home with some fun and engaging Zoom sessions with our staff. 

We are hoping to resume our in person training with an IDC in early July, which will allow you to attend an IE and complete your PADI OWSI Course.

Notice that we still have two weeks blocked off for this schedule, everyone who signs up for this IDC will also receive training for their Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating at no additional charge! This means you will be able to teach five specialties following successful completion of your IE. This is our thank you for being our test subjects while we navigate distance learning for dive professionals.

If you have questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or message us.

Complete PADI Instructor Development Course and EFR Instructor Course

Planned Course Dates July 6, 2020 - July 17, 2020

This is a two-part course - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills.


If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

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 Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course at Red Alert Diving.

The 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.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

Who Qualifies

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.


Over a two week period, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. 

Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.

Getting Started

Contact Red Alert Diving to register for the IDC online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.

Also, view the Instructor Development Calendar.


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