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The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During the PADI IDC, you'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a broad range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba to Divemaster.
The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating with Utila Dive Centre's PADI Career Development Centre sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about, so if you want to live an extraordinary life, then you're in the right place.
What do I need to start?
- PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor 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.)
- Hold a dive certification for at least six months
- Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
- Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months
- Medical clearance signed by a physician
What will I do?
- Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
- Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
- Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
- Have at least 60 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam
How long will it take?
- Times can vary from seven days to two weeks or more with our scuba instructor internship
Online learning option in the IDC
For candidates who are already certified as PADI Divemaster prior to arriving on Utila, for your IDC there have been changes to the curriculum from January 2010 which now allow you to;
1) Study and pre-assess your dive theory online.
2) Study 9 of the course presentations online which can be used to save time from the course and start 3 days later than our ‘Live delivery’ IDC with the start date on the Saturday evening at 5pm. The course will then end one week later on the Sunday (with EFR Instructor course) and then a day’s fun diving on Monday prior to the IE on the Tuesday/Wednesday, allowing you to leave on the Thursday am flights. This takes just 13 days for the complete Instructor course, EFR Instructor and 2 day PADI Exams, and even less if you arrive on Utila already certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor.
There is an additional charge for each of these convenient and value enhancing options which is paid to PADI. Please contact us for more information and to register for this option.
Our PADI Instructor course with the Caribbean and Central Americas Premier Career Development Center
The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) is comprised of 2 components. These 2 components can be taken either separately or together in one course.
The Assistant Instructor portion is the 1st component of the PADI Instructor Development Course and builds upon Divemaster training. The Assistant Instructor course is a 5 day program (2 days with online option) which introduces trains you as an instructional assistant, in academic teaching and in confined & open water training. As an Assistant Instructor you improve your employability within the dive industry and earnings potential. This program credits towards the PADI Instructor Development Course and allows you to gain experience as an instructional assistant before the IDC. The Assistant Instructor course can be conducted as part of the PADI IDC or as a stand-alone program.
The 2nd portion of the IDC is the OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) program, and takes 6 days (3 days with online option). The OWSI develops the candidate’s abilities to prepare academic, confined water and open water teaching presentations. As an Instructor candidate you’ll also learn about business principles, teaching children, risk management and other important topics relevant for the dive professional. At Utila Dive Centre we also cover areas regarding working in different worldwide environments, and resort management, and look at career opportunities in diving, including ‘diver safety’ and ‘technical diving’, resume preparation, and what gives you the best chance of success as a professional in today’s dive industry. Practical workshops during the IDC will