As a dive master you are qualified to supervise and assist both training and non training dive activities, such as the PADI Discover Local Diving experience, the Scuba Review program, the PADI Discover Snorkeling and the PADI Skin Diver Course. After a short internship you can conduct the confined water option of the Discover Scuba Diving program. You must be a RESCUE DIVER and have log 20 dives to start the course and 60 to be certified.
DIVE MASTER THE FIRST STEP
PADI INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT
Is the heart of the Instructor Training and it is divided in two sections; the Assistant Instructor and the Open Water Scuba Instructor.
PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR (AI)
It is the first portion of the IDC and can be completed in as little as three days. During the course you will learn the PADI system of diver education. You will give classroom and confined water presentations and evaluate PADI open water course surface skills (under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor). You can also teach some PADI specialty courses, conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences and PADI Seal Team AquaMissions.
PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
The rest of the IDC is the final step in your quest to become a PADI OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR and it requires a minimum of four days. During this course, you will learn to manage and adapt the PADI system. As a PADI OWSI, you can conduct the entire range of PADI diver courses, from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster.
INSTRUCTOR EVALUATION (IE)
After successfully completing the IDC, the next step is the Instructor evaluation. It is a two day program in which the candidates are evaluated on their diving knowledge, skills and ability to teach, confined water and open water settings. IEs are conducted by PADI Instructor Examiners from one of PADI´s International offices to ensure an objective evaluation process and consistent quality worldwide.
If you already are a dive educator from another recreational scuba certification organization, PADI recognizes that you are an experienced Scuba Instructor who only needs an orientation to the PADI system; therefore, you only need to attend the OWSI, followed by an Instructor Examination.