IDC Prerequisites - To become a dive instructor:

There are a number of certifications and a minimum amount of experience you need before you do an Instructor Development Course and PADI Instructor Exam.

Other than being a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent with another training agency), two often overlooked things are the fact you need to have 100 logged dives and be certified as an entry level diver for at least six months prior to the start of the PADI Dive instructor course. These very sensible rules do effect the time in which you can go from ‘Zero to Hero’. It would require 2 separate trips to Roatan to go from having no diving certification to dive instructor. This is because a tourist visa only allows you 90 consecutive days in the country.

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To enroll in the PADI instructor development course:

  • Certified as a PADI Divemaster or equivalent with another training agency.

  • Proof of an entry level dive certification (such as PADI Open Water Diver)

  • Proof of an advanced level dive certification (such as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver)

  • Proof of a Rescue level dive certification (such as PADI Rescue Diver)

  • 100 logged diver

  • Certified at the Open Water Scuba Diver level for at least 6months

  • Have a PADI Medical Form signed by a doctor within the last 12 months

  • Have EFR or CPR and First Aid from another agency within the last 24 months.

In addition you should spend time reviewing the materials from the Open Water, Advanced Open Water (especially the altitude and multi level/computer diver chapters), Rescue and Divemaster.

Use our theory practice quizzes online and the encyclopedia of recreational diving to prepare for the written theory exams.

View our skill circuit video and try to get a practice session in before you arrive. If this is not possible you can that here, if you get here before the course starts.

After you have passed the PADI Instructor Exam

You are qualified to:

Teaching Status Open Water Scuba Instructors are authorised to teach the following PADI courses:

·         PADI Scuba Diver/Open Water Diver

·         Adventures in Diving Program (Adventure Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver)

Towing a tired scuba diver

·         Rescue Diver

·         Divemaster

·         Skin Diver and Discover Snorkeling

·         Discover Scuba Diving

·         PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker

·         ReActivate and Discover Local Diving

·         Peak Performance Buoyancy

·         Project AWARE Specialty

·         AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation

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