Instructor Course

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The PADI instructor Development Course (IDC) is the heart of the instructor training process. IDC's are held in Cape Town throughout the year. During the IDC, you will apply your diving skills and knowledge to learn to teach the PADI system in the Classroom, Confined Water (Pool) and in Open Water.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of 2 training phases – The Assistant Instructor (AI) Program, 3 days and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Program, 4 days. The IDC is then followed by a two day Instructor Examination (IE), conducted by PADI Worldwide.

Completion of the training phase may be met by taking either an Instructor Development Course (AI) plus (OWSI), or by completing the programs individually as it suits you. However, it is highly recommended that you complete the IE directly after the OWSI program. PADI Divemasters or PADI Assistant Instructors and qualified Divemasters from other recreational scuba-training agencies may enroll in an IDC.

To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, an individual must successfully complete a PADI IE conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner.

Scuba Shack diving can take you up to Divemaster to then be prepared for your Instructors, the IDC is held at various dive centers in Cape Town.

Where

Venue to be confirmed.

When

We are able to book you onto any of the other IDC’s in South Africa. Courses are scheduled to take place regionally once or twice a year. Contact us for more information

What to bring

Assistant Instructor Candidate Course Materials (AI)

In order to complete your Knowledge Reviews you will require the following Materials:

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • The Best of the Undersea Journal
Please note: The materials listed above are not included in the tuition fee.

Instructor Candidate Course Materials (OWSI)

For class sessions and independent study each Instructor Candidate is required to have:

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • Instructor Candidate Workbook
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
  • AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • RDP – all three versions (Wheel, Table and eRDP) including associated Instructions for use booklets)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Open Water Diver Quizes and Exams booklets
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver final exam booklet
  • PADI Divemaster manual
  • Divemaster final exam booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards – for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Dive Master and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  • Log Book
Please note: The materials listed above are not included in the tuition fee.

Equipment Requirements

Instructor Candidates must equip themselves with:

  • Fins, Mask, Snorkel and Wetsuit
  • Scuba Tank (Fills)
  • BCD with low pressure inflator
  • Regulator with Alternate air source, pressure gauge and depth gauge
  • Weight belt
  • Timing Device
  • Compass
  • Divers knife
  • Slate
  • Dive table
  • 2 x Emergency signaling devices (e.g., whistle and Surface Marker Buoy)

You will use the following stationary on a daily basis:

  • 2 Pens and 2 pencils
  • Eraser
  • Highlighter pens
  • Calculator
  • Notebook
  • Ruler
  • Stick on notes (Post-its)
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You will need the following requirements on date of registration:

  • 3 ID Photographs
  • All PADI and Non PADI certification copies (from entry level and upwards)
  • All C-cards
  • In-Date Medical
  • Proof of in-date CPR
  • History of diving – 1 page only and must include:
    • Start date of entry level diving course
    • Where you have dived
    • Specialty courses
    • Favorite dive sites
Please see your Course Materials list for the recommended materials

Considerations

To enroll in an IDC, an individual must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive.
  • The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months.
  • The physician signing the medical clearance cannot be the applicant.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 60 dives. (As documented in your own logbook.)

To attend an Instructor Examination (IE), the instructor candidate must:

  • have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and have logged at least 100 logged dives
  • Submit proof of CPR and 1st Aid training within the past 24 months.
  • Preferably the PADI EFR course.
  • Submit documentation of any equivalent certifications for entry level advanced and rescue certifications issued by another recreational diver training organization.
  • If submitting an equivalent rescue diver certification, also include copies of first aid training documentation.

Divers from other Scuba Training Organizations are required:

  • To have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 60 dives.
  • Be a current Divemaster member in good standing with another recreational diver training organization for at least 6 months.
  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Submit medical clearance for diving signed by a physician, attesting to fitness to dive.
  • The medical clearance must be current within the previous 12 months. The physician signing the medical clearance cannot be the applicant.

To attend the IE, the instructor candidate must:

  • Have been certified for at least 6 months and have completed and logged at least 100 dives.
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
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