Ready to step into professional waters? The Divemaster course is your ticket into the world of professional scuba diving. Most divemasters don’t stop here. They continue their education and complete the Instructor Development course.

Divemaster course

Prerequisites: 18 years old, PADI AOWD (or equivalent), PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent), EFR primary and secondary care (or equivalent training in First Aid and CPR) in the past 24 months, medical certificate signed by a physician in the past 12 months, at least 40 logged dives before the start of the course and a minimum of 60 logged dives to earn the certification

Duration: 2 weeks

Description: This is the first level of professional training. You will practice your skills by supervising dive activities and helping with student divers, conducting dive briefings, mapping an open water site and learn about many more topics. The exam consists of 2 parts and it is possible to do the first part online.

Further education: Emergency First Response Instructor Course, Assistant Instructor Course, Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

Instructor Development Course (IDC)

This is a two part program, consisting of the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. You can choose to do them separately as well, but most candidates choose to do the AI and OWSI in one go. You can get the learning materials at our diving center or online.

What are the prerequisites?

  • 18 years old
  • PADI Divemaster certificate (or equivalent)
  • Certified diver for at least 6 months
  • EFR primary and secondary care (link) (or equivalent training in First Aid and CPR) completed in the last 24 months
  • Medical certificate signed by a physician in the last 12 months, indicating that the candidate has no medical conditions that are incompatible with diving (if a physician is the candidate, they cannot sign the medical certificate themselves)
  • 60 logged dives, including deep dives, navigation dives and night dives

What do I need to bring?

  • All diving certificates from PADI or any other diving association
  • Necessary EFR or First aid and CPR certificate
  • Necessary medical certificate
  • Logbook showing at least 60 logged dives
  • 2 ID photos (passport photo dimensions)
  • Complete diving gear, excluding weights and tank (possible to rent gear if necessary)
  • Pocket mask

How long does it take?

  • The IDC course takes 10 days.
  • Preparations (not mandatory) take 1 – 2 days during which you can study the materials with the assistance of the Course Director. You will get valuable advice to prepare yourself for the course. It is also possible to organize a dive to practice certain skills, if you think it is necessary.
  • Instructor Examination (IE) takes 2 days.

Assistant Instructor Course (AI)

Duration: 4 – 5 days

Description: You will learn about the standards of diving courses and programs, you will give lectures, dive briefings for confined waters and open waters, control and supervise underwater skill performances. Successfully completing only the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification (the certificate will be sent to your home address).

Further education: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Duration: 5 – 6 days

Description: This is the second part of the IDC. Whether you are an AI ready to progress or you have chosen to do the AI and OWSI together, completing this part of the course allows entry to the Instructor Examination (IE) and earning a full PADI Instructor rating. You will learn about PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach within water workshops, risk management and diver safety, your role as an instructor and many more topics.

Further education: Master Scuba Diver Trainer, PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Instructor Examination (IE)

Duration: 2 days

Prerequisites: at least 100 logged dives, successful participation in the IDC or OWSI program

Description: This is the final exam conducted by an examiner from the PADI EMEA offices. Apart from our IDC candidates, other candidates who have all the prerequisites for the IE are welcome to do it at our diving center.

Further education: Master Scuba Diver trainer, IDC Staff Instructor

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Prerequisites: certified at least 25 divers, at least 5 PADI Specialty Instructor certifications

Duration: 3 – 5 days

Description: Getting a Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating says you are committed to continuing your instructor education and you are able to teach a variety of courses (a dream for any employer)

Further education: IDC Staff Instructor

IDC Staff Instructor

Prerequisites: PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating

Duration: 4 days (without the IDC)

Description: You will learn the instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum, how to organize and conduct a PADI Assistant instructor course, the psychology of evaluation and counseling, evaluating knowledge development and teaching presentations

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