IDC Prerequisites and Materials



Before you become a PADI Instructor you need to be ready for the responsibilty that comes with it and have sufficient experience to deal with the challenges you will most certainly face as an Instructor.

 To make sure you are ready there are a number of prerequisites you must meet before you can begin your Instructor Training.

To enroll in an IDC or Assistant Instructor course, an individual must:

  • have Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization who is either an instructor member in good standing, or a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification
  • 60 logged dives 
  • documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • be 18 years old
  • have Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  • be a Certified diver for six months.
  • show proof of EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level.


Required PADI Materials

SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR DVDThe Dive Academy are responsible for making sure that insttructor candidates have, in their possession, a personal, current set of the following materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward:

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty courseinstructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving and Rescue Diver Manuals
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book

DM Manual

  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online



Recommended Materials:

  • All PADI professional videos
  • All PADI diver videos
  • PADI Specialty Diver manuals
  • Rescue Diver Course Prescriptive and standard Lesson Guides
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
  • Discover Scuba Diving Brochure
  • Scuba Tune-up guidebook

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