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Instructor Training
Assistant Instructor / Open Water Scuba Instructor


PADI, the world’s largest diver-training organization, produces the finest instructor training programs available. Dive Connections provides a professional learning experience in which you will learn how to teach diving utilizing the most current tools and techniques. An Instructor Development Course, IDC, really has four components:
Assistant Instructor Course (AI),
Open Water SCUBA Instructor Course (OWSI),
Emergency First Responder Instructor Course (EFRI), and
Instructor Exam (IE)
Our focus is not just on passing the IE, but on developing your individual talents to become a competent, confident and successful instructor for today's diving environment. You will be equipped with an excellent understanding of the diving industry, scuba course promotional techniques, progressive instructional methods and state of the art diving information. Our programs draw upon a group of experienced IDC Staff Instructors, which provide you with a variety of teaching styles and a wealth of knowledgeable mentors from which to draw advice. Remembering that everyone begins this sport for fun, we endeavor to make the programs as enjoyable as possible for the candidates and staff alike. A member of our teaching staff will attend your Instructor Examination to offer moral support and ensure success.

PADI Divemaster member or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be fit for diving and submit Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the
    previous 12 months. A licensed physician must sign the form and state that the candidate is fit for        diving. The physician signing the form may not be the candidate.
  • Have been certified for at least 6 months and have logged at least 60 dives and have experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
  • To attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) you must have been a certified diver for at least 12 months and have at least 100 logged dives.
  • Submit proof of certification in CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.

  Required materials
  •   PADI Instructor Manual
  •   PADI Guide to Teaching
  •   The Law and the Diving Professional
  •   The Best of the Undersea Journal
  •   The Business of Diving
  •   Children and Scuba Diving
  •   The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  •   Diving Knowledge Workbook
  •   PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  •   Recreational Dive Planner, table & eRDP versions
  •   Adventures in Diving Manual
  •   PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  •   PADI Divemaster Manual
  •   Aquatic Cue Cards – both confined and open water versions
  •   Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  •   Open Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  •   Log Book

The following items are available in the PADI Specialty Instructor Manual or individually. It is more cost effective to purchase the entire manual if you plan to take a Specialty Instructor Course or teach PADI specialties in the future.

  •  Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
  •  Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline

The following items need to be supplied by yourself or your facility:

  •  Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exams booklet
  •  Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  •  Divemaster Final Exams booklet

We keep all of these items in stock and will sell them to you at the PADI Instructor Member price.  There is a PADI IDC Crew Pak that has most all of the needed materials.  You should probably allocate about $800 for all materials.

Upcoming Schedule:

IDC Part 1 - Assistant Instructor
           Classroom & Pool - TBD Weekend - Dive Connections, Charlottesville
           Open Water - TBD - Lake Phoenix

IDC Part 2 - Open Water Scuba Instructor
           Classroom & Pool - TBD - Dive Connections, Charlottesville
           Open Water - TBD - Dutch Springs

PADI Instructor Exam - TBD - Dutch Springs

Emergency First Response Instructor - TBD


PADI Online eLearning & IDC Crew Pak $832
AI tuition including classroom, pool & open water instruction $1,000
PADI AI Application Fee $104

OWSI tuition including classroom, pool & open water instruction $1,350
PADI IDC enrollment fee 209
PADI IE fee $

EFR Instructor Course Tuition $350
EFR Instructor Materials Pak
EFR Application Fee

1754 Timberwood Blvd
 Charlottesville, VA  22911