So you’re ready for the next step and to get the chance to introduce new divers to the sport of Scuba diving, see the looks on their faces the first time they breath underwater or see things they have only seen in movies and on TV?

Maybe you want to become an Instructor to start or change careers or so you can travel the world.  The Instructor Course will teach current Divemaster or Assistants Instructors the knowledge to safely function as an Instructor with the abilities to teach Open Water Scuba Divers, Advanced Adventures Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Assistant Instructors. The program isdivided into two sections,
- Instructor Development Course (IDC),  and

- Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC).


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Instructor development Course Schedule

September 2024 IDC is open for registration.

​Friday- Sunday September 6th - 8th

Friday - Sunday September 13th - 15th

Friday - Sunday September 20th - 22nd 

The IDC will consist of eight  days of intensive training, classroom, pool, open water, and will require candidates to make preparations for class assignments outside of scheduled class hours.  The average class day will begin at 8am and run eight to ten hours.  Due to the demanding nature of the course, it is highly recommended attendees not schedule additional commitments during the IDC.  Professional attire is expected of candidates attending the IDC; tank tops, cut-off jeans, offensive or revealing attire is not acceptable.

Following successful completion of the IDC, Instructor Candidates will be eligible to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).  After passing the IE, they will earn the certification of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

IDC Prerequisites
-Dive Leader Certification-PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational dive training organization.
-18 years old.
-Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
-Certified diver for six months.
-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, as necessary.

Required Materials

Candidates are expected to have their own professional and fully functional dive equipment suitable for training entry level divers (excluding tanks and weights provided by Carolina Dive Center ), as specified in the PADI Instructor Manual. Scuba Gear Kit must include: a surface marker buoy (safety sausage), pocket mask, compass, timing device (watch or computer which will display seconds/minutes), a basic calculator is recommended (use of a calculator on a personal telephone is NOT allowed during the PADI Instructor Examination).  Candidates must have in their possession a current set of the following materials (paper or digital are acceptable).  NOTE:  * indicates the item is included in the Divemaster Crew-Pac;  ** indicates the item is included in the IDC Crew-Pac

*PADI Instructor Manual

**PADI Guide to Teaching

**PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides:  Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE-Coral Reef Conservation

PADI Open Water Diver Manual

Recreational Dive Planner-RDP Table and eRDPml, including Instructions for Use booklets

**PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slates

**Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam Booklet

Adventures in Diving Manual

PADI Rescue Diver Manual

**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

Candidates for Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor need to have in their possession the following materials.  NOTE:  All materials except the ventilation barrier are included in the EFR Instructor start up pack.

EFR Primary and Secondary Care Instructor Guide

EFR CPR & AED Instructor Guide

EFR Care for Children Instructor Guide

EFR Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) Participant Manual

EFR Care for Children Participant Manual

EFR CPR & AED Participant Manual

EFR Primary and Secondary Care Video


EFR Care for Children Video

Emergency Care at a Glance


Ventilation Barrier (pocket mask is acceptable)

Gauze pads and dressing for bandaging