PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, IDC

Join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs

Medical Questionnaire

You will need to complete the questionnaire before your course begins. If all your answers are NO, then you do NOT need to see a doctor. If you can answer YES to any of the questions on the form, you will need a doctor's approval to dive. Students will be unable to start their course without an approved medical, if required. Please call us for details.

Please download and review this form before your course. Download Medical (.pdf) (right click, and select "save as" if you have difficulty)

Executive Upgrade

The executive upgrade is applicable to any learning package.

For an additional $219.99 to the course price, we include the optional equipment for divers interested in owning some of the most common personal items, at an affordable price with free boots and a log book!

  • ProBlue Dive Mask
  • Mares Semi-Dry Snorkel
  • Mares X-3 Superchannel Fins
  • Free 7mm Akona wet boots
  • Free Torpedo Rays Logbook

IDC - September 21-26 2018
IE Exam: To Follow Course Date

Who should take this course?

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.
Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course.
The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.
Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.
Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

Why train with us?

Torpedo Rays Scuba is Nova Scotia's only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, we meet the highest standards PADI has set for Student Training and Dive Centers. Torpedo Rays uses a team approach to training professionals so you learn from multiple instructors allowing you to gain personal insights from varying viewpoint.
We train hundreds of students every year. As a OWSI Candidate, that means you'll learn from actual dive training and not just simulated courses. Real scenarios, unscripted, as they happen.
One of our student's favourite benefits of training with Torpedo Rays is that we offer work to almost every Instructor we train. So you can start making money as a professional diver almost immediately. We have the highest paid Instructors around, and the courses for them to work on.

What will you learn?

Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

When and Where

Download a copy of the course schedule at this link (PDF)

Course Pre-Requisites

  • PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months.
  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Purchase a Package

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IDC Online eLearning

Dive Theory Online eLearning

Classroom, Pool, and Ocean Training

IDC Tuition & Crewpack


IDC Online eLearning

Dive Theory Online eLearning

Classroom, Pool, and Ocean Training

IDC Course Books

IDC Course Slates

Instructor Manuals

IDC Crewpack Only


IDC Course Books

IDC Course Slates

Instructor Manuals

Included in the cost of the course tuition is a Non-refundable $300 deposit. The deposit can be applied to any course if you need to put the course off for a period of time. Divemaster Crewpack is required for course completion. You must own your own.

2018 Course Schedule

Course Number Schedule IDC Dates IE Dates
IDC 118 Fri-Wed September 21-26