Instructor Development Courses (IDC)

Instructor Development Courses (IDC)

Instructor Development Course

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Here at Salem SCUBA, we focus on developing our candidates to be ready to teach in any environment.  Small classes create a more personal and nurturing environment for our students. That’s why we limit our Instructor Development Courses to a maximum of SIX candidates.

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IDC Overview:

The Salem SCUBA IDC is conducted over ten to twelve days from approximately 7AM to 6PM (or later).  The course includes presentations and workshops designed to assure that you are prepared and ready to pass the comprehensive two-day Instructor Exams (IE) which is a demonstration of your ability to teach what you have mastered in the IDC. Upon successful completion of the PADI IE, you will be able to teach all PADI core courses from introductory divers through divemaster as well as teach Emergency First Response courses. Additionally, our Course Director can provide you with supplemental (highly recommended) training to enable you to become certified to teach several specialties immediately after becoming an OWSI.

Our Course Director will verify that you have met the prerequisites listed below and will then be in regular contact with you before the IDC to make certain that you are on track to complete the pre-class study requirements. These are listed on the Instructor Development Course Program Learning Agreement which you will sign when you reserve your spot and which you should use as a guide to be ready for your IDC.

A complete schedule will be provided before the start of the IDC which will outline the entire course. This will be reviewed on the first day of the IDC.

We will be conducting the recently revised IDC which includes more practical training and fewer classroom lectures so that you are exposed to more hands-on, real-world-instructor training than ever before.

Costs and Supplies:


For your convenience, our 2024 price includes EVERYTHING (except additional supplies as listed below) necessary to complete the PADI IDC and IE.

The approximate cost is $6199. The breakdown is as follows:

$4999 paid to Salem SCUBA includes IDC tuition, PADI IDC Digital Crew-Pak (described below), EFR Instructor Course tuition, EFR Instructor Start-Up Pack, PADI Specialty Instructor Manual (upon successful completion of the IE), and PADI Dive Theory on-line.

$1200 paid to PADI for application and exam fees.

Ask for more details about the MSDT Prep Pack, starting at $749.


IDC Crew-Pak includes: Backpack, Instructor Cue Cards for Open Water, Confined Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, OW Student Planning, Skill Development Preparations Slate (plus one extra), AND IDC Digital Crew-Pak including IDC eLearning; Exams for Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster; Specialty Instructor Outlines for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation; Diving Knowledge Workbook (Digital); Guide to Teaching (Digital); and Open Water Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides.

EFR Instructor Start Up Pack includes: Instructor and Student materials for three courses: Primary and Secondary Care, Care for Children; and CPR/AED, DVDs and Exams, EFT Training Bandage Pack, EFT Emergency Care at a glance Card, and EFR Marketing Pack and Decals.

Additional required supplies: Since you have completed all of the certifications to reach this point, it is likely that you already own some, if not all, of these materials. Please note that you are required to own the CURRENT versions (either paper or digital). PADI Student Materials include: Open Water Diver Manual, AOW Diver Manual and enclosed slate, Rescue Diver Manual and enclosed slate, Divemaster CrewPak ENTIRE CONTENTS; PADI RDP Table and eRDPml with associated instruction booklets.

A full list of ALL required materials and equipment is on the Instructor Development Course Program Learning Agreement.

If you need to purchase any of these items, Salem SCUBA will order the additional PADI supplies for you so that you can have them before the start of the IDC and can help you to select the correct SCUBA Equipment. Contact the shop directly at Phone Number.

KEY Prerequisites for the IDC / IE:

  • Minimum of 6 months certified Open Water Diver
  • PADI Divemaster Certification (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Copies of all non-PADI certification cards
  • CPR and First Aid certification within the previous 2 years of IE date (can be completed during IDC if needed)
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Diver Medical  signed by a physician within the 12 months prior to the IE
  • Completion of the entire IDC online curriculum.
  • Completion of Dive Theory online.
  • 60 logged dives, including experience in deep, night and navigation, by the start of the IDC
  • 100 logged dives by the start of the IE

Email our PADI Course Director, Bruce or 503-588-3483 for more info!