PADI Instructor

AquaSub Scuba Diving Centre is the only PADI 5 Star IDC facility in the GTA with a full time Course Director on staff! Our course director,Jessica Templin, founded AquaSub Scuba in 2002 and has been an active PADI course director since 2007. She is passionate about diving. During your IDC, she will pass on her wealth of knowledge of teaching and the dive industry to you. 

The PADI Instructor certification is your ticket to a whole new lifestyle! It will open the door to opportunities in exotic destinations around the world. We’ve been at this for a long time and have connections with dive operators in all the hot dive spots. So we can help you get your foot in the door. Or you can teach part-time locally with AquaSub. We are always looking for good instructors!

To become an instructor you need to take the Instructor Development Course (IDC) and then participate in an Instructor Examination (IE). You’ll do the IDC over 8 days at AquaSub which is a combination of classroom, pool and open water training. This will prepare you for the IE which is run by a PADI examiner 2 times a year locally, and is required to pass to become an instructor. There are also Instructor Examinations in alternate locations every month, such as Florida.

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews and refresh you dive theory knowledge before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.


Instructor Development Course $1600

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IDC crew pak $929.55

Instructor examination $676 (paid to PADI at time of examination)

Fills & equipment not included.

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What You’ll Learn

During the Instructor Development Course (IDC) you’ll be preparing for the 2 day Instructor Examination but beyond that a career in diving!

During the course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least

  • 4 confined water teaching presentations
  • 3 knowledge development presentations
  • 2 open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Conducting Open Water Training Presentations
  • Dive Industry Overview
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  • Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all 24 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins
  • Diver rescue

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part . You will also need to score a minimum of 75% on a PADI Standards exam.


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor – prior to examination

Equipment & Materials


The PADI Instructor Development Course crewpak includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course. The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual

Additional materials you will need that are not included in the crew pak are:

  • Recreational dive planners (table & eRDPml)
  • Course manuals (Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue & Divemaster)


You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.