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PADI INSTRUCTORS


PADI, Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the world’s leading scuba diving organization. Its international reputation will allow you to dive and teach on both sides of the globe without worrying about the validity of your certification.

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The 5 stars IDC centers are the only ones who can offer instructor training that will allow you to work as a diving instructor in a large number of countries.

You can follow from the Divemaster to the IDC Staff Instructor training at the PADI EASY DIVE Center Cannes, IDC 5 *.


 

 

PADI TRAINING

DIVEMASTER

Given that the Divemaster course is the first professional pedagogical level, it plays a pivotal role in the PADI training system. Those who join the ranks of Divemaster, help to train student divers. They supervise certified divers, and snorkelers.

Required Conditions to take the course:

  • to be holder of a Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • to present a medical certificate of less than one year (by a general, federal, hyperbaric or sport physician)
  • to be at least 18 years old
  • justify a total of at least 60 dives at the time of certification

Teaching Materials: Divemaster Manual, Divemaster Video, eRDP and US Navy Doppler Table, Instructor’s Manual.

OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

The PADI IDC Instructor Course. – Instructor development Course is divided in two parts:

  1. The Assistant Instructor (AI) program is the first part of the PADI Instructor Training Course (IDC). You gain experience as a professional scuba diver, and you learn the PADI Diver Training System. You can serve as an assistant during diving training and take on limited teaching responsibilities.
  2. The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is the second part of PADI instructor training course (IDC). It introduces you to the complete PADI diver training system and focuses on developing your abilities as a professional diving instructor.

As a prerequisite for the PADI Instructor Exam, you must complete the Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) course. This course teaches you how to teach Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) for adults, children and infants. With this qualification, you can offer the pre-requisite training required for the Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses.

After completing the OWSI and EFRI courses and passing the PADI instructor examination (IE), you get the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor diploma.

Requirements to take the Full IDC course.

  • to be certified a PADI Divemaster or holder of a teaching level from another diving organization (CMAS* Instructor).
  • to be 18 years old
  • provide the Instructor with a medical certificate signed by a doctor, attesting to the non-contradiction to the practice of diving. The medical certificate must be of less than one year. The doctor who signs it cannot be the candidate.
  • to have completed and logged at least 60 dives in natural environment, showing an experience in night, deep and navigational diving.
  • to provide proof of a CPR training in the last 24 months
  • to have successfully passed the assessment of knowledge and practical exercises. This assessment includes the Instructor Assessment Exam (Diving Theory) and the assessment of PADI practice exercises in protected areas.

If you are BEES1, MF1 or CMAS Instructor ** or ***, you can directly take the OWSI program by being alleviated from the AI program.

Required Conditions to take the OWSI program.

  • to be certified PADI Assistant Instructor or holder of a teaching level from another diving organization (CMAS Instructor ** or ***).
  • to be 18 years old
  • provide a medical certificate signed by a doctor, attesting to the non-contradiction to the practice of diving. The medical certificate must be of less than one year. The doctor who signs it cannot be the candidate.
  • to have completed and logged at least 60 dives in natural environment, showing an experience in night, deep and navigational diving.
  • to provide proof of a CPR training in the last 24 months
  • to have successfully passed the assessment of knowledge and practical exercises. This assessment includes the Instructor Assessment Exam (Diving Theory) and the assessment of PADI practice exercises in protected areas
    Provide documentation on the equivalency of basic level, development and rescue certificates issued by other recreational training organizations. With the equivalence of the rescuer’s certificate, enclose a copy of the documents attesting to the first aid training.

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR

PADI EFR Instructors are PADI Instructors and Assistant Instructors who have successfully completed an EFR Instructor Training Course. EFR Instructors may give EFR lessons to divers or non-divers who wish to have Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and First Aid training, which includes the basic knowledge and techniques of medical emergency care.

Required Conditions to take the course

  • to be a PADI Instructor Assistant (certified / updated using the 1995 revised course), or a PADI Instructor, or have completed an IDC / IOC in the last 12 months.
  • to have successfully completed an EFR course as a student.

SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR

The PADI Specialty Instructors are PADI Instructors who have met all the requirements to deliver different courses for specific diving activities. These Instructors have acquired all the necessary knowledge and skills to provide this training, by taking their training and / or gaining experience in a particular area of diving.
Instructors must make a separate application for each PADI Specialty Instructor Diploma.

There are Many standardized PADI specialty courses the PADI Specialty Instructors can conduct with the help of lesson plans and various materials for the student. Moreover, Instructors may prepare their own distinctive speciality courses , which they may propose with the PADI Agreement.

Required Conditions to take the course

  • Participation in a Specialty Instructor training course is strongly recommended, but not mandatory. These courses provide practical training of quality, commercial information for the course, information on the latest PADI standards, and, if necessary, an instructor training in open water.
  • to take a Specialty Instructor course, one must be a renewed PADI Assistant Instructor ( for a non-diving specialty) or a PADI OWSI(or PADI Instructor with a higher level) or have completed An IDC / IOC in the last 12 months.
  • Specialties proposed:
  1. Altitude diving
  2. Boat dive
  3. Cave diving
  4. Deep diving
  5. Diving in diver propulsion vehicle (DPV)
  6. Drift diving
  7. Diving with Dry suit
  8. Diving with enriched air
  9. Equipment
  10. A.W.A.R.E. – Fish Identification
  11. Ice diving
  12. Multi-level diving
  13. Night Diving
  14. A.W.A.R.E. Project
  15. Marine biology
  16. Search and recovery diving
  17. Underwater hunting (not possible in Europe)
  18. Submarine Naturalism
  19. Underwater orientation
  20. Underwater photography
  21. Underwater video
  22. Wreck diving
  23. Other standardized specialties
  24. Distinctive specialties (specialty courses developed individually by the Instructors).

MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDT) are PADI Instructors who have at least 5 PADI Specialty Instructor certificates. This is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer qualification (Specialty Levels, Buoyancy Control, and A.W.A.R.E. Project don’t count).

Required conditions to apply to MSDT

  • to be a renewed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • to be certified as a PADI Specialty Instructor for 5 or more specialties.
  • having certified a minimum of 25 PADI divers.

IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR

PADI IDC Staff Instructors are PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers who have successfully completed an IDC Staff Instructor course. During their training, the IDC Staff Instructors have a complete overview of the PADI Instructor training program (IDC) and learn to work as assistants during the Instructor training courses. The IDC Staff Instructors work with the PADI Course Directors to develop capacities to teach Instructor candidates, as well as to model their behaviour as diving professionals. The IDC Staff Instructors are also permitted to independently conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor courses.

Required conditions to take the course

  • to be a renewed PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer, in active status.
  • to agree to conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods that are consistent with PADI standards and philosophy, as described in the PADI Instructor Manual.
  • agree to use the entire PADI diving teaching system, including all appropriate teaching materials, when conducting PADI courses.

Teaching Materials : IDC Staff Workbook, Course Director Manual

MASTER Instructor

PADI Master Instructors are experienced diving educators who have reached one of the highest levels of PADI Instructor. Master Instructors have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the PADI diving teaching system and have experience in conducting all programs and courses. The Master Instructors are members of the PADI Master Instructor Review Committee, which is called, from time to time, to review and comment on changes in courses and standards. As a member, the Master Instructors receive a 3% discount on all equipment orders.

Required conditions to take the course

  • to be a renewed IDC Staff Instructor, with active status
  • to be a PADI Instructor for at least 2 years.
  • to be a renewed EFR Instructor.
  • to have Participated in at least three PADI Instructor training seminars.
  • to Have certified at least 150 PADI diver students. With a minimum of 50 certifications of PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or of higher level, 15 PADI Specialty Divers, 5 PADI Rescue Divers 5 PADI Divemasters and 5 PADI Assistant Instructors.
  • to Have trained at least 10 EFR students.
  • to use the entire PADI diving teaching system, including all appropriate teaching materials, when conducting PADI courses.
  • to prioritize the granting of PADI patents and conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods that are consistent with PADI standards and philosophy, as described in the PADI Instructor Manual.
  • to Have no standard breach confirmed by the Quality Assurance in the last 6 months and no Quality Assurance investigation in progress.
  • to Demonstrate support for the PADI organization through his efforts to create programs for teaching and protection of the marine world.

COURSE DIRECTOR

PADI Course Directors are PADI Instructor Trainers. The PADI Course Director level is about the highest achievement level of an Instructor in the PADI system. To become a Course Director, PADI Master Instructors attend a PADI Course Director training during which they learn how to lead PADI Instructor training programs and gain experience in training diving instructors. The Course Directors are among the most influential experts in the diving industry and play an important role in developing the attitudes and abilities of the PADI Instructors. They serve as a model of behaviour for other PADI members with respect to PADI courses, diver training and professionalism.

Required Conditions to take the course

  • to be a renewed PADI Master Instructor, with active status for at least 6 months.
    & at least one year before the application:
  1. not having a confirmed Quality Assurance complaint.
  2. having conducted all PADI courses and introduction programs using methods that are consistent with PADI standards and philosophy, as described in the PADI Instructor Manual.
  3. have exclusively used the entire PADI diving teaching system, including all appropriate pedagogycal materials.
  4. have provided only PADI certification to students who have completed a diving training
  5. to have participated as a part of the teaching staff in at least two full IDCs after having been certified IDC Staff Instructor, since the implementation of the revised IDC courses (January 1996).
  6. to be certified PADI EFR Instructor up-to-date.
  7. to have conducted at least one PADI EFR course.
  8. to have the required minimum of 250 registered dives.
  9. to have worked in a PADI store or dive center.
  10. to meet all other PADI requirements at the time of application.