Instructor Development Course

Become a PADI Professional SCUBA Instructor in the Rick’s Diving Locker Instructor Development Program.

Being a SCUBA Instructor might be the coolest job in the world. The road to instructor is filled with the most intense and demanding dive training in scuba and it’s one of the best time you’ll have.

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  • All pool & ocean training.
  • All classroom training and review.
  • Hands on internship with real diving students at no additional cost.
  • Free tank and weight rentals.
  • Does not include PADI certification fees.
  • Does not include study materials (IDC crewpak)
  • Does not include study materials (online academics)
  • SPECIAL BONUS- Includes EFR Instructor course!
  • Does not include EFR Instructor course materials or certification fees.
  • Great discounts are available during training.

The Instructor Development Course at Rick’s Diving Locker is intense (PADI IDC). Our IDC Staff instructors are the best in California. When RDL trained candidates arrive at the Instructor Examination at PADI’s headquarters, they stand out from the crowd as the most prepared, most thoroughly trained and highly qualified candidates in the group.

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If you dream of ditching the 9-5 daily grind and setting off for a distant tropical lifestyle, you’ll find that having a PADI Instructor rating on your resume is like having a key that opens many doors. Our Dive Center is connected with many tropical operations around the world and works closely with PADI, so we can assist you with resort placement in a locale of your choice. We also have opportunities for part time independent Instructors.

Getting Started:

Step One: Call and register!

  • Prerequisites
  • Photo Copy & Submit a current EFR certification
  • Photo Copy & Submit a current EFR Instructor certification
  • Confirmed Divemaster Certification
  • Submit a Medical Exam Form completed & signed by a Medical Doctor.
  • Minimum of 60 logged dives to enroll in IDC
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives to complete IDC and attend the IE.
  • Photo copy & submit copies of your certification cards and last logged dives.
  • Purchase all required instructor materials well before your IDC starts.

Step Two: The following self-assignments must be completed prior to Step Three.

  • Complete PADI IDC online eLearning (required)
  • Complete PADI Dive Theory online eLearning (highly recommended)
  • Complete Rescue and Divemaster final exams for review.
  • Complete practice IE final exams during classroom sessions.
  • Note: Due to the compressed schedule of the Instructor Development Course (IDC), We require that the Self Study Assignments (above) be completed prior to the start course.

Step Three: Attend the IDC Class and Water Sessions

  • IDC Topics:
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Emergency First Responder
  • Advanced Diver Course
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Dive Master Course
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentions
  • Teaching the PADI RDP
  • Teaching in Open Water
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Teaching Children and Elders
  • Teaching Styles
  • Importance of Con-Education
  • Risk management
  • PADI Standards and Procedures
  • Workshops for:
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Emergency First Responder
  • Advanced Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Continuing Education
  • Required Equipment: (Free tank & weight rentals for all candidates)
  • Buoyancy Control Device
  • First, second and alternate regulators
  • Submersible Pressure Gauge
  • Timing device other than a dive computer
  • Appropriate exposure suit for environment where IDC and IE will be held.
  • Whistle attached to your BCD flex inflator hose
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Mask, snorkel, boots, gloves and finsSurface Marker Buoy
  • Slates
  • Spare Parts/Tool Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Logbook
  • Scuba Cylinder

After The IDC: Upon completion, our PADI Course Director verifies that the instructor candidate has successfully completed an IDC by signing an IDC Certificate of Completion and registering the candidate with the PADI Local Area Office. When the instructor candidate successfully completes all requirements of the IDC, he/she is eligible to participate in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) as long as he/she has been a certified diver for at least 6 months and has proof of at least 100 logged dives. After successful completion of the IDC, a candidate has 12 months from the course completion date to attend an IE. It is the candidate’s full responsibility to be prepared for the IE.