Holding the certification of PADI Instructor means you have excelled at the sport of diving. Not only are you an excellent diver, but you have a complete understanding of dive theory, equipment, safety, and the environment. You also possess the ability to safely teach others to enjoy the sport that has changed our lives!
The PADI IDC is a 2 part process that includes both the AI and the OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor). During this course, you will learn all about the PADI system, programs, standards and procedures as well as the business side of diving, risk management and marketing. Considerable time is devoted to teaching you how to teach SCUBA in the class, confined and open water. Preparation is the key to getting the most out of your training.
The PADI Instructor Exam is the final step in the IDC. A PADI Examiner will come to Destin to conduct this 2 day evaluation. You will be asked to teach a skill in the classroom, one in the confined water and 2 in the open water. You will also perform a rescue of an unconscious diver at the surface, pass a 5-part theory exam and 50 question standards and procedures exam. Anna will attend the Instructor Exam with you, lending support in any way she can!
The primary fees you should expect for the IDC are:
ICD online (required) $366
IDC tuition $995
OWSI tuition – for certified AI’s $795 (start Monday instead of Friday)
Books, slates and materials +/- $500-$800
PADI IE $650
PADI registration fee $165
Instructor Specialties (Optional) $150 each (or 5 for $555)
Emergency First Response Instructor $250 plus manual (offered Friday am)
Full Range of DAN Courses Available $ Varies
Numerous hotels are available near Emerald Coast Scuba. They range from the least expensive – Motel 6 850-837-0007 (call and ask for the weekly rate, not the nightly rate) or the Wingate Inn 850-654-4678. To rent a condo, try ResortQuest.com or VRBO.com.
The IDC’s scheduled for 2016 are:
IDC April 9-15 Examination March 16-17
IDC August 20-26 Examination August 27-28
IDC October 22-28 Examination November 29-30
We begin the full IDC on Saturday with the OWSI starting on Monday. Both finish on the following Friday – with the IE on Sat-Sun. We usually finish the IE around noon on Sunday.
Our typical days run from 8am until lunch (one hour) then class and water work until around 8pm. There is little free time during the IDC.
The closest airport to Destin is VPS (Ft. Walton Beach) and is about 25 minutes from Destin. One hour away is a slightly larger airport PNS (Pensacola).
Anna Schmitz (CD-19504) will conduct the course. Anna began teaching SCUBA full time in 1984 and IDC’s in 1989. Anna owns & operates Emerald Coast Scuba along with her sister Lori. She has trained thousands of divers and instructors from around the world. Anna has achieved the status of “Gold” PADI Course Director in 2005, 2006 and 2007. She has since achieved “Platinum” status as a long-time PADI Course Director. Another highlight in her career was at the 2010 DEMA show in Las Vegas; where Emerald Coast Scuba was awarded “Most Outstanding Dive Business” out of more than 1700 PADI Dive Centers in Canada, North America, Central and South America! Her dream of having her own facilities with an on-site pool came to fruition in 2005 with the opening of the new Emerald Coast Scuba building & pool in downtown Destin.
Digital media is allowed but you must have original disks! You may not use the free digital Instructor manual given to Instructors who renew. As a new Instructor, you must have your own personal copy of the manual.
Your Instructor Manual and/or PADI’s Guide to Teaching will have a hologram sticker included. This sticker is required to attend the PADI IE.
To get started get your materials and start refreshing your dive theory knowledge. Feel free to contact Anna anytime with ANY questions you may have