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How do I become a diving instructor?

You love diving and want to turn your hobby into a profession.

In order to take part in an Instructor Preparation Course (IDC), you must first fulfil several requirements.

You must have completed the following courses:

- Open Water Diver

- Advanced Open Water Diver

- Rescue Diver

- Divemaster


Once that's done, the next decision is.

Where should I do my instructor training?


There are numerous diver training organizations. The largest include, SSI, NAUI, BSAC and probably the best known PADI.


PADI is represented in most diving schools worldwide. Therefore, as a PADI instructor you have the best chances of finding a job.

Furthermore, it is quite easy to crossover from PADI to another organization at low cost.


The other way round, i.e., to change from another organization to PADI, is comparatively much more cost intensive.


For this reason, it is generally advisable to do the PADI instructor training.


I am convinced that the PADI instructor courses offer the best structured training.


The start of your instructor career

After you have fulfilled the requirements mentioned at the beginning, your further training as a diving instructor begins with the IDC.

IDC stands for Instructor Development Course.


This consists of 2 courses:

The Assistant Instructor (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI).


Once you have successfully completed the IDC, you can take an Instructor Examination (IE). This is a 2-day program conducted by a PADI examiner. Another requirement is to be an Emergency First Response Instructor. This is offered in conjunction with the IDC. Upon successful completion of the IE, you will be rewarded for your hard work and dedication and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI).


As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and PADI Assistant Instructor

you'll be one of the most sought-after dive professionals in the world.


How long does the training take?

IDC 6-10 days

EFR Instructor 1-2 days

IE 2 days

So, expect at least 2 weeks, assuming the IE is immediately after your IDC.


To participate in an IDC, you need a minimum of 60 logged dives to participate in the IE you need at least 100 logged dives.


How much does it cost to become a PADI Instructor?


When you look at the costs, it seems very expensive at first.


But these costs are easily recouped. You can earn money anywhere in the world afterwards.

Keep in mind that your instructor training is a professional training, comparable to a vocational training.


If you start from scratch, as a complete beginner, your training to become an instructor will cost you 5500,00 - 6000,00 € including PADI fees, insurance and your own equipment.


The prices refer to the prices here at Dive Club Kassandra.


As I would be happy if you would do your instructor training with me in Greece. I teach in German and English.


For more information please see:

https://www.diveclub-kassandra.de/de/instructor-training


Certainly, Southeast Asia and Central America are also very popular places to do your training. As the prices are cheaper compared to western countries. However, you should not ignore the cost and time involved in travelling.

We can offer you very good and cheap accommodation for your instructor training here in Greece and in about 2 hours by plane you will be in the sun and we will be waiting for you at the airport.

Even in the winter months the water temperature rarely drops below 15 °C.


All our courses are supervised and accompanied by our PADI Course Director Norbert Hoeger.

So, you are in good hands.

Your PADI Course Director


Norbert Hoeger

Padi Course Director

EFR Instructor Trainer

Specialty Instructor Trainer


About me:

I took my first breath under water in 1990 and was fascinated by the underwater world from my first dives.

I have been a PADI professional since 1995. During my first year as a PADI Instructor I worked part-time for the local dive center in Stuttgart.

In 1996 I then moved to Greece and have been running my own PADI 5 Star IDC center ever since.

To this day I continue to train all courses and have over 15.000 logged dives.

I am passionate about sharing my experience to my students.


Continuing Education for PADI Instructors


You are already a PADI Instructor and want to continue your education?

You are interested in Specialty Instructor courses or IDC Staff Instructor training.


See: https://www.diveclub-kassandra.de/de/services



Any questions about becoming an instructor?


Do you have any further questions? I will be happy to help you.

Just fill out the form and I will be happy to advise you personally.



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