The PADI instructor development course (PADI IDC) is perhaps the most important cornerstone of professional scuba diving training. The PADI instructor training course is designed to build your skills and knowledge of the diving system using one of the two systems – PADI II. This allows you to move on to become a qualified PADI instructor and ultimately to lead a full-time scuba diving career. The courses are designed to last approximately five months, with breaks taken between each of them at suitable intervals. You will normally complete the PADI instructor development course in your final diving year, although in some cases, it may be a little longer.
As well as the practical, theoretical study of PADI courses, you will also be given a final exam, which you must pass before becoming a full-time instructor. Both the PADI open water and on-the-job training courses are recognized by international scuba and neoprene certification bodies. Both offer a comprehensive certification package in preparation for your professional certification.