• Open Water Scuba Instructor

Open Water Scuba Instructor

This is a two-part course - the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills.

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Here at Aquarius Dive Shop, we schedule our IDC to meet the challenging time constraints of our candidates who are local as well as those who have chosen to come to Monterey for the IDC.  Our program is designed to synch with the two-day PADI Instructor Exam (IE) administered by PADI Staff scheduled for the weekend immediately following the completion of our course.  This timeline reinforces mastery retention of knowledge and skills to best prepare you for success at the IE and when teaching.


2023 Schedule

*Start/end times are subject to change. Dates will not change.


March-April IDC/IE

16 MAR Thursday 5pm-10pm | Orientation

17 MAR-21 MAR Friday-Tuesday 7am-6pm

24 MAR-28 MAR Friday-Tuesday 7am-6pm

 01 APR-02 APR IE at PADI Headquarters (Rancho Santa Margarita) 


November IDC/IE

20 NOV - 22 NOV Monday - Wednesday 8am-6pm

26 NOV - 28 NOV Sunday - Tuesday 8am-6pm

01 DEC - 08 DEC Friday - Tuesday 8am-6pm

09 DEC - 10 DEC IE at PADI Headquarters (Rancho Santa Margarita)

MSDT Prep Course to be scheduled weekend after IE or as time permits sooner. 


Program Overview

The IDC includes presentations and workshops designed to assure that you are prepared and ready to pass the comprehensive two-day IE where you will demonstrate your ability to teach as you have mastered in the IDC.  As a PADI OWSI, you will be able to teach all PADI core courses from introductory divers through divemaster as well as teach Emergency First Response courses.  You will be able to do additional training with our Course Director to become immediately certified to teach several specialties once you have successfully completed the IE.


The first step in the IDC will be to schedule an informal orientation session with our Course Director, Bruce Weitzenhoffer and the IDC Staff team so that you can become comfortable and familiar with your training team and the curriculum.  We will: verify that you meet all the Prerequisites (see below); answer any questions about the course; and review the performance requirements including what must be completed before the start of the course.  Ideally, this will occur at least two to four weeks before the first in-class session so you have enough time to become prepared for this fun intensive course.  Bruce and his team will be in regular contact with you before the course begins to make certain that you are on track to complete the pre-study requirements which are listed on the Instructor Development Course Program Learning Agreement which will be reviewed, agreed, and signed in the orientation when you make your deposit to reserve your spot in our IDC.


Our IDC is candidate focused.  Our ratio of Candidate:Staff is small: at most 4:1 and often less. Smaller classes enable our team to address different learning styles in a most effective nurturing way. A complete schedule will be provided before the start of the IDC which will outline the entire course.  We will thoroughly review this on the first day of the IDC. We will be conducting the all-new IDC which includes more practical training and fewer classroom lectures so that you can learn even better hands-on real-world-instructor training. All confined water training will take place in a heated pool. For more information contact our PADI Course Director Bruce Weitzenhoffer at 925-586-2747 or via email at bweitzen@yahoo.com.



  • Minimum six months as a Certified Open Water Diver
  • PADI Divemaster Certification (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Copies of all non-PADI certification cards 
  • Open Water
  • Advanced Open Water
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • CPR and First Aid certification within the previous 2 years of IE date (can be completed during IDC if needed)
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Diver Medical signed by an authorized medical professional within 12 months prior to the IDC and IE
  • 60 logged dives, including experience in deep, night and navigation, by the start of the IDC
  • 100 logged dives by the start of the IE


Costs & Supplies


The approximate total cost is $5,499 + tax.  The breakdown is as follows:


Course Costs

$4,399 BUNDLED PRICE: includes IDC tuition, IDC Digital Crew-Pak (described below), EFR Instructor Course tuition, EFR Instructor Start-Up Pack, PADI Specialty Instructor Manual (upon successful completion of the IE), PADI Dive Theory on-line.  This bundled price represents about a 20% savings if purchased separately.



$1,084 paid to PADI for application and exam fees.


To reserve your spot in our IDC, you will make a non-refundable 25% deposit towards your Course Costs at least three weeks before the start of the course; an additional 50% will be required at least two weeks before for you receive materials for the course, and the balance plus applicable tax will be due on or before the first course session.


The PADI fees will be paid directly to PADI at the IE.



IDC Crew-Pak includes: Backpack, Instructor Cue Cards for Open Water, Confined Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, OW Student Planning, Skill Development Preparations Slate (plus one extra), AND IDC Digital Crew-Pak including IDC eLearning; Exams for Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster; Specialty Instructor Outlines for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation; Diving Knowledge Workbook (Digital); Guide to Teaching (Digital); and Open Water Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides


EFR Instructor Start Up Pack includes: Instructor and Student materials for three courses: Primary and Secondary Care, Care for Children; and CPR/AED, DVDs and Exams, EFR Training Bandage Pack, EFR Emergency Care at a glance Card, and EFR Marketing Pack and Decals


Additional required supplies: Since you have completed all of the certifications to reach this point, it is likely that you already own some, if not all, of these materials.  Please note that you are required to own the current versions.  PADI Student Materials including: Open Water Diver Manual, AOW Diver Manual and enclosed slate, Rescue Diver Manual and enclosed slate, Divemaster CrewPak ENTIRE CONTENTS; PADI RDP Table and eRDPml with associated instruction booklets.  These are incremental to and not included in the above costs.


A full list of ALL required materials and equipment is on the Instructor Development Course Program Learning Agreement.


Aquarius Dive Shop can order any of the PADI Additional required supplies for you so that you can have them before the start of the IDC and can help you to select the correct SCUBA Equipment.  Contact the shop directly at 831-375-1933.


Other Professional Courses



Assistant Instructor


Open Water Scuba Instructor (for AI's)**


Emergency First Response Instructor


MSDT Package (Five Specialties)


IDC Staff Instructor


Specialty Instructor (per specialty)


DAN DFA Instructor Course (all course modules)***


* - Excludes PADI fees, materials

** - only if AI on current curriculum else full IDC - AND subject to preassessment

*** - includes underlying student modules, all DAN fees and materials


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