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PADI Recommended Professional Diver Courses

PADI Divemaster CourseDivemaster Course

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. As a divemaster, you can demonstrate exemplary diving skills, rescue skills and dive management and supervision abilities. For many divemasters, this is just the beginning of their professional journey.



PADI Instructor Development CourseInstructor Development Course

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of PADI’s professional-level training. The course focuses on preparing you to function as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor by introducing you to the complete PADI System. The course focuses your ability on using all components of the system as a professional dive educator.



Emergency First Response Instructor CourseEmergency First Response Instructor Course

The Emergency First Response Instructor course trains you to teach Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) for adults, children and infants. By acquiring this credential, you can provide necessary training to meet prerequisites for Rescue Diver and Divemaster courses. You need this credential to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor.


PADI Specialty Instructor CoursesSpecialty Instructor Courses

In addition to becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will want to earn some specialty instructor ratings so that you can offer a variety of training to your student divers. Specialty instructor courses provide valuable teaching tips for meeting the requirements of the course. You can choose from any of the 27 standard specialty courses that PADI offers along with distinctive specialty courses your Course Director may offer. Having five specialty instructor ratings is a prerequisite for the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating.


PADI IDC Staff Instructor CourseIDC Staff Instructor Course

The IDC Staff Instructor course trains Master Scuba Diver Trainers to act as assistants during instructor-level training courses. The course overviews the entire PADI Instructor Development program and requires candidates to participate in evaluation training, demonstrate role model teaching skills and dive theory knowledge.


PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC)Course Director Training Course

The Course Director rating denotes the highest instructor achievement in the PADI System. Those obtaining this prestigious level are among the most influential in the dive industry, serving as role models for other scuba instructors. The Course Director Training Course provides candidates with valuable marketing tips and advanced training in how to teach instructor–level courses, which range from IDCs to specialty instructor courses. Contact your PADI five star IDC dive shop or resort and begin your journey toward this coveted rating.

PADI Courses Flowchart Master Scuba DiverRescue DiverOpen Water Scuba InstructorAssistant InstructorIDC Staff InstructorMaster InstructorCourse DirectorAdvanced Open Water DiverAdventure DiverOpen Water DiverPADI Scuba DiverSeal Team (8 yrs+)Discover Scuba DivingSkin DiverBubblemaker (8 yrs+)DUPProject AWAREProject AWARE SpecialistWreck DiverDeep DiverUnderwater VideographerUnderwater PhotographerUnderwater NavigatorUnderwater NaturalistPADI SidemountPeak Performance BouyancyNight DiverMultilevel DiverEquipment SpecialistEnriched Air DiverEmergency Oxygen ProviderDry Suit DiverDrift DiverDUPBoat DiverAware Fish IdentificationAltitude DiverCavern DiverIce DiverSearch and RecoverySemiclosed RebreatherScuba ReviewEmergency First Response ProviderEFR InstructorDiscover SnorkelingSpecialty InstructorMaster Scuba Diver TrainerRebreather DiverAdvanced RebreatherProject AWARE Shark ConservationDivemasterEFR Instructor Trainer