Ready to take your first steps to becoming a PADI Instructor?

This course will give you instructor level knowledge and you will practice your diving skills to demonstration quality. You will gain experience working with real students and diving situations under the guidance of an Instructor. After completing 60 dives, you will be able to join PADI as a professional DIVEMASTER.

You will need to be at least 18 years old and have a significant amount of diving experience already. You must:

  • be a PADI ADVANCED OPEN WATER DIVER or equivalent, with at least 20 dives including deep and underwater navigation
  • be a PADI RESCUE DIVER or equivalent, with training in diving rescue.
  • show evidence, in your personal log book, of completing a minimum of 20 logged dives.
  • have a recent (less than 12 months) medical diving clearance signed by your doctor, indicating you are in good health to dive.
  • submit proof of completing EMERGENCY FIRST PRIMARY RESPONSE (CPR) and SECONDARY CARE (FIRST AID) training course or equivalent, within the last 24 months.

When certified you will have evidence of completing a minimum of 60 logged dives including deep, night and underwater navigation. You will also have successfully completed all the academic work, water training skills and examination.

You can then read and sign the PADI DIVEMASTER licensing agreement and submit your DIVEMASTER application.


As a PADI ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR you are qualified to teach parts of the Open Water Course, conduct Discover Scuba experiences and act as an assistant to the instructor during training.

It is an ideal way of gaining real instructor experience in a real diving environment. If you are trained as a PPB Instructor and EFR Instructor then you can also certify students as PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers and conduct the Emergency First Response Course. Once you receive a PADI Equipment Specialist Specialty Instructor certification, you can then certify students in non-diving specialties as Equipment Specialist.

You will need to be at least 18 years old, with a current valid medical.

You will also need to be a certified PADI DIVEMASTER, or possess equivalent certification and successfully complete the dive rescue assessment of the PADI DIVEMASTER course. You must have a current medical and have completed and logged at least 60 dives

When certified you will have successfully completed all the academic work, water skills and examination.

You will also have completed and logged all the necessary dives to be to sign the PADI agreement and submit your PADI application.


As a PADI INSTRUCTOR you are able to independently teach all PADI courses up to DIVEMASTER level.

You must be over 18 and hold a current medical. You must have at least 100 dives, and be a PADI DIVEMASTER or Assistant Instructor.

As you gain instructor experience, you may wish to further your education through the PADI professional development programme with options like:

  • Master Scuba Diver
  • IDC Staff Instructor
  • Master Instructor
  • Course Director, a PADI Instructor Trainer