Open Water Scuba Instructor (IDC)

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About Your Course

Becoming a professional PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) opens up a whole new world of exciting opportunities.

As a PADI instructor, you can choose to work somewhere warm and tropical like the Philippines, Thailand, Egypt and the Maldives. Many of our instructors choose to supplement their income by doing something they love which helps to pay for trips to places they might not be able to afford. For most instructors and the greatest reward is the look of joy when they first introduce a student to the underwater world and see their eyes light up.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world's most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go Pro with our Instructor Development Course that we run all over the UK & Internationally.

Personal & Career Focused Training

As a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Diving Centre, we are one of the few scuba diving centers in Berkshire and the South of the UK that can offer the PADI Instructor Development Course. 

Our focus is on providing interactive courses and workshops that prepare instructors for the real world of teaching, and truly make you a PADI professional instructor.

Choice Of Locations

We are happy to offer you a choice of locations to give you total flexibility:

In The UK we offer part-time and full time courses, ideal for people who like to fit the course around a full-time job. Dale Spree & Mark Taylor runs our UK courses. They often includes candidates from other dive centres to make it more fun, and build your network of other members of the UK dive community. 

Our Locations Include:

Dosthill, Bristol, Whittlesey, Hull, Leicestershire, Lancashire and London.

Why Become a Professional Diving Instructor With Uk Diving Academy

  • Qualified, experienced, friendly and fun Course Directors with a fantastic pass record.
  • Choice of UK and Overseas Locations (Coming Soon)
  • FREE Dry Suit Instructor Training qualification.
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Training
  • 23 Specialty Instructor Courses to choose from
  • Support from the UK’s Premier PADI Scuba Diving Centre
  • The chance to work Uk Diving Academy after your course.
  • Networking: Personal contacts with centres and other instructors around the work that we can put you in touch with.

Meet Your Instructor Development Team

The Uk Diving Academy employs a team that is solely dedicated to training PADI dive professionals. They are here to make sure you get all the attention and time that you need and of course to make your training fun! All our team members are experienced Course Directors, Master Instructors or IDC Staff instructors that have worked in the industry for years and have great experience when it comes to training the best dive professionals.

We are dedicated to your training because we believe that each of our candidates should get 100% of our time and effort to become the best dive professionals in the industry. We also have a full team of experienced, PADI Instructors ready to help you to reach your Professional Diving Goals.

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More Information

To qualify for training on the PADI Instructor Development Course, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster/Assistant Instructor or be an Divemaster/Instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months.
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 100 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving.
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months or full HSE Medical.

Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months or full HSE Medical.

If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN), or your own Doctor.

You will not be able to participate in any pool or open water sessions without confirming your fitness to dive.

To take part in this course you will need to make sure you have, as minimum:

  • Fins, mask and snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount or separate backpack, and low-pressure inflator
  • Primary regulator and alternate air source
  • Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
  • Depth monitoring device
  • Quick release weight system and weights (if necessary for neutral buoyancy, or if required for skills practice)
  • Adequate exposure protection appropriate for our local dive conditions.
  • At least one audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle, air horn, etc.).
  • Dive computer or RDP Note: If dives are planned using the RDP, the diver must have a timing device.
  • In test scuba diving cylinder

During your course, we will offer equipment rental of all of the above core dive gear. You will be required to collect your core dive gear prior to the open water training dives from us.

  • Dive site entry from £15 - £25 per day
  • Equipment rental (if required)
  • Air Fills


  • IE Application Fee
  • Open Water Instructor Application Fee
  • EFR Instructor Application Fee
  • Specialty Instructor Application Fee

How To Book

Enrol onto the course by making your purchase online through our website. You will then receive an email asking for some more details to get you registered and also offering some help to get you started with your online materials.

After that, we will send you more details on logistics of your course, such where to be and when. If you already know which of our upcoming course dates suits you best, please book this date if you are unsure or can’t find a date that works for you simply give us a call to discuss this further.

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