padi instructor development courses


This is a self-paced, self-motivated class. The schedule is dependent upon when you can attend class and dive with beginner classes on the weekend. 


New for 2019, we have a Week long IDC, that will end 1 day prior to a Texas Scheduled Instructor Examination(IE). The course will run Saturday - Thursday, allowing cannidates to travel on Friday to their examination destination, and take their IE that Saturday and Sunday. 


Please contact us at 512-219-1220 to sign up for class.


Instructor Development Course (IDC) : 

We are exceptionally proud of the premier experience that our incredible Course Director Karen Erickson gives to her IDC candidates! She will give you all the tools necessary to succeed. This course fee will include the Instructor e-learning, your course fees, unlimited access to weights, tanks (or air fills), Karen Erickson expertise, and 50 hours of training! This course does not include the following: PADI Fees, Instructor Examination Fees, PADI Instructor Development Crew Pack, entrance fees to open water training locations, or equipment beyond tanks and weights.  Cost: $1800.00


With PADI e-learning you are able to complete 7 of the required classroom lectures on your time at your own pace. Once you begin the online sections,you will set up a schedule with our Course Director, Karen Erickson, to finish the rest of the program. This includes classroom meetings and academic, pool and open water teaching assignments prepared and presented by you. Plan on spending 70 hours to complete the course. For individual IDC's we are flexible to accommodate your scheduling. 

You will also complete the Dive Theory e-learning course as well. 

Instructor Examination

Once you have completed the IDC you may enroll in the IE which is a two consecutive day program. The IE’s are held at various locations around the US as well as the Caribbean.


Dive World offers group IDC's along with individual IDC's, dependent upon your request and number of people enrolled in the program.



  • Tanks (or air fills)

  • Weights

  • Pool Fees

  • A student discount of 10% on equipment purchased during the program (packages available!) 

  • PADI IDC e-learning 

  • PADI e-learning Dive Theory 

Not Included: 

  • IDC Crew Pack 

  • EFR Instructor Crew Pack 

  • EFR Instructor Course  ( See HERE for information) 

  • Instructor Examination Fees 

  • PADI Fees 

  • BCD, Regulator, Dive Computer, Wetsuit, Hoods, Gloves, Mask, Snorkel, Fins, Dive booties or any additionally necessary equipment beyond Tanks & Weights. 

  • Entrance fees for Open Water training dates

Download your Medical Form here. (Click the PDF!) 

If you have a yes on your medical release form, your physician will need to sign the permission form prior to starting class. You MUST bring this form filled out to attend class.

Download the talent release here. (Click the PDF!)

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Instructor Development Courses

Instructor Development Course (IDC)


The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI). Most students decide to complete an entire IDC which prepares them to attend the IE –Instructor Examination -which is required to become a PADI Instructor.

The IDC is designed to refine the diving and leadership skills you learned in the Divemaster Course. This program is about development and uses a low stress environment to enhance your ability to concentrate on learning while not worrying about making mistakes. During the learning process the staff will provide support, guidance and advice.  The program goes over the educational goals and philosophies of using the PADI System to teach effectively and think like an Instructor. Workshops are used to address all courses an Instructor is certified to teach. Hands on practice develops confidence in preparing to teach in the classroom, confined water and open water.


Course Curriculum

Candidates complete independent study through PADI IDC eLearning – 16 curriculum components

Meet with the Course Director to complete:

Practical applications and workshops covering all core courses and experiences the candidate will be able to teach as an Instructor

Candidate teaching presentations in Knowledge development, Confined Water and Open Water

Skill Evaluation – 24  demonstration quality skills

Exams – PADI Standards and Procedures Exam AND Dive Theory Exam

400 yard continuous swim, without aids, any stroke AND 10 minute tread

Role model quality demonstration of a panicked diver at the surface

Role model quality demonstration of the rescue of a simulated unresponsive, nonbreathing diver at the surface

Role model quality demonstration scenario of the rescue of a simulated  unresponsive nonbreathing diver, provide aid at the surface, exiting, and first aid including rescue breathing for and administering O2 to the victim using a rescue breathing mask



PADI Divemaster OR

Leadership-level certification in good standing with another recognized recreational diver training organization with 60 logged dives documenting experience in night, deep and navigation diving. (100 logged dives to attend the IE)

18 years old

Medical clearance signed by a physician within the previous 12 months

Certified diver for at least 6 months

Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training within the past 24 months 

NOTE: EFR Instructor rating or qualifying rating is required for Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. ( See information here)

Complete the  PADI DM course diver rescue skills assessment if not a PADI Divemaster

Documentation of any nonPADI certifications


 Duration: Minimum –6 days /approximately 60 hours 


Our week long programs begin with an Orientation on  Friday evening and continue through the next 6 days( See schedule)  OR contact Dive World Austin for a more relaxed personalized schedule . 

March 20-26                               Targeted IE March 28/29 Dallas

May 8-14                                    Targeted IE May 16/17 Nacogdoches

May  29 - June 4                        Targeted IE June 13/14 Houston 

August or Sept program TBD

Oct 16-22                                     Targeted IE October 24/25 Nacogdoches

Special schedules for June and August – 3 day AI immediately followed by 3 day OWSI

AI course June 26,27,28  taught by an IDC Staff Instructor ( may continue on to OWSI beginning June 29)                                        Targeted IE July 11/12 Dallas

AI course August  1,2,3 – taught by an IDC Staff Instructor(may continue on to OWSI beginning August 4)                                     Targeted IE August 8/9 Nacogdoches


All of our programs that require attendance at an IE leave Friday as a travel day in order to give candidates plenty of time to drive to the IE location.

Karen Erickson

PADI Course Director

Karen has been teaching scuba diving since 1985 and conducting instructor development courses since 1987. Her over 30 years of experience in the dive industry vary. In the 80's Karen managed a successful dive store in the Austin area, selling equipment and teaching classes. She then moved to Chicago, IL to run the International Instructor Training Center with her late husband, Ralph Erickson. At the Training Center they conducted Instructor level training in Cozumel, Roatan, Belize, Bonaire and several other areas outside the U.S. as well as in the Chicago land area. Their daughter, Karina, is a PADI Instructor, so diving is a family activity. Karen is the resident PADI Course Director for Dive World Austin. She also serves as Vice-President of the Ralph Erickson Educational Foundation, which provides instructor level training to low income islanders around the world. In addition, Karen runs the PADI Seal Team and Girl Scout Classes.

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