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

Teach people to explore the underwater world, meet new exciting creatures, be safe and most importantly, have fun! PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.


The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

What Will I Learn?

Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. It takes about 50 hours to complete not counting the online sections, and you will need additional time for preparing presentations outside of the hours you spend with Karen Erickson. Key topics include:


  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with inwater workshops

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

  • Risk Management and Diver Safety

  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor

  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling


  • To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months (check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)

  • Be at least 18 years old

  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months

  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course (IDC). You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams (IE)

  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement

  • Complete PADI’s Medical Statement (PDF) which MUST BE signed by a physician within the last 12 months stating you are fit to dive even if all answers on the questionnaire are “No”

Required Learning Materials:

(all available for purchase at Dive World Austin at member level pricing):

  • ​Current Open Water Diver Manual + Student Slate

  • RDP and eRDPml 

  • Current Advanced Open Water Manual + Student Slate

  • Current Rescue Diver Manual + Student Slate

  • Current Divemaster Manual  + Divemaster Slates

- IDC Crew Pack (which includes):

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)

  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching

  • Reference materials

  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water

  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses

  • Specialty Instructor Manual

  • Reference Book​​

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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