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PADI OPEN WATER & EFR Instructor Course

Become a PADI Open Water Instructor, the most sought-after dive professionals – your ticket to travelling and working around the world.


  • 3 Weeks


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a current PADI Divemaster or Divemaster/Assistant Instructor in good standing from another training agency for a minimum of 6 months.
  • Submit a medical clearance for diving signed by a physician attesting to fitness to dive.
  • Must have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
  • Completed at least 100 dives & have experience in night, deep & navigation dives.
  • Submit proof of a current CPR and 1st Aid training within the last 24 months.
  • Submit copies of any equivalent certifications for entry level, advanced and rescue certifications.


  • PADI Open Water Instructor Course
  • PADI EFR Instructor Course
  • Instructor Materials/Crewpack:
    – Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (OW, Adv., Rescue & DM)
    – Lesson planning slates for confined and open water.
    – Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses.
    – Positive Approach to Selling Techniques
    – PADI’s Guide to Teaching


  • Equipment Rental
  • PADI Registration Fees
  • IDC Application (£160)
  • IDC Exam Fee (£560)
  • EFR Application Fee (£100)
  • Total: £820


21 January 2023
IDC: 6 – 16 January
IE: 17 & 18 January
EFRI & Specialties:19-21 January

August 2023
IDC: 11 – 21 August
IE: 22 & 23 August
EFRI & Specialties: 24 -26 August


IDC tuition          R13 500
efr tuition         R4 500
IDc materials    R13 950
efr materials    R3 000
total: R34 950


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’s course is run full time from 8 am to 6 pm daily, over 12 days .  All sessions must be attended for the successful completion of the IDC and enrolment on to the Instructor Exam.   Individual assignments are to be completed after hours.

Equipment Requirements

  • Fins
  • Mask & Snorkel
  • Wetsuit
  • Weight Belt
  • BCD with a low-pressure inflator
  • Regulator with an Alternate air source, pressure gauge and depth gauge
  • Timing Device (Computer)
  • Compass
  • Divers knife
  • Slate
  • Dive table
  • 2 x Emergency signalling devices (e.g., Whistle and Surface Marker Buoy)
  • Cylinder (rental options available)

Optional : Specialty Instructor Courses:
As a PADI Instructor you will be unable to teach Specialty courses unless you complete the necessary training.  The benefit of signing up for this course is that the Course Director will provide teaching tips and hands-on experience that you can implement right away.   There are numerous specialty courses available to you and we usually recommend a few essential ones that are often required by dive centres and then it is important to choose a few of your own based on your interests.

To move up the PADI ladder and obtain the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) rating, you are required to be able to teach at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications.  So it just makes sense to enroll in this additional training to start working towards your MSDT rating and increase your employment opportunities.
This course is offered during or after the Instructor & EFR Instructor Course.

What you will learn

During the PADI Open Water Instructor course you will learn how to teach scuba diving from entry level courses to Divemaster.  The course is comprised of knowledge development, workshop sessions, confined water training  and open water dives,  where you will develop the skills to safely teach scuba diving courses in adherence with PADI standards.

Topics and practical workshops include:


  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach
  • Learning how to Instruct using the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Legal Considerations
  • PADI Quality Management & Licensing
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counselling
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner

2. Knowledge Development

  • Diving Physics
  • Diving Physiology
  • Equipment Considerations
  • General Skills and the Environment
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Guide
  • Project Aware Instructor Guide
  • Dive Theory for Dive Leaders
  • DSD & Experience Programmes
  • Business of Diving

3. Practical Application

  • Confined Water Training
  • Open Water Training
  • Problem Solving in Confined Water
  • Rescue Techniques
  • Control on Open Water Dives
  • Discover Scuba Diving Programme
  • Leadership Courses – Teaching Rescue & Divemaster
  • Continued Education