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You've earned your PADI Divemaster. You've logged 100 dives. You've experienced amazing dive sites. All your training has led up to this moment.

The PADI Instructor Development Course is the next step forward on a dive career that is already marked with incredible achievements. But in true Broadreach form, you're ready to keep pushing and achieve even more. This two-week instructor course covers all the skills and teacher training you'll need to know in order to write the PADI Instructor Examination and become a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). As an OWSI, you will be rated to teach courses such as PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Skin Diver, Discover Snorkeling and more.

July 18 - August 2 C16 days$4,280Available
Earn & Learn
Caribbean: PADI Scuba Instructor Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Caribbean PADI Scuba Instructor offers 2 professional level PADI certifications and 5 physical education college credits through the American Council on Education (ACE).

  • Must be 18 years old
  • PADI Divemaster
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives prior to the start of program
  • Current EFR certification (preferably with Care for Children)


Course Description

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is PADI’s preparatory course that must be passed to be eligible to take the Instructor Examination to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). This course entails learning how to teach PADI courses academically as well as practically in the water. This course is accredited through the American Council on Education (ACE) for 5 credits in physical education.

Course Objectives
  • To be able to present knowledge development teaching presentations from Discover Scuba Diver through Divemaster courses
  • To be able to clearly demonstrate and teach confined open water skills of the Open Water Diver Course
  • To be able to clearly demonstrate skills and conduct training dives for Adventures in Diving through Divemaster
  • To pass all written exams with a 75% or better in preparation for the Instructor Examination


  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI)

2 Certifications

5 College Credits

Caribbean: PADI Scuba Instructor Itinerary



Ready to turn your passion for scuba diving into your career? You’ve come to the right place. Arrive in St. Martin and head to Simpson’s Bay, your home for the next few weeks, and prepare for the exciting journey of earning your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification. Orient yourself to and dive right into the work–learning about the PADI method of teaching and working towards an instructor level of knowledge while performing reviews of the skills honed while earning your Divemaster. After class, there’s always time to head down to the beach to enjoy some time in the surf and relax after a full day of activities.


Learn how to share your love of the aquatic world with others by practicing different teaching techniques and receiving feedback all along the way from our IDC Course Director. After rounds of teaching different topics, both above and below the surface, earn your Assistant Instructor (AI) certification, the first IDC milestone! Don’t celebrate for too long though because it’s time to venture out into open water for more advanced teacher training and to prepare for the next steps ahead.


It’s time to check the next certification on the IDC path off your list, Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI). Refresh your EFR knowledge with primary and secondary care training scenarios and learn how to teach CPR. Continue with classroom and in-water presentations showcasing your newfound teaching abilities and hone your demonstration skills. It’s an intense few days, but you’ll be surprised at how fun, engaging and satisfying it is to be so close to your goal.


Everything you’ve been learning, doing and practicing is for this moment– your Instructor Exam (IE). After some last minute study sessions with your fellow candidates, it’s time to take the test and showcase everything you’ve learned. Post-exam, celebrate with your new fellow PADI scuba instructors and reflect at the sheer magnitude of everything you’ve accomplished in just a few short weeks. Return home from the Caribbean with a clear path to follow your passion diving, ready to nurture future generations of aspiring divers.

Caribbean IDC course
  • Trip Highlights

  • Live at the Broadreach training facility in St. Martin
  • Learn the methodology of teaching PADI academics and have a chance to practice with real students
  • Perfect your teaching methods under the care of an experienced PADI Course Director
  • Prepare for and take your PADI Instructor Exam under the mentorship of seasoned dive professionals
  • Practice teaching in varied and challenging dive sites that will help you prepare for your future
Caribbean: PADI Scuba Instructor Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Victoria Gomez from University of Rhode Island

Extraordinary – Honestly this trip has been the most life altering experience I have had to date. Not only did I become a PADI Dive Instructor but it opened my eyes to the endless possibilities open to me. I went on to work as a Marine Biologist and Scuba Instructor on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, met life long friends, experience countless cultures and get to travel the world. The doors that become open as a PADI Dive Instructor are ENDLESS!

The skill and enthusiasm the staff had truly made this experience unforgettable. They were very knowledgeably and helpful. The extra time and dedication they put into our training made all the difference. Wouldn’t have done it anywhere else, and wouldn’t have been the instructor I am today if it wasn’t for them.

Caribbean: PADI Scuba Instructor FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application and tuition process?

Step one: submit your initial application online with a $35 application fee. If there is space, you can secure your spot with a $1000 deposit while you complete the secondary application. Step two: we will send you login details to complete your secondary application (academic reference, personal statement, interview, transcript). Once we accept your secondary application pieces and you’ve paid your deposit, your place on the program is secured!

Trip tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodation and activities from the time you arrive on location. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees and special travel. Our dive programs require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

We also require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

How does travel work?

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

How does Broadreach address safety?

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Who will my instructors be?

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts – please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.

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