PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Courses (IDC)

PADI Diving Instructor Courses at Our Multi-Award Winning Dive School

Becoming a PADI Open Water diving instructor opens up a whole new world of exciting opportunities. As an instructor you could choose to work somewhere tropical like the Caribbean, Thailand or the Great Barrier Reef. Or you could choose to supplement your income while doing something you love. For most instructors and the greatest reward is the look of joy when they first introduce a student to the underwater world and seeing their eyes light up.


As a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre, we are one of the few scuba centres in London and the South East that can offer the PADI Instructor Development Course.
Our focus is on providing interactive presentations and workshops that truly prepare instructors for the real world.

Our Course Director Answers Your Questions

Course Director Bettie did a chat via Zoom on how to become a PADI instructor, including what’s involved, how long it takes and pricing. You can watch the video recording below.

Why Become a Professional Diving Instructor with Oyster Diving?

  • Qualified, experienced, friendly and fun course director with a fantastic pass record.
  • FREE Full Face Mask Instructor Training qualification using Ocean Reef masks.
  • We are committed to Mission 20/20
  • FREE Emergency First Response Instructor Training
  • 23 Specialist Instructor Courses to choose from
  • Support from the UK’s premier PADI Scuba Diving and Travel Centre
  • The chance to work in one of the UK’s biggest and best dive centres after your course.
  • Networking: Personal contacts with centres and other instructors around the work that we can put you in touch with
  • As well as UK-based IDC’s, you can also complete it in a number of overseas locations such as Spain and Caribbean.
Country2021 AI/IDC DatesInstructor Exam
JerseyFull Time
3rd to 12th September 2021
Mid-Oct mainland
LondonPart Time
24th – 26th Sept (face to face)
28th & 30th September (zoom)
1st – 3rd October (face to face) 5th & 7th October (Zoom)
20-21st November Wraysbury
SpainFull Time
20-29th October
28-29th October tbc
LondonPart Time
5-7th November (face to face)
9th and 11th November – Zoom
12-14th November (face to face)
16th and 18th November (zoom)
20-21st November
More dates coming soon.

Welcome to the PADI Diving Instructor Course

All the instructor course training we provide are tailored to each individual to ensure everyone receives the lessons in a way that is most beneficial to them. The PADI Instructor Development Course lasts a few weekends or one week, and gets you prepared for the Instructor Exam (IE).

As well as offering instructor courses in the UK, we also provide them overseas. We are proud to provide all our customers with a fantastic choice of worldwide locations throughout the year.

Meet Bethan, Our Qualified and Experienced Course Director

Bethan has a fantastic track record for helping candidates pass their Instructor Exam with flying colours and become successful, confident and caring instructors, working all over the world and truly living the dream.

“Delivering top class, bespoke training to create confident, caring and capable PADI professionals”

Bethan uses a unique approach tailored to each individual candidate, and ensure you have a huge amount of fun along the way, focusing not just on passing the IE but making a financially and emotionally rewarding career for yourself once qualified.

Bethan Comley, PADI Course Director and Elite Instructor – Bethan also has a wealth of experience teaching people from all backgrounds.  As a more recently qualified Course Director she is at the cutting edge of the new developments within PADI Professional training and across the recreational courses.  Also an Elite Instructor, Bethan certified in excess of 150 divers in 2018, meaning she is extremely familiar with the real world of teaching, and she brings this experience to her unique style of coaching.  She is extremely innovative, driven and dynamic.

You Will Learn to Become a Competent PADI Instructor

  • Complete the full skill circuit of 24 basic scuba skills
  • Deliver presentations on parts of dive theory from the courses you’ll be qualified to teach
  • Give teaching presentations in confined water working with simulated students
  • Give teaching presentations in open water combining multiple skills with simulated students
  • Give a demonstration of a complete rescue scenario
  • Complete various workshops in the following areas: DSDs and Scuba Reviews, Adventures in Diving, Rescue and Marketing
  • Attend presentations on key areas of being a dive professional from the structure of individual courses to risk management and the business of diving


In order to join one of our IDCs you first need to have completed your Divemaster, been certified for at least 12 months and have 100 logged dives by the end of the IDC.


Standard PackageFull IDC Course

EFR Instructor Training

EFR Instructor Materials

PDUK Theory Made Easy document

Ocean Reef Full Face Mask Instructor Specialty Course

Master Scuba Diver Trainer Luxury Package

Offer 6 Specs for the price of 5
FREE Dive Against Debris OR Adaptive Techniques Instructor Training

Full IDC Course

EFR Instructor Training

EFR Instructor Materials

EFR Mental Health Awareness

PDUK Theory Made Easy document

Ocean Reef Full Face Mask Instructor Specialty Course

PADI Dive Theory Online

MSDT Package comprising Dry Suit, Emergency O2, Nitrox, Deep & Wreck

25 certifications team teaching with an experienced Instructor

ExtrasIDC Crewpack and e-learning


PADI UK IE fee (with VAT) or

PADI IE fee Overseas (no VAT)

PADI EFR Instructor fee

PADI Spec Instructor fee CD Trained (per spec)

£183.60 (£153 exVAT)




£42.00 each

We Provide FREE EFR Instructor Training

At Oyster Diving, we are passionate about ensuring every person we train through our instructor diving course is as prepared as possible for any diving eventuality. That’s why we provide free Emergency First Response (EFR) training as part of our instructor training course.

Emergency First Response training teaches first aid for both adults and children, emergency oxygen use, and how to use Automated External Defibrillators (AED). The techniques and principles our instructors teach on this cause are the same used by medical professionals, but in a way that is accessible to everyone.

We offer FREE PADI Full Face Mask Instructor Training

As part of your course you will have the option to complete the following PADI full face mask instructor course using Ocean Reef masks:

ocean reef full face mask courses

Ocean Reef Full Face Masks

Ocean Reef Full Face Masks are a hugely growing side to diving because of the advantages they give including:

  • A greater field of vision
  • They never for up
  • They are easier to clear than standard masks, especially when training new divers
  • Protects your face against cold water
  • You can talk to other divers which is great from a safety and fun perspective

Oyster Diving are Committed to Mission 20/20

Here at Oyster Diving, we are committed to improving the environment and making our planet better so that it can be safely enjoyed for years to come. That’s why we are proud supporters of Mission 20/20. Initiated by Global Optimism, Mission 20/20 works hard to push for urgent change in the area of climate change so that, globally, we can reach a turning point on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

Do You Want a Diving Job? Our Instructor Courses Can Help

Once qualified as a PADI Instructor, you will be able to teach Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, Rescue Diver and Divemaster Courses. Whether you wish to teach in the Maldives, the UK, the Great Barrier Reef, or Iceland, you can expect to get paid for the work that you do. As a PADI member, you will also have access to their dedicated website which includes dive centres for sale and dive centres looking to recruit instructors. Once you’ve qualified as an instructor, the world really is your Oyster!