Scuba Diving Career Training Overview

Do you remember what it was like to take your first breath underwater, the excitement of being weightless and the thrill of exploring the underwater world? Are you ready to transform your life and the lives of others through scuba diving and live the life you’ve only dreamed of? All this and more is what awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor.

During your professional scuba diving career training with Sea Experience, a PADI 5 Star Career Development Center, you will learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by participating in Knowledge Development presentations, Confined Water presentations and Open Water Scuba Diver presentations. During the PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) you will also attend and participate in curriculum presentations, demonstrate competency in dive skills such as performing a face-down mask, snorkel, fin swim and pass a five-part theory exam and a Standards exam.

The Sea Experience scuba diving school is located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is full service PADI Career Development Center licensed by the Commission for Independent Education through the Florida Department of Education. This ensures that your scuba career training is provided by a facility that meets the strictest standards not only required by PADI, but also the State of Florida. The dive school, dive shop, classroom, pool, dive boats and accommodations are all in one location. At the Sea Experience Scuba Career Training Facility, you will receive professional scuba career training that not only offers our students all levels of scuba diving, but also has daily scuba dives on the local reefs and wrecks. This means you are immersed in the scuba diving lifestyle that only an active dive center can provide.

DIVEMASTER

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. Read More…

DIVEMASTER – OPTION 1: ALL-INCLUSIVE (SAVINGS $296.50!)
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$1,150.00
18 years old.12 dives.TuitionIncluded
Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, or equivalent.9 days of divingDive Theory OnlineIncluded
Logged 40 scuba dives to start. An extremely thorough program includes refining instructor level dive theory, dive and rescue skills.Divemaster Crew-PakIncluded
60 scuba dives required at time of certification.Watermaship is tested.Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Problem solving ability is challenged and assisting and supervisory scenarios are practiced and discussed.DM Application FeeIncluded
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$1,150.00
Private Class Additional Fee $300.00
DIVEMASTER – OPTION 2: a LA CARTE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$1,537.80
18 years old.12 dives.Tuition$895.00
Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver, or equivalent.9 days of divingDive Theory Online$136.00
Logged 40 scuba dives to start. An extremely thorough program includes refining instructor level dive theory, dive and rescue skills.Divemaster Crew-Pak$384.80
60 scuba dives required at time of certification.Watermaship is tested.Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Problem solving ability is challenged and assisting and supervisory scenarios are practiced and discussed.DM Application Fee$122.00
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.TOTAL$1,537.80
Private Class Additional Fee $300.00

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR

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. Read More…

ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR – OPTION 1: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$1,299.00
18 years old.3 Days. 3 Dives.TuitionIncluded
Divemaster CertificationLearn how to teach in the class, pool and open water. IDC eLearningIncluded
Logged 60 scuba dives to start. Prepare and deliver teaching presentations.IDC Crew-PakIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Build on general and rescue skills to demonstration quality. Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months. AI Application FeeIncluded
ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$1,299.00
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00
ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR – OPTION 1: a LA CARTE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$2,380.50
18 years old.3 Days. 3 Dives.Tuition$899.00
Divemaster CertificationLearn how to teach in the class, pool and open water. IDC eLearning$390.00
Logged 60 scuba dives to start. Prepare and deliver teaching presentations.IDC Crew-Pak$995.50
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Build on general and rescue skills to demonstration quality. Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months. AI Application Fee$96.00
TOTAL$2,380.50
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00

OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course. 
Start your career off with a 30-Day exclusive internship in the Bahamas. Read More…

OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$2,299.00
18 years old.6 Days. 2 Dives.TuitionIncluded
Assistant InstructorGain more experience teaching in the class, pool and open water. IDC Crew PakIncluded
100 scuba dives required at time of certification.Further refine rescue and scuba skills to demonstration quality.Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 monthsLearn the standards and procedures that apply to the core programs you will be able to teach.Instructor Application FeeIncluded
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months. Discuss risk . Instructor ExaminationIncluded
TOTAL$2,299.00
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00
OPEN WATER SCUBA INSTRUCTOR: a LA CARTE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$2,959.50
18 years old.6 Days. 2 Dives.Tuition$1,099.00
Assistant InstructorGain more experience teaching in the class, pool and open water. IDC Crew Pak$995.50
100 scuba dives required at time of certification.Further refine rescue and scuba skills to demonstration quality.Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 monthsLearn the standards and procedures that apply to the core programs you will be able to teach.Instructor Application Fee$175.00
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months. Discuss risk . Instructor Examination$690.00
TOTAL$2,959.50
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00

INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE

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.
Start your career off with a 30-Day exclusive internship in the Bahamas. Read More…

INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$2,699.00
18 years old.10 Days. 4 Dives.TuitionIncluded
Certified as a PADI Divemaster, or equivalent.A complete program including the PADI Assistant and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor courses.IDC eLearningIncluded
Logged 60 scuba dives to start. IDC Crew-Pak Included
100 scuba dives required at time of certification.Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Instructor Application Fee Included
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.Instructor ExaminationIncluded
TOTAL$2,699.00
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00
INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE: a LA CARTE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$3,749.50
18 years old.10 Days. 4 Dives.Tuition$1,499.00
Certified as a PADI Divemaster, or equivalent.A complete program including the PADI Assistant and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor courses.IDC eLearning$390.00
Logged 60 scuba dives to start. IDC Crew-Pak $995.50
100 scuba dives required at time of certification.Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Instructor Application Fee $175.00
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.Instructor Examination$690.00
TOTAL$3,749.50
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00

PADI INSTRUCTOR CROSSOVER COURSE

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. 
This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor. Read More…

PADI INSTRUCTOR CROSSOVER COURSE: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$2,299.00
18 years old.6 Days. 2 Dives.TuitionIncluded
Certified as an instructor with another training organization.Further refine rescue and scuba skills to demonstration quality.IDC eLearningIncluded
Logged 60 scuba dives to start. Learn the standards and procedures that apply to the core PADI programs you will be able to teach.IDC Crew-Pak Included
100 scuba dives required at time of certification.Discuss risk management and the importance of traning standards.Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.Instructor Application Fee Included
Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months. Instructor ExaminationIncluded
TOTAL$2,299.00
Dive Theory eLearning (optional)$136.00

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR

CPR and first aid are key skills that are important to everyone, not just scuba divers. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines, and you can offer courses to anyone. The great thing about EFR courses is they make learning easy by providing a comfortable environment to practice emergency care skills. Read More…

EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$399.00
18 years old.2 Days.TuitionIncluded
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent training) within 24 months.Emergency First Response Primary Care, CPR, and AED Instructor for AdultsEFR/CPR & AED/CFC Instructor ManualIncluded
Care for Children InstructorPocket MaskIncluded
AED and CPR InstructorEFRI ApplicationIncluded
ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$399.00
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSE INSTRUCTOR: a LA CARTE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$699.50
18 years old.2 Days.Tuition$225.00
Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent training) within 24 months.Emergency First Response Primary Care, CPR, and AED Instructor for AdultsEFR/CPR & AED/CFC Instructor Manual$346.50
Care for Children InstructorPocket Mask$10.00
AED and CPR InstructorEFRI Application$118.00
ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$699.50

DAN DEMP INSTRUCTOR

Prepare divers to prevent and manage dive incidents. Expand your course offerings so you can teach year-round and earn additional income. Enhance your teaching portfolio with additional credentials. Become a leader in dive safety, and help save lives. Read More…

DAN O2, HMLI, Neuro & BLS/FA – OPTION 1: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$750.00
Current and Insured PADI Divemaster or Instructor, or equivalent.2 Days.TuitionIncluded
DAN Emergency O2 InstructorDAN IQC OnlineIncluded
Basic Life Support and CPR Instructor.DEMP Instructor PackIncluded
Neurological Assessment Instructor.DEMP Instructor ProcessingIncluded
Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor. ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$750.00
DAN O2, HMLI, Neuro or BLS/FA – OPTION 2: a LA CARTE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$1,100.00
Current and Insured PADI Divemaster or Instructor, or equivalent.1/2 day training per course.Tuition$1,100.00
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOUR COURSES:
DAN Emergency O2 InstructorDAN IQC Online$275.00
Basic Life Support and CPR Instructor.DEMP Instructor Pack$275.00
Neurological Assessment Instructor.DEMP Instructor Processing$275.00
Hazardous Marine Life Injuries Instructor. $275.00
TOTAL$1,100.00

PADI SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR COURSES

More scuba diving and more fun sharing what interests you – that’s what teaching specialty diver courses is all about. The best way to learn how to make your specialty diver courses really special is to take a specialty instructor course from Sea Experience. Specialty instructor courses provide teaching… Read More…

SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR – NON-DIVING
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$275.00
PADI Instructor. 1 day. No dives.TuitionIncluded
Gas Blender: Must be a certified PADI EANx Instructor and DSAT Glas Blender. CHOOSE FROM:1 Specialty ManualIncluded
EANx Instructor: Must be certified as a PADI EANx Diver. Gas Blender InstructorSPI Application FeeIncluded
Equipment Specialist: Must be certified by a manufacturer in equipment repair such as PSI VCI, ECT, OCCT and VRT.Enriched Air Nitrox InstructorTOTAL$275.00
Equipment Specialist Instructor.PADI Specialty Instructor Manual (Paper or Digital)P:$210.95
D:$185.55
SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR – ONE DAY – Choose 2 & Save $100
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$275.00
PADI Instructor. 1 day, 1 boat trip.TuitionIncluded
Be able to provide proof of a minimum of 10 dives in each specialty area.CHOOSE FROM:1 Specialty ManualIncluded
Boat Diver, Digital UW Photographer, Drysuit Diver, Peak Performance Buoyancy Diver, UW Naturalist, UW Photographer.SPI Application FeeIncluded
OR TOTAL$275.00
Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Drift Diver.Night Diving, UW Navigation, UW Videographer.PADI Specialty Instructor Manual (Paper or Digital)P:$308.90
D:$351.30
SPECIALTY INSTRUCTOR – TWO DAYS
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$400.00
PADI Instructor. 1 day, 2 boat trip, 2 dives.TuitionIncluded
Be able to provide proof of a minimum of 10 dives in each specialty area.CHOOSE FROM:1 Specialty ManualIncluded
Deep Diver, Search & Recovery, Wreck Diver. SPI Application FeeIncluded
TOTAL$400.00
PADI Specialty Instructor Manual (Paper or Digital)P:$308.90
D:$351.30

MASTER SCUBA DIVER TRAINER PREP COURSE

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.) 
Being an MSDT signifies that you’ve got the experience and certifications… Read More…

MSDT PREP COURSE: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$1,399.00
PADI Instructor. 7 dives minimum, 4 days.TuitionIncluded
Top five specialties includes: Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor, Night Diving Instructor, Search & Recovery Instructor, Deep Diver Instructor, UW Navigator Instructor.5 x Student Specialty ManualsIncluded
Boat Fees Included
SPI Application FeeIncluded
ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$1,399.00

IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR

Just as scuba divers look up to divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you… Read More…

IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$899.00
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.5 dives.TuitionIncluded
Emergency First Response Instructor. 3 days of IDC Staff Instructor training.Course Director ManualIncluded
12 days to audit an IDC with EFR Instructor course. 3 Evaluation SlatesIncluded
Lake/Boat FeesIncluded
IDC Staff Instructor Application FeeIncluded
ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$899.00

IDC AUDIT

ALL CD APPLICANTS WELCOME!

IDC Staff Instructors may audit IDCs in order to gain teaching experience at this level. Credit towards applying to the Course Director Training Course is also earned. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Read More…

IDC AUDIT: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$399.00
PADI IDC Staff Instructor5 dives. 12 days. TuitionIncluded
Audit and assist with a full IDC and EFR Instructor Course. Attending the IE is optional. Lake/Boat Fees Included
Receive a PADI Course Report Form and letter verifying levels of active participation in the IDC. Include these with your CDTC Application.ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$399.00

INSTRUCTOR UPDATES

UPDATE REQUIREMENTS MAY VARY

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating, but are no longer in teaching status may be eligible to enroll directly in the  Instructor update or OWSI program to get back into teaching status. 
Every situation is different, please call PADI to see what your options are first, then call Sea Experience! Read More…

IDC AUDIT: ALL-INCLUSIVE
PREREQUISITESINCLUDESWHAT’S IN IT$399.00
PADI IDC Staff Instructor5 dives. 12 days. TuitionIncluded
Audit and assist with a full IDC and EFR Instructor Course. Attending the IE is optional. Lake/Boat Fees Included
Receive a PADI Course Report Form and letter verifying levels of active participation in the IDC. Include these with your CDTC Application.ALL-INCLUSIVE TOTAL$399.00