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Recent changes to the PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) breaks instructor training into two parts. The PADI AI (Assistant Instructor) program which was optional before on the path from PADI Divemaster to PADI Instructor has become the first part of the revised IDC curriculum.

The IDC which was 7 days before this change is still 7 days. The new revised AI curriculum is now the first 3 days of the IDC and the last 4 days is now called the OWSI (Open Water SCUBA Instructor) course.

If you think that you will skip taking the AI course and go straight from PADI Divemaster to OWSI through a complete IDC offerred by a PADI Course Director think again. Every PADI Course Director will now teach you the 3-day AI course and then the 4-day OWSI course.

Any PADI IDC Staff Instructor who has been updated by a PADI Course Director is eligible to teach the new AI curriculum. This means that any updated PADI IDC Staff Instructor can teach the first three days of the new IDC.

When becoming a PADI Instructor you learn rescue techniques during your PADI Rescue Diver course. You then learn the necessary technical knowledge while taking your PADI Divemaster course. You learn how to teach in the classroom, in confined water and in open water during an Assistant Instructor course. This means that a technically knowlegable IDC Staff Instructor with great teaching experience and excellent teaching ability can teach you how to be a PADI Instructor.

Well, almost! You need a PADI Course Director to present some parts of the 4-day OWSI curriculum. And that is where Dive Right-Coron has allied with PADI Course Director Tim Aukshun. Tim is the most experienced Course Director in the Philippines and has provided training to most of the other Course Directors.

Tim Aukshun offers the PADI Medic First Aid Instructor rating as part of his OWSI training. With other Course Directors you can expect to pay an additional $200 to $250.

Dive Right-Coron offers a complete, practical and comprehensive Rescue Diver program, a technically excellent PADI Divemaster program, and a superior AI program guaranteed to prepare you for the PADI Instructor Examination.

When taken as a package it is now quite economical to become a PADI Instructor. Assuming that you have been a licensed diver for at least 6 months:
Advanced Open Water Diver ($180)
Rescue Diver ($300)
Medic First Aid ($20)
Divemaster ($500)
Assistant Instructor ($350)
Open Water SCUBA Instructor ($600)
Medic First Aid Instructor (Included)

Dive Right's Instructor package includes extra training and review days; extra confined water, open water and academic presentations; extra rescue practice; extra practice tests; and additional PADI Standards reviews. All designed so you can float through the PADI Instructor Examination.

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