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Contact us today to schedule your Dive Instructor training.


PADI divemasters are eligible to take the next step to becoming a PADI dive professional. The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the training that will enable you to be one of the most sought after dive professionals in the world. PADI Instructors are among the most highly trained dive professionals. Earning your PADI Instructor rating shows you've completed the gold standard in training for dive professionals.


The IDC has two components Assistant Instructor and Open Water Instructor Program, given in-person over the course of 8 days. There are also several pre-requisites and additional requirements.  


See below for dates and additional details or call us for more info.

For more than 30 years, we’ve been serving Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Washington D.C.


The PADI Pro Experience

Are you ready to share your experience, knowledge and passion for scuba guiding new divers into this underwater world and bringing certified divers to advance level & dive master?

Take the next step - become a PADI Dive Instructor

Summer 2020 IDC:

This IDC training is held at Columbia Scuba and local area pools as listed in the schedule below.  


  Investment:  $1200


  IDC Schedule:


                       Date                       Morning                 Afternoon

            Day 1  TBA                          Class                       Class

            Day 2  TBA                          Pool                         Class

            Day 3  TBA                          Pool                         Class

            Day 4  TBA                         Quarry                     Quarry

            Day 5  TBA                          Pool                         Class

            Day 6  TBA                         Quarry                      Class

            Day 7  TBA                          Class                       Class

            Day 8  TBA                          Pool                         Class




   This is a required course prior to teaching for all PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and open to all PADI Dive Masters.

If you are already an EFR Instructor, this course need not be repeated. This course is priced separately from the IDC. The course fee is $350. Each student will be required to have the EFR Instructor Start-Up Pack (60215).


  EFR Schedule:


    •  8/31/19   9:00am - 5:30pm    @ Columbia Scuba

  • 9/1/19     9:00am - 5:30pm    @ Columbia Scuba

        PADI Dive Theory E-learning. Available through our PADI eLearning link just below

  • IDC Crew-Pak.  Available through Columbia Scuba

  • EFR Instructor Course, if applicable. Avaliable the week following the IE.

  • IE, application and member fees additional (see below)


Each of the above additional requirements is available as noted and fees are payable in addition to the above noted IDC course investment.

Additional IE Requirements:

Emergency First Responder Instructor:

  The final component to your Instructor level training is the PADI Instructor Exam. This is a 2-day exam held in a variety of locations each year. The PADI IE is scheduled for Dutch Springs in Allentown, Pa on August 24 and 25. Candidates are free to register for an IE in any location to which they wish to travel. Fees for the IE are payable directly to PADI. Approximate cost for the IE is $700. The IDC application to PADI is $190 and the yearly Instructor renewal is $300.


Schedule and details available through PADI or call the shop.


Instructor Exam (IE):

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Instructor Development Course

Call us today to schedule your Instructor training.  410-381-1994

We will assist you with all the prerequisites & all additional requirements you need.

This course will allow the Open Water Sacuba Instructor to be able to teach five PADI specialties.  Specialty selection will be based upon local availability and the Course Directors, current offerings.


All classwork will done at Columbia Scuba.  Quarry will either be Juturna Springs or Dutch Springs depending upon availabilty. The course fee is $500 or $100/specialty.  Each student will be required to have the PADI Specialty Course Instrutor maManual (70250) and access to their own gear.  Quarry entrance feel will be extra and vary by facilty.


      DATE                   MORNING               AFTERNOON

Day 1   9/7/19                  Class                           Class

Day 2   9/8/19                 Quarry                         Quarry

Day 3   9/14/19               Quarry                         Quarry

Day 4   9/15/19               Quarry                         Quarry

Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Course: