Unlocking the Path to PADI Instructor
The Journey from Divemaster to Mentor

Are you on the path to becoming a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or Master Scuba Diver Trainer? Congratulations! Soon, you’ll hold the license to train divers at the divemaster level. Share your DMT course experience: Where did you take it? Was it a mix of fun, hard work, study sessions, parties, equipment handling, and instructor-guided skill development? Let’s dive into your journey!


Becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or a Master Scuba Diver Trainer is an exhilarating pursuit. At the heart of this professional ascent lies the transformative divemaster course, an experience influenced by factors such as location, dive center, and season.

Reflecting on Your Divemaster Training

Embarking on the path to becoming an instructor prompts reflection on your divemaster training. The approach can vary significantly, from hands-on skills practice to in-depth theoretical sessions. The quality of this preparation profoundly influences your readiness to instruct others at the divemaster level.

The Crucial Role of the IDC

Aspiring PADI diving instructors find themselves at a pivotal juncture when undertaking the Instructor Development Course (IDC) with Course Director Walter G Schmit. These are not mere training days but crucial steps in bridging the gap between divemaster training and the IDC.

The Significance of IDC Prep Days

The IDC Prep days, offered as a complimentary resource by Pro Dive International, serve as a valuable bridge. These sessions play a pivotal role in evaluating your underwater skills demonstration and ensuring proficiency in physics, physiology, equipment, and environmental theory.

Refining Skills for Success

Revisiting divemaster manuals and addressing knowledge gaps during the IDC Prep days is instrumental in refining your skills and boosting confidence. These additional training days set the stage for a successful transition from divemaster trainee to a mentor ready to inspire the next generation of PADI divers.


As you embark on this exciting chapter in your diving career, we wish you the best of luck. The journey from divemaster to mentor is filled with challenges and triumphs, shaping you into a capable and inspiring PADI instructor.


How to start your IDC Adventure?

  1. Learn more here.
  2. Contact us for questions, guidance, and to sign up!