InstructorErika Ladd
TypeOnsite Course
Place4144 Lincoln Blvd. Marina Del Rey CA 90292
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Would you like to earn money from your hobby or maybe even start a new career and just simply forget your 9 to 5 office job?

These courses give you the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to be able to work with students, lead dives, get experience on boats and much more in a fun and exciting environment; maybe get a full-time job somewhere in the tropics or during the weekends here, in California waters.

Ocean Adventures is a premier PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Center in the Los Angeles area. We are totally self-contained, fully equipped, dedicated to diver training and setting very high standards in customer service. All diver training is done to PADI’s 5* level. Divers and instructor candidates can be sure that their training will be done at the highest standard. Instructor Development Courses & Instructor Examination (IDC& IE) take place at anytime upon your desire at Ocean Adventures. The IDC Staff of Ocean Adventures is proud to have a 100% success rate in the U.S. Every candidate we prepared for the Instructor Exam, not only have passed, but stood out from the crowd as the most prepared, most thoroughly trained.


Imagine you were applying to college and you knew that you could get into your first choice. Picking the course director and Instructor Development Center is similar. You are embarking on a new career that may take you all over the world and lead to life changing experiences. The training you receive is the foundation to that adventure so take your time, ask questions, and find an IDC that suits who you are.

You need to find the Course Director that fits you and your goals perfectly. We can be drawn into exotic locations or swayed by the price but in the end, the quality of training you receive and your skill set as a new PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is the top priority.

We do not rush our IDCs! We are not content in just fulfilling minimum requirements. We spend the time to help you and teach to you instruct in the industry and not just pass the instructor exam. At the end of the course, passing the exam is secondary to feeling confident and prepared to independently conduct your own classes in that tropical location you always envisioned yourself in.

We understand that a course such as the IDC is time consuming and can be daunting. We assure you that not only will you be receiving quality instruction you will have a lot of fun in the process! You can look forward to forming friendships and comradery with other candidates in your class and maybe even your course directors. (We’re pretty cool people)

So you probably have about a million questions pertaining to this whole process. Here are some answers to FAQs. However, we prefer that you give us a call and direct all your questions to us. We want to have a conversation with you and get to know you personally!


The role of the scuba instructor is vitally important – instructors are ambassadors, delivering enlightened and innovative scuba instruction to those wishing to learn to dive. People put their trust in you and you teach them to breathe underwater for the first time! It is an exciting and rewarding career – but it is also a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Once qualified as a diving instructor you can work all over the world. You can supplement your income and teach part time or follow a full time in exotic locations – the choice is yours. If you have a passion for diving and believe it is crucial people receive the best instruction, then this program can give you the skills to deliver.

During the PADI Instructor Development program you’ll learn the PADI System of diver education, standards and procedures, effective academic teaching presentations, teaching in confined water, conducting open water training dives and additional related topics.

After successful completion of the IDC, candidates must successfully complete the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Candidates will be evaluated on dive theory, academic teaching, confined-water (pool) teaching, open-water teaching and general diving skills and professionalism.

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you can conduct the entire range of PADI experience programs and PADI diver programs, from Open Water Diver through Divemaster (except for specialties and PADI Emergency First Responder, which require specific Specialty Diver Instructor and Emergency First Responder® Instructor ratings).

After successfully completing your PADI IDC and IE, you receive a certification card and certificate denoting this rating. You’ll also become a member of PADI and receive benefits, including the ability to purchase professional liability insurance (which may be required to conduct some activities).

  • Buoyancy Control Device PADI 5 star dive resort
  • First, second and alternate regulators
  • Submersible Pressure Gauge
  • Timing device other than a dive computer
  • Appropriate exposure suit
  • Whistle attached to your BCD flex inflator hose
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Mask, snorkel, boots, gloves and fins
  • Boots and gloves
  • Surface Marker Buoy
  • Slates
  • Tool Box
  • First Aid Kit
  • Logbook Binder
  • Steel or aluminum tank
  • PADI Assistant Instructor certification or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months ( check with a PADI Course Director or your local PADI Office for qualifying credentials.)
  • Hold a dive certification for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
  • EFR (First Aid and Secondary Care within 24 months) Read about the EFR Course here
  • Signed Medical Certification Statement (download here)
  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
  • Have at least 100 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam

Well the obvious of course…how to teach scuba!

This course will prepare you to teach all classes from Open Water through Divemaster. You will learn the PADI instructor system of education. This will be accomplished through presenting Confined Water, Open Water, and Knowledge Development Presentations.

In addition, you will participate in 14 Curriculum presentations, perform all 24 dive skills at demonstration quality, demonstrate competence in a rescue, take a dive theory and standards and procedures exam, and perform an 800 yard face down, nonstop mask, snorkel, fin swim, all while being assessed for positive attitude and professionalism.

Typically our programs run 10 days however we believe in mastery of material, which can take individuals longer or shorter than the allotted time, and therefore this time period is somewhat flexible. We use eLearning for all of our classes, which allows more time in the water and in the classroom fine tuning and perfecting your dive and presentation skills.

Take Some Of Your ICD Online – save more time for diving!

Start Your IDC Certification Online! Complete some of the classroom portion of the course
at your own pace, anytime, anywhere.

PADI eLearning PADI Instructor Course Online

  • Tuition fee
  • Air Fills
  • Tank & Weight Belt use
  • Pool Fees
  • Professional tuition
  • Counseling and career advice.
  • Ocean Adventures Dive Club membership
  • Course fee does not include equipment rental, PADI course materials or PADI fees
  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Best of The Undersea Journal
  • Log Book
  • Peak Performance Bouyancy Specialty Instructor Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook

PADI Specialty Instructors have the best of both worlds. Not only have earned the qualifications to conduct main stream dive programs such as the PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced, Rescue Diver and Divemaster programs, but they can also conduct PADI Specialty Diver programs.

Read about the PADI Specialty Instructor Courses here

By qualifying as an DAN Instructor, you will be able to teach the O2 Provider, the Dive Emergency Management Provider and other DAN Programs. Read about the

DAN Instructor Course here

Not quite ready to become an Instructor just yet? Take the Assistant Instructor Course! Read about the

PADI Assistant Instructor Course here

We want to assure that we put together the correct package and pricing that best suits your needs!

  • PRO SILVER – Includes IDC prep/IDC
  • PRO GOLD – Includes IDC prep/IDC/EFR Instructor
  • PRO PLATINUM – Includes IDC prep/IDC/EFR I/ MSDT prep *
  • ADD ONS – DAN Instructor courses **

* Includes 5 Specialty Instructor ratings
** A valuable addition to any package. Choose between several of Divers Alert Network Courses


Fill out the form below or give us a call at 310.980.5482 to discuss and sign up for your IDC today! We look forward to speaking with you!

  • * Includes 5 Specialty Instructor ratings
    ** A valuable addition to any package. Choose between several of Divers Alert Network Courses

    * 18 years old
    * Certified as a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor*, or equivalent.
    * Logged 60 scuba dives to start.
    * 100 dives required at time of certification.
    * Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months.
    * Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 24 months