PADI Diving Instructor Courses

Welcome to our PADI Professional Scuba Instructor and course area. Here you can see which classes we offer and learn more about each one of them. Our approach here is to explain the classes, and break out the costs of each one so that you will know the true expenses involved in each class. Each class is set up with Tutition, and many have materials, books and some have PADI Fees. Please note that any PADI Fees or PADI Application fees are paid directly to PADI, but we included them here so you understand all of the costs involved in that certification.

Professional Instructor Classes:

These include some distinctive specialties they have special knowledge experience in. You can learn more about the PADI Specialty Instructor Courses we teach in the Continuing Education section.

  • DiveMaster

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    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.


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  • PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

    Live your dream to live the life of a scuba instructor. Imagine the possibilities and of course, the locales available for a PADI Scuba Instructor. There are more job opportunities for a scuba instructor than any other position in the scuba industry.


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  • Assistant Instructor

    Assistant Instructors learn about the PADI System of Instructor, General Standards and Procedures, Instructor Level Dive Theory and how to teach in confined water, open water and the classroom.


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  • Open Water Scuba Instructor

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    If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life - become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others.


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  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor

    Some Instructors want to continue the PADI trail to higher education. After being a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and obtaining 25 certifications, some instructors want to join an IDC staff and teach new instructors how to be good instructors.


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  • MSDT Prep Program

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    The Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep requires the completion of five PADI Specialty Instructor courses chosen from a list of over thirty options conducted in a fully integrated manner over four days. The MSDT is designed to train instructors in how to organize, market and conduct PADI Specialty Diver Courses.


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  • Emergency First Responder Instructor

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    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.


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  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

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    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. Being an MSDT signifies that you've got the experience and specialty certifications.


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  • PADI Adaptive Specialty Techniques Instructor

    The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty course provides PADI Professionals with practical techniques and approaches proven to be effective when teaching and assisting divers with physical or mental challenges.


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  • Resort Operations Specialty

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    The Resort Operation Specialty certification puts you in real world resort environment so you can gain valuable hands on resort operations skills while learning on the job. You not only assist with teach real students, you will be learning about all aspects of running a successful dive resort operation which will make you and your skills in high demand by resorts and dive centers you hope to work with in the future.


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  • OCEAN REEF Integrated Dive Mask (IDM)

    Become an expert in the use of OCEAN REEF Full Face Integrated Diving Mask and Underwater Communication! The OCEAN REEF Factory Sponsored Instructor Course (FSIC) gives you the knowledge and experience to dive with more comfort and convenience. We also pay attend to how OCEAN REEF systems will increase efficiency in the provision of regular diving lessons.


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Prerequisite Instructor Classes:

Our basic recreational classes are all inclusive, which is to say they include your books, materials and dive trips all for one price. The only exception is our Rebreather classes because some of the materials and books vary depending on the CCR Unit and you choose.

  • Open Water Diver

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    If you've always wanted to take scuba diving lessons, experience unparalleled adventure and see the world beneath the waves, this is where it starts. Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI Open Water Diver course - the world's most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course.

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  • Advanced Open Water

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    Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. That's what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about. You don't have to be "advanced" to take it - it's designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.

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  • PADI Rescue Diver

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    The PADI Rescue Diver course prepares candidates to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques.

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  • Emergency First Responder

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    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.

    Course Price

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DiveHeart Certification and Training:

Scuba Diving is a sport that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities and our Diveheart programs for will allow you to work as an Adaptive Dive Buddy, an Advanced Adaptive Dive Buddy (Dive Master) or as an Adaptive Scuba Instructor (Instructor) to assist people with physical challenges in enjoying the underwater world.

Continuing Education Instructor Classes:

The most common 5 that we suggest here are: Deep, Wreck, Night, Enriched Air and Emergency 02.

  • PADI Underwater Navigator Instuctor

    The PADI Underwater Navigator course offered at Rainbow Reef Dive Center is designed to help you the PADI Professional Dive Instructor offer a better understanding to your students of how to safely navigate underwater.


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  • PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor

    If you enjoy wreck diving and want to take it to the next level as a PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor, then you have come to the right place.


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  • PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor

    The PADI Dry Suit Specialty Instructor Course offered at Rainbow Reef Dive Center is designed to help you the PADI Instructor to expand the potential of your students diving experiences in colder waters.


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  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor

    The PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor course offered at Rainbow Reef Dive Center enables you the instructor to help your students expand their diving skills.


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  • IDC Course Schedule

    We run PADI IDC's about once a month throughout the year, so you are never more than a few days away from our next class cycle!

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  • Career Package Builder

    Use our package wizard to walk you through creating your own custom IDC package of courses, complete with pricing breakdown.

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  • PADI IDC Report

    What is the experience like? Follow all of the days and weeks activities with our IDC staff and candidates.

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  • Featured Specialty Course

    See what our featured specialty of the month is, and learn why it's important to your professional diving career.

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    The crew at Rainbow Reef has perfected the art of creating the best dive professionals in the business. They'v...

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