Instructor Training at Diver's Depot

Professional Level Programs



The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. Start Online Today! 


Traditional Class Info

Assistant Instructor

Part One of the new Instructor Development Curriculum, the Assistant Instructor is qualified to teach portions of diver training with an instructor. This is an excellent opportunity to prepare for the IE. AI's can certify divers in Emergency First Response, Equipment Specialty, PADI Oxygen Provider (if they are certified Specialty Instructors in those areas), and may independently conduct Discover Scuba.

Open Water Scuba Instructor

Part two of the Instructor Development Course, the Open Water Scuba Instructor course prepares you for the Instructor Examinations

Instructor Development Course (IDC)

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is both the Assistant instructor Program and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. Together, they emphasize development of teaching skills. The goal is to create a low stress environment in which you can learn the skills of a professional educator. Start Online Today!


Traditional Class Info

Instructor Continuing Education Programs

Emergency First Response Instructor

A one day program which includes teaching methodology, psychology of resuscitation, primary assessment, CPR and the seven basic first aid skills. AED use is now also included.
Emergency First Response Instructor is taught the Monday immediately following an IDC/IE.

Emergency Oxygen Provider & Instructor Program

A one evening program which teaches you how to recognize diving illness treatable by emergency oxygen, properly setup equipment, and administer emergency oxygen.

High Pressure Cylinder Inspection Hazmat Program

A must for anyone who fills or inspects tanks. This eight hour course in visual inspection methods trains an inspector to recognize to recognize problems and flaws in various cylinder types of DOT, CGA, and the code of Federal Regulations Guidelines Textbooks are included with much hands on experience.

Manufacturer Regulator Repair Technician and Equipment Specialty Instructor Rating

Broaden your skills by becoming authorized under certain conditions to work on Oceanic regulators. This hands-on repair clinic intoduces you to Oceanic's multi-product line of 1st and 2nd stage regulators. Often done in conjunction with PSI program. Materials and instructor processing fees included. This includes an Equipment Specialty Instructor certificate.

IDC Staff Instructor

IDC Staff Instructor is the minimum certification required to train Assistant Instructors. You may also assist Course Directors in training and evaluating instructor candidates. See IDC Schedule. Must complete all sessions of an IDC.

Status Update

This short course may bring a non-teaching status instructor back to teaching status or can count towards the Master Instructor rating.

Specialty Instructor

Taking a Specialty Instructor training course from our Course Directors will provide you with practical experience for conducting courses that interest you and your students.

Diver's Depot IDC/IE Facts

Sally and E.K. Sowell, PADI Course Directors, have conducted Instructor Development Courses on Utila Island, Grand Cayman, Belize and throughout the Ark-La-Tex each year. In Nacogdoches, home of Diver's Depot (PADI 5 Star CDC), we have a full-service classroom annex. We have dorms at our location and provide free accommodations for most educational programs hosted in Nacogdoches. 
You must be either a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor, or instructor of another certification agency to attend the IDC. Leadership-level certified divers of other agencies are allowed to attend the first part of the IDC, which will earn you a PADI Assistant Instructor certification. You must have 60 logged dives and be certified for six months to attend the IDC and IE. You are processed as a PADI AI until you log 100 dives. The IDC is conducted in a casual format meeting daily for extended periods. See the schedule below.
The cost for the IDC is $1699.00 U.S and payable to PADI for the IE is $715.00 U.S. + $199 U.S for a one time IDC New Instructor registration fee. 

Private IDC $3,999 for two each or $2500 for 1:1. Individual attention scheduled to meet your needs and date/times. 

An Emergency First Response Instructor Course is $150.00 and 120.00 payable to PADI, and scheduled after the IDC and before the IE for those interested. 

Traditional Instructor-led Training: If you prefer to read the training manual and watch the DVD -instead of taking the online course- come by the store for more information.

Materials needed:

  • Each person attending the IDC is required to furnish or rent all open water equipment except tanks and weights.

  • A partial list of required materials is below. Please email us for a complete list of required equipment. Each person needs to have:

    • A PADI Open Water Instructor Manual (DM's may download at the web site for free provided you are current)

    • PADI Guide to Teaching and calculator

    • ERDPML


It is highly advised that candidates pre-register to insure that they have a reserved space. Walk-ins are welcome; however, without an RSVP, they may not be accepted.

To register for the program you must place a $700.00 non-refundable deposit. You may do this by calling in your credit card number expiration date and name on the card to phone number (936)564-3483 or mailing a check to: 


Diver's Depot
720 South Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75964

IDC and IE Dates and Locations

** IDC Staff Instructors that want to audit IDC's are charged $999.00 unless we request/invite you to assist due to ratio's in larger programs.  

Note to current IDC Staff Instructors.   If you bring me some IDC candidates you pay less, call for details. 

If we can set up a program at your store or a alternative location IDC in your area and you help coordinate it with me then we have a lot of room for negotiation.