Instructor Training at Diver's Depot

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Professional Level Programs
Divemaster Your first step to becoming a PADI Professional. Expand your knowledge and skills. Learn to train and supervise divers. Start Online Today! Traditional Class Info $599 $300
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. $695 $300
Open Water Scuba Instructor Part two of the Instructor Development Course, the Open Water Scuba Instructor course prepares you for the Instructor Examinations $995 $300
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 $1390 $500
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.
$150 payment
in full
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. $100  
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. $350 PSI Class
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. $295 Oceanic Regulator Repair Technician
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. $850 $300
Status Update This short course may bring a non-teaching status instructor back to teaching status or can count towards the Master Instructor rating. $500 payment
in full
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. T.B.A. T.B.A.
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. Your 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 schedule below.
Cost for the IDC is $1390.00 U.S. and the IE is $599.00 U.S. + $150 U.S. for registration.

Private IDC $5,000 for two each or $3500 for 1:1. Individual attention scheduled to meet your needs and date/times.

An Emergency First Response Instructor Course is $150.00 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 reserve space. Walk-ins are welcome; however, without an RSVP, they may not be accepted.

To register for the program you must place a $500.00 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

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IDC and IE Dates and Locations
March 18-24 Nacogdoches, TX   March 25-26 Nacogdoches, TX
April 15-21 Nacogdoches, TX   April 22-23 Dallas, TX
May 13-19 Nacogdoches, TX   May 20-21 Houston, TX
Aug. 19-25 Nacogdoches, TX   Aug. 26-27 Nacogdoches, TX
Sept. 16-22 Nacogdoches, TX   Sept. 23-24 Houston, TX
Nov. 4-10 Nacogdoches, TX   Nov. 11-12 Nacogdoches, TX

More dates will post soon!
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Sally and E.K. Sowell
Divers Depot
720 South Street
Nacogdoches, Texas 75964
Phone 936-564-3483
Fax 936-564-4704

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