Are you a PADI Divemaster who is looking to raise your game and use your skills as a leader to become a scuba instructor on Bonaire? Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn't even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

To become a certified instructor, you need to successfully complete an Instructor Development Course (IDC). You can either take a full IDC at once or become an instructor step by step.

  • The IDC consists of two parts: the Assistant Instructor course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (OWSI).
  • After completing the IDC, you need to successfully finish the Instructor Examination (IE).
  • To become an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor.

Assistant Instructor (1)

The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is the first step in becoming a Scuba Instructor. The course will get you introduced to the PADI System of education and let you gain experience in teaching. You will learn through confined water skill development, open water workshops, knowledge development, and presentations. After finishing the PADI Assistant Instructor course, you can begin your scuba diving teaching career by independently teaching some PADI courses and assisting with others.

OW Scuba Instructor (2)

During the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program, you will learn to conduct all PADI core courses while further developing your teaching skills. During the course, you’ll specifically learn how to apply the PADI System of Education, which you were introduced to during your Assistant Instructor course. You will learn through knowledge development, self-study, lectures, presentations, confined water skill assessments, and open water workshops. The goal of this program is to prepare you for the Instructor Examination and for real-world teaching PADI scuba courses.

The Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day program that tests your teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. VIP Diving organizes its IDC programs immediately prior to an IE, so you have the opportunity to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor directly after finishing the OWSI program.

EFR Instructor (3)

To become an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor.

Since you have already finished the EFR course, you know how important CPR and first aid skills are. By becoming an EFR Instructor, you share this knowledge and teach people to help others in need. During the EFR Instructor Course, you focus on developing your instructional abilities to teach the EFR skills to others. The course is conducted through classroom sessions, practical teaching assignments, and independent study.

Medical Questionnaire

Because this is dive training, there is a medical form involved. You need to be fit for diving before you start your course. Contact us for more information.


We have apartment options right next to the dive operation for a reduced price. Contact us for more details.

Planning 2021/2022

Upcoming courses
2021 2022 2022 2022 2022
EFR Instructor Nov 20-21 Feb 5-6 Apr 19-20 Aug 13-14 Nov 19-20
Instructor Development Course (IDC) Nov 23-30 Feb 8-15 Apr 22-29 Aug 16-23 Nov 22-29
Instructor Examination (IE) Dec 2-3 Feb 17-18 May 1-2 Aug 25-26 Dec 1-2

Contact us

Assistant Instructor (AI) eLearning $895
EFR Instructor $295
Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) eLearning $895
Complete IDC (AI + OWSI) eLearning $1695

Prices per person per course. Not including PADI application fees, training material, dive gear, and air. PADI Instructor Examination fees not included where applicable.

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