PADI Professional Courses

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Whether you want to further your dive knowledge and skills, start a new hobby, or launch into a new career, Aquaventure is the place to start.

Prerequistes

  • PADI Rescue Diver certification (or qualifying certification).
  • Completion of Emergency First Response® Primary and Secondary Care training (or qualifying training) within 24 months.
  • For Divemaster: A minimum of 40 logged dives.
  • For Assistant Instructor or the full IDC: At least 60 logged dives.
  • A minimum of 100 logged dives is required to take the Instructor Examination.
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.
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Course Description

Become a PADI professional as a hobby or a career!

If you love diving and sharing your knowledge with others, consider becoming a PADI professional! Whether you want to further your dive knowledge and skills, start a new hobby, or launch into a new career, Aquaventure is the place to go for your PADI Professional Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, or Instructor Development Courses.

Scuba divers look up to professional divers because they are leaders who mentor and motivate them. As a pro, you will dive more and experience the joy of introducing and sharing the underwater world with others.

PADI Divemaster

The Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, including perfecting an effortless hover and refining your rescue skills. You’ll gain dive knowledge and dive management/supervision abilities. PADI divemasters are role models to divers everywhere!

Assistant Instructor

As an Assistant Instructor, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a dive vacation destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Assistant Instructors are respected dive professionals aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world—PADI.

Instructor Development Course

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of two parts: the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and then attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earning a PADI Instructor certification. Becoming a PADI Instructor opens the door to a lifetime of dive adventure!

What do I need?

You’ll need to own your own dive gear and course materials for all professional-level programs. If you have questions, please contact us at (763) 424-8717.

Class Schedule

If you’re interested in professional-level training but our posted schedule does not work for you, please give us a call for a no-obligation consultation with our Course Director. We would love to work with you!

Student Testimonials

I’ve done all my training and testing with the Aquaventure teams. They have great instructors and a fun atmosphere, all very knowledgeable, and they work hard to make your diving experience worth remembering. If you ever thought about experiencing scuba diving, I would highly recommend starting here!

Mike K

I’ve been to all the dive shops in town and Aquaventure definitely has the friendliest staff and best selection of gear!

Gary B

Awesome instructors! I was more than prepared for my training dives when I went to Florida!

Jill A

Great place to learn how to dive. Very private with close instruction. Go as fast as you are comfortable with super friendly instructors. My 10-year-old and I loved it. A great experience. Top-notch dive shop!

Paul K

My 11-year-old son and I took the PADI Open Water Diver class through Aquaventure, and we could not be happier with the experience. Erik did a fantastic job educating and coaching us through the entire process.

Casey K

Both of my teens have achieved their Open Water certifications now with training from their excellent instructors and dive masters. As a 27-year diver, I wholeheartedly trust Aquaventure to provide quality training and service!

Chris T

Class Fees

Many PADI professional courses are available, and we have a course director on staff to answer any of your questions!

Divemaster

Course Fee – $935

Fee Includes

  • Tuition
  • PADI Divemaster Digital Crew Pack:
    • DM Slate Pak (60552)
    • DSD Cue Card
    • Pro Log Book
    • PADI Pro Bag
    • DM eLearning
    • Instructor Manual
    • eRDPml
    • DSD Cue Card
    • Encyclopedia
    • ReActivate

Price does not include equipment rental or PADI application and processing fees. PADI Dive Theory ($163) is recommended but not required.

Assistant Instructor

Course Fee – $1595

Fee Includes

  • Tuition
  • PADI IDC Digital Crew Pack (see inclusion list in IDC section)

Price does not include equipment rental or PADI application and processing fees. PADI Dive Theory ($163) is recommended but not required.

Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Course Fee – $2095

Fee Includes

  • Tuition
  • PADI IDC Digital Crew Pack:
    • Guide to Teaching (79540-5)IDC eLearning (54003-1)
    • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Guide (70236-5)
    • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Guide (70239-5)
    • Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Guide (70242-5)
    • OW Quizzes and Final Exam (72013-5)
    • Rescue Diver Exams (70305-5)
    • Divemaster Exams (71310-5)
    • Diving Knowledge Workbook (70214-1)
    • OW Prescriptive Lesson Guides (70160-1)
    • Open Water Cue Card (60202)
    • Confined Water Cue Cards (60194)
    • AOW Cue Cards (60296)
    • Rescue Cue Cards (60205)
    • DM Cue Cards (60206)
    • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate (60258)
    • Skill Development Preparation Slate (60578)
    • PADI Backpack (82136)

Price does not include equipment rental or PADI application and processing fees. PADI Dive Theory ($163) is recommended but not required.

Assistant Instructor to OWSI Upgrade

Course Fee – $600

Fee Includes

  • Tuition for course upgrade
  • Must own PADI IDC Digital Crew Pack (received during AI course)

Price does not include equipment rental or PADI application and processing fees. PADI Dive Theory ($163) is recommended but not required.

Upgrade to PADI MSDT Instructor Course (5 Specialties)

Course Fee – $725

Fee Includes

  • Crew Pack, and 5 specialties

Aquaventure IDC & MSDT Bundle

Course Fee Only $2595!

Fee Includes

  • Full PADI IDC, all materials, and 5 specialties (MN prep)
    • Enriched Air Diver Instructor
    • Diver Against Debris Instructor
    • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
    • Search & Recovery Instructor
    • Deep Diver Instructor

Price does not include equipment rental or PADI application and processing fees. PADI Dive Theory ($163) is recommended but not required.

PADI Specialty Instructor

  • One “Dive” Specialty – $175
  • Two “Dive” Specialties – $275

Specialty Materials are not included (must own guides or purchase separately).

Price does not include equipment rental or PADI application and processing fees. PADI Dive Theory ($163) is recommended but not required.

Staff Instructor Course

  • Option 1 – $1385 (includes tuition + Crew Pack) Application fee not included (paid to PADI – approx $158)
  • Option 2 – $1385 (class simulation) (includes tuition + Crew Pack) Application fee not included (paid to PADI – approx $158)
    EFR Instructor Course

$275 + materials and processing

Cancelation Policy—Course fees are due upon class enrollment to guarantee your space in the class. Class fees are non-refundable within 14 days of the class start date and non-transferable within seven days of class start time. Once PADI eLearning codes are assigned and redeemed (a student account is created), these codes are non-refundable. One class date transfer is allowed for a fee. All course fees are forfeited if you do not attend class.