Divers in Orange County, CA. PADI IDC

What is it? When do I go? When can I breath? 

The IDC was created to train you in how to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor. Once our Course Directors have deemed you able to succeed; you'll be placed into an Instructor Examination (commonly known as the IE). 

The IE is a two-day testing period that includes exams, confined water and open water sessions under the supervision of a PADI Course Director that is trained in handling the PADI regional IE's. 

The purpose is to evaluate you knowledge and skills as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. After your two weeks of development with Beach Cities Scuba Centers, you will be more than ready to face the IE. We are proud to say that we OVER prepare you! 


As we said before, you will be tested on your dive theory and general dive knowledge that spans dive skills, the environment and much more. You'll be given a set of exams to complete that are similar to the exams you completed during your online academics and in-class academics. Once you are complete, you'll break off into specific teams (color coded) and begin your knowledge development and confined water teaching presentations. 

THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME. But, you certainly want to come prepared, right? The break after the testing phase will be there for you to prepare for the next program. You'll be in the PADI pool (behind their corporate building) in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. 

Once you have completed all of the sections (with the Open Water evaluations), you'll be fully certified as a PADI professional!

Here are the areas of evaluation:

Classroom Exams

  • Physics
  • General Skills and Environment
  • Recreational Dive Planner
  • Physiology
  • Equipment
  • PADI Standards & Procedures

Classroom Presentations

  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation (one of these)

Confined Water Teaching Presentations

  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation (1 skill)
  • Confined Water Skills Assessment (5 random skills)

Open Water Presentations

  • Open Water Teaching Presentation (2 random skills)
  • Rescue Exercise Demonstration

Let's not forget the fees. Your application for the IE is not included in the package IDC pricing. That will need to be paid at the IE. Additionally, as a new Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will have a yearly membership fee similar to your Dive Master fees. This is your professional membership and is typically paid in the winter months (December 31st). Additionally, you will have liability insurance requirements. As a Beach Cities Scuba Instructor, you are covered under our liability insurance. Our only request is that you are fully available during our trade show times. Whether that is working the trade show itself or assisting with teaching scuba during those time periods. Other than that, you will not have to pay for your insurance if you are a contracted instructor with us! 

Entry to the IE

If you are taking the full IE, your PADI Examiner needs three documents related to you.

These include:

  • An Instructor Certificate of Completion filled out and signed by a PADI Course Director. This form documents your completion of the IDC or OWSI program. Please note that the hologram shipped with your PADI Instructor PADI Guide to Teaching should be affixed to this form. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your IDC and IE paperwork.
  • Your completed IE Enrollment Form with payment details attached. The IE fee is payable by check, credit card or bank draft to the PADI Examiner at the IE. 
  • A copy of an approved medical form. This form must be signed by a physician indicating that you have been examined and declared unconditionally fit to dive within a year of the IE’s final day. Without an approved medical form, you will not be allowed to participate in the confined or open water components of the IE.


Confined Water Logistics

The confined water portion of the IE will be held at a local pool / confined water area. All cylinders should have boots to minimize risk of damage to pool surrounds otherwise access may be denied.

Open Water Logistics

The open water site for the IE will be announced at the Orientation.

IE Calendar