Instructor Development Course

open water course instructor development course bocas del toro panama


You like working with people, you have a great passion for Scuba Diving and would love to teach and share that passion? Then it's your time to become a PADI Scuba Instructor! At La Buga Panama we would be honored to take you on this incredible journey which will surely change your life.


The Instructor Development Course consists of two parts. The Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (OWSI). Most people go straight to the Open Water Scuba Instructor program which includes an Instructor Examination (IE).


What are the requirements to become an Open Water Scuba Instructor?


- You need to be a certified diver for at least 6 months.

- You need to be a PADI Divemaster (if you're not, we can teach you!)

- You need at least 60 logged dives to start the course and 100 logged dives to be able to attend the IE.

- You need a medical statement from a physician signed within the last 12 months.


Why should I do my PADI IDC at La Buga?


- We can offer small and personal classes where we can focus on you becoming an excellent instructor. 

- The PADI IDC preparation is FREE of charge.

- The course can be given in both English and Spanish. 

- Free WIFI at our dive center and restaurant.  

- Our dive sites are close by; no time is wasted on the boat, and more time is spent in the water. 

- You get a 10% discount in our restaurant La Buguita Ocean Lounge.


 What is the price of the PADI IDC at La Buga?


We have different packages and price possibilities. Contact us through our email  to ask us about our prices.


I would like to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer!


Are you already a PADI OWSI or would you like to go straight from OWSI to Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)? You can do this at La Buga too! Our Course Director will teach you 5 different specialties. After having certified 25 students or more, you will get the rating of PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.