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4940 Rusina Rd
Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
United States


Underwater Connection, has been serving the Colorado Springs water sports community since 1989. What started as a scuba shop 25 years ago, has now grown into a legacy of aquatic adventures. Now offering everything you need for Whitewater Kayak, SUP, Swimming, Triathlon Aquatics, and of course, Scuba.

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SCUBA Instructor Development Course - Class in Colorado Springs

Underwater Connection teaches the PADI Instructor Development course in Colorado Springs; the program is a combination of the Assistant Instructor and Instructor courses.

Instructor Development Course

The IDC (Instructor Development Course) is a seven day program that combines both the Assistant Instructor course and the OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) course into one seven day program. Since it incorporates both programs, all the requirements are the same as both programs. If you choose to do the IDC instead of separating the courses you will save $225.00 off the entire program.

Instructor Development Course: $1,495 for the complete course (AI + OWSI)

Course Fees Include:

  • All academic sessions
  • All watermanship sessions
  • All Open Water Dives
  • Tanks & weights for all sessions

Course Fees Do Not Include:

  • EFR Instructor Course (prerequisite for OWSI)
  • Transportation to the open water sites
  • Hotel Lodging at the open water sites (if necessary)
  • Meals
  • Equipment for internships
  • Park fees
  • Student Materials
  • PADI Application Fees
  • PADI Instructor Examination Fee

Student Materials: $974.55

IDC Crew-Pak

  • Guide to Teaching (with hologram)
  • Best of the Undersea Journal
  • Children & Scuba
  • Business of Diving - on CD
  • Law and the Diving Professional book
  • Confined Water Lesson Planning Slates
  • Open Water Lesson Planning Slates
  • Confined Water Instructor Cue Cards
  • Open Water Instructor Cue Cards
  • Adventures in Diving Instructor Cue Cards
  • Rescue Diver Cue Cards
  • Open Water Quiz and Exam booklet
  • Rescue Diver Exam booklet
  • Divemaster Exam booklet
  • Applications and Forms
  • Positive Approach Selling DVD
  • Specialty Instructor Manual (Digital Version)

To enroll in an OWSI program, an individual must:

Be certified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.

Be at least 18 years old. Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months. A licensed physician must sign the form and state that the candidate is fit for diving. The physician signing the form may not be the applicant. Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in the individual’s log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night, and navigation diving. Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months. Submit documentation of any equivalent certification for entry level, advanced, rescue, and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (PADI Members who have these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit.) If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.

PADI Instructor Evaluations (IE)

This is the final part to becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor. This is a 2-day event that completes your Instructor Training. It is conducted by PADI Headquarters at various location around the world by a PADI Instructor Examiner. To find an IE nearest you and to see current fees (which are paid to PADI), contact PADI at 


  • Dec 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Jan 5th, 6th, 7th, 11th & OW session on Jan 12th.
  • Winter/Spring schedule coming up soon!

Please Contact Us to Schedule Course or get more info!