Open Water Scuba Instructor
Development Program

We have been offering Instructor Development Courses since 2001. Seeing how much fun the candidates have during their training and how successful they are working in the dive industry shows us that we are still on the right track.

In addition, Subway Watersports is a PADI 5-Star Resort and Instructor Development Center and Green Star Award winner. Not only are we proud of these titles, but they also show our dedication to following the highest quality standards set by PADI.

We absolutely love passing our passion onto future dive professionals. The Subway Watersports Pro Team will use all their extensive experience and knowledge to help you on your path to becoming a professional Scuba diving Instructor in an ideal location and perfect learning environment.

Our IDC gives you the confidence you need to teach in the classroom, confined water, and open water environments. Our training is so complete you will not need an internship to gain experience. Instead you will be ready to receive your first students and start earning a living in a career you love.

To further help prepare you, we conduct the following workshops:

  • Marketing
  • Continuing Education
  • Risk Management
  • Counseling
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • Ascents & Descent
  • CESA
  • Adventure Dives
  • Rescue Scenarios
  • eLearning
  • Tec Diving
  • Business of Diving

We look forward to seeing you in our Instructor Development Course and helping you in the next step of your professional diving career!

Our combined IDC and EFR Instructor program in Roatan normally runs for 13 days, which allows some flexibility in the scheduling to accommodate a “free day” midway through, so you can go diving on Roatan’s spectacular coral reef and further hone your skills. This way you are not just in the classroom.

Typically, we conduct the Emergency First Response Instructor Course first, followed by the Assistant Instructor, and then conclude with the Open Water Scuba Instructor components.

You are now able to complete some of your IDC Theory from home with PADI’s eLearning so that you can spend less time in the classroom and more time in the water. If you choose to do eLearning, you will be able to spend about four days during the IDC fun diving, or, ask us about the possibilities for a shorter IDC program.


Training Environment

Learn in a relaxed and conducive environment. All PADI materials and equipment needed are here ready for you.

Personalized Attention

Our Instructors will work with you down to the smallest details. We pride ourselves in our experienced and quality- oriented PADI Professionals and team.

Instructor Examination

Instructor Examinations (IE) are also conducted on the island for your comfort and convenience. Our team will be right there to support you during this important and final step of the training.

Also included in your program

Everything included in the prices above is as follows:

  • Internship-style learning at one of Roatan’s busiest dive centers!  As the only operation to run two shops in different locations (north and south), you are provided with invaluable and incomparable experience working with real students, divers and cruise ship guests of all experience levels.
  • Pick up & drop off from the Roatan airport or ferry port.
  • Accommodation in Subway’s intern house in the town of Brick Bay (more information below)
  • Transportation to and from both of our dive centers.
  • Unlimited diving during your courses.
  • Staff lunch at the resort
  • Equipment rental (BCD, regulator, wetsuit, mask, snorkel & fins)
  • Free trip to Pigeon Cay.
  • Lionfish hunting (requires a license and registered spear through the Roatan Marine Park at a cost of $50)
  • will be diving North and South side of the island, wreck dives, night dives, etc.

Whats after the program?

We understand that ‘Return on Investment’ is a new challenge for most of our candidates once the program is over. Therefore, at Subway we have teamed up with our “sister” dive operations to ensure that any position available gets filled by successful candidates of our programs.

It is important for our candidates to remember that your performance during the Internships and IDC Program is being followed closely by our team. There are several events hosted by our resorts throughout the year that may require the help from several PADI Professionals

After your Divemaster internship you will also receive all of the following post-internship benefits:

  • Free diving for life at Subway Watersports, Roatan, with the condition that you bring one paying guest with you outside of the hotel packages.(This only applies to DM and IDC intership graduates)
  • Possibility to stay on and work with us to gain even more experience in our dive center. 
  • Get the benefit of a 10% IDC course fee reduction if you join the Instructor Development Course after your Divemaster internship, and get the most sot after job within the dive industry – PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
  • We will offer help when you start looking for a job within the dive industry through our worldwide network.
  • Receive incentives when you become a group organizer or trip operator for your local dive shops.
  • Earn 10% immediate discount on gear purchases (PADI professionals).
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