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Professional instructor training lead by expirienced Course Director Joanna Kannenberg!

About Me

Joanna Kannenberg is an experienced Course Director with a long-standing career. She has been an instructor since 1997 and has been conducting instructor courses since 2000. Fluent in multiple languages, including Polish (native), English, German, and Russian, she communicates effectively both verbally and in writing. She has gathered her experience working in various countries and diverse diving environments, including Thailand, Gran Canaria, Majorca, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, and Egypt. Joanna has managed her own diving centers in Poland, Egypt, and Russia. Her global connections in the diving industry facilitate career advancement and employment opportunities in affiliated resorts worldwide. Additionally, Joanna holds a Ph.D. in psychology, focusing on the psychological factors of burnout among recreational diving instructors. Apart from diving and diver training, her diverse interests include travel, skiing, psychology, and crafting her own exquisite liqueurs.

Personal Approach

Years of experience in both recreational and technical diving, as well as training at basic levels, enable the delivery of practical experience-based courses.

PADI Standards

The largest and most recognized organization uniting diving instructors. PADI standards are a benchmark for quality and safety.

The procedures and training standards of PADI, developed over decades based on millions of completed courses, provide a guarantee of the highest quality and safety.

Training in accordance with PADI standards ensures quality and reliability!

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How it looks like

Course outline

To enroll in the instructor course, you need:

  1. A medical statement form, issued within the last 12 months.
  2. A logbook with a minimum of 100 dives.
  3. Certification at the following levels: Open Water Diver (OWD), Advanced Open Water Diver (AOWD), Rescue Diver + Emergency First Response (EFR), and Divemaster leadership or equivalent.
  4. Three passport-sized photos.
  5. If you intend to participate in the EANx specialization instructor training, you'll need a certification in EANx diving. Please provide both the original and a copy.
  1. PADI Divemaster or:

    • An instructor with a good reputation (with active status or eligible for membership renewal) from another recognized recreational diving training organization.*
    • A person with a leadership level certification, having a good reputation (with active status or eligible for membership renewal) from another recognized recreational diving training organization*, with 60 logged dives, documented experience in night, deep, and navigation diving.
  2. Must be at least 18 years old.

  3. A medical statement form, issued within the last 12 months, with no change in health status since that time.

  4. Must be a certified diver for at least six months.

  5. Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course (or equivalent training) within the last 24 months. Note: To receive the Open Water Scuba Instructor certificate, the candidate must also have an Emergency First Response Instructor certificate (or equivalent).

  6. If not a PADI Divemaster, you must pass the PADI Divemaster rescue skills assessment.

  7. Provide documentation of basic, advanced, rescue, and leadership level certifications from another organization than PADI, as per requirements.

Upon registration for the course and payment for materials, you will receive access to the PADI Instructor Online Course and plastic cue cards.

Throughout your learning process, the Course Director will monitor progress and answer your questions. It's essential to review theoretical knowledge and refresh practical skills from previous courses such as OWD, AOWD, RESCUE, and DIVEMASTER. These basics are necessary for further training. Make sure you are familiar with the latest versions of PADI materials, especially if you used earlier versions as a student.

Practice the skill demonstrations you learned during the Divemaster course.

Download the PADI app, where you'll find instructions for tying the required knots.

Equipment needed during training:

Equipment according to the requirements outlined in the Instructor Manual. Ensure your equipment is recreational and in good working condition! If you lack the required equipment, there's an option to rent it according to the diving center's price list.

Don't forget about:

  • Waterproof watch with a second hand
  • Compass
  • Two surface signaling devices – one audible (whistle, horn, etc.) and one visual (surface marker buoy, flare, signaling mirror, etc.)
  • CPR mask
  • Calculator
  • Laptop/tablet
  • Notebook + pen
  • Underwater slate
  • Tanks, weights, and tank filling are included in the course price.

Successful completion of the Open Water Scuba Instructor course enables the candidate to participate in the Instructor Examination (IE).

The training lasts approximately 11-13 days depending on the location.

The examination spans two days.

During the course, one day is dedicated to Instructor-level training in Emergency First Response (EFR), which is required to obtain the OWSI certificate.

Specialty instructor courses take place at the end of the training, just before the instructor examination.

All required training materials for this course, along with many additional resources, will be provided upon registration. Most of the materials are in the form of e-learning.

In addition to the materials provided for the OWSI course, you will also need textbooks and materials you received for previous courses such as OWD, AOWD, and Divemaster. If you completed these courses with a different organization, you will need to obtain those materials to use during the training. They will also be necessary for conducting training sessions after you receive your PADI Instructor status.

Below is a list of all the necessary training materials:

  • PADI Instructor Manual 
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Course Director Manual
  • IDC eLearning
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, Coral Reef Conservation and Project AWARE
  • Specialty Course Instructor Guides
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual or eLearning
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPml, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Manual or eLearning
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual or eLearning
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual or eLearning
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Skill Development Preparation slate
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online (eLearning)


  • All PADI diver videos
  • PADI Specialty Diver manuals or eLearning
  • Open Water Diver Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides
  • Rescue Diver Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide
  • Skill Evaluation Slate
  • PADI Pro log book
  • PADI ReActivate eLearning
  • PADI Freediver eLearning
  • PADI TecRec course materials

The total cost of the training, including the examination and issuance of the Instructor license, consists of several fees:

  1. Fee for the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course – payable directly to the diving center or Course Director. (Dependent on the chosen location, Check: GDYNIA/DAHAB)

  2. Cost of training materials (see below section).

  3. Fees and taxes: examination, certificate issuance, applications – payable directly to PADI. (See additional fees section) The examination fee is collected no later than two weeks before the examination.

  4. Costs associated with accommodation, meals, rental of missing equipment, and others. (More info in the description of the specific location GDYNIA/DAHAB)


Nett Price*

Assistant Instruktor Aplication

€ 101.00

IDC Application

€ 229.00

Staff Instruktor Aplication

€ 134.00

EFR Instruktor Aplication

€ 143.50

Specialty Instruktor (singel, CD trained)

€ 55.00

Specialty Instruktor (single), direct

€ 110.00

Master Scuba Diver Treiner Aplication

€ 101.00

Instruktor Examination (IE)

€ 785.00

Instruktor Examination (IE) Single module

€ 367.00

Tec Rec Instruktor

€ 55.00

Mermaid Instruktor

€ 55.00

*The net price should be increased by the VAT tax of the candidate's country of residence. In the case of an examination in Egypt, the VAT rate for the examination is 0%.

The instructor examination lasts for two days and consists of:

  1. A theoretical knowledge assessment (physics, physiology, equipment, environment, RDP) - 60 questions, 1.5 hours
  2. Examination on knowledge of PADI standards and procedures - 50 questions, 1.5 hours
  3. Presentation of a theoretical lecture on a randomly selected topic
  4. Assessment of teaching skills in pool waters and demonstration of skills
  5. Presentation of teaching in open water
  6. Presentation of rescue skills in open water


IE exams are standardized, and assessments are made using objective criteria controlled by PADI Regional Offices and PADI Examiners. Candidates who pass the IE exam will receive a PADI Instructor certification provided they have met all other requirements listed in the Candidate Statement of Understanding of IE procedures.

The exam is conducted by an independent PADI Examiner. In the case of a non-native examiner, the cost of translation of conversations/presentations and discussions is included in the training fee. Written exams are prepared in most languages. Candidates should indicate their preference for the language in advance.


In case a candidate fails any part of the exam, they have the option for a retake on that specific module in any other exam location. In such a situation, the fee is payable again only for that module.

Exam dates are available on the PADI.com website.

Instructor training is scheduled so that the exam takes place the day after the training is completed.

Poland - Gdynia

Gdynia Dive Dive Center

Gdynia Dive is the only 5-star PADI IDC Dive Center. Since 2015, we have been successfully training instructors.

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A diving school with years of experience in training recreational divers and instructors.

The diving center provides comprehensive service at the highest level. A shop, school, equipment rental, service, and training room make the logistics of training extremely convenient.


Additionally, Gdynia Dive allows its clients to use the training room, equipment, and necessary facilities and support for conducting their own training on attractive terms. It often also contracts training to instructors who have completed training at Gdynia Dive.


Visit the Diving Center's website for more details. www.gdyniadive.pl


Price (nett)

Training Materials

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) 

7500 zł

3000 zł

Emergency First Response Instructor (EFR Instructor) 

2500 zł

500 zł

Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)** 

3900 zł 


13.900 zł

3500 zł

Together is better– OWSI, EFRI, MSDT (5 spec.)

10.200 zł

3500 zł

IDC Staff Instructor

4700 zł

1900 zł

As a PADI Instructor, you'll be authorized to conduct and certify courses at all levels.

You can work at a selected dive center anywhere in the world or become an independent instructor, combining passion with work and satisfaction. We gladly collaborate with instructors trained by us, offering them opportunities to lead courses, conduct pool sessions, or recreational dives. Our diving center has infrastructure and equipment facilities that instructors can use during training.

After the course, we guarantee:

Comprehensive support for independent training (mentoring) Opportunities for collaboration and leading training at Gdynia Dive Discounts on PADI training materials Access to our infrastructure (training room, pool, transportation, equipment for students, etc.) Discounts on trips organized by Gdynia Dive Opportunities for student insurance

Opportunities for instructor internships

Egipt - Dahab

Planet Divers Dive Center

Planet Divers Dahab has been in existence for over 25 years and is one of the largest diving centers in Sinai. We have been conducting instructor courses since 2010.

The upcoming courses

5.09.2024, 21.11.2024

Resort Planet Divers Dahab is an international diving base, but it has been particularly favored by Poles.

The base is located practically right by the sea, which significantly facilitates and improves the comfort of training.

On-site, you will find equipment rental and a professional gas blending station. The strong support of the local community and instructors working at the base create a wonderful atmosphere.

Dahab is a place full of magic: once you discover it, you always want to go back there.

The atmosphere of Dahab is incredibly friendly and warm. Everyone gets along here - locals, as well as visitors from different parts of the world, tourists. You can dive in the sea, spend whole days in restaurants.

The colorful underwater world here is unique and fascinating, but it's also amazing what you can discover above water. You can participate in a dinner with Bedouins in the desert, try kitesurfing in the lagoon, or go for a horse ride along the stunning coastline.


Price € (nett)

Training Materials

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) 

€ 1400

€ 700

Emergency First Response Instructor (EFR Instructor)

€ 380

€ 150

Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)** 

€ 600



€ 2380

€ 850

Together better – OWSI, EFRI, MSDT (5 spec.)

€ 1900

€ 850

IDC Staff Instructor

€ 1250

€ 400

Tec Deep Instructor

€ 1800

€ 480

Tec Trimix Instructor

€ 1400

€ 450

Sidemount Instructor

€ 400


Tec Gas Blender Instructor

€ 400


Mermaid Instructor

€ 950

€ 180

Upon successful completion of the exams and obtaining teaching status, I offer:

Comprehensive support for independent training (mentoring) Assistance in finding employment at diving resorts in various countries Opportunity for further training or internships in subsequent instructor courses.

Ask about special offer for accommodation in Planet Oasis Hotel.

Hotel is apart of Planet Divers Resort. Breakfast is included. 


Additional meals and other accommodation costs, transfers, flights, etc., are to be arranged separately.


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Upcoming courses

Check the upcoming course dates depending on your location. Select the date you are interested in and contact us to sign up for the course!


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The upcoming courses

5.09.2024, 21.11.2024

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