PADI Courses and Internships
PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Center we offer
a full range of PADI professional courses including Divemaster,
Assistant Instructor, and the Instructor Development
Course (or just the Open Water Scuba Instructor course if
you're already an AI or crossing over from another
The following paragraphs explain
the various course and internship options, and of course
you're welcome to contact us if you have any questions.
Internships are unpaid, and you're expected to cover
your own living expenses. In exchange for helping us out
by supporting daily dive center activities, you can
complete missing dives needed for your certification,
and get valuable hands-on experience as Divemasters,
Assistant Instructors or Instructors, at no extra cost
beyond our regular course prices.
Equipment: We do not charge for equipment
rental while you're enrolled in a professional course or
Lodging: We do not provide accommodations, but we are
usually successful in helping Divemaster and Instructor
Interns find suitable private lodgings
for less than NIS 2,000 per
Dates for Divemaster and
Assistant Instructor courses are completely flexible. In
contrast, OWSI or IDC
courses only take place in the two weeks before
scheduled Instructor Examinations (IE).
2017 IE dates in
March 22/23, June
19/20, September 18/19, and December 6/7.
Divemaster and AI Courses are taught and supervised by PADI Master Shulamit Koretz. OWSI Courses
and IDC's are taught and supervised by Oren Nesher, PADI Course Director.
As a PADI Divemaster, you'll
be qualified to assist PADI Instructors with students, lead certified divers on guided dive tours, teach and certify PADI Skin Divers, teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs, and conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers all over the world.
[Note: Israeli dive regulations do not allow
divemasters to conduct mandatory refresher dives or
The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities.
Additional information on course
content and prerequisites can be found on the Divemaster Course Page on the PADI
You can complete a Divemaster course in 8-10 days, or you can
stay for a Divemaster Internship,
ideally for at least a month. During the internship, formal course content is interspersed with daily dive
center activities (6 days per week) ranging from
assisting in courses, programs and guided
dives to experiencing how to plan, execute and lead
group dives safely. Divemasters who have finished an
internship with Shulamit leave with experience and
confidence that carry over to the next
step, whether it be working somewhere in the world as a
Divemaster, or advancing to the next step of an
Assistant Instructor Course or Instructor Development
Costs: The Divemaster Course costs NIS
3,000, regardless of whether you come for just the
course or for a full internship. In addition, the PADI
course materials cost NIS 850, and you'll pay the
application fee including first-year membership of about
100 euros (subject to change) directly to PADI when it's
time to be certified. The PADI course materials are
available in English and many other languages, but
not in Hebrew. Please let us know what language you
prefer a few weeks in advance. Classroom instruction is
possible in English, German, French or Hebrew.
Dives: If you arrive without the 40 logged dives
necessary for enrollment in the Divemaster course, you
can complete the missing dives with us at a 50% discount
on our guided diving rates. Once you've qualified for
the Divemaster course with 40 dives, Divemaster Interns
who don't have the 60
dives necessary for completing their certification as a
Divemaster can complete those dives for free as
part of their internship. While not a PADI requirement,
we do request that our Divemaster (or higher) candidates be
Nitrox-certified or take a Nitrox course with us.
The PADI Assistant Instructor
Course can be taken as a standalone course, or it is
often combined with the Open Water Scuba Instructor
(OWSI) Course in a full Instructor Development Course (IDC)
leading to a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).
You can complete an AI course in 5-6 days, or you can
combine the course either with a Divemaster Internship
or an Instructor Internship (see below).
standalone Assistant Instructor Course costs NIS 3,000.
There are no required course materials, but if you'll be
continuing on to the OWSI, you can already purchase the
IDC Candidate Crewpak for NIS 2,500. You'll pay the application fee including
first-year membership directly to PADI. For our Divemaster candidates
who continue on to the Assistant Instructor Course (with
or without internship) within 3 months, the combined
cost is only NIS 5,000 for the two courses (instead of
+ Instructor Internship
Divemasters who don't have
the 100 dives necessary for becoming an instructor, as
well as those who would like more practical Divemaster
experience before preparing for the IE and becoming PADI
Instructors, can enroll in an Instructor Internship. In
this case an Instructor Candidate will begin the
Assistant Instructor Course right away, and stay on
as an Instructor Intern in the weeks leading up to the
OWSI portion of the IDC. Instructor Interns who don't have 100 dives
will complete the missing dives while participating in
and supporting daily dive center activities (6 days per
week) during their Internship, at no extra cost.
If you've gotten this far then
you probably know all about it, but in any case information on course content and
prerequisites can be found on the
Instructor Development Course page on the PADI
A full IDC including the required
EFR Instructor Course takes at least 10 days. The OWSI (plus EFR Instructor
Course) will take 5-6 days.
Costs: A full
IDC (AI+OWSI) costs NIS 5,750, which also includes the
required EFR Instructor Course. In addition, the course
materials (Instructor Candidate Crewpak and EFR
Instructor kit) cost NIS 2,500, and you'll pay the
Instructor Examination fee of GBP 555 and the EFR
Instructor certification fee of GBP 72(both subject to
change) directly to PADI.
The OWSI course costs NIS
3,750 (including EFR Instructor), and all of the other additional costs associated
with the full IDC and IE apply, although of course you
don't have to purchase the Instructor Candidate Crewpak
again if you purchased it for your AI Course.
If you're already an AI or an instructor doing a
crossover from another organization, and you enroll in
an OWSI course, you can attend the
AI Course sessions of the IDC at no charge, assuming
that a full IDC (and not just an OWSI) is taking place.
It will be good practice for the IE.
If you're planning on working as a dive professional in
Israel (AI or Instructor), you need to obtain an
Instructor Permit (ishur hadracha) from the
Israeli Diving Authority. If that's your plan, you're
welcome to stay on with us at no charge immediately after the AI
Course or IE as an unpaid intern (stazh) and
obtain your permit. Contact us for details.