Frequently Asked Questions…

Q – How do I get started?
A – Regardless if you’re taking the PADI Divemaster (DM) Course or the Instructor Development Course (IDC), we’ll need a minimum deposit to order your course materials…it’s that easy. One of our Course Directors will work with you to schedule your training in the next available class, or whenever you can start. We offer DM and IDC courses almost every month.

Q – What if I don’t have all the prerequisites completed to sign up for DM or the IDC, like 100 dives?
A – Not to worry, we will review your current certification level and experience and design a custom dive plan to help you complete the prerequisite training required for your course. Although this training is not part of your Dive Oahu GoPro training, we will competitively price your custom training if you pay for the professional training in full.

Q – What if I have some non-PADI certifications?
A – That is not a problem. You simply need to provide a photocopy of the front and back of the original certification card from the certifying agency.

Q – What should I expect from day one?
A – There will be a Course Orientation covering your schedule and training. You will be given your first Dive Theory exam comprised of 5 sections: General Skills and Environment, Physics, Physiology, Equipment, and Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). You will take the exam over a few days, and we’ll use it to gauge where we will help you focus your studies.

Q – I’m pretty rusty on dive theory. Do you teach dive theory as part of the training?
A – YES! We will cover the required dive theory for the DM Course during the training. We encourage you to sign up for Dive Theory Online through PADI, but it is not required. For IDC Candidates, you will take Dive Theory Online training as part of your IDC training. Although dive theory is not taught by every dive center, it is a critical part of the PADI Instructor Exam (IE), and Dive Oahu is committed to your success. We teach and develop your dive theory knowledge until you demonstrate mastery at the instructor level.

Q – What should I bring to class?
A – Bring all your course materials, an electronic Recreational Dive Planner Multilevel planner (eRDPml) available at the dive center for purchase, and a light snack and beverage as the session will last a few hours. Also, if you have any non-PADI certification cards, we need a front and back copy of each card.

Q – Should I bring my own gear?
A – Yes! We highly encourage all PADI Professionals to own a complete personal set of dive equipment. If you don’t own your own gear, we’ll work with you to put together what you’re missing from our complete stock of high end dive equipment. For our IDC Candidates, we will ask that you go to the PADI Instructor Exam with the gear that you have been using throughout the IDC. This ensures you’ve developed your dive skills in the gear you’ll wear at the PADI IE.

Q – What is your pass rate for the PADI IE?
A – With hard work during the IDC, you will be prepared and confident to take the IE with a high probability of success. We are so confident in your success that in the unlikely chance you do not pass the IE, you can train with us at the next IDC for free! We invest our time in you to make sure you’re prepared and confident before recommending you attend the IE.

Q – I see you offer a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Course as a package in conjunction with the IDC. Why should I sign up for the MSDT Course?
A – To be competitive with your peers in the industry, you’ll need to enroll in PADI Professional Continuing Education Programs throughout your career. We offer the first rating above Open Water Scuba Instructor, MSDT, at a competitive price to get you the jump on the competition. Plus, teaching specialties is really fun, and Dive Oahu has an active Continuing Education Program giving you plenty of opportunity to put these ratings to work!