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PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) redefines the standard for instructor training. Coupled with PADI’s state-of-the-art educational materials, the PADI IDC allows you to learn quickly and effectively. It is the most comprehensive program in the industry.

The objective of the IDC is to prepare you for the PADI IE (Instructor Examination) and to prepare candidates for “Real World” teaching after the successful conclusion of the IDC/IE process.

During the course we will provide a varied curriculum of presentations, confined and open water workshops, discussions and candidate teaching presentations. We now run the IDC in a variety of formats to suit candidates differing lifestyles and preferences. These include both full time and part time programs with both local and warm water open water work.

What do I need to start?

PADI Divemaster certification
(or qualifying certification from another organisation)

Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion within the last 24 months   

60 logged dives with documented experience in night, deep and navigation diving

Certified Diver for at least 6 months

Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a Doctor within the past 12 months

Minimum Age: 18 yrs

Instructor Examination

Earning a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification requires successfull completion of a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner.

IE Prerequisites:
  • 100 logged dives
  • Successfully complete the Instructor Development Course or the Open Water Scuba Instructor Program within the past 12 months.
Exit Requirement:
  • Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organisation

What can you Teach?

Teaching Status Open Water Scuba Instructors are authorised to teach the following PADI courses:
  • PADI Scuba Diver/Open Water Diver
  • Adventures in Diving Program (Adventure/Advanced O/W)
  • Rescue Diver
  • Divemaster
  • Skin Diver and Discover Snorkelling
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker
  • Reactivate and Discover Local Diving
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Project AWARE Specialty
  • AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation


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