Instructor Development Course

Instructor Development Course
From AUD $1,995.00
  • Duration: 10 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
  • Product code: IDC

All INCLUSIVE - NO HIDDEN FEES ( Excluding PADI Professional Fees.)


If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an
extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving
allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while
doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water
Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most
sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve
completed the program that sets the standard for training dive
professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard
work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share
incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives
for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who
teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education
programs? Then Go PRO with an Instructor Development Course.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the
Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor
(OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go
on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to
earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI
Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress,
attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI
Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver
training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI
program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path
to become a PADI Instructor.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may
enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.


Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC
teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to
organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and
control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker
and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for
student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

Getting Started

Register for IDC Online
– PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own
pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development
sections. Pre-study online saves classroom time, which allows more time
for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online,
if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since
you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive
physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the
Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory
Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during
your IDC.

Visit us at our 5 Star PADI IDC Center to ask about an IDC.

PADI Professional Fees:

  • Instructor Examination - AU$975
  • IDC Application Fee - AU$308
  • EFR Instructor Application - AU$212.30
  • Specialty Instructor applications (per specialty) - AU$122.10

These are payable directly to PADI at the time of your Instructor examination and are subject to change. They are correct as at 1 January 2020.