The IDC is your gateway to life as a Professional Diving Educator through the worlds most widely recognised Scuba Diving teaching qualification.

There are two components; the Assistant Instructor course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor programme. These may be completed separately or combined in a full Instructor Development Course programme.

Successful completion of the IDC curriculum qualifies Instructor Candidates to attend the PADI Instructor Examination [I.E.] which is conducted independently by PADI HQ staff.

Our Course Directors and Master Instructor IDC Staff put effort into making all IDC sessions fun and enjoyable, relieving stress and helping you meet the challenge of studying whilst having a few laughs along the way!

Success on the IE isn’t the primary focus – it is just a stepping stone on the route to life as a PADI Pro.

Our aim is to make YOU an excellent instructor – not just to scrape through the exams to get another badge!

We put several extra curricular sessions into our IDC programs and build in extensive opportunity for practise to make sure that when you reach the independently conducted Instructor Exams you’ll feel that I.E. stands for “It’s Easy !“

IDC Preparation

You’ve made a major lifestyle decision to become a PADI Instructor – so you need to get ready in advance to ensure that the training is stress free and fun….

There are two areas of pre requisite study that ensure your success on the IDC:


1. IDC Knowledge Development

Primarily using the IDC Candidate Workbook & the PADI Instructor Manual, you need to complete 16 Knowledge review prior to attending the A.I. course or full I.D.C. this gives you an understanding of the PADI system and prepares you for active participation in the Instructor Development program. You will need to refer to sections in PADI student manuals for Open Water / Adventures in Diving / Rescue Diver / Divemaster, as well as articles in the “Best of the UnderSea Journal”, “Law and the Diving Professional” and “The Business of Diving”.


2. Dive Theory Revision

You need to come to the IDC having reviewed the key areas of Dive Theory Knowledge covered on the PADI Divemaster course. This is best achieved using the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and Diving Knowledge Workbook to review the five key topics :

  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Equipment
  • Skills & Environment
  • Decompression Theory & RDP

As part of an IDC you have to pass exams in these subjects to successfully complete your training prior to attending a PADI Instructor Examination.

Our IDC Staff will be available throughout the programme to provide assistance and corrective coaching in these areas at no extra cost – but you must come prepared !

If you feel you would benefit from additional theory workshops or presentations on the DM topics – this can be arranged to suit your schedule.

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