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PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course

PADI IDC Staff instructors are qualified to assist PADI Course Directors in conducting PADI Instructor Development Courses and other Instructor-level continuing education courses. As a IDC Staff Instructor, you can also conduct Assistant Instructor courses.



What you learn

After a preassessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll


  • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum

  • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course

  • The psychology of evaluation and counseling

  • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations




In order to enroll in the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, you must be a


  • teaching status PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.



What you do

PADI Divemaster course consists of classroom presentations and  evaluation training. You'll


  • pass the Dive Theory Exam

  • pass the PADI Standards Exam

  • perform all dive skills in Skills Evaluation up to professional standards - higher than those required for the IDC

  • present one Knowledge Development teaching presentation

  • present one Confined Water teaching presentation

  • attend four IDC Staff Instructor course knowledge development sessions

  • meet the evaluation scoring parameters using the PADI evaluation against pre-determined scores


You'll also either


  • audit a complete IDC program, or

  • present all PADI Assistant Instructor course components




PADI Course Instructor Manual, Confined Water Presentation evaluation slate, Open Water Presentation Evaluation slate, Knowledge Development Presentation evaluation form, all materials required of the IDC instructor candidates.



How long does it take?

Our IDCs typically span over a period of 4-6 weeks with sessions running weekday evenings and weekends, so if you are auditing an IDC, you'll follow the IDC schedule. You need to attend all IDC components.


The other option - presenting all AI course components - can be done without an IDC and in a much shorter period of time.



How much does it cost?

The cost varies depending on which option you've chosen. Please contact us for details.


You will need to purchase the course materials. You are likely to already have some of the required materials. You can purchase the materials directly from PADI or through us. We may be able to offer special rates to IDC Staff Instructor candidates.

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