The core of the Diving Instructor course! The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the process of preparing instructor trainees to serve as PADI assistant instructors and open water scuba instructors. Instructor candidates will develop instructor-level dive theory knowledge, role modeling skills, rescue skills, and leadership skills by learning how to teach students in confined waters, classrooms, and open waters. Also during the IDC, candidates will have a complete understanding of PADI’s educational goals and philosophy. As a professional dive instructor, you will be able to upgrade your diver training skills.


To become an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must pass the PADI Instructor Exam (IE) and the PADI Instructor exam is conducted fairly by a specially trained PADI Supervisor with a worldwide standardized PADI exam Assessment System. During the instructor test which lasts 2days, we evaluate the instructor candidate’s diving theory, the understanding of the PADI system, the PADI course education ability, the attitude and professionalism as a lecturer.


1. Who is it for?

This course is for those who want to become a PADI Open Water Scuba instructor, those who want to work two jobs, individuals who lead diving trips overseas regularly, and those who want to live and work overseas.

  • Applicable age: 18 years and older
  • PADI Divemaster (or qualified equivalent for other training institutions)
  • Qualified EFR Instructor
  • At least 60 recorded dive logs, including night, dip and underwater navigation dives
  • You must have been a diver for at least six months.
  • You must have received EFR Primary Care (CPR) and Secondary Care (First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months. ≫ Download Medical Statement


2. How long is the total duration of this course?

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course takes at least 9 days. (At least 7 days for crossover course for instructors from other groups). So, it usually takes two weeks from the instructor development course to the instructor exam.

※ Important: You should have at least eighteen hours of rest time after this diving course before traveling by airplane. Therefore, be sure to schedule one more day before flying after your dive.


3. What will you learn?

1) Course Orientation: Documentation and Guiding Course Schedule
2) Knowledge development: PADI Course Director-led classroom instruction, PADI system/standards and procedure exam, 5 theories (Physics / Physiology / RDP / Skills and Environment / Equipment) exams

Online section

• Business of Diving
• Learning, Instruction and the PADI Systems
• General Standards and Procedures
• Marketing Diving
• Start Diving
• Risk Management
• Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Course
• Keep Diving
• How to Teach the RDP (Optional)


Curriculum section

• General Standards and Procedures
• Teaching Confined Water
• Developing Knowledge Development Presentation
• Conducting Open Water Dives
• Open Water Diver Course
• Advanced Open Water Diver Course
• Rescue Diver Course
• Divemaster Course
• Risk management

3) Skill Demonstration Workshop (800m/y Snorkel swimming)
4) To evaluate knowledge development teaching presentation
5) To evaluate confined water teaching presentation
6) To evaluate open water teaching presentation (and Rescue Assessment)
7) Workshop by course

● Discover Diving Workshop
● Adventure Dive Workshop
● Rescue Exercise Workshop
● 4E Counseling Workshop (1), (2)

4. Required Documents

1) 2 ID Photos (3*4)
2) Open Water / Advanced Open Water / Rescue / EFR / Divemaster C-Card (Original and Copy)
3) IDC Application Fee: AUD $257, A credit card that is available overseas (such as VISA or MASTERCARD)
3) Instructor Exam Fee: AUD $890, A credit card that is available overseas (such as VISA or MASTERCARD)


5. How does the course work?

1) This program is led by a PADI Course Director.
2) Once you have completed this course, you will be able to take the PADI Instructor Exam. Once you have passed the instructor exam, you will then become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. After two weeks of passing the exam, you will receive an e-mail of your teaching status, and from then on you will be able to begin your PADI course as a PADI instructor. Your Instructor certification will be mailed to your residence within one or two months.


6. What is the schedule?

The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course is held every two months, six times a year, and the training schedule for 2017 is as follows. If you do not meet the schedule below, you can schedule a personal training session after consultation.

※ Important: Schedules are subject to change due to sudden weather changes.



7. Course Price

60,000 pesos (IDC Crew Pack is not included)

  • Includes: Education fee, Equipment rental fee, IDC T-shirt
  • Does not include: IDC application fee of AUD $257, Instructor Exam fee is AUD $890. (Australian Dollar only, Credit Card only)
  • Does not include: Basic IDC Pak with Guide to Teaching Manual AUD $774.20 (IDC Pak with Guide to Teaching Manual (60134) – Includes: CW & OW Instructor Cue Cards (revised), Advanced Open Water Diver Instructor Cue Cards, RD Instructor Cue Cards, DM Instructor Cue Cards, OW & CW Lesson Planning Slates, OW Prescriptive Lesson Guides CD-ROM (E,S), RD Exam, Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Outlines, PADI`s Guide to Teaching Manual with hologram (revised), Diving Knowledge Workbook, Positive Approach Selling DVD, Specialty Course Instructor Manual (Digital, multilingual version, E, F, S), OW Quizzes and Exams (revised), DM exams, PADI Dive Planning & Skill Practice Slate (new), Brochures and other course documentation, Backpack.)


8. How to make a reservation?

1) Online Reservation: You may make a reservation through the Booking/Inquiry board on the homepage.
2) Reservations in Boracay: You may book reservations by visiting the Sea World location one day in advance. If you book locally, you will be required to pay a deposit of 10,000 pesos per person. Making a reservation on the same day may be difficult, so please reserve in advance.



9. What’s the next step?