The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) — is the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course followed by the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

The challenging part of the IDC-course is your personal commitment to the training.

The IDC-course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.

During the IDC-course you’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least.

Two confined water teaching presentations.

Two knowledge development presentations.

One open water teaching presentations integrating two skills.

Performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.

Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 meters’/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the IDC-course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part. You will also attend and participate in the 14 curriculum presentations.

After this, you will spend a few days completing specialty instructor courses to ensure you are MSDT ready when you have enough certifications

After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from PADI Discover Scuba Diving up to PADI Divemaster.

You will also gain 5 Specialty Instructor ratings in areas of interest (certification fees excluded).  If you wish to return to us when we are completing another Specialty program you can do more FREE for life!!!

This means you hit the ground running, and when you have enough certifications, you can instantly apply for MSDT rating, meaning you can teach your chosen specialty courses as well.

  • Be at least 18 years old. 
  • Be PADI DiveMaster or equivalent certification from other diving agency.
  • Valid Emergency First Response Instructor within past 24 months or EFRI – Emergency First Response Instructor certified
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams (IE).
  • Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
  • Medically fit to dive, for safety, all participants must complete a brief medical prior to commencing the dive. If none of the listed conditions apply, you sign the form and you’re ready to start. If any of them apply to you, as a safety precaution, a physician must assess the condition as it relates to diving and sign a medical form that confirms that you’re fit to dive, dated within the last 12 month. Click here to view the form.

IDC is combination of:

Confined Water training:

You will perform all 24 dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, scoring a minimum of 82 total points, with no individual score below 3. Participate in “Teaching in confined water” workshop. Present confined water teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on at least one.

Open Water training:

Participate in “Conducting skills in open water” workshop. Present open water teaching presentation, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on each skill.

Classroom and Workshops:

Presenting knowledge development prescriptive teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.5 on at least one
Participate in Adventures in diving workshop
Participate in Rescue Diver skills workshop
Participate in 4 ‘Es’ sales / promotion workshops
Score 75 percent on all sections of the Dive Theory Exam and PADI Standards
Attend a “how to use your PADI Instructor Manual” workshop

Additionally, you will attend and participate in many classroom curriculum and online presentations all while being assessed for positive attitude and professionalism.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) concludes with a two day Instructor Exam (IE). A representative from PADI will evaluate the skills and knowledge you gained from the PADI IDC.

After you complete your IDC Course with PDC Course Director, you will be due to IE – Instructor Exam conducted by PADI examiners.


All you have to do is show what you learned in the IDC. Just one more time, you have to do what you did time and time again during the IDC.

The Instructor Exam is split into 4 segments and is conducted over 2 days.

1.  Written Exams

a. Dive Theory – 12 multiple choice questions on each of the following subjects, dive physics, physiology of diving, equipment, skills and the environment and recreational dive planner.

 b. General Standards – 50 multiple choice questions about PADI standards and their application. This is an OPEN BOOK exam using the Instructor Manual and PADI’s Guide to Teaching.

2. Confined Water Presentation

You will be assigned one skill to teach in confined water. The other instructor candidates will play the role of students. They will be asked to make some deliberate mistakes assigned by the examiner for you to identify and correct. If you make a big mistake yourself you will be given another skill and a second chance! You will also be assigned 5 skills from the Divemaster skill circuit to demonstrate as if to students.

3. Open Water Presentation

You will be assigned two skills to teach in open water. The other instructor candidates will play the role of students. They will be asked to make some deliberate mistakes assigned by the examiner for you to identify and correct. Your score from both skills is then averaged to give you a final score. No second chances! You will also be asked to demonstrate Rescue Exercise 7 in the surface.

4. Classroom presentation

You will be assigned one question from a PADI knowledge review. Your job is to explain the answer to this question assuming your students have been having difficulties with it.  The presentation should be between 5-8 minutes long.

Our IDC Course and Instructor Exam 2017

Standard course QAR 6,500



Air cylinders during the course

Covered by our professional diving insurance.

Soft drinks during the practical dives.

IDC co-branded T-shirt.

Underwater photography during the course.



IDC Crewpak.

PADI’s application fee.

PADI’s Instructor Exam fee.

Diving equipment (BCD, regulator set, weights and weight belt)

Basic gear (wetsuit, mask, snorkel, fins and boots)

Other Diving essential equipment (Compass, dive computer, dive knife, SMB, slate, torch)

Transportation To and from the dive site.