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The PADI Instructor Development Course

The PADI Instructor Development Course is your way to join a very special and privileged group of people. Those who teach others how to dive!  Being a PADI Instructor can take you around the world. It can be an entire new career. Or you can teach others in your spare time and at weekends.  Whatever you want to do, this is the starting point!


Whats Involved

Our Full time IDC is held over 8 days and includes EFR Instructor and 10 Instructor Specialities. 

The whole package if paid for course by course the price would be £1550 but book as a single 8 day package and we will reduce the price to £1195

You can of course book each element separately, and if you’d like to do that get in touch with us through the contact form.  If you just want the IDC it will be £850.  Specialties can be done 1 at a time (£120 per Spec) or as a 10 course package (£500).  EFR Instructor is a requirement for becoming an Open Water Instructor. As a stand alone course is £250.

However if you are unable to take the time away from other commitments in one go, give us a shout to see about doing a custom schedule made just for you.


Who teaches the course

Our PADI IDC is taught by our in house Course Director, Ian Craddock.

Ian is a fairly new CD but as a result has all the latest and cutting edge techniques and info at his fingertips, also having been a diver for more than 20 years he has a lot of knowledge to draw from.

Our IDC will give you the ALL the tools you need to pass the IE and be a truly great instructor.

We also offer pre-IDC courses either onsite or distance learning to help you prepare for the IDC. Get in touch with us for more information about these.


What You Learn

During the 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


What You Can Teach

After completing the IDC you will be elegable to go to a Instructor Examination, which once passing you become an Open Water Scuba Instructor, this means you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Project AWARE Dive Against Debris  or Enriched Air Diver.


The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the basic scuba gear as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.

The Learning Materials You Need

The PADI Instructor Development Course crew pack includes all the materials needed to prepare for the Instructor Development Course.

This is not included in the price the IDC, however these can be supplied by us at a reduced rate if you are doing the IDC with us.

The 23-item pack includes:

  • Instructor cue cards for PADI’s core courses (Open Water and Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster)
  • Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook and related reference materials,
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Project AWARE
  • PADI Instructor Manual



To qualify for joining an Instructor Development Course, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months (Contact Us for qualifying credentials.)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor, this can be done during the IDC 
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

Your Next Adventure:

You’ll want to continue your professional training by completing courses that allow you to teach beyond the core courses. For example, Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, Emergency First Response Instructor, and specialty instructor courses complement your Open Water Scuba Instructor rating and add to your professional portfolio.

For more information about this or other PADI courses have a chat with one of the POOLE DIVING Team members.

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