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PADI Instructor Course

Book Now!PADI Instructor Course [IDC - Instructor Development Course] - Age 18+, 14-16 days
Includes OWSI + EFR Instructor + Enriched Air (NITROX) Instructor
Course - 38,700 THB, Materials: 16,800 THB, IDC + IE Fee: 898 AUD, EFRI: 120 AUD, Speciality instructor: 69 AUD
Get scuba diving certified as a PADI OWSI or MSDT Instructor with Scubafish Dive Centre Ko Lanta Thailand.

Prepare for an exciting new career with the PADI Instructor Course.
Learn to teach scuba diving in Ko Lanta, Thailand. Have fun, earn money
and dive some of the best dive sites in the world.

PADI Instructor DevelopmentAre you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

  • Be part of the magic and adventure of scuba diving
  • Start today to become part of the way the world learns to dive
  • Become a PADI Instructor

PADI Instructor Course StudentsThe main objective of the IDC is prepare you for teaching in the real world – not just to pass the IE!

The IDC shows you how to become a good instructor & how to use all the available PADI educational materials to efficiently and effectively teach your students in the future.

During the IDC, you’ll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers.

PADI Discover Scuba Diving Student DiverPADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a broad range of PADI programs from the PADI Discover Scuba Diving Course to the PADI Divemaster Course. You’ll practice teaching on your fellow IDC candidates and our staff, allowing you to see how others teach, what works for them, and tips that will make you a better instructor when you finish the course.

When you teach you want to have fun, and your students do as well – thats why we provide a relaxed and professional atmosphere to learn in. PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about.

Live the Dream, Go Pro! Become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor


The PADI Instructor Course consists of four parts:

  • IDC Preperation – 3 days
  • Assistant Instructor (AI) course – 4 days
  • Open Water Scuba Inst. (OWSI) program – 6 days
  • Instructor Exam (IE) – 2.5 days
  • Together, the AI course and OWSI program make up the IDC.

    IDC Preperation – 3 days

    To help you prepare for the IDC, we have added 3 preparation days, free of charge. These are designed to improve your performance in the IDC & IE, and allow us to see which areas of preparation you need to work on the most.

    The 3 preparation days are used to:

  • check your required administration (please bring all diving & EFR certifications, a current medical, credit card and logbook)
  • check and refine your diving skills (demonstration quality required in your IE)
  • improve your rescue assessment (demonstration quality required in your IE)
  • practice your swimming and in-water skills
  • assess your theoretical knowledge and identify areas that need improving
  • sit practice exams from previous IE’s
  • work on your presentation skills – giving you a real advantage in the IE
  • work on your CPR and First Aid skills
  • If you are able to prepare in 2 days, then you can take the optional Equipment Specialist Course. This course is available at a small surcharge.

    Rescue Diver Student on Dive BoatBefore you start the Instructor Development Course, Assistant Instructor Course or OWSI program, you must complete all 16 IDC Knowledge Reviews from the IDC Candidate Workbook. Our staff instructors will guide you through your reading assignments and help you understand PADI standards, educational philosophy, training suggestions and other background information.

    You’ll also complete practice PADI Divemaster exams including Physics, Physiology, Skills & Environment, Equipment and RDP. Dive Theory is the most common improvement area for IDC candidates. You’ll receive feedback on any missed question you may have.

    Assistant Instructor (AI) Course – 4 days

    The first part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the PADI The Assistant Instructor (AI) course provides additional experience as a PADI Professional and teaches you the PADI System of Diver Education.

    What’s involved?:

  • Self-study – Knowledge reviews, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water – Skills review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open Water – Workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
  • PADI Assistant Instructors can:

  • Teach knowledge development (classroom) presentations (under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor)
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills (under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor)
  • Teach the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
  • Teach the Project AWARE Coral Conservation Specialty course
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving courses
  • Teach the EFR Course after successfully completing the Emergency First Response Instructor Course
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program – 6 days

    PADI Divemaster BreifingThe Open Water Scuba Instructor program portion of the PADI IDC further hones your leadership and teaching skills to prepare you for life as a PADI Instructor. The IDC course provides a professional learning experience in which you’ll learn how to teach diving using the PADI System of Diver Education. You’ll learn how to teach in the classroom, pool and open water environments, using PADI’s teaching and support materials.

    What’s involved?

  • Self-study – Knowledge reviews, quizzes, lectures, presentations
  • Confined Water – Skills review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open Water – Workshops, rescue assessment and presentations
  • Once you complete the IDC, you’ll be ready to attend the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). This is the final step toward your Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.

    Instructor Exam (IE) – 2.5 days

    PADI Instructor Course StudentsUpon successful completion of your IDC, you are ready to progress to the IE. The PADI Instructor Examination Fee is 485 USD. This amount is not included in our price and has to be paid seperately to PADI by credit card (no cash payments possible).

    The Instructor Examination (IE) is where you get to demonstrate what you’ve learned during the IDC. An independent PADI Instructor Examiner objectively assesses your knowledge and skills, testing everything from dive theory to PADI training standards. Good preparation and a relaxed and clear head will help you prove to the examiner that you are ready to be an Instructor. This is what we will help you with in the prep and the IDC.

    PADI is the only certification organization that requires an objective, independent examination to qualify as a professional instructor. This balanced and consistent evaluation process is one of the hallmarks that makes PADI professionals the most demanded and respected instructors in the dive industry.

    What’s involved?

  • Dive theory and standards and procedures exams
  • Waterskills and diver rescue assessment
  • Teaching pesentations in classroom, confined and open water
  • Pass Guarantee

    We are so confident that we will prepare you with more than it takes to pass the IE, that we provide a succesful IDC to IE pass guarantee! This means that if you successfully pass our IDC but are unsuccessful at your first IE, we will pay for your second IE. We will go over any areas you need extra help with to ensure a successful second attempt (there’s a minimum 5 day wait between IE’s).

    What equipment do I need for the PADI Instructor Course?

    PADI Required Equipment for Scuba Diving

  • Mask
  • Snorkel
  • Fins
  • BCD
  • Regulator
  • Alternate Air Source
  • Submersible Pressure Gauge
  • Dive Computer or Timing Device
  • Appropriate exposure protection
  • Compass
  • Knife
  • Emergency Signaling Device (Whistle)
  • UW Signaling Device (Tank Banger)
  • SMB – Safety Balloon
  • Pocket Mask
  • Slates
  • eRDP & RDP Table Version
  • Tanks and weights will be provided for training.

    Please bring sufficient clothing and personal effects to be able to maintain a professional appearance for the duration of all courses.

    Who can apply for the PADI Instructor Course?

    The first step to becoming a PADI professional is to complete the PADI Divemaster Course. Once you’ve become a Divemaster and have the prerequisite number of dives, you may apply for the PADI Instructor Course.

    To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Instructor, you must:

  • Already hold a PADI Divemaster certification (or equivalent)
  • Be 18+ years of age
  • Have held a dive certification for at least six months
  • Have 100 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
  • Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months
  • Medical clearance signed by a physician
  • Want a fun and exciting career!
  • How much does the PADI Instructor Course cost?

    The basic IDC package costs:
    Course: – 38,700 THB
    Materials: – 16,800 THB
    OWSI Application Fee: AUD$ (must be paid direct to PADI via Credit Card)
    IE Fee: AUD$ (must be paid direct to PADI via Credit Card) – includes 1st year PADI Membership
    EFRI Application Fee: AUD$ (must be paid direct to PADI via Credit Card)
    Speciality Application Fee: AUD$ 71,900 (must be paid direct to PADI via Credit Card)

    For a full breakdown of prices please see our IDC Price Breakdown. You may also want to view the list of IDC Required Materials.

    Course Combination Special Offers:
    N.B. these prices do not include your required materials

    PADI Divemaster + IDC + NITROX Instructor – 69,000 THB
    Combine the PADI Divemaster Course with the IDC and NITROX Instructor Courses and save 19,000 THB.

    PADI IDC + EFRI + NITROX Instructor – 43,000 THB
    Combine the PADI IDC + EFRI + NITROX Instructor Courses and save 21,300 THB.

    PADI IDC + EFRI + MSDT – 60,000 THB
    Combine the PADI IDC + EFRI + MSDT (5 Speciality Instructor Courses) and save 17,500 THB.

    When can I start a PADI Instructor Course?

    Please view our IDC Course Schedule for information about when courses run. If you would like to start a PADI Instructor Course on a date not advertised on the course schedule, please contact us to see if this may be possible.

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