The Instructor Development Course Everything you need to know

Did you (or are you about to) make the decision to become a PADI instructor? Congratulations! You have made a life-changing decision. Being a PADI instructor gives you the opportunity to do what you love every day and have a fun and rewarding job in the most beautiful places on earth.

Before you start your journey of becoming an instructor, we would like to tell you everything about the course you are about to take. If after reading this, you have any more questions. Please feel free to contact our course directors. They are more than happy to help you.

The Instructor Development Course:

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is an intense but fun, 2-week course. The course is set up in (inter)active workshops, in which you’ll learn by doing instead of listening in a classroom. In our experience, this is the best way to prepare yourself for teaching and introducing others to the beautiful world of diving.

On the first day of the IDC, you will get to meet your fellow IDC candidates and the course directors. The course directors will start with a course orientation; a presentation about what you are about to do in the next 2 weeks.

After the presentation, it is time to get wet. You’ll start in the pool with the 24 skills circuit. By doing this on the first day, you’ll know on what level you are and what you might need to work on before the Instructor Examination (IE). After this pool session, you’ll take theory exams, also to find out on what level you are and what you need to work on before the IE. The course directors will make sure to get you at level and will help you with the parts that you might be struggling with.

In the days after you’ll be encouraged to act and think as an instructor by doing workshops that are intense but fun! You’ll do workshops to learn how to teach the CESA, descends, knot tying, search and recovery, rigging, and lifting, etc. An extra workshop is added to learn how to position yourself and control your students performing a skill while you keep an eye on your other students.

Additionally, you’ll do a rescue workshop in which you’ll learn how to teach rescue skills. A serious but fun part of your course. You will share a lot of laughter but also intense moments with your fellow candidates. Especially if you book the All-Inclusive IDC, you’ll spend a lot of time together, a good chance that you’ll find friends for life at the IDC.

To top of all of this, Buddy Dive Resorts dive shop manager; Augusto will give a presentation about what it is like working in the dive industry. The knowledge and experience of our dive shop manager and course director are a very valuable part of the IDC.

EFR Instructor course:

On the last day of the IDC. You’ll learn how to teach EFR. Skills like primary care CPR, secondary care and care for children will be practiced, and you’ll learn how to teach them to others.

Nitrox (enriched air) specialty instructor course:

After the IE, you have the possibility to take the Nitrox specialty instructor course (included in the All-inclusive IDC and IDC complete) This course will only take 1 day, and we highly recommend taking it. It is a course that you’ll be teaching a lot when working as a PADI instructor.

IE (instructor examination):

After your IDC you will complete your IE (Instructor Examination). This is a 2-day process of objective evaluation of your skills and knowledge that you have developed during the IDC. This evaluation will be conducted by an impartial Instructor Examiner, who is working for PADI.
Passing an IE is necessary to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, however, it’s not the primary focus, it’s a result of preparation. During your IDC you will be prepared for your life as an instructor. This means that if you put the needed effort into your IDC, the IE will be the easiest part of the process of becoming an instructor