PADI Instructor Development Course

The Course

This course focuses on preparing candidates to function as PADI Assistant Instructors and/or Open Water Scuba Instructors. The PADI IDC provides individuals who already possess instructor level dive theory, role model watermanship and rescue skills with additional training that allows them to implement the PADI system in confined water, classroom and open water environments. The IDC also helps instructor candidates gain a complete understanding of PADI’s educational goals and philosophies. Ultimately the IDC prepares the candidate to take part in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

Course Outline

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification. During the course you will learn how to apply the PADI System of Education in the classroom, confined and open water situations. Over 7 days you will develop your presentation skills and gain confidence in front of students. As well as classroom work there will be a number of pool sessions and time spent in open water. The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. Hopefully, you will become a better public speaker and get very good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety.

Course Duration & Schedules

The IDC takes place over around 7 days and on occasion might extend into the evenings depending on candidate progress. Pool work and open water training will also be completed in this time. Please contact us for current working dates.



PADI fee: IDC Application (£141)

PADI fee: Instructor Examination (£498)


  • IDC Course Fees

Not Included

  • IDC candidate crew pack (£399)
  • Gear rental (it is available at a special price)
  • Travel and entry fees to the open water sites

The IDC candidate crew pack includes the specialty instructor manual.

Candidates should also have copies of the core PADI course manuals.

Gear rental is not included as this is a professional grade course, but any gear needed can be rented at a special course price.


Minimum Age: 18

Ability: PADI Divemaster

EFR training within the last 24 months

Minimum dives: 100 logged dives (before IE)

Medical: Diving doctor’s medical within last 12 months.

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor before attending the IE.

To Book

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact us or call in to the dive centre.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or require further information, please telephone on 0161 223 5102 or call in to the dive centre.