PADI IDC Staff Instructor course (IDCS)

Our 5 Star PADI Staff Instructor Course on Koh Tao, Thailand


Price: 20,000Baht

  • PADI IDCS Instructor course
  • C/W & O/W evaluation slates
  • Lunches throughout IDC
  • Free 2 Day Prep
  • Free fun diving**

Build upon the skills, knowledge and teaching techniques that provide the foundation for your abilities as a dive educator and join the Instructor Development process. Auditing an entire IDC, the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course involves sitting IDC Staff Instructor dive theory and standards exams plus learning how to evaluate and critique IDC candidates in Knowledge Development, Confined water and Open water teaching presentations.

We will show you how to critique candidate performance, conduct candidate counselling sessions and mentor future dive educators through their training.

You will be learning from the most experienced and successful PADI Course Directors in Asia Pacific. This ensures that you will have a wealth of experience and knowledge to draw upon during your IDC Staff Instructor course and beyond.

The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course is an extremely valuable qualification within the industry. An IDC Staff Instructor is qualified to assist a PADI Course Director on PADI IDC’s as well as independently conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course.

If you are serious about a long successful career then the IDC Staff Instructor course is an important step in this process, and hugely beneficially to your future prospects.  The IDC Staff Instructor course is the first step on the road to becoming a PADI Course Director. Furthermore, most management positions within the scuba diving industry list IDC Staff Instructor as an important prerequisite for applicants.

Who can enroll on the IDC Staff Instructor course?

A renewed PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

What will you learn?

After we have pre-assessed your instructor-level dive theory, professional level demonstration quality dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in the following sessions:

  • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
  • How to organise and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
  • The psychology of evaluation and counseling
  • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations

You will also audit an entire IDC. This involves participating in all 20 IDC curriculum presentations, and evaluating candidate presentations in the classroom, swimming pool and out in the ocean.

As PADI IDC Staff Instructor, you are certified to independently teach the PADI Assistant Instructor course as well as assist a PADI Course Director on the PADI Instructor Development Course and other instructor-level continuing education courses such as PADI Specialty Instructor training programs.


PADI Materials Required


PADI Course Director Manual – 10,500Baht

Please bring the following materials with you. You received these as part of the IDC Crew Pack

  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual (CD-Rom)
  • PADI Guide to Teaching (Paper version or CD-Rom)
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • PADI Quizzes & Exam Booklets [Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster]
  • Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Diver, Divemaster course Instructor Cue Cards

In addition you’ll also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor is available as a free down load for all PADI Members that are renewed from

2018 PADI Fees  

IDC Staff Instructor Application fee: A$166

Free Fun diving – arrive early and take advantage of some fun diving totally FREE.

Package Price: 20,000 THB

Package Price: 20,000 THB

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Candidate Testimonials

"An Internationally Acclaimed PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC), this is a Dive Centre that provides you with an opportunity to change your lifestyle and develop a new career."


"Was a hard but great course! Thanks a lot again to all staff who teaches and prepared us so well, that finally the IE was easy going! Thanks Matt, Tina, Steph, Kenji, Steve, Manu and everybody else who supports us."


"They cater to your schedule during divemaster training so you can do it at your own pace and are also environmentally conscious which is an important factor. Anyone considering a professional career in diving should definitely consider Crystal."


"They are very dedicated, and were always there to help me with the theory, and to improve my scuba teaching skills. If you are still searching for a centre to do your IDC at, I recommend doing it with Matt."


"There was absolutely nothing that could have happened during the IE the candidates were not made very well aware of. Everything ran so smoothly for the candidates."


"It's a good decision to do your training with Matt, a lot of information is given and shared experiences. If you guys wanted to do IDC, I recommend doing it with IDC Koh Tao. Thank you for the amazing IDC."


"If you guy's are looking for good teachers and the best Course Director, this is the place..Thank you for guiding us, inspiring us and making us what we are today. Highly recommend."


"I enjoyed every single day of my IDC as well as my MSDT. Matt is an outstanding Course Director who goes all the way out for you, in preparation for the IE."


"The course was fun and you meet a bunch of new people, it’s not hard to fit in. When the day of the IE arrives, you don't even stress about it, because the Course Directors are the best."


"Did my IDC with Crystal Dive and IDC Koh Tao and I'm so happy I chose them. Matt Bolton made sure that there was lots of learning, training and laughs! I felt more than prepared for the I.E. And it showed!"

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