PADI IDC Staff Instructor course (IDCS)

Our 5 Star Award Winning PADI Staff Instructor Courses on Koh Tao in Thailand

PADI Staff Instructor Course Includes

  • Card with code for digital PADI Course Director Manual
  • IDC Evaluation Training Video
  • Confined Water Evaluation Slate
  • Open Water Evaluation Slate
  • Skill Evaluation Slate
  • Skill Development Preparation Slate
  • PADI Backpack
  • Lunches throughout IDC
  • Free 2 Day Prep

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 enrol 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

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 Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster course Instructor Cue Cards

In addition you will 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

PADI Fees  

IDC Staff Instructor Application fee: A$202

Course Price: 30,000

Course Price: 30,000

Course Price: 30,000

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to take PADI Staff Instructor course?

There is no time requirement from the time you finish your MSDT training and enroll on your PADI Staff Instructor (SI) Course.

As long as you maintain your MSDT and Emergency First Response Instructor ratings you are eligible to become a PADI Staff Instructor.

The PADI Staff Instructor course is the obvious choice when it comes to taking the next step as a seasoned dive professional.

Having experience in the industry is always seen as beneficial when it comes to training future dive professionals.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with using the Staff Course as a way to gain more teaching experience and allow yourself to come back to your roots.

Every instructor can benefit from a Standards review and a better understanding of the PADI system.

How long does it take to become a PADI Staff Instructor?

There are two ways you can become a PADI Staff Instructor. The first way is auditing a complete IDC.

This means that you will participate in all the required IDC curriculum sections. By PADI standards, you can complete an IDC within 8 days.

We operate a 2-week program and we encourage you to join us for the entire two weeks if possible.

You will need to attend Staff Instructor Course Knowledge Development Sessions. This will take a day and will usually be done prior to starting the IDC.

Another way you can complete your PADI Staff Instructor training is by presenting all the components from the Assistant Instructor Course.

The AI course can be done in 3-5 days, depending on whether or not the candidates have completed E-learning or not.

We recommend to Audit the entire IDC, as this method is the most beneficial to your education, understanding and training.

How can I prepare for my PADI Staff Instructor Course?

A few of the performance requirements that you need to meet in order to successfully complete the Staff Course are:

  • Score 80 percent on each of the Dive Theory Exams
  • Score 80 percent on the PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam
  • Perform all 24 dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, scoring 96 total points, with no score below 3.

We recommend that you start by refreshing yourself on your dive theory knowledge. Not only to meet your course objectives, but to feel confident in assisting candidates on their theory exams.

We can also send you practice exams when it comes to both Dive Theory and PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures.

This will ensure that you come to us feeling prepared and self-assured in your Knowledge Development.

If you can arrive before the course starts, we also recommend that you join us for our Divemaster Skill Circuit Workshops.

This will allow you to refresh your skill demonstrations and have the opportunity to work with and evaluate professionals.

What will I learn during the PADI Staff Instructor Course?

The PADI Staff Instructor course is targeted towards teaching the PADI Assistant Instructor Course and preparing you to Staff the Instructor Development training (IDC’s), working alongside a PADI Course Director.

During your course we will go through the Standards for both the AI and OWSI course given to us in the PADI Course Director Manual.

We will also review and evaluate how to organize and conduct both courses and the Psychology of evaluation and counseling.

You then have the opportunity to participate in an entire IDC. This allows you to see the course from an entirely new perspective. It is a great refresher on standards and teaching techniques.

During the IDC we focus on your evaluation training to teach you how to effectively evaluate and critique teaching presentations given by IDC candidates.

What can I do once I become a PADI Staff Instructor?

During every IDC, we ask our candidates why they chose to become an Instructor. Listening to their answers, allows us to understand exactly what they are looking for during their training and how to help them achieve their personal goals.

We hope to do the same with you and work out exactly what you are looking to gain during your Staff Instructor Training.

This will determine what we recommend for you, once you complete your course.

Some of the duties that you can perform as a PADI Staff Instructor are:

  • Independently conduct a PADI Assistant Instructor course
  • Conduct IDC training segments with a PADI Course Director
  • Evaluate and critique instructor candidate teaching presentations plus provide remedial training
  • Assist with instructor-level continuing education programs

You may want to also consider looking into our Master Instructor Internship as a follow up to completing your course.

This will allow you to gain more experience as a PADI Staff Instructor and become a well rounded PADI professional.

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