PADI Diving Instructor Development Course

Award Winning PADI Diving Instructor Course (IDC) on Koh Tao, Thailand

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want to travel the world seeking adventure and exciting experiences then you have found the right place. IDC Koh Tao Thailand is an Award Winning PADI Diving Instructor Development Course based on tropical Koh Tao at Crystal Dive.

Teaching people to scuba dive allows you to share your love of the aquatic world while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. IDC Koh Tao provides you with the best diving instructor course training available.

  • 14 day program followed by 2 day Instructor Examination on Koh Tao
  • Emergency First Response Instructor course
  • 2 Day optional IDC Prep Course (theory and skill review)
  • Pass Guaranteed! – In the highly unlikely event you are unsuccessful on the IE we will pay for your second IDC & IE.
  • FREE Diving for Life!
  • FREE O2 Provider Instructor course

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor’s are the most in demand dive professionals in the world. This is because they’ve completed the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diving instructor course, the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC).

Our diving instructor course Koh Tao sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Diving Instructor course rating through hard work commitment and dedication and are rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching your own.

Course Price: 39,900 THB

The PADI Diving Instructor Course Thailand (IDC) is made up of two parts – the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an PADI Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organisation are eligible to enrol directly onto the OWSI program. This recognises prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

Who Can Enrol on the PADI IDC?

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months, may enrol in the PADI Diving Instructor Development Course.

You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives to start the IDC and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • You will also need to become an Emergency First Response Instructor which is included on our PADI Diving Instructor Development Course.

As a 5 Star PADI Career Development Centre, candidates completing the PADI IDC with IDC Koh Tao are permitted to enter the IE with less than 100 logged dives. PADI will process teaching status once the 100th dive has been logged.

What Will You Learn on our Diving Instructor Course Koh Tao?

Our 14 day program will teach you how to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organise and present information as well as conduct skill development sessions and open water training dives.

You will become a better public speaker, develop first class underwater demonstration skills and learn how to supervise and control student divers whilst ensuring diver safety.

We will teach you how to anticipate and solve common problems that occur when training divers, as well as correct positioning so you are always close to respond.

Our PADI Instructor Development Course will give you plenty of practice, in a role playing environment.

Key subjects include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for all PADI courses you will be certified to teach.
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Teaching knowledge development in the classroom
  • Conducting Confined water training sessions in the pool and Open Water training dives in the ocean
  • Risk Management, Legal Responsibility & Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling
  • Instructor level dive theory: Physics, Physiology, Decompression theory and scuba equipment.

Additional Workshops

  • CESA – How to conduct the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent in confined and open water
  • Ascents & Descents (in Open Water)
  • Ascents & Descent Lines – how to set up at an open water dive site
  • Adventures in Diving – Search & Recovery Knots & Lift bags – PPB clinic – Navigation & compass handling
  • Rescue Diver – exercises 1–8 (in confined water)
  • Social Media and online marketing

IDC Schedule & Dates

What’s Included in our Diving Instructor Course in Thailand?

  • PADI Instructor Development course
  • Pass Guaranteed! – In the highly unlikely event you are unsuccessful on the IE we will pay for your second IDC & IE.
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Course
  • Free Prep Course – 2 days duration
  • Free Diving for Life!
  • Lunch throughout the duration of the PADI IDC
  • Free T-Shirt
  • Dive equipment – It’s highly recommended that as a PADI Pro you own your own full set of equipment. If you would like to purchase equipment when you are hear we can offer you attractive discounts on all major brands. If you don’t not own a full set of scuba, or for travel reasons don’t wish to bring your equipment with you we can provide a Regulator, BCD, Mask/Snorkel, wetsuit for you.

You will however need to provide the following for the IDC, the IE and any teaching work you are involved in once you become a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

  • Timepiece
  • Compass
  • Knife or diving tool
  • Pocket mask
  • Surface Market Buoy (SMB)
  • Whistle
  • Tank Banger

Course Price: 39,900 THB

PADI Materials

For your own set of PADI Instructor Manuals & Materials, you can purchase our IDC “Crew Pack”.

Price: 17,500 THB

The PADI IDC Crew Pack includes:

  • PADI Backpack
  • PADI Guide to Teaching (Paper version & CD-Rom)
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • PADI Quizzes & Exam Booklets (Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster)
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual (CD-Rom)
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor Outline
  • PADI Open Water course Prescriptive Lesson Guides (CD-Rom)
  • Positive Approach Selling (DVD)
  • Dive Lesson Planning Slates [Confined and Open Water)
  • Open Water, Advanced, Rescue Diver, Divemaster course Instructor Cue Cards
  • Hologram Decal
  • Instructor Candidate Information
  • Emergency First Response Instructor manual

You will also need an Emergency First Response Primary, Secondary and Care for Children Instructor Manual which is available either on CD-Rom (recommended) or Paper version.

Price: 3,000 THB.

In addition you’ll also need a copy of the PADI Instructor Manual. As of 2010, the Instructor Manual is included in the PADI Divemaster crew pack and as a Renewed PADI Divemaster it is available as a free download from

For candidates crossing over from another training organisation or PADI Divemaster’s that are not renewed you can purchase a copy for 3,000 THB.

All PADI Materials

Diving Instructor Course Koh Tao 2018 PADI Fees

There are a number of application and examination fees, all of which must be paid by the candidate directly to PADI.

PADI Instructor Exam – $AUS 890

PADI Instructor Application – $AUS 257

EFR Instructor Application – $AUS 177

O2 Provider Instructor Application – $AUS 101

Total -$AUS 1425

Our Pass Guarantee – in the highly unlikely event you are unsuccessful on the IE we will pay for your second IDC & IE.

Free Fun diving – arrive early and take advantage of two weeks of fun diving totally FREE. Alternatively if you can’t get here early you can do likewise once the IDC is finished.

IDC Schedule & Dates

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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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