ICD: Instructor

Do you have a passion for the underwater world and diving? Do you want to live the dream and help people transform their lives? As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you can!

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Calypso’s 5 Star IDC Center prepares you to be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. It further develops your leadership and teaching abilities to the instructor level and prepares you to teach PADI programs. The IDC is intense, enjoyable, demanding and exciting all at the same time. When you complete the IDC, you will have been trained and prepared to successfully attend the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Candidates have fun, make new friends, and share rewarding life experiences while earning some of the most desirable credentials in the dive industry.

What are the performance requirements?

1. Complete the following independent learning sections online through PADI eLearning (or participate in these sections during IDC Program foundational knowledge days):

  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Risk Management
  • Marketing Diving
  • Start Diving
  • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses
  • Business of Diving
  • Keep Diving
  • How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) – required for crossover candidates; optional for PADI Members

2. Participate in the following curriculum components:

  • Course Orientation
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations 1, 2 and 3
  • 4Es Counseling Workshops 1 and 2
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Skills Demonstrations Workshop
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentations 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
  • Open Water Teaching Presentations 1 and 2
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Adventure Dive Workshop
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Rescue Exercise Workshop
  • Divemaster Course
  • Risk Management

3. Present three knowledge development teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.5 on at least two.

4. Present four confined water teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on at least two.

5. Present two integrated (two skills) open water teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on at least one integrated presentation.

6. Perform all 24 dive and skin dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, scoring a minimum of 82 total points, with no individual score below 3.

7. Score 75 percent on the PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved.

8. Score 75 percent on all sections of the Dive Theory Exam and have any missed questions reviewed until mastery is achieved. Candidates who have completed Dive Theory Online within 12 months (with an eRecord) may receive credit for this requirement.

9. Perform a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

How long does it take?

The IDC course takes 8 days for eLearners (who have completed IDC Online) or 10 days when attending the foundational knowledge days. For candidates who also require EFR Instructor training, allow an additional 2 days. Following successful completion of the IDC program, candidates must also attend and successfully complete the 2-day Instructor Exam with a PADI Examiner (and meet other requirements such as EFR Instructor) before certification as a PADI Instructor.

When do you run the courses?

The Instructor course schedule is approximately every 2 months. Email us for more information about dates.

What materials will I use?

Instructor candidates need to have in their possession, a personal, current set of the following materials for study, use during the course and for reference afterward (unless the materials are not available in a language understood by the candidate):

IDC Crew-Pak (product 60038) – 2016 rate for PADI Members is 726 AUD:

  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching (with hologram decal required to attend IE)
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver and Divemaster
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  • Specialty Course Instructor Guides for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation (the Crew-Pak includes the full PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual digital version)
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook (or submit and eRecord for Dive Theory Online)

PLUS these materials from previous PADI courses:

  • PADI Instructor Manual (DM course materials; PADI Members can download the LATEST VERSION FREE from PADI Pros website)
  • Aquatic Cue Card for Discover Scuba Diving (DM course materials)
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving (DM course materials)
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets

How much are the PADI Fees?

If you have chosen eLearning you will pay the IDC Online fee to PADI.com.

For 2016 the IDC Application Fee is 238 AUD and the PADI Exam Fee is 825 AUD (paid directly to PADI).

What you can do as a PADI Instructor

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you can conduct the range of PADI experience programs and PADI diver programs, from Open Water Diver through Divemaster (except for specialties, which require specific Specialty Instructor ratings, also available from Calypso).

How you can book your IDC

Please email the Calypso IDC Team to discuss your program.

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What are the prerequisites to join?

  • 18 years old.
  • Certified diver for at least 6 months.
  • Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognised recreational diver training organisation (if not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment).
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

Additionally, to be put forward for the Instructor Examination you will first need to:

  •     Have successfully completed Instructor Development (IDC).
  •     Have completed the PADI Emergency First Response Instructor training course.
  •     Have at least 100 logged dives.

Example Schedule

An example schedule would be:

Day 1
(9:00  – 16:00)

Equipment setup
Pool session #1 & #2
Open Water Dive #1
Debrief, Logbook, relax!

Day 2
(9:00 – 16:00)

Equipment setup
Pool sessions #3, #4 & #5
Open Water Dive #2

Day 3
(9:00 – 13:00)

Open Water Dive #3
Open Water Dive #4

This is just and example schedule. We are very flexible and can work out a schedule that fits you best.


Ever thought that it would be great to have a diving job in paradise and share your passion of the underwater world with others?

By successfully completing the PADI Divemaster course, you will have the training you need to work as a recreational scuba diving professional. This opens doors for you in the diving industry, where there are full-time, part-time and seasonal positions all over the globe!

What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities.

Earning the Divemaster rating qualifies you as a PADI professional to supervise recreational dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

How long does it take?

As you can see the course is exciting, challenging and very rewarding. The course takes approximately 3 weeks to complete. There is also an eLearning option whereby knowledge development is completed online through self-study, allowing the water portions of the course to be completed in around 2 weeks. We also offer special combination courses with more dives, 5 specialties and Master Scuba Diver: Divemaster GOLD takes 4 to 5 weeks.

When do you run the courses?

You can start the program at any time and your mentor will work with you to create a schedule especially for you.

What materials will I use?

PADI Divemaster Crew-Pak:
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Divemaster slates
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Scuba Tune-Up Guidebook
  • PADI Instructor Manual (with DM Application hologram)
  • Forms and application decal

Some of our packages include the materials whereas others don’t (so you have the option to study before travel if desired). The package above state which materials are included. If you are bringing your own materials please ensure that you have the full and most recent version of the Pack, including the hologram decal required for certification.

How much are the PADI Fees?

If you have chosen eLearning you will pay the Divemaster Online fee to PADI.com.

For 2016 the Divemaster application PADI Fee is 187 AUD (paid directly to PADI).

What can a PADI Divemaster do?

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organising and directing dives.
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Snorkeling program, the PADI Skin Diver course, the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission, the PADI Discover Local Diving experience, and the PADI Scuba Review program.
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified Divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises, and when the instructor conducts a skill (such as an ascent or descent) a Divemaster can remain with other student divers.
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.

PADI Divemasters often decide to continue their education by attending the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). 
Find out more about the IDC and becoming a PADI Instructor.

How can I book the Divemaster course?

Please contact us via email to discuss your requirements. 

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  • Minimum Age:18 years old.
  • Certified as a PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or equivalent).
  • Certified as a PADI Rescue Diver (or equivalent).
  • Certified with an Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care qualification (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 40 logged dives to begin the course.
  • Be in good physical condition for diving and submit a RSTC Medical Statement signed by a physician in the last 12 months.

Example Schedule

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving program

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