PADI Instructor Development Course


The PADI Instructor Development Course is your passport to an international lifestyle of diving, travel and a career you’ll really love!

​This course is the gateway to becoming a professional PADI Diving Instructor. You’ll learn how to implement and apply the PADI system in confined water, classroom and open water environments. Most importantly, the course will develop your leadership skills, giving you the confidence to provide fun, safe professional dive training.

Why Choose Divers Den in Cairns for your IDC?

Choosing Divers Den for your professional dive education will put your success first. Our 100% AWARE, 5-Star PADI Career Development Centre has trained over 150,000 divers.

  • Our IDC students’ success rate runs at 100%
  • Divers Den IDC graduates are highly sought after by dive companies worldwide
  • You’ll get close personal attention from our expert instructors
  • Our IDC program gives you more than just the minimum requirements
  • Become a PADI Instructor while diving the magnificent Great Barrier Reef
  • Our dive centre has all the facilities and comfort you need, from our heated pool and air-conditioned classrooms to gear storage, servicing and free WiFi. Read more about our facilities
  • We hire out of our programs – while we can’t promise you a job, we can promise a job interview!

The minimum IDC course length is eight days. At Divers Den we hold it over 10 days, with time off in the middle. This gives our candidates extra time to practise or study where needed. We want to make sure you receive the maximum amount of training and professional guidance in your personal development towards becoming a PADI Dive Instructor. 

Our PADI Course Directors, Master Instructors and numerous IDC staff will be on hand to assist you throughout your course.

Preparing for your IDC

All PADI Instructor Development Courses begin with independent learning and preparation at home via the PADI eLearning system. To get the most out of the course, we recommend candidates complete all knowledge reviews from the IDC Candidate Workbook before the course starts. 

IDC Preparation Courses

To help transition from Divemaster into the IDC, we highly recomment that candidates attend our IDC Preparation Course. The prep course is a two-day intensive revision of the higher level of dive theory, diving and rescue skills that you must know before starting your IDC. With a mix of pool and classroom time, we’ll bring you up to date with dive skill demonstrations and help with your dive theory study.

EFR Course

A mandatory requirement of PADI Open Water scuba instructors is to be a qualified EFR instructor. During this two-day program (included in your course) you will learn to teach first aid and primary care based on internationally recognised emergency care guidelines. You will learn how to emphasise a comfortable learning environment.

Cross-Over Courses

Scuba Instructors affiliated with other certification organisations may attend a PADI IDC program (followed by an IE) in order to cross over to PADI to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.


IDC staff instructors are available to translate for the duration of your program. Please contact us for cost and language availability.

Discuss Your Career

Ready to make scuba diving your career? You can book online below, or if you have any questions you can contact our Divers Den PADI Course Directors for a chat.


Approximately 14 days (flexible scheduling available)

Course Outline:

9 days of classroom & pool, 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef, 2 day EFR Instructor course, 2 day PADI Instructor Examination

2021 IDC Course Start Dates

11 January, 15 March, 24 May, 26 July, 27 September, 15 November


  • IDC Preparation course
  • Instructor Development Course
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor Development Course
  • PADI Instructor Development eLearning
  • PADI Instructor Development slate pack
  • EFR Instructor materials
  • Recreational scuba equipment
  • Unlimited tank refills and pool access for practice
  • Meals on board open water day trips
  • Career development assistance
  • Access to a full PADI library
  • Additional dive theory practice exam sessions
  • Discounted staff rate on fun dive days

IDC Course Dates

Start date 24 May 2021

Cost per person

Start date 26 July 2021

Cost per person

Start date 27 September 2021

Cost per person

Start date 15 November 2021

Cost per person

Prices exclude materials and PADI fees (see below)


Divers Den IDC

Sample schedule

Days 1-6: Pool & theory

Day 7: Sea days

Day 8: Off

Days 9-11: Pool & theory

Days 12-13: Sea days

Day 14: Off

Days 15-16: Pool & theory

Additional info

Additional Costs

  • PADI application fees and PADI Instructor Exam fees – $1560
  • Dive equipment including compass, timing device, cutting tool, reel and personal pocket mask
  • Queensland dive medical (approximately $100)

Course Prerequisites

Course Preparation

Please allow sufficient time before your course starts to make sure you have completed the below.

Academic Preparation

  • PADI IDC ELearning materials – ideally this should be completed online before your course starts
  • Understanding of the Diving Knowledge Workbook, and Encyclopaedia

Physical Preparation

  • Complete a 400m freestyle swim (no snorkel, mask or fins) 
  • Ability to conduct a rescue scenario where you pull a person from the water 
  • Practice all PADI Open Water Diver Course skills to demonstration quality 
  • If you have not practised skill demonstrations recently, we urge you to contact us to arrange attendance of a real Open Water Course at no extra charge. 

Administrative Preparation

  • Obtain all required course materials. You can order directly from PADI or from Divers Den. 
  • Obtain all required diving equipment (Remember special discounts apply for paid-up IDC candidates) 
  • Current first aid/CPR qualification within the last 24 months 
  • Undergo Medical Examination to Australian Standard AS 4005.1 or AS 2299 


Medical & Altitude Info

All scuba participants must meet medical questionnaire requirements. Some conditions or medications may prevent you from diving.

Currently the rules state that for a single no decompression dive, you should not fly/go to altitude for at least 12 hours, or 18 hours after multiple dives. Divers Den recommends waiting a minimum 24 hours whenever possible. These are guidelines only, there is no guarantee that these recommendations will prevent decompression sickness. There are no current guidelines regarding diving after flying.

Altitude is defined as 300m/1000ft above sea level. Certain other tourist attractions around Cairns and Tropical North Queensland involve travelling to altitude. These include the Atherton Tablelands and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, so we recommend a gap between booking these experiences and any dive course or trip. Under normal circumstances, you should be out of the water on your last dive at 12pm (midday) on our overnight trips and 2pm on our day trips.