PADI Instructor Development Course


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

Choosing Divers Den to provide you with your professional diver education will put your success first. Our students’ success rate runs at 100% and our instructor course graduates are highly sought after by dive companies worldwide. With close personal attention from our expert instructors, when you book with us you’ll get a PADI Instructor Development program that teaches far more than the minimum requirements.

​The PADI Instructor Development Course is the gateway to becoming a professional PADI Diving Instructor. As the name indicates, this course emphasises professional development and learning.

The PADI IDC develops the leadership abilities of individuals who already possess instructor-level dive theory knowledge and role model watermanship and rescue skills.

During the course you’ll learn how to implement and apply the PADI system in confined water, classroom and open water environments. Most importantly, candidates learn how to be confident at providing professional training that is fun but safe for all involved.

PADI standards require the IDC to be conducted over a minimum of eight days. The Divers Den PADI IDC is conducted over 10 days, with two days off in the middle, giving our candidates the maximum amount of training and professional guidance in their personal development towards becoming a PADI Dive Instructor. 

All PADI Instructor Development Courses begin with independent learning and preparation at home via the PADI eLearning system. In order to gain most from the course, candidates are expected to complete all knowledge reviews from the IDC Candidate Workbook prior to the start of the IDC. 

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.

Attending the IDC prep course allows you time to bring your skills and theory knowledge up to the level required for your IDC, giving you the chance to work with our Course Director before the IDC starts. 

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.


2 weeks

Course Outline:

8 days of classroom & pool, 2 days on a Great Barrier Reef liveaboard, 2 day Instructor Examination

2020 IDC Course Dates

Start date 16 March 2020

PADI IDC + tax/levies
IDC + IDC Preparation Course + tax/levies

Start date 25 May 2020

PADI IDC + tax/levies
IDC + IDC preparation course + tax/levies

Start date 27 July 2020

PADI IDC + tax/levies
IDC + IDC preparation course + tax/levies

Start date 28 September 2020

PADI IDC + tax/levies
IDC + IDC preparation course + tax/levies

Start date 16 November 2020

PADI IDC + tax/levies
IDC + IDC preparation course + tax/levies

Prices exclude materials and PADI fees.

Additional info

Academic Preparation

To be completed online via PADI eLearning prior to course commencing
  • IDC ELearning materials – online study completed
  • Understanding of the Diving Knowledge Workbook, and Encyclopaedia
  • Worked through the Diving Knowledge Workbook and conducted all quizzes and knowledge reviews

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.
  • Please also allow sufficient time prior to commencement of this program

Administrative Preparation

  • Obtain all required course materials. 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

Course Prerequisites

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.