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!

‚ÄčThis 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 Wi-Fi. 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 (including IDC prep, IDC and EFRI course), plus 2 days for the PADI IE

Course Outline:

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

2023/24 IDC Course Start Dates

20th November 2023, 15th January 2024, 4th March 2024, 13th May 2024, 22nd July 2024, 30th September 2024, 18th November 2024


  • IDC Preparation Course
  • Instructor Development Course
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor Development Course
  • PADI Instructor Development eLearning
  • PADI Instructor Development slate pack
  • EFR Instructor materials
  • Unlimited tank refills and pool access for practice
  • Career development assistance
  • A guaranteed job interview and trial with Divers Den
  • Access to a library of PADI materials
  • Additional dive theory practice exam sessions
  • Meals and board when on OceanQuest (3 days) (Excluding Minke Whale season - June/July)
  • Special discounts on dive equipment in store, including full gear packages
  • Enriched Air Speciality Instructor Course (conducted after the IDC - Must have a Nitrox certification - PADI application fees not included)
  • Dive Against Debris Specialty instructor course (2023 only)
  • AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty instructor course (2023 only)

IDC Course Dates

Start date 20th November 2023

Cost per person

Start date 15th January 2024

Cost per person

Start date 4th March 2024

Cost per person

Prices exclude materials and PADI fees (see below). Prices valid to 31 March 2024. Price is per person and includes all applicable marine fees and levies. Locals discount not valid for optional extras.


Divers Den IDC

Sample schedule

Days 1-5: Pool & theory

Days off

Days 6-7: Pool & theory

Days 8-10: Sea days

Days off

Day 11: Pool & theory

Days 12-13: EFR Instructor course

Day 14: Course close


The PADI Instructor Exam will take place over two days after the IDC ends.

Additional info

Additional Costs

  • PADI application fees
  • EFRI application fees
  • IE fee
  • Dive equipment
  • Professional dive equipment (as listed in the General standards and procedures, Equipment section in your PADI Instructor manual)
  • Professional Queensland dive medical (AS4005.1 or AS2299) required before course start (costs approximately $100-$200 at local providers)

Course Prerequisites

  • PADI DiveMaster or equivalent
  • Minimum age 18
  • Minimum 100 logged dives
  • Have all required diving equipment – remember, special discounts apply for paid-up IDC candidates
  • Have current first aid/CPR qualification (within the last 24 months
  • Have undergone a professional dive medical examination (see Additional Costs section for more info)

Course Preparation

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

Academic Preparation

  • PADI IDC eLearning materials – this must be completed online before your course starts. You will be given access to the online platform once you have paid a deposit towards your IDC.
  • Study in the five areas of theory from your Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving. On sign-up, our Course directors will contact you with study guidance.

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

Medical & Altitude Info

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

It is required by Queensland law that you must wait at least 24 hours after diving before going to altitude or flying – there is no guarantee that this requirement 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.