PADI Staff Instructor Development Course


Shape the Next Generation of PADI Instructors!

Just as scuba divers look up to Divemasters, instructor candidates look up to and aspire to their IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move.

As an IDC Staff Instructor, you can independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses (i.e, the first part of the Instructor Development Course) as well as assisting with IDCs and other instructor-level continuing education courses.

Why become a PADI Staff Instructor with Divers Den

  • Our IDC students’ success rate runs at 100% – and you will help develop candidates to continue this success
  • Learn from and assist course directors who have been teaching IDCs for 25 years!
  • Perfect your demonstrations and test your dive theory before the IDC starts, to become the ideal coach
  • Learn how to effectively teach and explain instructor level dive theory
  • You’ll get close personal attention from our expert course directors, who will develop your ability to assess and counsel IDC participants
  • Learn to teach an Assistant Instructor course independently
  • Our IDC Staff program gives you more than just the minimum requirements. Repeated pool sessions with demonstrations and presentations will perfect your IDC staff skills
  • Become a PADI Staff Instructor while diving the magnificent Great Barrier Reef! All open water training is conducted on the outer reef on our day and liveaboard vessels. Sleep on the reef during your course!
  • 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

What does the IDC Staff Instructor Course involve?

After a pre-assessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in these sessions:

  • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
  • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
  • The psychology of evaluation and counselling
  • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations

Before the IDC commences you’ll deliver a confined water and knowledge development presentation to our course directors.

You will then audit an entire Instructor Development Course, including all pool, open water and classroom sessions. This course consists of 12 days in class with some additional break days in between. All open water training is conducted at the outer Great Barrier reef on our day trips and liveaboard vessel. This includes en suite accommodation and chef-prepared meals!


Approximately 4 days in addition to the IDC

Course Outline:

2 days of classroom & pool time before the IDC commences, then during the IDC 9 days of classroom & pool and 3 days on the Great Barrier Reef

Start dates:

18th Jul 2024, 26th Sept 2024, 14th Nov 2024, 16th Jan 2025, 6th Mar 2025


  • PADI Staff Instructor Development pack
  • Tanks and weights
  • Unlimited tank refills and pool access for practice
  • Stinger suit in summer months
  • 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
  • Special rate on dive equipment in store, including full gear package

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course

Start date 18th July 2024

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Start date 26th Sept 2024

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Start date 14th Nov 2024

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Start date 16th Jan 2025

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Start date 6th Mar 2025

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Prices exclude materials and PADI fees (see below)

Additional info

Additional Costs

  • PADI application fees
  • Recreational and Professional dive equipment (as listed in the General standards and procedures, Equipment section in your PADI Instructor manual)
  • Revised IDC materials both digital and physical – revised 2020. You must have a personal copy of the revised IDC materials. Therefore if you did your IDC prior to 2020 you may need to purchase these at an additional cost. Please contact us for current prices.

Course Prerequisites

  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer
  • EFR Instructor

Course Preparation

All PADI Staff Instructor Development Courses begin with independent learning and preparation at home via the PADI eLearning system. Your dive theory will be assessed on day one, so be sure to revise your knowledge prior to course start.

Remember, you will be guiding IDC candidates through all areas of theory, so your knowledge needs to be top notch!

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.