PADI IDC - Instructor Development Course

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn't even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

PADI Instructor Development serves two purposes - to develop and refine personal dive skills and leadership abilities to an elevated level. The IDC emphasizes development, not testing, and so provides a low-stress environment conducive to learning. Candidates can relax and concentrate on skill development, knowing that making mistakes is part of the learning process.

The development phase (IDC) conducted by PADI Course Directors and their instructor development staff, and the evaluative phase (IE) conducted by PADI Staff - is the most comprehensive and demanding of any in the dive industry. New PADI Instructors meet the highest standards for learning and performance of any recreational diver certification organization.

How to Get Started

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  • Dive Leader certification - PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization* who is either:
    a. an instructor member in good standing, or
    b. a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • 18 years old
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
  • Certified diver for six months.
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.

What You Will Learn

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The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is often conducted as a complete program, but it may also be split into two components – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

The AI course introduces teaching techniques for skill and knowledge development. The course concentrates on duties and programs AIs may conduct independently. Successfully completing this course earns an AI certification and qualifies the AI to continue on to an OWSI program in the future.

The OWSI program introduces the entire PADI System and focuses on further developing abilities as a professional dive educator. PADI Assistant Instructors as well as instructors from other dive training organizations who want to become PADI Instructors must complete this program. Successfully completing this program qualifies candidates to attend a PADI Instructor Examination.

PADI IDC Preparation

Self-study

  • Review Theory by completing the Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Review and be familiar with PADI Instructor Manual
  • Review 24 skills demonstration
  • Independent study: read and understand the PADI Guide to Teaching manual
  • Independent study: Complete knowledge reviews in the EFR Instructor manual and EFR student manual

Required PADI material

  • PADI Instructor Manual, PADI Guide to Teaching
  • Instructor cue cards for PADI's core courses ( and , and )
  • Lesson planning slates for confined and open water
  • Quiz and exam booklets for the core courses
  • Specialty outlines for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Open Water Diver manual, PADI Adventures in Diving Manual, PADI Rescue Diver Manual and PADI Divemaster Manual
  • eRDP ML including instructions for use booklets and RDP tablese

Required Equipment

  • Full set of scuba equipment

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Course Setup

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During the course you'll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting at least

  • Four confined water teaching presentations
  • Three knowledge development presentations
  • Two open water teaching presentations integrating two skills

You will also attend and participate in the following curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Business of Diving
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Developing Knowledge Devolopment Presentations
  • Risk Management
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Advantures in Diving Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course
  • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Marketing Diving
  • Start Diving
  • Keep Diving
  • How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP)

You will demonstrate competence at

  • Performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you'll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam and a standard and procedure exam scoring 75% on each exam.

Our Price

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PADI Instructor Development Course package

  • PADI IDC + EFR Instructor + MSDT: CNY 14,800
    - Includes: Course Director fees, dive equipment, training facility, an open water dive trip (transportation, accommodation, meals and water are also included) in the IDC and 5 PADI Specialty Instructor courses.
    - Excludes: IDC crew pack, EFR instructor manual, instructor applications, instructor exam fee and the trip for the specialty instrcutor courses.
  • PADI IDC + EFR Instructor: CNY 13,800
    - Includes: Course Director fees, dive equipment, training facility and an open water dive trip (transportation, accommodation, meals and water are also included) in the IDC.
    - Excludes: IDC crew pack, EFR instructor manual, instructor applications and instructor exam fee.

PADI Professional Courses

  • PADI IDC Staff: CNY 4,880
    - Includes: Course Director fees, dive equipment, training facility and an open water dive trip (transportation, accommodation, meals and water are also included) in the IDC.
    - Excludes: Course Director manual and PADI IDC Staff application fee.
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer (5 Specialty instructor courses): CNY 4,380
    - Includes: PADi Specialty Instructor Lesson Guide, Course Director fees, dive equipment and training facility (if needed).
    - Excludes: Specialty Instructor application, MSDT application, and the trip for the specialty instructor courses.
  • PADI Specialty Instructor: CNY 980 per course
    - Includes: PADi Specialty Instructor Lesson Guide, Course Director fees, dive equipment and training facility (if needed).
    - Excludes: Specialty Instructor application, and the trip for the specialty instructor courses.
  • EFR Instructor Course: CNY 3,680
    - Includes: Course Director fees and a first-aid package.
    - Excludes: EFR instructor manual and EFR application.

Material and Application

  • PADI Instructor Crewpack: CNY 3,490
  • EFR Instructor Crewpack: CNY 639
  • PADI Instructor Exam Fee: AUD 930
  • PADI Instructor application: AUD 267
  • EFR Instructor application: AUD 184
  • PADI Specialty Instructor application (method one): AUD 106
  • PADI MADT application: AUD 144

Discount

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  • Big Blue Pros who have completed the entirety of their professional level courses directly with Big Blue receive a 10% discount.
  • Candidates receiving scores of 85% or higher on all 5 sections of the dive theory and PADI General Standard & Procedure written exam are eligible for a CNY 1,000 voucher.
  • Free PADI Enriched Air Diver course and PADI Oxygen provider to all our PADI IDC candidates (PADI fees and materials not included).
  • Come as a group of 2 to 3 and receive a 5% discount.
  • Come as a group of 4 or more and receive a 10% discount.

Instructor candidates are eligible to receive Big Blue Pro's special offer on all equipment and trips purchased at Big Blue.

PADI IDC Schedule

  • Mar 30th - May 19th, 2019
    - Class Time: weekends
    - Class Location: Shanghai / Nanjing (TBD)
    - IE Date: May 18th and 19th
    - IE Location: Nanjing
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  • Aug 10th - Sep 22nd, 2019
    - Class Time: weekends
    - Class Location: Shanghai / Nanjing (TBD)
    - IE Date: Sep 21st and 22nd
    - IE Location: Nanjing
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Weekday courses are also available, for more details.

How to Sign Up

Method 1: come to Big Blue Dive Center in person, fill in the relevant forms, pay the course fee, and pick up course material to begin the necessary self-study.

Method 2: click the 'Sign Up' button below, enter your information and questions and we'll contact you by email or phone as soon as possible.