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PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Congratulations on making the decision to read this document, this might be one of the biggest life-changing moments you will ever experience! It could be a change in life as you know it leading you on a path of new discoveries and adventures or it could just ignite a new passion in life. It will definitely without a doubt is the best decision you could ever make.

My life changed dramatically the moment I decided to become a PADI Instructor and I can honestly say that I do not regret one single moment of that decision.

I would like to invite you to take this journey with us at Scubaversity; we are a passionate bunch of divers who love teaching diving. Our staff is professional business owners who are doing this because diving is their way out of the normalcy of life.

Let start with an overview of what the course is about;

In the PADI System, PADI Divemasters train to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), and qualify by successfully completing the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Beyond the IDC/IE, PADI Instructor development continues through education programs ranging from Specialty Instructor training to IDC Staff Instructor courses. 

The instructor development process follows three basic paths, all of which apply the same IDC instructional system and performance requirements.

  1. PADI Divemasters can complete the entire IDC as a single program.
  2. Alternatively, PADI Divemasters may take the PADI sAsistant Instructor (AI) course, which consists of key IDC components, then complete the OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor) program, which includes remaining IDC components.
  3. Finally, an instructor from a diver training organization other than PADI may qualify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor by completing the OWSI program.
Candidates develop their instructor-level knowledge and skills in the IDC through
  1. Independent study
  2. Live presentations and workshops conducted or supervised by a PADI Course Director and IDC Staff Instructors.
  3. The IDC emphasizes development, not testing, and so provides a low-stress environment that frees candidates to learn from their errors and concentrate on knowledge and skill development. Candidates continue until they can reliably achieve the minimum performance requirements to progress beyond the IDC.

Instructor Examination:

On completion of the Instructor Development Course you will attend the PADI Instructor Exam or IE.  The Instructor Examination (IE) evaluates candidate teaching ability, dive knowledge, skills level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude, professionalism and other attributes required of PADI Instructors. IEs are conducted over at least two days by an Instructor Examiner using standardized, objective testing criteria. When these criteria are met, candidates achieve the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

PADI is the only dive training agency that requires Instructors to pass an objective, independent examination to qualify as a professional instructor. The IE is a balanced and consistent evaluation process to ensure that all Instructor candidates meet the standards required of a PADI Instructor.

This two phase program;

  • 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 most extensive requirements for learning and performance of any recreational diver certification organization.

Why choose us?

Scubaversity is run by a dedicated team of Instructors with who are committed to helping you become the best dive professional that you can be. Our Course Director, Staff instructors are passionate about diving and look forward to making you a part of our team. 

  • Scubaversity is a PADI Career Development Center; our multi award winning dive center has all the professional facilities to make it the perfect place to take your PADI professional level dive courses.
  • We are committed to providing the highest standards of training in a relaxed, informal setting. The dive center itself has been designed for optimal teaching conditions with areas dedicated to classroom sessions, practical training workshops, and on-site training pool and of course space to chill out and relax after a dive!
  • Professional PADI programs are conducted with the latest up to date materials, digital products and interactive teaching aids. We are equipped with all the required materials needed for conducting Divemaster training, IDC presentations and workshops.


Some more reasons;

  • We run the most active dive club in South Africa and have a lot of fun.
  • We love to protect thus give as a free add-on your Project Aware Programs
  • We can offer your accommodation
  • Our shop stocks a wide range of diving equipment including masks, fins, regulators, dive computers, SMBs, reels and rash vests.
  • Hard gear equipment rental is included in the course.
  • A 15% discount is available for IDC candidates on all equipment purchases.
  • We include additional workshops on crucial skills such as the controlled emergency swimming ascent, how to run a DSD, controlling ascents and descents, Rescue skills and a Search and Recovery workshop.
  • Our Course Director’s and IDC Staff Instructors are ever present throughout the IDC and Instructor Examination for support and encouragement.
  • Free wireless internet access is included.

Prerequisites to enrol in your instructor course:

  • Be a certified PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor with current membership of PADI, or an equivalent leadership level certification with another training organization
  • Have medical clearance of fitness to dive, signed by a doctor within the past 12 months
  • Hold an EFR certification or other first aid and CPR training current within the last 24 months
  • Obtain Emergency First Response Instructor Rating
  • Have been certified as an Open Water Diver or equivalent for a minimum of 6 months
  • Be at least 18 years old at the start of the course.
  • To attend an IE you must also show that you have logged a minimum of 100 dives and have successfully completed an IDC.


How to prepare for your PADI Instructor course at Scubaversity.

We do offer preparation days ahead of the IDC but by preparing yourself thoroughly in advance, you will get more out of your IDC training and avoid feeling overloaded. To prepare independently we recommend that you:

  • Purchase all required online PADI materials.
  • Review your PADI Instructor Manual and the Guide to Teaching.
  • Revise the five dive theory topics, Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Dive Skills and the      Environment, Recreational Dive Planner.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of the PADI Instructor Manual or update yours with the latest Training Bulletins
  • Review the 24 skills you practiced during your PADI Divemaster course
  • Practice Rescue exercise 7; ‘Unconscious Diver at the Surface’ exercise from your PADI Rescue Diver course.

Required Equipment.

  1. Fins, mask, snorkel and appropriate exposure protection
  2. Cylinder and weight system
  3. Regulator with alternate air source and SPG
  4. Depth gauge
  5. Timing device
  6. Compass and knife/divers tool
  7. 2 Emergency signaling devices

All of the above equipment is for sale at a discounted rate to students or for rent from Scubaversity

Other items that will be needed for the IDC

  • 2 ID photographs
  • In date diving medical (12 months)
  • All non-PADI certification cards or certificates
  • Logbook
  • Calculator

What will my rating be after completing the IDC & EFRI?

You will have the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) rating and Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI).

Which courses can I teach with this rating?

You can teach the following courses as an OWSI:

  1. PADI Discover Scuba Experience
  2. PADI Scuba Diver
  3. PADI Open Water
  4. PADI Adventure Diver
  5. PADI Advanced Diver
  6. Emergency First Response
  7. PADI Rescue Diver
  8. PADI Divemaster
  9. PADI Bubble Maker  Experience
  10. PADI Seal Team
  11. PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty
  12. AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
  13. Project AWARE Specialist
  14. PADI Skin Diver
  15. PADI Discover Snorkeling


How do I enrol?

If you are interested and want to enroll, all you need to do is confirm with our booking sheet. We will invoice your for your course material which includes everything you need to start the theory portion of your course.

We will arrange a zoom orientation meeting where everything will be explained to you in detail.

Once on course, you will explore the remaining dive theory with your PADI Instructor. Learning is an ongoing development process so you will learn something new each time you dive with us. Towards the end of the program, there are some comprehensive lectures covering dive theory. We conduct these as live lectures and we also have a series of online videos for you to review.


Due to COVID’19 restrictions the scuba industry has not been given the go-ahead yet to do in-water training. The online materials will prepare you in detail for when we can get into the water once again. The next course is scheduled to start in August, however we will remain flexible towards your timing and the groups to ensure you get all your training done.




Lecture / Activity




Learner, Instructor and PADI Systems




Dive Theory Worksh
Theory Exam



PADI System Workshop
Learning & Teaching Workshop



Skill Development Workshop  & Swim & Tread
Confined Water Training Workshop
Confined Water Training Presentation – Dry



  Candidate Confined Water Training Presentation (1&2)

  Discover Scuba Briefing & Confined 



  Knowledge Development Workshop



  Open water Course Scheduling & Set-up Workshop

  Candidate Knowledge Development Presentations (1)



  Candidate Knowledge Development Presentations (2)

  Continued Education Workshop



  Candidate Confined Water Training Presentation (3&4)

  Open water Workshop

  Open water Teaching Presentation – Dry      



  Candidate Open water Teaching Presentation (1&2)

  Discover Scuba Diving Workshop – Open Water



  Candidate Knowledge Development Presentations (3)

  Sales Techniques Workshop



  Candidate Knowledge Development Presentations (4)

  Risk Management Workshop



  Pre-assessment Exams



  Candidate Open water Teaching Presentation (3&4)

  Open water Teaching Presentation – Dry 

  Advanced Open Water Diver Workshop



  Candidate Open water Teaching Presentation (Make-up)

  Open water Teaching Presentation – Dry   

  Rescue Diver Course Workshop



 Course Close





Orientation                                                                                                                                      01 August



Assistant Instructor Course                                                                                                          R   5 000

Open Water Scuba Instructor Course                                                                                      R   9 450

FULL IDC                                                                                                                                              R 14 450

Emergency First Response Course                                                                                            R   3 650


Course Materials

IDC Pack (Required for AI/OWSI)                                                                                               R 13 950 (Ex. Rate Dep.)

EFRI Pack (Required for EFRI)                                                                                                      R   5 500 (Ex. Rate Dep.)


Additional Costs 

IE Instructor Exam                                                                                                                             ±£ 527

Instructor Registration                                                                                                                    ±£ 153


Course Bookings

Please email or phone 082 852 8253 for more info or to book for the course. Welcome to the Start of your Professional Diving Career.



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