Ready to share your love of diving with others who are just starting out? Become a PADI Instructor. Take students from their first breaths underwater to open water dives that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. Your PADI Instructor Development Course will prepare you for a successful career ahead. Not only will you learn tried and true ways of teaching students, but you’ll join the ranks of elite dive pros. In fact, PADI Instructors are the most sought after dive pros in the world.

UPCOMING 2022 IDC Dates:

August 17-26 (IE August 27-28)

Starting September 17: Sept 17-18, Sept 24-25, Oct 1-2, Oct 8-9, Oct 15-16 (IE October 22-23)

October 12-21 (IE October 22-23)

Starting November 12: Nov 12-13, Nov 19-20, Nov 26-27, Dec 3-4, Dec 10-11 (IE December 17-18)

December 7-16 (IE December 17-18)

2023 Dates TBD Pending PADI IE Schedule

Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Pura Vida Diver’s Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a 10-Day program followed by a 2-day Instructor Exam (IE). Class sizes are kept small and are usually around 3 people (with no more than 6). This allows for lots of practice and individual attention, ensuring that you’re well-prepared and confident during your IE.

Our IDC is offered as a Career Program that bundles the cost of everything you need to become an instructor. This includes your Emergency First Response Instructor rating, the IDC itself, the IE, and all related fees. For a breakdown, look at the Dive Professional Level 2 Program on our Career Training Packages page.

What Will I Learn?

Your IDC will cover everything you need to know to pass the Instructor Exam. More than that, it will prepare you for a successful career in diving.

Before beginning your IDC, you’ll learn what it means to be an instructor using PADI’s IDC eLearning. Once the IDC begins, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in the classroom, confined water, and open water. Our Course Directors will guide you through the process and strengthen your skills so that you’re ready to go for your exam.

Your average day during the IDC runs from 8am to 6pm with a break for lunch. Days are a combination of classroom sessions, pool sessions, and open water sessions.

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

  • 4 Confined Water Teaching Presentations
  • 3 Knowledge Development Presentations
  • 2 Open Water Teaching Presentations integrating 2 skills

Open Water Workshops Include:

  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
  • Adventure Dive Workshop
  • Rescue Exercise Workshop

Demonstrate competence at performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation

Perform at Face-down, nonstop swim for 800 meters/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins (no time requirements)

You’ll attend and participate in the following curriculum presentations:

  • Course Orientation
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Open Water diver course
  • Adventures in Diving Program
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Divemaster Course

To prepare you for real-world teaching and the IE, you’ll need to demonstrate your knowledge of Dive Theory by passing a five part theory exam scoring 75% or better on each section,.

You’ll also take an open book Standards Exam.


The PADI Instructor Exam or IE typically takes place over 2 days. The exam is conducted by a PADI Instructor Examiner, and the exam schedule can be found on our Course Calendar.

The IE is split into 4 components

  1. Written Exams
  2. Classroom Presentation
  3. Confined Water Teaching
  4. Open Water Teaching


Age: At least 18+

Medical Clearance: PADI Diving Medical form signed by a doctor (an MD or DO) stating fitness to dive and dated within the last 12 months

Certified Diver Date: PADI Open Water Diver for at least 6 months (or Equivalent Certification)

Diving Certifications: Certified as PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Rescue Diver and PADI Divemaster (or PADI recognized equivalents)

Primary/Secondary Care Training: PADI EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months (or PADI recognized equivalent)

Minimum Logged Dives: Proof of 100 logged dives and showing experience in Deep, Night and Navigation

Accident Insurance: Diving Accident Insurance (DAN is recommended)

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