IDC information

What are the prerequisites?

  • Be atleast 18 years old
  • Be a qualified PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistant instructor (Both courses can be done through us)
  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

What Gear do I need?

  • Soft Gear (wetsuit, Booties, Fins, Mask and a Snorkel)
  • Hard Gear (BCD, Regulator, this will be discussed below)
  • Cutting tool
  • dSMB
  • Audible signalling device
  • Pocket Mask

I don’t have gear yet, can I rent?

We offer gear rental services to IDC candidates for hard gear only, all candidates need have the above mentioned gear or purchase it.

We offer a discount on all gear purchased through us.

How long will this take?

The IDC will consist of 10 days and it will take place right before the next set IE (Instructor Exam) which is set a year in advance by PADI, however if we have 4 or more candidates on one course we can request a private IE from PADI.

I work in the day what now?

That is not a problem, if you can only do the course part time we will arrange after hour sessions with you at no extra cost, this does mean that you will have to meet with our Course Director some nights and the overall time frame of the course will increase.


The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

What are PADI fees and why aren’t they included

Padi fees are admistration fees that need to be paid directly to PADI to process applications and attend instructor exams, below we will outline all the PADI fees you need to pay directly to PADI.

  • IDC Application = £153.00
  • Instructor Examination = £527.00
  • Emergency First Response Instructor = £95.00
  • Specialty Instructor (Course Director Trained) Each = £35.00

Instructor candidates will need to pay all of these fees except the specialty instructor fees unless they are intending on going all the way to Master Scuba Diver Trainer