Why do I want to become a IDC Staff Instructor?

As a seasoned PADI Instructor, you have wisdom and experience to share with up-and-coming PADI leaders. And, you know that continuing your education never ends.


As an Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructor, you help bring up the next generation of PADI Instructors while gaining in-depth instructor-trainer knowledge.


What do I need to start?


You will need the PADI Course Director Manual and appropriate slates


What will I do?


Because IDC Staff Instructors are an integral part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), you set the stage for moving on to PADI Course Director as you present topics in the IDC and help shape PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors into PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors 


Many of dive centre or resort management positions require this level of Instructor experience and training, making this an important step if you are considering a career in Dive Centre or you want to open a dive shop or resort.


What You Learn?


  • You become a master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations

  • You audit a complete IDC as a staff member rather than as a student


What You Can Teach?


In addition to all the courses you can teach as a PADI Instructor can also:


  • Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses.

  • Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting the PADI Instructor Development Course.

  • Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting instructor-level continuing education.


How long will it take?


You have two options for completing your IDC Staff Instructor Course;

  • Option A – 9-10 Days: Start two days before a scheduled IDC to complete the pre-requisites for Staff Instructor and then audit all areas of the IDC Program alongside our IDC Candidates. The benefit of completing the course this way is that you get hands-on experience with our IDC Candidates. 

  • Option B – IDCS Express - 3-4 Days: This option is a convenient shorter version of the IDC Staff course. You still complete all of the pre-requisites for IDC Staff Instructor but instead of auditing a full IDC Program you micro-teach parts of the presentations that form the Assistant Instructor course. 


Why not complete the IDCS Express Course before a scheduled IDC Progra?, Then actually audit a full IDC as a qualified IDC Staff Instructor and receive your first credit towards the PADI Master Instructor rating!


What will I need?


You must be at least 18 years old and a renewed PADI MSDT


Where can I go from here?


The next level is PADI Master Instructor. This level is reached through years of hard work and dedication, and gain more experiance with your Course Director with Specialty Instructor Programmes.


For now, just out there and enjoy your teaching experiences, you can also teach alongside a PADI Course Director on the IDC courses.


IDC STaff Instructor Course Fee:


£350 - excludes course materials and PADI application fees


Where from here then?


Learn to Scuba Dive in Manchester

Dive Shop and Service Centre 

Opening Hours

By Appointment

Course Director 07973 937 316

Learn to Scuba Dive in Stockport

Important Notice: Call or Email if you don't see a course date and we will endeavour to sort you a date

Training: Chris 07887 936 287
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