What is the PADI IDC course?

The PADI IDC course consists of a combination of Assistant Instructor– (AI) and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. It is intended to train Divemasters to become Dive Instructors. After your IDC, you can work anywhere in the world. You will learn to use the PADI System and teach the PADI diving courses. You use your current knowledge and skills that you’ll apply in the swimming pool, the open water and in the classroom. Course Director Chris will provide you with all the knowledge you need to successfully start your career as a dive instructor during the IDC.

Duik Instructeur Nederland

As a PADI Instructor you can train people from DSD to Divemaster. All related programs will be discussed during the IDC course. If you are a Dive Instructor from another organization, it is also possible to follow the PADI IDC via Cross-Over. During the IDC you will also learn to teach the following specialties: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Coral Reef Conservation and Project Aware. For other Specialties click here.
After the IDC, you’ll go to the PADI Instructor Exam. This is a two-day assessment by PADI examiners. Upon successful completion, you will be a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

PADI IDC packages

There are several IDC packages: IDC Bronze, IDC Silver and IDC Gold.
IDC Bronze is the basic package. The IDC Silver includes the EFR Instructor Course and the IDC Gold also has five Instructor Specialties. All packages include a free preparation day. For the cost of the PADI IDC, click here.


  • PADI Divemaster or equivalent.
  • EFR certificate, which is not older than 24 months.
  • A certified diver for at least 6 months.
  • Medical Statement signed by a dive physician, less than one year old, at the time of the exam .
  • 100 logged dives at the time of the exam.
  • Experience in deep, night and navigation dives.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • EFR Instructor.

Paperwork required to participate in the IDC

Course Materials

Before and during the PADI IDC you will use all PADI materials you have. You will also need your own equipment as described in the Instructor manual and various other supplies. See for this the Materials page.

IDC Preparations

When you sign up for the PADI IDC, it’s a good idea to start your preparations as soon as possible. You can prepare practically and theoretically for the IDC. For more information see the IDC preparations page. And if you want a preview of how you can practice your skills, here’s the video that Chris showed on the Duikvaker.

PADI IDC Planning

Ofcourse there are several IDC ‘s planned in the Netherlands at PADI 5* IDC center Divepost in Valkenburg, in Egypt by 5* IDC center Reef Oasis – Sharm el Sheikh and also in Belgium by 5* IDC Center Bubble and Dive. For the exact dates see the IDC Scedule.

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