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What Can You Expect

After a pre-assessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in these sessions:

  • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
  • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
  • The psychology of evaluation and counseling
  • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations

Other than that, you’ll get to audit an IDC and practice teaching many curriculum components.

As an IDC Staff Instructor, you can independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses as well as assist with IDCs and other instructor-level continuing education courses.

Performance Requirements

To successfully complete a PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course, you must meet the following performance requirements:

Knowledge Assessment:

  • An IDC Staff  Instructor Candidate must demonstrate adequate knowledge of diving theory and PADI Systems, standards and procedures by exhibiting acceptable performance on written examinations.
  • You will be required to obtain a 85% passing mark on a series of pre-assessment examination.

Watermanship Assessment:

  • You are required to demonstrate mastery of the PADI Skill Evaluation Circuit. To obtain this mastery, you are required to get at score on all skills above 2.0 and an average of  a 4.0.

Teaching Assessment:

  • An IDC Staff Instructor candidate must demonstrate acceptable performance of an academic teaching presentation.


  • This involves orientation of the candidate to PADI IDC policies, procedures and philosophy.

Evaluation Training:

  • During this module, you will learn how to objectively evaluate and give positive comments to PADI IDC candidate teaching presentations. Consistency in evaluation and critique along other IDC Staff members is vital to enable the IDC candidate to effectively develop teaching skills. Effective and consistent evaluation of candidate teaching presentations is the most important function of a Staff Instructor.
  • To prepare you for this role, some preliminary training will take place.

IDC Auditing:

  • You will see from a staff perspective how a PADI IDC course is conducted and you will be able to see the development of the candidates’ abilities during the Program.
  • You will observe all IDC training segments, evaluation sessions, and all aspects of staff organization.

You may enroll in the PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course, provided that you are:

  • A current/renewed PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT); and
  • Able to submit a medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
How to proceed

Sign up for the course and get your Course Director manual and candidate evaluation slates.

From this page, select the pre-scheduled IDC date and check add-ons you want. After that, confirm your understanding of the inclusions and exclusions. The total amount due will automatically be recomputed as you play around with other options. When you are all set, just hit “Book Now” and follow the normal checkout procedure like you ordinarily would when making any online transaction (booking a hotel, airline tickets, buying products, etc).

Sample Schedule (IDC Audit)

2 days before the start of the IDC.

Day 1

  • Course Orientation
  • Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam
  • Dive Theory Exam


  • Instructor Development Standards, Procedures and Curriculum
  • How to Organize and Conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor Course
  • Skill Evaluation Pre-Assessment
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentation Pre-Assessment 1

Day 2

  • Knowledge Development Presentation Pre-Assessment 1
  • The Psychology of Evaluation and Counseling 1
  • Evaluating Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations 2


  • Evaluating Confined Water Teaching Presentations 2
  • Evaluating Open Water Teaching Presentations

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course


IDC Staff Instructors are primary resources and mentors for instructor candidates during instructor training. With this comes a tremendous opportunity to positively affect the attitudes and abilities of the candidates, but it also results in a tremendous responsibility to remain current with PADI Standards and Procedures.

Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) who are ready to be excellent role models and agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety may enroll in an IDC Staff Instructor course.

What is included


  • Pre-assessment
  • Full IDC Audit
  • lunch while on training
  • tanks, weights, instruction & signed application form
  • Dive Funatics IDC Shirt
  • add-ons may be selected for total flexibility

Not included, are

  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor Application Fees
  • PADI Specialty Application Fees
  • PADI Course Director Manual
  • Candidate Evaluation Slates
  • Accommodation
  • Other Meals, transfers, boat fees, resort fees, refreshments and dive equipment

Who are IDCS Instructors
Just as scuba divers look up to divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move. Like PADI Course Directors, IDC Staff Instructors are role models for other PADI Members. This is with regard to PADI instruction, diver training and professionalism, especially as it relates to the PADI Instructor Development process. IDC Staff Instructors share a common responsibility to the dive community and an expectation of professional performance with PADI Course Directors. The perceptions formed by the dive community and instructor candidates reflect PADI’s, the Course Director’s and the Staff Instructor’s image.

IDC Audit - Who else can take this?
Other PADI Instructors who are looking to get refreshed may also take this course. This is a fun way to go through the whole IDC process, get refreshed, share your experiences with other candidates and learn new things from others.

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