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PADI Instructor

Imagine briefing a group of excited students in the shade of a palm tree before taking them into open water for the first time and watching their faces as they discover the wonders of a tropical reef. Now imagine getting paid to do it!


PADI Instructors are the most employable scuba professionals in the world - this really is your ticket to travel the world.

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About the Course

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the industry leading training programme to create competent and caring instructors, and Kerrie and Edwin are the best team to deliver it in a unique, fun and professional way. 

You'll participate in many realistic scenarios and workshops to build your confidence and ability so that once you've passed the PADI Instructor Exam, you are ready and raring to teach your first course.

Take This Course If You Want to
  • Travel the world whilst earning good money or

  • Do something truly fulfilling with your spare time around your existing career.

  • Share your passion for diving

  • Share the incredible learning journey of nervous new divers as they build their skills and confidence

Learn How to
  • Teach divers new skills in a fun and safe environment

  • Be an inspirational role model who brings out the best in people

  • Plan your teaching to be fun, safe and integrated to maximise efficiency

How to Earn your Instructor Certification



PADI eLearning

PADI eLearning makes it easy to fit your IDC eLearning into a busy schedule. 


Study offline, or online using a computer or mobile device. Connect with Kerrie and Edwin whenever you have a question or concern.


  • eLearning time commitment: approx 18-25 hours




With Your Course Director

The IDC is a life changing and unforgettable experience.  You will actively participate in classroom-based workshops to hone your instructional skills, curriculum presentations to deepen your understanding, written papers to demonstate your dive theory and PADI standards knowledge base and dry presentations of in-water skills to ensure you're truly comfortable and confident in their delivery before heading underwater.

  • Time commitment: 5 days



With Your Course Director

You will participate in at least two comprehensive pool sessions and two days at open water, where you will practice many teaching presentations, in addition to completing workshops and skills circuits to broaden your own dive skills and give you the toolbox you will need to be a first class instructor.

  • Time commitment: 3 days

  • Total time commitment for IDC: 8 days


Instructor Development Course Packages


IDC Dive Centre Manager Package


  • IDC MSDT Package

  • Training on servicing equipment

  • Training in dive centre operations 

  • Experience with real customers 

  • PADI Tec Rec Gas Blender 

  • Experience of guiding dives

IDC Career Counselling / Mentorship Package


  • IDC Materials Package

  • Job placement assistance

  • CV writing assistance

  • Interview practice

  • Networking events

IDC MSDT Package


  • IDC Materials Package

  • MSDT Training (PADI Specialty Instructor ratings)

IDC Materials Package


  • IDC Basic Package

  • PADI IDC Materials

IDC Basic Package


  • Instructor Development Course

  • PADI Dive Theory online

  • EFR Instructor training

IDC Custom Package

Get in touch today and we can tailor a custom package to suit your requirements.​


Approved Learning Provider

Scuba diving, PADI, Learn to dive, PADI Open Water course, Scuba Instructor, Instructor Development Course, PADI IDC, ELCAS,

Ocean Turtle Diving works with the MOD in a number of key ways:

  •  We are an Approved Learning Provider in the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme.

  •  We are a Career Transition Partnership Approved Provider.

  •  We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and offer an Armed Forces Discount of 5%.


The ELCAS approved Level 3 Certificate in Scuba Instruction is a comprehensive package that includes the PADI Instructor Development Course, PADI IDC eLearning and materials and PADI Dive Theory online. You need to be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent as a minimum to enrol in this course. 

Contact us and your ELCAS advisor, and submit our invoice to obtain a CAN number which we will need to begin the process.

Crossover to PADI

Whether you are BSAC, SSI, CMAS or any other dive agency qualified, you can crossover to PADI and make yourself a more marketable commodity around the world.  We have experience of working with numerous other agencys' candidates and can help you navigate the PADI system until you are super comfortable teaching PADI courses.

Contact our knowledgable team who will be able to advise you at what level your need to begin your PADI training.  Most existing Divemasters / Dive Leaders can enrol directly onto an IDC, and if you are already an Instructor elsewhere you probably only need to do the OWSI section of an IDC and then attend an IE.

Start your career and begin a lifetime of discovery. 
Join the UK's largest dive community.

More info

All PADI Professional Level courses requires written approval from a physician before you can begin the course.   Some local GPs offer this service and you can download the Diver Medical form here to take to your doctor for sign off.  Please send us a signed copy. 


You can also obtain an HSE Medical if you are planing to work as a Divemaster in the UK.  For either scenario, we highly recommend talking to our dedicated Diving Doctor, Dr Alastair Wilcockson, on 07768 932 484 or who will be able to review your form for sign off, or arrange an HSE Diving Medical.


If you (or your physician) have questions about medical fitness to dive, contact the experts at Divers Alert Network (DAN).

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