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.

Every PADI Instructor should set a personal goal to become an IDC Staff Instructor within 1-2 years of doing their IDC There are many reasons for this, including

  • You can increase earning opportunities by being able to teach the PADI Assistant Instructor course independently;
  • Teaching at instructor development level is fun and challenging
  • Its a great chance to refresh yourself on teaching skills and background knowledge
  • You get to participate in an IDC without the prospect of an IE (you will listen differently)
  • You get in-depth exposure to new or changed aspects of the PADI System


  • Be renewed and in Teaching status as a PADI Instructor for the current year.
  • Hold a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.
  • Agree to conduct all levels of diver training consistent with the standards and philosophy outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual.
  • Agree to use the PADI System and components in its entirety.


Candidates are require to have:

  • PADI Course Director Manual
  • Confined Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
  • Open Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
  • All PADI IDC Required Materials – PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI Guide to Teaching
  • Open Water & Confined Water Cue Cards