Our 5 Star IDC Career Development Centre (CDC) facility is award winning and innovative; you'll soon see why.
Abyss Scuba Diving have been awarded by PADI as their 'Most Outstanding Dive Centre' in 2010 and also as 'Australia's Best Dive Centre' for 4 years in a row.Also, our chief Course Director Peter Letts has received several awards for his excellence in Instructor Development and contributions to the diving industry. It is easy to see why some many new Instructors choose Abyss!
There are many 'competent' scuba instruction courses that are available to you as a student, but when you are looking for more than simply entry-level you want the best Instruction from the most experienced and highly trained staff possible. There are many training facilities that use outside course directors to do their pro training. We have 4 full-time PADI IDC Staff Instructors; 2 PADI Master Instructors, and 2 full-time PADI Course Directors, who are all available to help you during and after your Instructor Development. That is the Abyss
IDC Program Requirements
IDC candidates must:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
- Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or equivalent qualifying rating.
- Have a current medical less than 12 months old
- Have a current First Aid certificate less than 24 months old (Can be arranged by Abyss if required)
- Show proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives
- Be a current PADI member
- Have all required diving equipment
- Have all books requested by the Course Director ( as per materials)
- Submit copies of all Dive Certificates
To be certified as a PADI teaching status instructor you must be a EFR instructor. We run an EFR Instructor course the Monday after each IDC. You can select this when booking your IDC here.
You program includes several stages. Check them oyut:
FREE PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Preparation Program (2 Days)
It is important that you receive the proper preparation to make the transition into instructing a success. To help ensure your success in the program, we offer all our candidates a free 2 day PADI IDC Preparation Program which will review all your previously learnt water skills, and also cover all previously covered theory topics like physics, physiology, dive planning and the like. This program will bring all your skills up to standard for entry into your IDC Instructor Program.
FREE PADI Search and Recovery Specialty Instructor Training Course (1 Day)
PADI Search and Recovery Specialty Instructor Training is one of the most important courses you will do with our Course Director prior to doing your Instructor Development. It will prepare you to teach the difficult tasks of underwater knot tying and lift-bag use, along with other associated skills prior to your Instructor Exam. These very difficult skills to teach are typically assigned during the Instructor Exam and are a common cause of failure. We have decided to provide this specific PADI Specialty Instructor Training Program FREE to all our instructor candidates to maintain our high Instructor Examination pass rate.
PADI Instructor Development Course (8 Days)
Sydney is without a doubt one of the best learning environments in the pacific to do your Instructor development. Buzzing with activity, our leading training facility provides our professional team of IDC Staff real world knowledge of the diving industry from entry level courses upward. You will work hands on with our PADI IDC staff helping you to develop into the best Instructor you can be. Over years of experience in diver education, our experienced IDC staff have developed unique and innovative instructor training techniques and specialised workshops, designed specifically to help ensure your success at your Instructor Examination. Through this program, we are that confident that you will pass your Instructor Exam, that WE CAN GARANTEE THAT YOU WILL PASS or we will pay for your second IDC for you.
We don't need to say much more than that; now do we?
Also included in your Instructor program:
FREE Scuba equipment hire and air fills during your training
FREE additional workshops on rescue techniques and diving skills.
Job placement service and career counseling during and after your program.
The largest team of PADI professional support staff in any PADI training facility in the state.
Full-time course director, 3 Master Instructors, and 3 IDC Staff Instructors available to help you during your training.
Comprehensive choice of instructor level continuing education programs.
Aditional study and support materials, for use free of charge, designed to aid you pro development.
Our team will provide you with quality training, in a professional yet fun atmosphere, and unsurpassed support during and after your course. Through our extensive global network of dive professionals we are able to offer job placement services and career assistance.
Carl fallon become one of 57 Course Directors worldwide (2 in Australia) to be a Platinum Course Director. This is a massive achievement reflecting the quality of instructor training at Abyss Scuba Diving.
Carl joined Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney in the 1990's where he quickly became head Dive Instructor.
Training divers in all levels of PADI courses and after gaining over a decade of industry related experience, Carl was awarded the prestigious PADI Course Director rating by James Morgan, the Vice President of PADI World Wide, at the exclusive Course Director Training Course in Malaysia.
Working side by side with PADI Course Director Peter Letts and Master Instructor Jamie Miller in delivering Divemaster, Instructor Development and Internship Programs, Abyss Scuba Diving became the only PADI Career Development Centre in New South Whales.
Carl's passion for the environment led him to start an environmental group called Botany Bay Watch. Together with PADI Asia Pacific, Carl development a unique PADI specialty course to teach divers about the environment and what steps they can take to protect it. Carl's efforts were quickly recognized by Australia's Federal Government, with him receiving special recognition to continue his work working with the community on environmental issues within his local area.
In 2006, Carl was promoted to Careers Development Manager at Abyss Scuba Diving where he further developed their Dive Internship Program, allowing him to reach a broader range of GoPRO candidates and setting Abyss Scuba Diving up as Sydney's premier PADI instructor training facility.
The high point of Carl's career was when fellow PADI Course Director Peter Letts accepted on behalf of all the Abyss Staff Members the prestigious "Most Outstanding PADI Dive Centre in Asia Pacific" award, which is highest industry award received by any training facility in New South Wales.
In recent years, Abyss Scuba Diving has continued to dominated the Australian diving industry, receiving the awards for the ‘Best Australian Dive Centre' and ‘Most Outstanding Oceanic Dealer in Australia' every year for the last 4 years. This is a true reflection of Carl's professional attitude towards the diving industry and instructor development.
Carl is one of the youngest PADI Course Directors in Asia Pacific, which gives him a unique teaching style that is extremely receptive by all ages of candidates. He brings fun and excitement into the IDC program, while ensuring that professionalism and a serious attitude is always paramount.
As Careers Development Manager of Abyss Scuba Diving, Carl will not only be able to prepare you to become a fantastic PADI Instructor, but he will be able to give you ongoing career advice. Carl has also developed an ongoing Job Placement service for all Abyss trained candidates, helping them find work when they become certified.
It is through teaching close to 1000 student divers, that Carl has extensive teaching experience and knowledge and you can definitely see his passion for the sport when he delivers his programs
Full Time or Part Time (weekend) Options.
The full time course Starts on the Saturday and Run until the following Sunday) with the EFRI Training on day 7 (Friday) and an optional Free Search & Recovery Speciality on the second Monday. The Part time IDC runs 3 Consecutive weekends. The Part Time IDC candidates will need to do the EFRI training on the same Friday as the Full Timers and may also do the Free Search & Recovery Speciality on Same Monday as the full timers.
There is a $400 premium on the part time course.
Oceanic Scuba Equipment Service Technician Course.
The ability to Service regulators and other dive equipment is a handy asset for any dive professional and it will make you considerably more employable.
Do the Oceanic Equipment service Technicians course as an add on to your Internship and along with becoming an Oceanic Service Technician and it is simple to upgrade to a PADI Equipment Speciality Instructor.