Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor Course

Utilizing state-of-the-art technologies to become a scuba diving instructor, your PADI IDC in Sydney will only need one week away from work.

The PADI Scuba Diving Instructor Course (IDC)

Abyss Scuba Diving is one of five PADI Five Star Career Development Centers in Australia. The CDC classification is assigned to PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centres that dedicate their organization to the professional development of diving instructors. 

 Abyss Diving is proud to employ three PADI Course Directors on staff, including a female Course Director and a Chinese Speaking Course Director. Although the majority of PADI 5-Star IDC have a single Course Director, it has been our experience that our team-based approach to PADI diving instructor training is more effective because of the range of experience, teaching styles and personalities you are exposed to and learn from during your IDC.

Some Directors of PADI Instructor Courses require at least two weeks to prepare their candidates for the PADI Instructor Exam. Many candidates find this amount of time away from work difficult. Abyss Scuba Diving in Sydney now offers an IDC that requires only a week away from work to become a PADI diving instructor.

  • Three full-time Course Directors
  • Australia's leading PADI Career Development Dive Centre
  • Staff available for extra tuition if required
  • Sydney's largest employer of Diving Instructors
  • PADI Dive Against Debris Instructors Training within your IDC
  • Learn at Sydney's biggest PADI dive shop

After the successful completion of your IDC with Abyss Scuba Diving and then passing PADI Instructors Exam, you will be qualified to teach:

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Scuba Diver Course
  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • EFR Emergency First Response
  • Project AWARE Specialty
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty
  • PADI Bubblemaker and Seal Team


The Cost of Becoming a PADI Diving Instructor -   -- EVE Shortcode -- Plus PADI Fees

To become a PADI diving instructor, you need to complete the PADI IDC and the Emergency First Aid Instructor rating. When looking at any IDC, the total cost of becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor then the entire cost must be considered.

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What You Learn in PADI Dive Instructor Courses

You’ll learn how to apply the PADI System of Education during the course by presenting at least.

  • Two confined water teaching presentations
  • Two knowledge development presentations
  • One open-water teaching presentation - integrating two skills

The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. The key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

You will demonstrate competence at

  • performing all twenty dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for four hundred metres & a 10-minute Tread water.

During your diving instructor course, you’ll need to demonstrate competency in dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring at least 75% on each part.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You will need to equip yourself with all the standard scuba diving equipment as well as two scuba signaling devices —one audible and one visual.



To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • To qualify, you must be certified as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor, or an instructor in good standing with another training organisation for at least six months. (If you're unsure if your credentials qualify, check with a PADI Course Director or Contact Us.)
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor. 
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months
  • Have sixty logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need one hundred logged dives to take the Instructor Exam.
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months

PADI Instructor Development Course (7 Days)

Sydney provides an excellent learning environment for those looking to become certified PADI instructor. With our industry-leading training facility and professional team of IDC Staff, you will gain real-world knowledge and experience in the diving industry. Our hands-on approach will help develop you into the best Instructor possible.


Our Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff have over 20 years of experience in diver education and have created cutting-edge instructor training methods as well as specialized workshops to help ensure your success on the Instructor Examination.

Also included in your Instructor Program:

  • FREE Scuba tank hire and air fills during your training
  • FREE additional workshops on rescue techniques and diving skills.
  • Job placement assistance and career counselling during and after your program.
  • The largest team of PADI professional support staff in any PADI training facility in the state.
  • Three Full-time Course Directors,
  • Master Instructors and IDC Staff Instructors are available to help you during your training.
  • A comprehensive choice of instructor-level continuing education programs.
  • Additional study and support materials, for use free of charge, are designed to aid your professional development.

We pride ourselves on offering quality training in a fun, professional environment. Plus, you can always count on us for support during and after your course. What's more, through our vast global network of dive professionals, we can help you find a job or advance your career.

Emergency First Response (First Aid) Instructor Training

One of the requirements to becoming a PADI Instructor is being certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor. This training, which takes one day, occurs during the IDC before your final Instructor Exam.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep Program

A Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) is a highly experienced Open Water Scuba Instructor who can teach a broader range of PADI specialty diver courses. By earning the title of Master Scuba Diver Trainer, you'll add more teaching certifications and experience to your PAD I instructional wallet, allowing you to offer greater variety in your lessons for both yourself and your students!


This is possible via the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation Course, which teaches you how to run a variety of PADI specialty diver courses. Your MSDT Prep Course lasts for 5 days after you've completed the IDC and will allow you to award 5 more Specialty Instructor certifications as well as teach a range of distinct courses.


Before you can apply to PADI for an MSDT certification, you'll need five Specialty Instructor ratings (which you can achieve during the MSDT Prep) and twenty-five student certifications.

If you select the MSDT Prep course, by the end of your program, you'll be trained on how to teach the following:

  • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Instructor Course
  • PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty Instructor Course
  • PADI Underwater Navigation Specialty Instructor Course
  • PADI Shark AWARE Specialty Instructor Course
  • PADI Oxygen Providers Specialty Instructor Course



Before receiving certification as an MSDT, you will need to apply to PADI. Associated application fees for this rating are paid directly to PADI after you are instructor certified. These are: 

  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Application Fees. Optional fees and only applicable if you apply for specialty instructor ratings.
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Application Fee. You can apply for your MSDT rating once you have been certified with five additional Specialty Instructor ratings (as above) and have taught and certified twenty-five student divers.


We have a range of accommodation options available near our dive center, including backpackers and Airbnb. Let us know what you are looking for and we will help you find something that suits your needs.


 It is possible to pay off the IDC between now and the beginning of the course. All you need to hold your position is to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500.

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Why Choose a PADI IDC?

1. PADI is the world's leading scuba diving organization

PADI is the Professional Association of Diving Instructors and is the world's leading scuba diving organization. With over 6,000 dive centres and resorts worldwide, and more than 135,000 instructors, PADI courses are available just about anywhere you want to dive.

 2. PADI uses work-leading technology to train IDC candidates

PADI Instructor development courses are taught using cutting-edge technologies. Thanks to state-of-the-art technology, your PADI instructor development course can now be completed with one week off from work.

 3. You'll be taught by experienced PADI Course Directors

All PADI instructor development courses are taught by experienced PADI Course Directors who have been specifically chosen for their knowledge and experience. You can be confident that you're getting the best instruction when choosing a PADI IDC.

 4. The PADI Instructor development course curriculum is constantly updated

The PADI IDC curriculum is constantly updated to ensure that it meets the needs of today's divers. You can be sure you're getting the most current and comprehensive instruction when choosing a PADI instructor development course.

 5. You'll learn from real-world experience

During your PADI IDC, you'll have the opportunity to learn from real-world experience. You'll work with actual students and get first-hand experience teaching scuba diving courses. This will give you the confidence and skills you need to be a successful scuba diving instructor.

 6. You'll earn a prestigious certification

Upon successfully completing your PADI instructor development course, you'll earn a prestigious certification that will open doors for you in the scuba diving industry. With your PADI Instructor certification, you'll be able to work at dive centers and resorts around the world.

 7. You'll make lifelong friends

When you attend a PADI instructor development course, you'll meet other like-minded individuals who share your passion for scuba diving. You'll form friendships that will last a lifetime and make memories that will stay with you forever.

 8. You'll have fun!

Above all, attending a PADI instructor development course is about having fun! You'll love every minute of your time underwater, and on land, as you learn everything there is to know about becoming a PADI diving instructor.

 9. A Scuba Diving Career offers excellent worldwide Opportunities

A scuba diving career can be found found in PADI dive facilities in some of the best dive locations in the world. From the Great Barrier Reef in Australia to the warm waters of the Caribbean, there's a PADI diving instructor job that's right for you.

Why not begin your career as a PADI diving instructor at Abyss Scuba Diving Today?

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