Diving Instructor Development Course

Diving Instructor Development Course
Diving Instructor Development Course
Brand: PADI
Price: $1,299.00
Brand: PADI
Price: $1,299.00

Choosing which PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre (CDC) and a Platinum Course Director for your Instructor Development Course training is the most important decision you will make in your entire diving career. Abyss is Australia's leading PADI Instructor Development Centre (IDC), teaching over 250 instructor level certifications each year. Learn the secrets of becoming a great PADI instructor from Sydney's only Platinum Course Director.

  • 2 full-time Course Directors
  • Australia's leading PADI Career Development Dive Centre
  • Staff available for extra tuition if required
  • Sydney's largest employer of Dive Instructors
  • Full-time and weekend course options
  • FREE Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor Course
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Live the Dream - Teach Diving

Learn to Teach Diving From the Best of the Best

Our 5 Star IDC Career Development Centre (CDC) facility is award winning and innovative; you'll soon see why.

Abyss Scuba Diving received the award for 'Most Outstanding PADI Dive Centre' and also 'Australia's Best Dive Centre' 4 years running. Our lead Course Director, Jamie Miller, has received several awards for his excellence in Instructor Development and contributions to the diving industry, and has achieved Platinum CD level for the last 5 years running. It is easy to see why so many new diving professionals choose to become Instructors at Abyss!

There are many 'competent' scuba instruction courses that are available to you as a professional, but don't 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 complete their professional training. We have 3 full-time PADI IDC Staff Instructors; 2 PADI Master Instructors, and 2 full-time PADI Course Directors, who are all available, and here to help you during and after your Instructor Development. 


Course Schedule

The course runs over 9 (mostly consecutive) days including the EFRI. The Sydney PADI Instructor Exam (IE) is then the following weekend (Saturday, Sunday). An Optional IDC preparation program is also run the Thursday & Friday immediately prior to the IDC. The IDC Prep is recommended for those who have not recently completed their DM course and/or are not confident with their Dive Theory.

A Part-Time (weekend IDC) is also available.

Your program includes several stages. Check them out:

PADI Instructor Development Course (9 Days)

Sydney is without a doubt one of the best learning environments in the pacific to complete your Instructor Development. Buzzing with activity, our industry leading training facility, provides our professional team of IDC Staff with real world knowledge of the diving industry, from entry level courses upwards. You will gain hands on experience, training and working with our PADI IDC Staff, helping develop you into the best Instructor you can be. With over 20 years of experience in diver education, our experienced IDC Staff have developed unique and innovative instructor training techniques and specialized workshops, designed specifically to help ensure your success at your Instructor Examination. 

Need we say any more??

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 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.
  • 2 Full-time Course Directors, 3 Master Instructors, and 3 IDC Staff Instructors 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, designed to aid your professional development.

Our team will provide you with quality training, in a professional, yet fun atmosphere, with unsurpassed support during and after your course. Through our extensive global network of dive professionals, dive centres and resorts, we are able to offer job placement services and career assistance.


Through e-learning, your IDC programs' classroom time is reduced by two days, giving you more time to review your dive theory and fine tune your skills with our IDC Team.

Please ensure you select the IDC Online elearning component when signing up for the IDC.

Additional Fees

During your IDC, EFRI Course, Specialty Instructor Courses & IE, there are registration, application and examination fees that must be paid directly to PADI, enabling you to attend the programs and receive your new ratings.

All associated costs involved are outlined below.

  • PADI IDC Application Fee ($293.70 AUD*)
  • PADI EFR (First Aid) Instructor Application Fee ($202.40AUD*)
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Application Fees ($116.60 AUD* each)
  • PADI Instructor Examination Fee ($930 AUD*)
*(2019 Prices and subject to change periodically)

PADI IDC Preparation Course (2 Days)

It is important that you receive the proper preparation to make the transition into instructing a success. To help ensure your success during the IDC, we offer all our candidates a two day PADI IDC Preparation Course which will review all your previously learned water skills, and also review all previously covered theory topics like physics, physiology, dive planning and the like. This course will bring all your skills up to standard for entry into your IDC. The IDC Prep Course is run on the Thursday and Friday before the start of the IDC.

Emergency First Response (First Aid) Instructor Training

Before gaining teaching status as a PADI Instructor, you must be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor. This training takes one day and is run during the IDC, before your Instructor Exam.

  • EFR (First Aid) Instructor Training - To select this as part of your Instructor Training Package, simply select it as a requirement in the options above before purchasing your IDC. The EFRI cost is reduced by $96 AUD if it is purchased together with your IDC program now.

Training Materials

During you IDC you will need special Instructional Materials to help you along your way. The materials you will need that you won't already have through previous training are all available in the PADI IDC Crew Pack. This pack is compulsory and is available for purchase at a discounted rate if selected with your IDC program now. Please select it as a requirement in the options above and save over $250 off the price of the pack. (Normal retail price is $838AUD)

You will also need to have the following materials before your course commencement as per PADI requirements:

  • Current PADI Instructor Manual (Downloadable from padimembers.com)
  • PADI's Guide to Teaching *
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these speciality course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE - Coral Reef Conservation*
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual *
  • Recreational Dive Planner - RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets *
  • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book *
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet *
  • Adventures in Diving Manual *
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual *
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet*
  • PADI Divemaster Manual*
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet*
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving*
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate*
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate*
  • The Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving *
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online

* Items included in IDC crew pack bought at discounted rate ($650)

*Items available from our library (fee applies)



Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program

A Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), is a highly experienced Open Water Scuba Instructor, who is more employable and capable of teaching a larger variety of PAspecialtyity diver courses. By becoming a Master Scuba Diver Trainer you'll add additional teaching certifications and experience to your PADI instructional wallet, adding variety to your instructional abilities, making teaching more fun and exciting for both you and your students!


This is achieved through the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation Course, which teaches you how to deliver a range of PADI speciality diver courses. Your MSDT Prep Course takes place over the 5 days between when the IDC is completed and the IE takes place  giving you 5 additional Specialty Instructor ratings allowing you to teach a range of different course.


Before applying to PADI for certification as an MSDT, you'll need 5 Specialty Instructor ratings (achieved during the MSDT Prep) and 25 student certifications.

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

    • PADI Deep Diver Specialty Course
    • PADI Enriched Air Diver Specialty Cours
    • PADI Wreck Diver Specialty Cours
    • PADI Sidemount Diver Specialty Course
    • PADI Oxygen Providers Specialty Course


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

  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Application Fee ($103.40AUD each PADI speciality)- Optional fees and only applicable if you applying for speciality instructor ratings
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Application Fee ($125.60AUD) - You can apply for your MSDT rating once you have been certified with five additional Speciality Instructor ratings (as above) and have taught and certified 25 student divers.


We offer a special accommodation package for the term of the combined IDC & IE. This is twin share accommodation, with breakfast. The accommodation is just a 10-minute walk from the dive centre. The cost for the nine-day period of the IDC,& IE is just $349.

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 dive medical (less than 12 months old)
  • Have a current First Aid certificate less than 24 months old (Can be arranged by Abyss if required, prior to the IDC)
  • Show proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • 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 an EFR instructor. We run an EFR Instructor course during the IDC. You can select this when booking your IDC here.

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.

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Cody Vyhnalek on 6/7/2015 3:32:14 AM

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Comments: The IDC was one of my best experiences iv had, along with all the courses iv done with Abyss following up to the IDC. with 3 awesome course directors and all staff with unbelievable amount of knowledge and ways of teaching you the things to become the best instructor you can be. Abyss will go the extra mile to make sure your comfortable and understand everything without hesitation also making it fun and exciting at the same time. cheers guys.!!

"Abyss the only place to go"

James Morris on 14/5/2015 2:51:01 AM

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Comments: My time with Abyss was my refresher IDC to renew my status and do my MSDT. It was the best experience with the greatest professionalism and enduring the recent wild weather. With the utmost friendly and helpful staff I have met in a long time. I feel inspired and recharged in my Diving career. I highly recommend Abyss


Leah hurley on 12/5/2015 10:13:38 PM

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Comments: I had a blast in my IDC abyss makes it fun but at the same time gets down to business. Carl and Jamie are amazing course directors! If any one was struggling they were there to give a extra hand at any time of the day /night. Whether it was questions for our classroom presentations to our open water skills the abyss team was always on top of it!


Laura casserly on 11/5/2015 4:27:50 PM

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Comments: Where to start. The whole team is so professional but at the same time feels like family. The time, passion and dedication put in by each member especially Carl was unreal. Abyss is a must if you want to learn and have fun. I travelled from Qld to do my IDC there and it was the best decision ever. I will visit everytime in back in Sydney just to say thank you again.

"Scuba Service Technician Course"

Andrew on 11/4/2015 8:37:10 PM

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Comments: Carl is a great teacher! Patient and full of good advice and tips. This course is challenging and requires effort, but it is well worth it. Having the ability, understanding and skills to service particular regulators will make me a better diver.

"The BEST!"

Fernando Fernandes Giacomini on 2/12/2011 9:59:36 AM

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Comments: I travelled more than 14.000 km to come to Sydney and do my IDC at Abyss Scuba Diving. I have absolutely nothing to regret. The school couldn't be more professional. The Course Directors really care about you. Carl Fallon is an excellent professional and Peter Letts does everything to help you. Few times I thought it was more important for him than for me to make me pass in the exam. Peter taught me personally, recognised my difficulties and helped me to become stronger and more self confident. ... More details

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