PADI IDC (Weekends)

PADI IDC (Weekends)
PADI IDC (Weekends)
Brand: PADI
Price: $1,449.00
Brand: PADI
Price: $1,449.00

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
  • 18 IDC programs each year
  • Australia's leading PADI Career Development Dive Centre
  • Staff available for extra tuition if required
  • Sydney's largest employer of Dive Instructors
  • Full-time, weekend and 1 week express course options available
  • The weekend option can be completed in 3 consecutive weekends.
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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' in 2010 and also 'Australia's Best Dive Centre' 4 years running. 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 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; 3 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.

This course runs over 3 consecutive weekends. with the fourth weekend being the Sydney PADI Instructor Exam (IE). The Friday before the last weekend we also run the PADI EFRI Course. An Optional IDC preparation program is also run the weekend prior to the IDC beginning. The IDC Prep is recommended for those who have not recently completed their DM course, and/or are not confident with their Dive Theory.



Your program includes several stages. Check them out:

PADI Instructor Development Course (7 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 2 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 weekend prior to the start of the IDC.

Emergency First Response (First Aid) Instructor Training

Prior to gaining teaching status as a PADI Instructor you must be certified as a Emergency First Response Instructor. This training takes 1 day and is run during the IDC, prior to your Instructor Exam.

  • EFR (First Aid) Instructor Training - To select this as part of your Instructor Training Package, simply select it as an requirement in the options above prior to 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 prior to your course commencement as per PADI requirements:

  • Current PADI Instructor Manual (Downloadable from
  • PADI's Guide to Teaching *
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty 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 Encyclopedia 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)


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 an EFR instructor. We run an EFR Instructor course the Monday after each 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 recommend you take the IDC Preparation Program, 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 program will bring all your skills up to standard for entry into your IDC Instructor Program.

Post IE Courses 
On the 3 days imediately after we offer 3 courses which are open to candidates. On the Monday and and Tuesday morning we offer a PADI Side Mount Instructors course (Including sidemount training) for $495. Then on the Tuesday Afternoon and Wednesday we offer an Oceanic Service Technicians Course which can be combined with a PADI Equipment Speciality Instructor course.

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