The PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course

The curriculum of the PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course consists of two parts; the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. The IDC Prep course is included at no extra cost in all of Camille’s PADI IDC programs. It combines all parts, the two day IDC Prep course, the four day Assistant Instructor Course and the four day OWSI program into a continuous program. This makes up for our 10 day IDC program, including the EFR Instructor course.

PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course Moalboal December 2014

PADI IDC December 2014 during a break

Our next PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course starts

26th July 2017

Our PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course is taught by award winning and Platinum PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens. He has received for a twelfth consecutive time the prestigious Platinum PADI Course Director rating. This rating was in 2017 received by less than 80 PADI Course Director worldwide, out of which 25 are based in the PADI Asia Pacific region. Camille is one of the very few PADI course Director worldwide who has received this rating uninterrupted since it’s inauguration by PADI.

Successfully completing the AI course earns you the Assistant Instructor rating. This allows you to work as Instructional assistant and independently conduct certain PADI programs. AI course completion also qualifies you to participate in the OWSI program.

During the AI and OWSI program it is important to understand that the staff will concentrate on your skill and knowledge development, not testing. The resort setting that we work in provides a low-stress environment that allows you to relax, which makes the learning easier. During the program our team of highly experienced staff, Camille, your PADI Course Director and Johan, a PADI Master Instructor will be on hand to offer you all the support you need.

Successfully completing the OWSI program (or an entire PADI IDC) makes you eligible to participate in the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

The PADI IE is a two day evaluative program. You will be tested in your teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level and understanding of the PADI system. Also attitude and professionalism. Instructor Candidates become Open Water Scuba Instructors only after successfully completing an IE.

PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course CESA workshop in open water

PADI IDC workshop on the CESA in open water


The PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course is a further step forward to becoming an experienced diving educator. It will make your transition from diving leadership to diving professional smoother and stress free.

The course is performance based. An IE Candidate will be required to pass practical tests and written theory and PADI standards Exams.

The course will familiarize you with PADI Standards & Procedures to all aspects of teaching. This includes effective academic presentations, assisting in the conduct and organization of PADI courses from PADI Discover Scuba Diving up to specialties and leadership courses such as PADI Divemaster and AI.


The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is a five day program that introduces you to the entire PADI System. It will also focus further on developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

Assistant Instructors or those who have completed the AI portion of the PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course as well as Instructors from other diver training organizations who want to become PADI Instructors (crossover) must complete this portion of the IDC program. Successfully completing this program qualifies you to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course

Class in session during the PADI IDC of December 2014


During the course you will give at least two confined water teaching-, two knowledge development- and two Open Water teaching presentations. You will also participate in continuing education workshops like the Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver courses.

During the complete IDC, Camille will include various other workshops. Camille will cover various aspects of being a scuba instructor and as a result prepare you for a life as a PADI Instructor after the IE!

You will need to meet specific performance requirements in order to pass the IDC. Like the AI Course this is a performance based developmental process. You will have several opportunities to meet the performance requirements. On successful completion of the OWSI Course, you will be awarded an IDC completion form. This is your passport to the Instructor Examination.

PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course

PADI IDC May 2014 in action


The PADI Instructor Development Course crew-pack includes all the materials needed to prepare for the PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course. The Start up Instructor Training Pack in English Includes:

  • Confined & Open Water Cue Cards
  • Confined & Open Water Lesson Presentation Slate
  • Adventures in Diving Instructor Cue Cards
  • Rescue Diver Instructor Cue Cards
  • Divemaster Instructor Cue Cards
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exams Booklet
  • Rescue Diver final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster final Exams Booklet
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching manual w/Hologram (paper and digital version)
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Positive Approach Selling DVD
  • Specialty Course Instructor Manual (Digital, multilingual version, E, DU, F, S)
  • Open Water Diver Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides (CD-rom, multilingual version, English, Spanish)


  • Dive Leader certification – PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization* who is either: a) an instructor member in good standing, or b) a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • 60 logged dives (with experience in night, deep and navigation) and 100 logged before you can participate in a PADI IE
  • Be a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary
  • PADI Assistant Instructor or current instructor member in good standing with a recognized recreational training organization for at least six months

Please bear in mind that for each course you need to fill out a medical statement. If you’re in doubt about your personal health issues, please contact a local Dive physician for any advice and/or medical statements before coming over here. A medical statement needs to include that you’re fit for diving (without restrictions) and needs to be handed in, signed by a physician at the start of your PADI IDC or Instructor Development Course. Consequently, failure to do so will result in not being allowed to participate in any in-water PADI IDC activities until you hand in the appropriate medical statement.

Please take a look at the Divers Medical Questionnaire and should you answer yes to any of the questions, please consult a physician before coming to the Philippines.