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IDC STAFF INSTRUCTOR Wisdom and experience to share



Just as scuba divers look up to divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It's also a great career move.

Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) who are ready to be excellent role models and agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety may enroll in an IDC Staff Instructor course.

 The Fun Part

Because IDC Staff Instructors are an integral part of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), you set the stage for moving on toPADI Course Directoras you present topics in the IDC and help shape PADIDivemastersandAssistant Instructorsinto PADIOpen Water Scuba Instructors

Many of dive center or resort management positions require this level of Instructor experience and training, making this an important step if you are considering a career in Dive Center or you want toopen a dive shop or resort.

What You Learn

  • You become a master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations
  • You audit a complete IDC as a staff member rather than as a student

What You Can Teach

In addition to all the courses you can teach as aPADI Instructorcan also:

  • Teach PADIAssistant Instructorcourses.
  • Assist PADI Course Directors in conducting the PADIInstructor Development Course.
  • Assist PADICourse Directorsin conducting instructor-level continuing education.

At a glance, comparewhat you can teachwhen you continue your professional diver education.

The Scuba Gear You Use

You use all thebasic scuba equipmentand somescuba accessoriessuch as a dive slate,dive knife, compass,dive watch, etc.

It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills.


You must be

  • a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification
  • at least 18 years old



After a preassessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you'll participate in these sessions: 

    • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
    • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
    • The psychology of evaluation and counseling
    • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations
  • Plus, you'll get to audit an IDC or practice teaching many curriculum components.


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