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Instructor development course (PADI)


teaching the art of scuba diving

If you have a passion for diving and a passion for teaching, a rewarding career as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is just around the corner. Become a teacher and mentor to students of all ages from all around the world, eager to become divers themselves. Get paid to do and teach what you love.

Pro Dive Cairns Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a two-week program designed to give you the tools to become the best PADI Dive Instructor possible. Pro Dive Cairns has a very high candidate success rate and an international reputation for producing the highest quality Dive Instructors. Conducted by our Course Director with over 20 years of experience, the program includes a mixture of academic modules, pool training and two days of ocean diving on a Great Barrier Reef island.

In conjunction with your IDC, Pro Dive Cairns will include the IDC Plus program. This two-day program offers additional classroom training and coaching on pool presentation techniques that will give you the best preparation for the Instructor Examination (IE).

Your course fee is comprised of the following

after 1st April 2024
Instructor Development Course $2,295
PADI EFR Instructor course $495
Online learning materials & slates

Instructor Development Course dates

17th – 30th May 2024   Japanese speaking staff available English speaking staff available

26th July – 08th August 2024  Japanese speaking staff available English speaking staff available

4th October – 17th October 2024  Japanese speaking staff available

22nd  November - 05th December 2024  Japanese speaking staff available English speaking staff available


As a dive professional you are expected to have your own dive equipment. If you do not already, our Course Director can advise you on an equipment selection along with an industry discount off any equipment purchased at the Pro Dive Cairns retail shop. Rental equipment is available if required.

PADI standards require that you have a full set of scuba equipment for the IE, including:
- Alternate air source
- Safety equipment (knife, whistle, safety sausage)
- Rescue pocket mask


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 Pro Dive Cairns)
  • 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:
    • PADI Open Water Manual
    • PADI Adventure in Diving
    • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
    • PADI Divemaster Manual
    • Diving Knowledge workbook
    • Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving
    • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
    • Rescue Diver Final Exam booklet
    • Divemaster Final Exam booklet
    • Specialty Course Instructor manual
    • IDC Guide to Teaching
    • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba diving*
    • Instructor Manual
    • Recreational Dive Planner Table and eRDPml
    • IDC Planning slate for Open Water and Confined Water