PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Teach others how to Teach Diving

Just as scuba divers look up to divemasters, instructor candidates really respect PADI IDC Staff Instructors.

As the name implies, PADI IDCS Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders.

Taking the IDCS Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process. It prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. In addition it’s also a great career move.

Check this link to see PADI IDCS Instructor courses taught by our PADI Course Director Camille Lemmens.

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

Staffing during an PADI IDC includes evaluation of the IDC candidates

As a PADI IDCS Instructor you will help raise the next generation of PADI professionals. First of all you gain in-depth instructor trainer knowledge. For example, as an IDCS Instructor you will be able to conduct independently the Assistant Instructor course. Furthermore you can present topics in the IDC. Consequently and most importantly you help shape PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors into PADI Open Water Instructors.

In short, if you plan to teach PADI Divemasters then the IDC Staff Instructor course will give you much-needed knowledge and skills. In other words, these skills will help you create the Divemasters in their first step as a PADI Pro.

First of all, you will be assisting our PADI Course Director closely during a full IDC Program. Secondly, you learn how to score the candidates knowledge development, confined and open water presentations. Furthermore you will also learn how to counsel and motivate them.

The IDC Staff instructor course is a rewarding course. Above all you are actively involved in all parts of the PADI IDC training.  As a result you receive very valuable tips and techniques from our PADI Course Director. Most importantly you experience firsthand the development process of new instructors.

Your training to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor will involve four modules:
  • Reassessment of knowledge, water skills and teaching ability
  • Orientation to PADI IDC policies, procedures and philosophy
  • Training in the skills of objective evaluation
  • Auditing a complete IDC Course.

PADI IDC Staff Instructor

What will you learn?

After a pre-assessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques. Likewise you will 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.

What are the components of the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course ?

Knowledge Assessment: An IDC Staff  Instructor Candidate must demonstrate adequate knowledge of diving theory and PADI Systems. Likewise you must demonstrate standards and procedures by exhibiting acceptable performance on written examinations. You are required to obtain a 85% passing mark on a series of pre-assessment examinations.

Watermanship Assessment: You are required to demonstrate mastery of the PADI Skill Evaluation Circuit. To obtain this mastery all skills need to be above a 3.0 and an average of  a 4.0 or higher is required.

Teaching Assessment: An IDC Staff Instructor candidate must demonstrate acceptable performance of an academic teaching presentation.

Orientation: This involves orientation of the candidate to PADI IDC policies, procedures and philosophy.

Evaluation Training: During this module, you will learn how to objectively evaluate and give positive comments to PADI IDC candidate teaching presentations. Consistency in evaluation and critique along IDC Staff members is vital to enable the IDC candidate to effectively develop teaching skills .
In other words, effective and consistent evaluation of candidate teaching presentations is the most important function of a Staff Instructor. To prepare you for this role, some preliminary training will take place.

IDC Auditing: To sum it up, you will see from a staff perspective how a PADI IDC course is conducted. Likewise you will be able to see the development of the candidates’ abilities during the Program. In conclusion, you observe all IDC training segments, evaluation sessions, and all aspects of staff organization.


You must have PADI MSDT certification.

Course Director Manual is required
Evaluation slates are mandatory