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PADI Course Director

Join the elite and teach the next generation of instructors by becoming a PADI Course Director!

PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC)

The PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC) is held several times a year and is run by other PADI course directors and examiners!

The CDTC cannot be run by a dive centre and as such is not a Diving Adelaide course. It is the highest and most respected PADI recreational instructor level for the industry’s most influential instructors and role models. 

To become a PADI Course Director (CD), a PADI Master Instructor must earn a spot in the CDTC by applying directly to PADI. During the application process PADI will examine your experience, training goals, training locations, ties to the industry and business plan. This is a highly competitive process and a lot of time and effort is required to secure a position on the CDTC.

Becoming a PADI Instructor


  • PADI Master Instructor
  • EFR Instructor Trainer
  • PADI Standards & Procedures Exam Pass Rate: 85%
  • PADI Dive Theory Exam Pass Rate: 85%
  • PADI Prescriptive Knowledge Development Prestation Rating of 4 out of 5 or higher
  • A minimum of 250 logged dives
  • Active Participation in PADI AWARE programs
  • Have extensive work experience in a PADI Dive Centre
  • Have no verified Quality Management violations within the past 6 months

What can I teach after becoming a PADI Course Director?

  • All programs a PADI Master Instructor can teach
  • PADI Instructor Development Courses

Course cost:

Average course costs, including flights & accommodation (usually it’s run in Malaysia or Indonesia): approximately $19,000.

What’s next?

The PADI Course Director level is the highest and most respected recreational dive instructor rating in the industry. Once you have reached this level, the next step is to start teaching the next generation of dive instructors.

How can we help?

At Diving Adelaide we teach a broad range of courses from the Open Water Diver course all the way through to PADI IDC Staff Instructor. We run most of the PADI specialty courses locally as well as all of the main courses on a monthly basis. If you’re a current Master Instructor and would like to become a Course Director, please contact us or our resident Course Director Bee to discuss how we can help you get to the level of Course Director!

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