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PADI Instructor Course

Become a PADI instructor with the only in house PADI Course Director (instructor trainer) in Adelaide!

PADI Instructor Development Course

About the Course


Keen to trade in the tie and suit for a wetsuit? Would you like to explore tropical diving destinations and turn your passion for scuba diving into a career? Time to take a gap year and explore the other 70% of the world?


Sign up for your PADI Instructor Development Course with Diving Adelaide, the leading PADI 5* instructor development centre in South Australia! Our IDC program has been designed by our resident PADI Course Director Bee and is your passport to a lifestyle of sun, sea, beach, spectacular travel, lifelong friends and a career everyone will envy!


Your Course Director Bee has been diving for over 15 years and has been a certified instructor for over 10 years. Speaking 5 different languages, he is an excellent communicator and has been a passionate ocean ambassador since the age of 16.

Top reasons to sign up for your IDC with Diving Adelaide


To enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and attend the PADI Instructor Exam (IE), each participants needs:

  • to be certified as a PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistanst Instructor (AI)
  • to have been a certified diver for a minimum of 6 months
  • a current CPR and Basic Emergency Life Support Certificate (no older than 24 months)
  • a current dive medical (no older than 12 months) from a SPUMS diving doctor
  • to get certified as a PADI Emergency First Response instructor (included in the course)
  • a minimum of 100 logged dives

Dive Medicals: We highly recommend SPUMS Diving Doctor Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medicals (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

First Aid Courses: We highly recommend First Aid Training Adelaide CBD for these courses as they run them almost every day at a great price! The training code for these courses is HLTAID011.  If you have completed these courses for your PADI Divemaster certification recently, the same certificate can be used for your PADI Divemaster Course. If you are a health professional, you may be exempt from this requirement. Please contact us for more information!

Minimum Dives: If you haven’t met the minimum requirement for the number of dives, we may be able to help! Please contact us for more information about our pre-IDC internships.

What can I teach after completing the IDC with Diving Adelaide?

  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Scuba Diver Course
  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • EFR Emergency First Response
  • PADI AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty
  • PADI AWARE Conservation specialty
  • PADI Bubblemaker and Seal Team (Kids programs)
PADI Instructor Course


Your whole PADI Instructor Development Course and all PADI IDC materials and eLearning!

The course fee covers your Emergency First Response Instructor Course with all materials and eLearning!

The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Course is included for free with your PADI IDC! Once you pass the PADI Instructor Development Course and your PADI Instructor Exam, you will be able to teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Course right away, even when you’re not a PADI  Master Scuba Diver Trainer yet!

The PADI Coral Reef Specialty Instructor Course is included for free with your PADI IDC! Once you pass the PADI Instructor Development Course and your PADI Instructor Exam, you will be able to teach the PADI Coral Reef  Specialty Course right away, even when you’re not a PADI  Master Scuba Diver Trainer yet!

During the whole PADI Instructor Development Course, all air fills (or cylinders and weights if required) are included in the course fee!


If you require any other rental gear during the course, please talk to your Course Director or the Diving Adelaide shop team beforehand!

Keen to jump head first into the diving industry? Talk to your Course Director for advice on what’s important when applying for a job as an instructor, the best areas to go, which experience to gain to become more valuable as an instructor and help with writing your c.v. or job application!

Keen to work for Diving Adelaide after the course! Talk to us as soon as possible about the possibilities of joining our professional dive team after the course!

Need to brush up on your PADI Open Water, Advanced Water or Rescue Diver Course materials! We have a complete library of PADI materials for all courses that you’re more than welcome to use during your course!


These fees are payable directly to PADI once you have passed the PADI Instructor Development Course (before the PADI Instructor Exam):


  • PADI Instructor Exam Fee (currently: $1120 – May 2024)

These fees are payable directly to PADI once you have passed the Instructor Exam:


  • PADI Instructor Application Fee – includes annual membership fee (currently $687 – May 2024)
  • PADI Emergency First Response Instructor Application Fee – includes annual membership fee (currently $167 – May 2024)

PADI requires all instructors in Australia to have insurance to work as an instructor.


Some dive centres (including Diving Adelaide) cover the insurance fees for their professional dive team.


If you plan to work as an independent dive instructor or for a dive centre that does not offer their staff insurance with the job, you will require to take out your own insurance to be allowed to teach (/be in active teaching status).

Course Structure

Home Study (preparing for your IDC)
– PADI eLearning
– PADI IDC Candidate Workbook
+ IDC Prep Course (2 days) – optional

EFR Instructor Course (1 day)
– Included in the course.

IDC Course (7-9 days)
– Run on evenings and weekends

Instructor Exam (IE) (2 days)

Frequently Asked Questions

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You can collect a physical gift voucher from the store or simply purchase one through our online store from the comfort of your home.

The online gift voucher will be delivered via email and can be redeemed online.

Online Gift Vouchers

To sign up for the PADI Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam, you will need to be either a PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistant Instructor (or equivalent).

You will also need a current medical (no more than 12 months old), a current first aid certificate (no more than 24 months old) and a minimum of 100 logged dives under your belt!

You need to have been certified for a minimum of 6 months (or in other words, your Open Water Diver Course should have been more than 6 months ago) and you will need to get certified as a PADI EFR Instructor (which is part of our IDC program).

Have you completed your Divemaster or Assistant Instructor core courses with a different agency? PADI recognise most other training agencies, such as SSI or RAID, so you can simply cross over to the PADI system by booking onto this course. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

We have taught 18 year olds all the way up to 70 year olds to dive, so don’t think you need to be superfit to participate in this course!

You have to be comfortbale in the water of course and be able to carry the equipment (including a tank and weights).

All participants need to get a dive medical before the course. Simply contact a SPUMS Diving to get your diving medical done. We highly recommend Dr Anne Sampson from Hallett Cove for dive medicals (Mobile: 0418 803 250).

The minimum number of participants for us to run the PADI Instructor Course is three.

The minimum age to do this course with us is 18 years old.

Whether you’re sick, got COVID19, need to isolate, haven’t completed the PADI eLearning in time or can’t make the proposed course dates anymore, you can reschedule at any time before or during the course for any reason.

To reschedule, we will charge a rescheduling fee of $499. As soon as a course spot is booked, we reserve pool lanes and a company van, book in the instructor for all course dates and reserve the required gear and classrooms for your course. The rescheduling fee will be used to cover the costs.

The rescheduling fee only applies if we can’t find alternative dates for your course group. Usually we can simply reschedule one or two sessions to solve a short time issue like temporary sickness or a COVID19 case.

The theory for the PADI Instructor Development Course is delivered through PADI eLearning. The eLearning is included in the course fees.

The theory for this course takes approximately 30 – 40 hours to complete.

The main thing to remember is that we are going to get wet anyway, so if it rains a little that is totally fine (you will be nice and warm in your new drysuit).

However, we are of course dependent on the weather, with the wind and swell being the main factors that determine whether we can go diving safely. If the weather forecast predicts large swells or high winds, we may have to transfer the course to a different weekend. We always keep an eye on the weather forecast and will notify you beforehand if we expect this to be the case!

The PADI Instructor Dvelopment Courses usually take approximately 9 days to run. Most of the time we run the sessions on evenings and weekends and the schedule is flexible. Before the course, you will meet with your Course Director and the other participants to discuss the schedule and make small changes where required.

The PADI Instructor Exam is normally run on a weekend and takes 2 full days.

Any dive centre around the world will recognise your PADI Divemaster certification card. PADI is the largest certification agency in the world with more than 6000 dive centres worldwide.

Even if you end up diving somewhere in the world with a non-PADI dive centre, your PADI Instructor certification will be recognised right away.

To get the most out of your PADI Instructor Development Course, we highly recommend owning most of your own gear, including suitable exposure protection, dive computer, mask, snorkel and fins, cutting device, signalling device (whistle or mirror), SMB, compass, regulator set and a BCD.

Cylinder hire for use during the course will be included at no extra cost. If using your own cylinders, any required air fills at Diving Adelaide for use during the course will be free of charge.

Rental gear can be included in the course at an additional course. Please contact us for details.

Once you have succesfully completed your PADI Instructor Development Course, you will be ready to take on the world! You can travel the world and work as an instructor in some of the most beautiful diving regions in the world!

PADI instructors are the most sought after instructors in the industry. Even if you will apply for a job as an instructor with a non-PADI centre, the crossover to most other agency usually only takes a day or two. PADI does not recognise instructors from other agencies and normally requires instructors that would like to cross over to become a PADI instructor to do the full IDC and Instructor Exam. 

Would you like to work for Diving Adelaide as an Instructor ? Please see below for details!

You will be added to the Diving Adelaide newsletter, where we announce our (free) social shore dives for ex-students and our weekends away, interstate and international dive trips and so much more!

You can join any of the dive clubs in Adelaide as well. Many dive clubs love having Instructors on board to help run their club and their dives. Most clubs run boat dives for just $25 for a single dive or $35 for 2 dives!

Keen to take the next step? Once you have completed the PADI Instructor Development Course and Instructor Exam, we always recommend doing the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Course with our Course Director as well, so you can teach both all the core PADI courses as well as specialties!

If your dream is to become a tech diving instructor, another option is to go down the technical diving pathway to further your diving skills. Instructors generally  have excellent buoyancy control and have significant experience in the water, so taking the Basic Cave Course next is a great new challenge! If you’re keen to get into tech diving, but are not sure whether cave diving is your thing, the Intro To Tech Course may be better suited!

Are you keen to work for Diving Adelaide after the course? Please discuss future employment opportunities with your Course Director as soon as you have signed up for your course! We regard the Instructor Development Course as the application process for this role!

Proper customer interaction, professionalism, work ethic, punctiality and helpfulness are all highly regarded qualities of an instructor. We are always looking for quality dive staff and strive to provide the best training in the industry, so you will be ready to take on the PADI Instructor role as soon as your course has been completed!

The diving industry is booming and there is work all around the world for PADI Instructors. As the main training agency, PADI dive professionals are highly sought after. Additional skills as social media management, design skills, diesel mechanics, general handyman and maintenance skills, boating experience and many others are great skills to have on your resume when applying as an instructor!

If you need help with applying for jobs within the industry, please don’t hesitate to ask your Course Director for help or for a reference!

Booking Terms & Conditions

No shows, cancellations and transfers

  1. If you cancel your course on or within 7 days of the start date of the course, no refund will be given.
  2. If you cancel your course 7+ days before the start date, a cancellation fee of $499 will apply. Please note the eLearning portion ($1399) of this course is non-refundable.
  3. If you fail to attend your course without notification, no refund will be given.
  4. You may reschedule your course before the course starts at any time and for any reason (including sickness, not completing eLearning in time and COVID-19 related issues such as isolation). A $499 rescheduling fee will apply.
  5. Clearance to dive by a SPUMS dive doctor will have to be provided at the start of the course (stating you are fit to dive unconditionally). Failure to do so will result in a $499 rescheduling fee.
  6. You may transfer the course to someone else at no charge before the start of the course. Please note the eLearning portion of this course ($1399) may be transferrable, but if already redeemed, will need to be purchased again.
  7. All instructions are provided in English only. You are required to be proficient in English. Other students cannot translate on behalf of your instructor (no translation services can be used).
  8. If you fail to complete the course during the scheduled times, a $499 rescheduling fee may be payable to sign up for another course at a later date. Please note there is a lot of flexibility in this course.
  9. Failure to adhere to all of the pre-course requirements found on the course overview page (including completion of any online training) will result in cancellation of the course. No refund will be given and rebooking will be at full cost.
  10. You need to be comfortable in the water and have dived in recent years. If you’re not comfortable in the water or are not sure, please contact us beforehand or book a Refresher Course first. Failure to do so may result in having to reschedule the course. A rescheduling fee of $499 will apply.
  11. Courses must be completed within 365 days of the original start date.
  12. All fees are per person.
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