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IDC Overview

IDC Overview

Overview Of A Phuket IDC

This section will try to give you a clear and precise overview of what an IDC actually is, what it stands for, why you need to do one and most importantly of all, why you won’t regret booking one with Aussie Divers Phuket.

If you can’t find the answer you are looking for in the IDC Overview area, please check the other IDC sections and the FAQ area, if you can’t find the answer there either, please send us an email, we are always willing to discuss your IDC questions, options and special requirements.

What is an IDC (Instructor Development Course)?

The IDC stands for Instructor Development Course, you are now required by PADI to complete one before attending an IE Instructor Examination. So to put it simply you cannot be an Instructor without having completed an IDC.

The IDC is what teaches you everything you will need to know about becoming a PADI professional and the skills required to pass your Instructor Exams, both physical and paper based, plus rounds up all your physical dive skills to that of what is expected of someone who is now a teacher of scuba diving.

To complete an IDC successfully, a PADI Course Director will need to sign you off and agree that you are ready to attend an IE. If you do not meet the standards of an instructor candidate after your IDC you may be asked not to attend the IE.

Aussie Divers Phuket has 3 main packages for IDC candidates to choose from, they are listed below.

IDC Course Number of Days Inclusions Price
IDC Budget 12 Days Prep AI+OWSI (PADI IDC) 38,000*
IDC Pro Silver 12 Days Prep PADI IDC EFR/CFC Instructor 42,000
IDC Pro Gold 21 Days Prep PADI IDC/CFC Inst. & 5 Spec Instructor 54,000
IDC Pro Platinum 4 - 6 Weeks Prep PADI IDC EFR/CFC Inst. & MSDT 66,000

An IDC has multiple components, these components allow for varied learning and certification levels, they are explained below.

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Aussie Divers Instructor Development Course Phuket, Thailand

Aussie Divers has two PADI Course Directors who conduct monthly PADI Instructor Development Courses (PADI IDC), each IDC takes 12 days to complete. During this time you will go through and complete 2 different parts of the IDC course.

The first part is the PADI Assistant Instructor Course which takes 5 days. The second part is the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (PADI OWSI) which takes 7 days.

At the end of the PADI IDC, you have the PADI IE which is organized and conducted with PADI representatives: PADI Instructor Examiners.

You have different options to your PADI IDC, you can do it all in one go or one part at the time. You also have the possibility to do a segment of it online.

Below is an explanation of each section of the IDC.

Part One: PADI Assistant Instructor (AI)

One of the main objectives with the PADI Assistant Instructor course it’s give you the foundation methods for teaching scuba diving in confined water, open water training dives and in the classroom. Another objectives as a PADI Assistant Instructor it’s to function as instructional assistants and independently conduct certain PADI programs.

Others responsibilities acquired with this rating:

  • Teach Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and Coral Reef Conservation specialties under the direction of a PADI Instructor
  • Independently conduct Discover Scuba Diving in a pool or confined water
  • Independently conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions
  • Independently conduct Bubblemaker programs
  • During the PADI AI course you will go over:

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentation
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentation
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
  • Marketing
  • Business of Diving
  • Risk Management
  • Start Diving (Discover Scuba Diving, Skin Diving, Bubblemaker, PADI Seal Team)

Part Two: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

The main objective of the PADI OWSI is to teach you how you manage divers through mentor-ship for all the PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving to PADI Divemaster and it will prepare you to function as an effective PADI Instructor by thoroughly familiarizing you with the PADI system and all its diver training programs.

With this rating you will be able to teach:

Living The Dream After Instructor Graduation

Finding work after becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor can sometimes be a daunting task, you are competing against people with much more experience who have been working in the industry longer. The best thing about doing your Instructor Course in Phuket is that there is almost always work for new instructors and Aussie Divers will help you to get it. We have awesome and varied post graduation programs, ranging from 'Ride Alongs' with our elite instructors to instructor internships where experience & responsibility can be had in real world environments with real customers, getting you the qualifications & certifications you need to be attractive to employers.

The absolute best way to ensure employability after you graduate to a fully fledged (OWSI) Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor is to continue your training with PADI, especially when it comes to the PADI instructor specialties we teach here at Aussie Divers. Once you have five Instructor specialties under your belt you will become an M.S.D.T or Master Scuba Diver Trainer, which looks much better on your diving resume'. Specialties include being able to teach the PADI Deep Diver (40m), Enriched Air Nitrox, PADI Wreck Diver, Sidemount Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer courses, plus many many more!

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The Best Instructor Development Center In Thailand

Here at Aussie Divers IDC Phuket we do not worry about the number of divers or IDC candidates we have, we worry exclusively about the quality of your education, be it one person or many, you'll never feel abandoned or bored when training, working or diving with us. Maintaining relationships before during and after any courses done with us is what Aussie Divers is all about. To help manage such a huge base of divers & industry professionals we built this diver network, connecting on every social media platform we can think of coupled with extremely helpful blog articles, to keep you engaged & to keep you engaged with us for the entirety of your diving career!

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After looking for the right place to do my PADI Instructor Development Course & Instructor Exam's (PADI IDC/IE) I was referred to the awesome & WORLD's Best dive IDC Centre, Aussie Divers Phuket, by the PADI Platinum Course Director Christophe Pace. The boss… MASTER PADI Course-Director Darren Gaspari and his Team personally made my stay and the IDC course ended up being very enjoy and unforgettable. The training, practice and theory I received, wasn`t just made or designed to pass the PADI Instructor Exam weekend, it also personally gave me way more than needed and I am thankfull for it. During the whole IDC, the whole Aussie Divers team (Course Director, Staff Instructor's, MSDT's and OWSI's) showed excellent mastery of skill demonstration [...]

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