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PADI Course Director

PADI Course Director

PADI Course Course Director

The PADI Course Director is the highest instructor ranking in the PADI system. They have graduated from being a PADI Master Instructors and have taken the next step and joined an elite group of instructor trainers. Less than 100 are offered the privilege each year.

Course Directors are the only instructors allowed to teach PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs)and other instructor-level training. This makes them the scuba diving industry’s most influential leaders and role models.

Their rating is the highest and most respected professional rating throughout the recreational scuba diving world.

To become a Course Director you must be selected by PADI to gain a spot in a Course Director Training Course (CDTC) through a competitive application process that examines the applicants experience and training objectives.

PADI Master Instructors who have extensive teaching experience and have assisted with several IDCs could be considered. Applicants also need to be an EFR Instructor Trainer, have at least 250 logged dives, have PADI Dive Center or Resort work experience and meet other requirements as listed on the most current CDTC application available for download from the PADI Pros’ Site.

After an application is approved, the applicants will start their training by completing several online presentations, knowledge reviews and a Course Director-level exam on PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures. These teams are completed at their local PADI instructor Examinations.

The actual CDTC lasts nine full days and is made up of of staff presentations about how to organize and promote instructor development, lots of hands-on workshops in class, confined water and open water with a focus on evaluation training, professional development and counseling techniques.

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!

Instructor Specialty Courses

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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Donald Booker

I did my PADI Divemaster course with Ashley Walker in Queensland in 2013. Ash mentioned he was having a great time working in Thailand with Aussie Divers. Ash convinced me to head to Phuket and to do my PADI Instructor Development Course with Aussie Divers Phuket. Darren and the team really made the course a couple of weeks to remember. Ash recommended that I do PADI IDC online and I am glad that I did. It freed me up to work on other parts of the course and even let me have a days break in the second week which I really needed. The support I got through the IDC not only from Darren and Ash but from the whole team was unbelievable. [...]

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Suzy Parrasen

I was referred to Aussie Divers Phuket and Darren Gaspari by Platinum Course Director Christophe Pace I had a very enjoyable and professional IDC with Darren and Ash. Both had a great sense of humor which made the course go quite quickly. Both spent extra time with me working on areas that I had trouble with. Unfortunately I am not very good at Physics and Physiology and both spent many of extra hours making sure that I was able to pass the exams comfortably. I came away from the course not only as a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor but with a new approach on scuba diving. I also made many friends amongst the Aussie Divers team who made me feel like one of the [...]

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Jamie Madalyn

From the 26th June to the 8th of July 2016, I took my PADI Instructor Development course (PADI IDC) with course director Darren Gaspari, of Aussie Divers Phuket. The Instructor Development team including, Darren, Simon, Ash and the rest of the instructor staff at Aussie Divers Phuket personally assisted with my development as an instructor. Going above and beyond in the training and preparation to ensure I not only passed the PADI Instructor Exams, but also passed the PADI IE with top scores. The entire Aussie Divers team, with many years of training behind them was able to provide me with ample opportunities to learn and develop my practical skills. All provided in a professional environment and manor, working [...]

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