Instructor Devellopment Course


Choosing the right dive location for your professional training is the most important decision you will make prior to entering the dive industry as a professional educator.

PADI IDC Instructor course in Sipadan

Pulau Sipadan (Sabah, Malaysia, Borneo) is without doubt one of the best learning environments you can find.

Sipadan, Mabul and Kapalai offers world class and especially convenient diving conditions, attracting thousands of divers every year.

A perfect blend of truly Asia and international atmosphere, with a touch of adventure, warm waters, a tropical climate, beautiful Mabul beach, and the friendly Sabahan hospitality, all adds to an exciting, pleasant and enjoyable stay and completing your PADI instructor development course in Sipadan.

PADI Intructor Development Course

PADI’s Instructor Development Course comprises 2 distinct components: the Assistant Instructor course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

WHO is up for the IDC adventure?

If you’re looking to progress your skills as a professional diving educator, this is the course for you.

In order to become a PADI OWSI you’ll need to:

  • Be at least 18 and hold your diving certification for at least 6 months
  • Already be a certified Divemaster or an Assistant Instructor with PADI. If this is not the case, you’ll need to have been an instructor for at least 6 months with an alternative training organization and will need to check that your credentials qualify you to complete the PADI course
  • Already be a certified EFR Instructor and have proof of First Aid and CPR training in the last 2 years
  • Have logged a minimum of 60 dives including night dives, deep dives and navigational dives.
  • Once you’re ready to take the Instructor exams you’ll need to have logged at least 100 dives
  • Be fit to dive with proof from a physician in the form of a Medical Statement

WHAT equipment do I need for the IDC?

In order to complete the course you may need to purchase some additional scuba gear. In addition to your regular scuba gear, you’ll need 2 signalling devices, one that is a visual signaller and one that is an audible signaller. You’ll need to get your hands on the PADI IDC crewpack which will help you to prepare for the course. There are 23 learning materials in the pack, including:

  • Cue cards to remind you of PADI’s core courses, which are Open Water, Advance, Rescue and Divemaster
  • Quiz and exam books relating to the above core courses
  • Lesson planning materials
  • IDC workbook and related reference books
  • Speciality summaries for Project AWARE

WHAT is all the fuss about the IDC?

Help to transform your own life and the lives of those around you – diving enthusiasts who are on the same career path as you are and want to make a living out of their beloved sport of scuba diving.

WHAT will I learn during the IDC?

In order to complete the training, you’ll need to be personally committed to it with strong emphasis on organization. Before the course starts, you’ll need to finish all the self-study Knowledge Reviews as well as prepare assignments and presentations on a daily basis.

To cement your knowledge of the PADI System of Diver Education, you’ll need to learn about and present the following:

  • A minimum of 2 confined water teaching talks
  • A minimum of 2 knowledge development sessions
  • At least 1 open water teaching talk that incorporates at least 2 skills

There will also be 14 curriculum presentations that you’ll be required to attend and participate in:

  • Orientation to the Course
  • An Overview of the Diving Industry
  • General Diving Standards and Procedures
  • Risk Management and Legal Responsibilities
  • How Prescriptive and Media Teaching Methods Work
  • Adaptive Teaching
  • PADI’s Philosophy on Continuing Diver Education
  • How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (only instructors who are not PADI certified need to complete this)
  • Business Principles for Dive Instructors
  • Diver Retention Programs
  • PADI Scuba Diver and PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI’s Adventures in Diving Program
  • Speciality Diver Courses and the Master Diver Program
  • Rescue Diver Courses
  • Divemaster Course

What can I teach as an OWSI?

Once you are a qualified OWSI, you’ll be certified to teach the whole range of PADI programs, beginning at Discover Scuba course right up to Divemaster training. You could also be trained to teach speciality courses such as Enriched Air Diver courses or Digital Underwater Photography courses.

WHERE will the IDC take me?

As part of your instructor training you’ll get a chance to interact with the course participants, like-minded individuals who you are sure to bond with over the duration of the course. The course is also a chance to network with other scuba diving professionals, opening you up to the many professional diving job opportunities all over the world. After your instructor certification you could even continue your education by training in Speciality Instructor Courses, giving you the ability to teach certain specialities.

HOW long does it take to complete the IDC?

Understand the bigger picture and receive an introduction to the entire PADI diver education system. The first component of the IDC is the Open Water Scuba Instructor program which takes at least 4 days to complete.

As a participant in the course you’ll need to show that you are competent in performing all 20 of the dive skills described in the Skill Evaluation form. You’ll also need to be able to swim at least 800 metres/yards without stopping whilst using a snorkel, mask and fins.

In order to pass the theory section of the course you’ll need to score at least 75% in each of the 5 dive theory sections of the exam.

WHY should I be excited about the PADI IDC?

Students can rest assured that they are in good hands when doing the PADI IDC in Malaysia. Our Course Director has achieved a 100% pass rate for years as a result of his total devotion and dedication to helping his students. As a highly skilled diver, when not teaching you might find him taking underwater videos and pictures while conducting a cave dive or a technical dive at one of the best sites Sipadan has to offer, Turtle Tomb. The PADI Course Director has endless enthusiasm and an alternative teaching style that is sure to inspire.

Quite simply, this is the chance to receive excellent guidance in one of the world’s best diving destinations.

HOW do I do the PADI IDC?

The IDC program is conducted out of the comfortable PADI classroom in Borneo Malaysia, with Kapalai and Mabul Island just moments away. The legendary Sipadan is just 30 minutes away by boat and the course includes at least 3 Adventures in Diving workshops at Sipadan.

Although the course is intense and requires plenty of study, teaching and practice time, there is still time to enjoy your surroundings with unlimited diving under the rig. For those who are interested in macro photography, the sights you’ll see here are world-class. There are also additional workshops that run around the same time as IDC if you’re looking for additional training to become a well-rounded PADI instructor. These workshops include marketing, e-learning, touch products, technical diving and more and will equip you with the knowledge and skills to easily gain employment after completing the IDC.

The PADI IDC is an inclusive package that includes everything from accommodation and 4 meals a day to tuition, materials, unlimited diving and 3 Sipadan permits. You can’t beat the value for money that this IDC offers.

Contact us to inquire about our IDC Courses.