Instructor Development Course (IDC)

Why Become a PADI Instructor…

  • Would you like a career doing things that others can only dream of?
  • In your work would you like to not only transform your life but the lives of others?
  • Have you ever wondered what would it feel like to look forward to going to work in the morning?
  • Would you like to be qualified to work in warm tropical locations throughout the world?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, then you should consider becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Florida Keys Dive CenterDive Center

Florida Keys Dive Center became a PADI Instructor Training Facility in 1987 and is one of the four PADI Career Development Centers located in Florida. We have successfully trained hundreds of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and we are proud to say that our success rate is 100%. Instructors we have trained now work throughout the United  States and around the world.

Instructor Development Course

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  • Both courses must be completed before attending the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

  • Each component can be scheduled as a stand-alone course or completed all at one time. Most people complete the entire IDC at one time.
  • Two Course Directors with 30 years combined experience
  • 100% success rate
  • Small course size
  • Job placement assistance
  • Highly flexible course schedule
  • Internships available with opportunities to learn boat skills, compressors, tank filling and teaching experience
  • Up to 20% equipment discounts
  • On site gear storage
  • Complete PADI Dive Theory eLearning
  • Pass 5 Dive Theory Exams
    •      Physics
    •      Physiology
    •      Decompression Theory and the Recreational Dive Planner
    •      Equipment
    •      Skills and the Environment
  •      Be a Divemaster, AI, or Instructor for at least 6 months
  •      At least 18 years old
  •      Certified diver for at least 6 months
  •      At least 60 logged dives that include experience in:
    •      Night
    •      Deep
    •      Navigation
  •      At least 100 logged dives before the IE
  •      Have proof of current CPR and First Aid
    •      If not, the Emergency First Response course fulfills this requirement
  •      Complete the PADI Medical Statement which must be signed by a physician in the past 12 months
  • Although PADI requires the IDC be taught in a minimum of five days (5) days after candidates have completed the IDC on-line, we have found that five (5) days rushes our candidates and puts additional stress on them.
  • We, therefore, have lengthened our IDC to an eight (8) day course that starts on Friday and concludes on the following Friday, and includes the Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) course.
  • February 14th - 21st
    • Instructor Exam: 8th - 9th, 25th - 26th
  • March 13th – 20th
    • Instructor Exam: 7th - 8th, 21st - 23rd
  • April 17th – 24th
    • Instructor Exam: 4th - 5th, 25th - 26th
  • May 22nd – 29th
    • Instructor Exam: 2nd - 3rd, 16th - 17th, 30th - 31st
  • June 19th – 26th
    • Instructor Exam: 13th - 14th, 27th - 18th
  • August 14th – 21st
    • Instructor Exam: 8th - 9th, 22nd - 23rd
  • September 11th – 18th
    • Instructor Exam: 5th - 6th, 19th - 20th
  • October 9th – 16th
    • Instructor Exam: 3rd - 4th, 17th - 18th
  • PADI Instructor Development Course Crew Pack
    • Instructor Cue Cards
    • PADI's Guide to Teaching
    • Reference Materials
    • Lessons Plans
    • Quiz and Exam Booklets
    • Specialty Instructor Manual
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Manual
  • IDC Package: $2,240.00
    • 8 days IDC with EFRI course includes IDC and EFRI teaching materials
  • IDC PRICE: $1,199.00
  • EFR Instructor: $199.00
PADI IE & IDC application fees payable to PADI are not included. The 2019 fee schedule is:
  • Instructor Examination: $700
  • Instructor Development Course Application: $190
  • EFRI application: $119
    • IDC $402.00
    • Dive Theory $140.00
  A $300.00 deposit is required at the time of registration
The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of PADI’s professional-level training and is designed to prepare qualified candidates to become PADI Instructors. The course has two components, the Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor Course (IDC). Together the two courses combine to encompass the entire IDC.

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