Project Description


The PADI IDC is a two week intensive course, intended to take a Divemaster and prepare them for the PADI Instructor Exam, after successfully completing both you can start teaching PADI dive courses. The course covers the proper use of the PADI curriculum, system of education, skill evaluation, and teaching techniques. They are conducted with our partner Savedra Dive Center in Moalboal, Cebu, Philippines.

IDC’s are a combination of Course Director led presentations, confined and open water workshops, and student led presentations. After successfully completing the IDC (or OWSI for Assistant Instructor upgrade, or Instructor crossovers) you will be able to participate in the PADI IE and gain your PADI Instructor teaching credentials.

Our IDC courses are supported by other programs, that may run alongside, prior to, or after the IDC. Supporting programs include EFR refresher, EFR Instructor, Specialty Instructor courses, and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) courses.

The full IDC will cover the following topics in class

  1. Course Orientation
  2. Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  3. Candidate Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations
  4. 4 Es Counseling Workshop 1 and 2
  5. Teaching in Confined Water
  6. Skills Demonstrations Workshop
  7. Candidate  Confined Water Teaching Presentations
  8. Conducting Open Water Dives
  9. Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
  10. Candidate Open Water Teaching Presentations
  11. General Standards and Procedures
  12. Open Water Diver Course
  13. Adventures in Diving Program
  14. Adventure Dive Workshop
  15. Rescue Diver Course
  16. Rescue Exercise Workshop
  17. Divemaster Course
  18. Risk Management
  19. PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam
  20. PADI  Dive Theory Exam
  21. Nonstop swim for 800 meters using a mask snorkel and fins

Students have the option to complete the following topics online via PADI’s e-learning program, or in class. Please note PADI make an additional charge for their e-learning service, ask your Course Director for more information.

  1. Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  2. General Standards and Procedures
  3. Risk Management
  4. Marketing Diving
  5. Start Diving
  6. Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses
  7. Business of Diving
  8. Keep Diving
  9. How to Teach the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP)

If you are an assistant instructor who would like to attend the IE, or you are an instructor with another agency wishing to cross over please see here.

1. Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization who is either:
a. an instructor member in good standing, or
b. a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
2. 18 years or older
3. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.
4. Certified diver for six months.
5. EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
6. Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.

Before attending the course students are required to have a medical screening by a licensed physician, you will need to present the course director a signed medical clearance form before any training. Please note that medical facilities in Moalboal are basic, we highly recommend you take a professional dive orientated medical before leaving your home country. If you would like to do your medical here in Moalboal, please let us know, this will need to be done before the program starts.

You will need a minimum of 100 logged dives before enrolling on the PADI Instructor Exams (IE), you will gain a few dives during the IDC, however we recommend that these, and other, training dives not be counted towards this number, and that your experience to progress onto the IE be complete prior to enrolling on the IDC.

You will need;

• PADI Instructor Manual
• PADI’s Guide to Teaching
• PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
• PADI Open Water Diver Manual
• Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including Instructions for Use booklets
• PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
• Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
• Adventures in Diving Manual
• PADI Rescue Diver Manual
• Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
• PADI Divemaster Manual
• Divemaster Final Exams booklet
• Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
• Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
• Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
• The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
• Diving Knowledge Workbook or e-Record for Dive Theory Online (if applicable)

Most of these are supplied to you in the PADI IDC crewpack, those that aren’t are available from our library on site. We can supply crewpacks to you at cost price, or you can purchase your own directly from PADI, or via any PADI re seller. We strongly recommend you contact us first so that we can give you the latest product number for the items, or crewpack, this is to avoid you being given outdated materials from re-sellers.

We have a limited number of twin bed fan dormitory rooms for 2500 PHP per person, per week. These come with a kitchenette and bathroom, simple backpacker style.

If you prefer something else we work with a number of local resorts and hotels, or you might like to check services like,  AirBNB we can help with local information if needed.

A typical hotel room starts from 1500 per night and up, the average would be around 2000 PHP. A typical self service monthly rental room or studio from 10,000 PHP and up, the average around 15000 PHP per month.

See here for more information on accommodation.

The PADI IDC alone is 50,000 PHP. However there are some other costs to consider, you must be a First Aid or CPR instructor before you can start teaching with PADI, we offer the EFR Instructor Course. You will also incur some fees from PADI, the typical costs for 2018 are;

Instructor Development Course 50,000.00 PHP
EFR Instructor Course 10,000.00 PHP

Crewpack (materials) 27,000.00 PHP
EFR Instructor Manual 6,000.00 PHP


PADI IE Fee 865.00 AUD
PADI OWSI Fee 249.00 AUD
EFR Instructor Fee 172.00 AUD
Specialty Instructor Fee (per specialty) 101.00 AUD

Upon arrival the remainder of your balance for courses and materials is due, this must be received in full before the start of your IDC, The PADI fees are taken by PADI staff on the day of your Instructor Exams.

Contact the Course Director as early as possible, we can only accept a limited number of students on to each program, it is wise to book your preferred date in advance, and work remotely with the Course Director for IDC pre study assignments. For starters he will need the following information

1-Your number of dives and experience
2-How long you have been diving
3-Environments you are experienced in
4-Any significant gaps in your experience
5- Number and type of courses you have assisted on


    Lee Butler
    Lee ButlerCourse Director, EFR IT & Tec IT
    Lee has been a PADI Course Director and Instructor Trainer since 2012, conducting PADI IDC’s and Instructor programs with Savedra since.
    Lee is a keen open and closed circuit technical and cave diver, and brings a wealth of diving knowledge and experience to each program.
    In addition to being a Course Director he is also the General Manager of Savedra Dive Center, this puts him in a great positon to help you get started with your new diving career.

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