PADI IDC Instructor Development Course

Become a PADI Instructor in Paradise

PADI Instructor course with Award-Winning PADI Course Director Mark Slingo


Ocean Tribe


Why not consider taking your PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) in Kenya? The PADI IDC which is being taught to the brand new 2019 updated curriculum incorporating PADI Touch eLearning is with Award-Winning PADI Course Director Mark Slingo. When it comes to scuba diving coral reefs, Kenya is up there with the best of them.

Ocean Tribe’s dive base in Diani Beach is located on one of the world’s top 10 rated beaches and consistently rated the best in Africa. The palm tree-lined white powder sands run down to azure waters where the fringing coral reefs can be found only 100m offshore.

The Ocean Tribe PADI Instructor Development Course incorporates the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. The whole program takes place over 7-10 days, followed by a 2-day instructor exam, conducted by an incoming PADI Instructor Examiner. 

During the PADI IDC, you will take part in a number of workshops to learn the art of teaching students and setting up your teaching scenarios for safety and accomplishing the skills. You will take part in presentations from our PADI Course Director Mark and PADI IDC Staff Instructors, about the skills of teaching, marketing and working in the scuba diving industry. There will be a number of pool sessions in which you will take part in graded presentations when you are put in the scenario of an instructor teaching a skill to a number of students. You will also give short academic presentations on set questions to your PADI Course Director. Finally, there are a couple of days in the ocean when you focus on being graded on teaching the open water segments of diver courses.

There is also the option to complete the Emergency First Response First Aid and CPR Instructor program during the course which is necessary to be able to teach the Rescue course when you are a certified instructor. Following on from the course we can look at getting you some PADI Specialty Instructor ratings to move you up the PADI Instructional ladder.

Please review the diver medical before purchasing


  • Emergency First Response Primary & Secondary Care Course $100.00
  • PADI Dive Theory Online $100.00
  • PADI IDC Crewpack $599.00
  • EFR Instructor Manual $149.00

Prerequisite for Participation

  • PADI Divemaster or:
    • an instructor member in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognized recreational diver training organization.*
    • have a leadership-level certification in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognized recreational diver training organization;*
  • 60 logged dives;
  • Documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • 18 years old
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months, and have had no medical condition changes.
  • Certified diver for at least six months.
  • Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training, within the last 24 months.Note: Emergency First Response Instructor (or qualifying rating) is required for Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  • Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level certifications* as required.


Prior to your PADI IDC you will complete the PADI IDC eLearning presentations on a tablet or laptop. This will also include a studying your PADI Guide to Teaching (also available in the PADI Training App) and your dive theory from the PADI Divemaster Course. You will also take the time to become more familiar with your PADI Instructor Manual.

Not Included

PADI Materials

  • IDC Crewpack - $599
  • EFR Instructor Manual - $149


  • PADI Instructor Examination - £579
  • PADI Instructor Application - £153
  • EFR Instructor Application - £95

Diver Insurance

As mentioned previously, scuba diving is a very safe sport. However, accidents can happen even if you’re a conservative diver. Evacuation is efficient and cheap but once you reach the hyperbaric chamber the costs skyrocket. A standard treatment can cost US$3,000+ and you will probably need more than one session. We have a chamber located in the Kenya Navy base in Mombasa. They will need proof of scuba diving travel insurance before treatment begins.

For this reason, we highly recommend that you have your own cover. Your name on a valid insurance document will expedite the process. Getting verification from a general cover policy like ours will take longer. It’s essential to get treatment for decompression illness as quickly as possible.

While you might be covered on your travel insurance (you should check your policy for this and read it carefully) it is a good idea to carry specialist diving insurance. Ocean Tribe offers basic cover but in the worst-case scenario, with chamber expenses, the costs can end up skyrocketing.

We recommend Divers Alert Network (DAN) Diver Insurance. They’re all divers and have a team of diving doctors. Their advice is great and they know how to get everything arranged quickly and efficiently wherever you are. After consulting with DAN’s specialists they will guarantee payment to the hospital so you can begin treatment.

Annual insurance with DAN is great value for money. They can also supply excellent short-term coverage from 1 – 30 days from US$10 per day, US$40 per week or US$50 for 30 days. We’re a DAN partner so happy to arrange this for you. Click here to get started.

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