Do you want to share your passion for the underwater world and conservation with others?
Do you have a degree in marine science, want to work on marine volunteer programs or simply have a passion or the marine environment?
Then becoming an environmentally conscious PADI Scuba Instructor may be for you.
Here at Deefer College of Diving we have a team of dedicated and experienced dive professionals and scientists waiting to share their passion for training divers and conservation with you.
At Deefer College of Diving we provide personalised PADI Instructor training and give you the tools to go out in the dive industry and really make an impact with your knowledge and skills and act as ambassadors, to inspire others to protect our oceans through our Marine AWARE Instructor Development Course (IDC).
Our program is based on PADI’s standard IDC curriculum covering all that PADI require, but we are not training you to be just another instructor. We want you to be advocates for the marine environment and to teach others to be, so we have developed our 4 week Marine AWARE IDC with an emphasis on teaching a variety of environmental courses through PADI’s partner, Project AWARE, to ensure you really stand out from the crowd.
Don’t have 4 weeks to spare for your training? We do also run a standard 2 week IDC (please enquire for details) for those with time constraints.
To enrol on a PADI IDC you need to:
• Be at least 18 years old,
• Be a certiﬁed PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor, or the equivalent from another training agency
• Have been a certiﬁed diver for at least 6 months
• Have proof of a minimum of 60 logged dives (100 to be certiﬁed as an Instructor)
• Have documentation of certiﬁcations for open water, advanced, rescue and
Divemaster training, or the equivalents from another training agency
• Have medical clearance from a doctor of ‘ﬁtness to dive’ within the last 12 months. Click here to download the PADI Medical Statement.
• Have documentation of EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within the last 24 months, or the equivalent from another training agency.
If you don’t currently meet the diving prerequisites, or have questions about the eligibility of non-PADI certiﬁcations please contact us with details of your current level of experience and we will put together a personalised program that meets your speciﬁc needs.
PADI’s Instructor Development Course is made up of two parts – Assistant Instructor (AI) and Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) – but most professionals complete the full IDC followed by the Instructor Examination (IE) to earn the PADI Instructor rating.
Throughout the process you will build on the leadership and supervision skills you learnt during your Divemaster training and develop your teaching abilities. This will be done through a combination of self study, instructor led presentations and in water assessment and workshop sessions. You will learn how to present information in the classroom and clarify theory points for students, organise and conduct skill development sessions in conﬁned water and how to maintain control and have fun in open water training sessions.
You will learn about a variety of topics that will set you up to be an integral and successful member of the dive industry such as:
• Teaching children
• Business, sales and marketing strategies
• The speciﬁcs of each course you will be certiﬁed to teach
• Risk management
• PADI’s philosophy of education
With Deefer College of Diving’s Marine AWARE IDC we go above and beyond PADI’s minimum requirements. Not only have we added additional workshops including:
• A preparation program to hone your instructor level theory and skills
• Using PADI’s ever expanding range of digital materials and resources
• Writing CV’s and ﬁnding employment
• Structuring and teaching both the Open Water and Rescue courses
• Skill development workshops on rescue, CESA, lift bag use, compass use and more
• A full 2-day Mock IE
We have also extended our program to look in much more depth at Project AWARE specialties and other environmental and conservation initiatives. So you will not only be authorised to teach the same courses as every other new PADI instructor – Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation – you will also gain 4 additional Specialty Instructor certiﬁcations:
• Coral Watch
• Fish ID
• Dive Against Debris
• Shark Conservation
You will also come out with a wealth of environmental and conservation tips, tricks and initiatives and the conﬁdence to teach others about it.Our Marine AWARE IDC is scheduled over 28 days with 24 working days and 4 days off and also includes 2 days for the EFR Instructor rating which is required to become a scuba instructor. Upon successful completion of the IDC you will attend the Instructor Examination, which is PADI’s totally independent evaluation process which actually certiﬁes you as a PADI Instructor.
We believe in full transparency when it comes to pricing and dislike nasty surprises as much as you do, so our IDC price includes everything you need to become a PADI Instructor and spend a month living on a beautiful Caribbean Island and expanding your horizons. Our Marine AWARE IDC is priced at $5640 US dollars and includes:
• 28 day extended Marine AWARE IDC, (24 working days and 4 days off)
• 2 day EFR Instructor course
• IDC Crew pack, RDP, eRDPml and Pocket Mask
• EFR Instructor manual
• All PADI application and examination fees
• 4 Additional PADI Specialty Instructor ratings
• 32 nights in shared accommodation with breakfast and dinner
• standard dive equipment rental
• 2 days of fun diving pre or post course (subject to boat availability)
We know it may initially seem high, but please remember when you are comparing prices that our package includes absolutely everything, plus accommodation, 2 meals a day, all your PADI fees and our exclusive additional workshops and marine conservation training.
We can tailor your package to meet your needs and requirements. Our full pricing structure is made up of a number of modules, so for example if you want to ﬁnd your own accommodation and meals we can provide you with a price with this module removed.
What’s not included:
• travel to and from and around the island. Click here for travel advice.
• lunch and drinks
• any extra day trips etc
• specialist equipment that you are required to have by PADI standards as a dive professional
Why not add one of our fantastic Equipment modules to your package. Every dive professional should look professional!
Required materials included in your package price:
IDC Crew Pack containing:
• The Guide to Teaching with hologram (both digital and paper versions)
• Instructor cue cards for all courses
• Specialty Instructor Manual (digital)
• Open Water Course Prescriptive lesson guides
• Diving Knowledge Workbook
• Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
• Conﬁned Water Lesson Preparation Slate
• Student Skill Practise slate
• Open Water Course Quiz and Exam booklet
• Rescue and Divemaster Exam Booklets
• EFR Instructor Manual (digital or paper)
• RDP and eRDPml with instructions for use booklets
• Pocket Mask
You should also have, from previous training courses:
• Instructor Manual – digital or paper version. This should be the most up to date version.
• Previous course manuals (Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, Divemaster)
• Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
In terms of equipment, all standard scuba gear is included in your package price should you need it, however it is strongly recommended that as a dive professional you have your own set of gear to be a good role model and also for hygiene and comfort reasons. We have a range of equipment packages available including ex-rental equipment.
There are a few items of equipment that a dive professional is required to have on them that are not included in your course. You should have your own:
• Dive Tool
• SMB and reel
We also have these items available to for purchase on the Equipment page.