As a PADI IDC Staff Instructor you will work closely with PADI Course Directors to develop instructor candidates’ teaching abilities as well as shape their attitudes as dive professionals. Earning the IDC Staff Instructor rating also increases your instructional responsibilities and enhances career opportunities.

Like PADI CDs, IDC Staff Instructors are role models for Standards and Procedures for other PADI Members. This is with regard to PADI instruction, diver training and professionalism, especially as it relates to the PADI Instructor Development process. IDC Staff Instructors share a common responsibility to the dive community and an expectation of professional performance with PADI Course Directors. The perceptions formed by the dive community and instructor candidates reflect PADI's, the CD's and the Staff Instructor’s image.

IDC Staff Instructors are primary resources and mentors for instructor candidates during instructor training. With this comes a tremendous opportunity to positively affect the attitudes and abilities of the candidates, but it also results in a tremendous responsibility to remain current with PADI Standards and Procedures. IDC Staff Instructors counsel candidates about their skills, tutor candidates about the PADI System and coach candidates in developing more effective teaching presentations. The actions and professionalism of IDC Staff Instructors will greatly influence how instructor candidates conduct themselves as PADI Professionals.

As a PADI MSDT you already know how rewarding it is to turn a non-diver into a diver. Turning a non-Instructor into an Instructor is equally rewarding but in a whole new way.

The PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course at TSD

The Staff Instructor course usually starts 2 days before the Prep Course. You will spend these two days with the Course Director doing the theory for the Staff Instructor course and preparing for your role in the upcoming PADI IDC. You will then attend the IDC Prep Course and the entire IDC.

If you are short on time, you can complete the IDC Staff Instructor course at any time over a period of 4 days whilst working one-on-one with your Course Director.


  • Be renewed and in Teaching status as a PADI Instructor for the current year.
  • Hold a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.
  • Agree to conduct all levels of diver training consistent with the standards and philosophy outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual.
  • Agree to use the PADI System and its components in their entirety.