instructor development course (IDC)

Course framework for the IDC programme

Our IDC is conducted by first completing the On-line section conducted by PADI. This portion of the course reduces the amount of time requiring attendance at formal sessions. This can be started at any time and completed in your own time.

First contact Keith Cardwell at keith@fnqdive.com to forward the PADI link to you for commencement of this process.

The second step is to attend the formal part of the IDC that is outlined in the IDC Schedule. You can find the dates for 2017 in our Schedule page.

During your time with us you will be expected to perform limited teaching assignments and we take time to ensure that each candidate is comfortable and performing to well above acceptable levels before attendance at an Instructor Examination (IE).

instructor development course (IDC) Schedule

Day Section Time (Hour)
One MORNING
Course Orientation
General Standards & Procedures
AFTERNOON
Open Water Diver Course
Teaching in Confined Water
Skills Demonstration (and 800m swim)
 
1.5
1.5
 
1.5
2
1.5
Two MORNING
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 1
Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
AFTERNOON
Adventures in Diving Program
Conducting Open Water Dives
Risk Management
Exams
 
2
2
 
1.5
2
2
Three MORNING
Open Water Teaching Presentations 1
Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
Adventure Dive Workshop
AFTERNOON
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 1
4 Es Counseling Workshop 1
Rescue Diver Course
 
2
1
2
 
3
1
1.5
Four Catch-up and rest day
Five MORNING
Open Water Teaching Presentations 2
Rescue Exercise Workshop
AFTERNOON
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 3
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 2
 
2
2
 
2
2
Six MORNING
Knowledge Development Teaching Presentation 3
4 Es Counseling Workshop 2
AFTERNOON
Divemaster Course
Confined Water Teaching Presentation 4
Makeups
 
2
1
 
1.5
2

Prerequisites

  • PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or a current Instructor member in good standing with another recreational diver training organisation.
  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Current diving medical obtained within the last 12 months and inclusive of the final date of the IE wishing to be attended.
  • Full first aid certification gained within the last 2 years.
  • Confirmation of completion of the on-line section of the IDC.
  • Certified for at least six months with 60 logged dives; attendance at the IE requires a minimum of 100 dives.

Required Materials

IDC Pak with Guide to Teaching Manual includes the following:

  • Confined & Open Water Instructor Cue Cards
  • Adventures in Diving Instructor Cue Cards
  • Rescue Dive Instructor Cue Cards
  • OW & CW Lesson Planning Slates
  • Business of Diving
  • Rescue Diver Exam
  • PADI`s Guide to Teaching Manual w/Hologram
  • Positive Approach Selling DVD
  • Specialty Course Instructor Manual (Digital)

Other text requirements

  • Open Water
  • Adventures in Diving
  • Rescue Diver
  • Dive Knowledge Workbook
  • PADI Encyclopedia
  • Divemaster and Instructor manuals

Please note: It is important to have and use the latest editions. Any or all of these texts and materials can be supplied at wholesale prices.

Course Fees

A$1400 if completing the On-Line portion of the IDC independently.
(Exclusive of PADI application fees)

A$1,600.00 if completing the On-line portion through FNQ Dive.
(Exclusive of PADI application fees)

PADI Fees

PADI application fee A$273.90

PADI Examination fee A$865.00

IDC crewpak A$751.00

Total cost IDC/IE using FNQ Dive for both On-line and full-time portions of the IDC is A$3489.90.

To commence the on-line portion of the IDC, a deposit of $300 will be required

However, to fulfill all requirements for certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) it is also necessary to be qualified as an Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI).

If not already qualified, this can be integrated into your instructor development programme. Please refer to the Emergency First Response page and the 2017 Schedule for further details.

Employment as a dive professional

Every instructor trained by FNQ Dive over the past 15 years has been employed within two to three weeks of IDC completion. Claims by some trainers that they offer greater chances of employment as a result of association with them (often because of their relative size in certain local areas) are just plain misleading. Dive professionals are in high demand worldwide, owing much to two highly visible facts - the fantastic growth of this recreational activity and the desire for instructors to often vacate one position to travel, work elsewhere, and to expand their experience.

Employment opportunities after becoming a diving professional go well beyond those available locally. Using your previous life skills together with appropriate organizational induction programmes and further, easily accessible continuing education, the list of occupations available to you just keeps on growing. Some of these opportunities are listed below.

Aquarium diver
Commercial diving
Divemaster

Dive vessel captain
Dive tour operator
Dive travel agent

Dive Operations manager
Independent instructor
Instructor trainer

Marine mammal trainer
Scientific/research diver
Training manager

Customs agency:

  • Dive operations manager
  • Trainer
  • Diver – search & recovery

Cruise ship:

  • Diver/Divemaster
  • Instructor
  • Aquatics manager

Certification agency:

  • Manager
  • Sales representative
  • Examiner

Dive Operation:

  • Owner
  • Manager
  • Instructor
  • Sales/retail person
  • Live-aboard dive instructor

Dive publication:

  • Writer
  • Representative

Equipment:

  • Repair technician
  • Sales representative

Police:

  • Dive operations manager
  • Trainer
  • Diver – search & recovery

Parks & Recreation:

  • Diver operations manager
  • Diver
  • Trainer

Resort:

  • Owner
  • Manager
  • Divemaster/Instructor

University:

  • Aquatics Director
  • Diving Officer

Underwater:

  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Movie producer
  • Actor

Whatever you choose to do, FNQ Dive wishes you the very best of success.

These positions are constantly available in many different areas of the world. And we have contacts everywhere. After all, our trainers have together accumulated over 100 years of dive operation and training experience.