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Instructor Development Course (IDC) - Pro Dive Cairns

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IDC Diver Training

Pro Dive Cairns Instructor Development Course (IDC) is a two-week program combining a mixture of classroom academic modules, training in the pool & two days are spent on Fitzroy Island.

IDC Schedule for 2019

  • Friday 22 March 2019
  • Friday 31 May 2019
  • Friday 2 August 2019
  • Friday 27 September 2019
  • Friday 22 November 2019


Day Prior: Registration & course orientation

Day 1:

  • Learning instruction and PADI system
  • PADI Discover Scuba and snorkel program
  • Skills demo (confined water)
  • Developing Knowledge Development presentations
  • The PADI continuing education philosophy
  • Teaching Project Aware and Peak Performance Buoyancy

Day 2:

  • Knowledge development presentations -1
  • Teaching in confined water (classroom)
  • General standards and procedures
  • Dive industry overview
  • PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Course

Day 3:

  • Knowledge development presentations -2
  • Adaptive teaching
  • Diver retention program
  • Adventures In Diving program
  • Confined water teaching presentations - part 1 (confined water)
  • Confined water teaching presentations - part 2 (confined water)

Day 4:

  • Confined water teaching presentations - part 3 (confined water)
  • Confined water teaching presentations - part 4 (confined water)
  • The role of media and prescriptive teaching
  • The PADI Rescue Diver course
  • Business principles for the dive professional

Day 5:

  • Prescriptive teaching presentations - 1
  • Specialty diver course and MSDT
  • Legal responsibility and risk management
  • Conducting open water training dives
  • The PADI Dive Master course

Day 6:

  • Open water teaching presentations - 1 (open water)
  • Rescue diver course workshop (open water)
  • Dive theory exams

Day 7:

  • Open water teaching presentations - 2 (open water)
  • 800m mask, snorkel, fins swim
  • Adventure dive/Specialty dive workshop (open water)

Day 8:

  • Prescriptive teaching presentations - part 2
  • General standards and procedures exams
  • Emergency First Response program orientation
  • Dive equipment/sales orientation & PADI equipment specialty
  • Work place Health and Safety presentation
  • Instructor exams orientation


  • Student Kit
  • IDC candidate workbook
  • Air fills and pool fees
  • 2-day 1-night trip to Fitzroy Island
  • Professional tuition, counselling and career advice
  • Morning/afternoon teas whilst in classroom
  • Professional Instructor briefcase containing all stationary required for teaching.
  • Passport photos


  • PADI Fees - as per PADI price list
  • Additional books and materials are needed and will be charged according to the PADI price list:
    • Instructor Manual
    • The Law And Diving Professional
    • Aquatic Cue Cards - Confined Water
    • Aquatic Cue Cards - Open Water
    • The Best of the Undersea Journal
    • The Business of Diving
    • Children And Diving


  • Proof of at least 6 months as a certified diver
  • Dive Master member with a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • Minimum age is 18 years, with no maximum age
  • A first aid (resuscitation) certificate less than 2 years old
  • Dive medical less than 12 months old

Please Note: In the interests of safety we recommend that you should not fly or go to any altitude over 300m within 24 hours after your last dive. All prices are in Australian Dollars.

Cancellation policy

A $300 cancellation fee will apply if a cancellation is made less than two weeks prior to course commencement date


Description (Price per person)2021/2022*
Instructor Development Course (IDC)$1,995.00
Instructor Exam (IE)$2,970.00
Emergency First Response Instructor course$2,390.00
Books (Approximate cost)$2,950.00

* Prices valid from 01 April to 31 March

** Extra Charge: This additional fee includes a Government Environmental Management Charge as well as Port Departure Tax and administration costs.

Rates In Australian Dollars And Inclusive Of GST
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