PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

The PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC held by Real Divers is the final stage of training to become a PADI Dive Instructor. This course prepares you for the PADI Instructor Exams held directly after the IDC with a PADI examiner in Pattaya.

PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comIn Thailand and most places around the World, an Instructor Development Course has a 3 day preparation course followed by a 11-day program broken down into two sections, the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) course. Although most candidates opt to take the entire IDC in one go it is also possible to do the segments of the instructor course separately, if you are pushed for time.

Once the preparation course and Instructor Development Course has been completed you then go onto the PADI Instructor 2 day exams which is held by a PADI examiner. So in total most Preps/IDC’s/IE’s around the World take 16 days to complete.


PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comUnlike some other PADI Instructor courses around the world, we have you do the preparation course online in your own time via PADI elearning which is included in the course package price.

This takes our IDC down from the usual 11 days to 8 days which is mostly in-water pool skills and ocean training so the IDC can now be completed in 8 days with PADI eLearning completed, the IE is 2 days so in total 10 days without the prep course.

This doesn’t just save you time but saves you money as you don’t have the hotel expenses and living. We have designed our IDC course schedule for you to get the optimal training and practice before you take the Instructor exam and become a PADI Dive Instructor. 

All IDC/IE graduates from the Real Divers Instructor program are assisted to find work following the course and we also offer training such as PADI specialty courses and Master Scuba diving training internships.

PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

Training Details

The PADI Instructor Development course consists of presentations by thePADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC PADI Course Director and PADI IDC Staff Instructors which are given over the course of the AI and OWSI segments. These presentations introduce you to the PADI system of diver training, teach you how to be an instructor and examine all components and courses of the PADI structure.

PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC will teach you how to use the PADI Standards and teaching tools to maximum effectiveness and will show you how to prepare the presentations for teaching your own students.

Areas where you are assessed on the IDC include:

Dive Theory Exams

PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comOn the PADI IDC you will be required to take exams similar to the Divemaster exams but from the categories; Physics, Physiology, Dive Equipment, Dive Skills, and the Environment and Decompression Theory.

You will be able to review the knowledge and exams beforehand with the elearning dive theory knowledge which is included in the price. These exams will need to be passed on the IDC and again on the PADI Instructor Exam so revise them well.

PADI General Standards & Procedures Exam
The PADI Standards exam is an open-book exam which allows you to use both the PADI Instructor Manual and the PADI Guide to Teaching manual to answer the exam questions. The exam is designed to test your ability to understand how to use the PADI Instructor Manual and how you use the General Standards and Procedures. This exam is also replicated on the PADI Instructor Exam.

Divemaster Skills Circuit
PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comJust to check that your dive skills are slow enough to be suitable for teaching thPADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comere is a run-through of the 24 skill circuit from the PADI Divemaster course.

Your dive skills should be of demonstration quality now, in that they should be slow, pronounced and easy to mimic as you make the transition from teaching assistant to diving instructor. At Real Divers we normally hold the skills circuit on the IDC Prep or very early in the IDC to make sure that your skills are up-to-scratch before you commence teaching presentations.

Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations

These presentations are given by you to your classmates and PADI Course Director/IDC Staff Instructors. You will prepare prescriptive and micro teaching presentations on individual questions from PADI courses (which you will be assigned at the beginning of the IDC). These presentations usually take 5 to 10 minutes and will be graded according to specific criteria and your PADI Course Director and staff will give you positive feedback on them and suggestions for how you can improve them. Remember you can make as many mistakes as you want on the IDC as everyone learns from making mistakes. We are trying to prepare you for the IE so this is a learning environment where you can correct yourself as you go along.

Confined Water Teaching Presentations
PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC

A major component of what you will learn on the IDC involves your in-water teaching. During the course you will give confined water presentations from parts of the PADI Open Water course, Adventures in Diving program and Rescue Diver course.

These presentations will involve real-life teaching to your classmates simulating students and prepare you for teaching presentations on the IE and in your future dive instructional career. Like the classroom, you will have a number of attempts at giving presentations in the pool so don’t be afraid to make mistakes, relax and give the best presentation you can.

Open Water Teaching Presentations

PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comThe last thing that you are assessed on during the PADI IDC is the ability to teach in the open water in non-PADI 5 STAR Instructor course Pattaya Thailand IDC www.real-divers.comconfined areas. After some demonstrations of ideal teaching from the staff we will go out on the boat twice during the IDC and you will give presentations when you will teach your classmates simulating students on a PADI the PADI Open Water course, Adventures in the Diving program or Rescue Diver course.

The presentations will be graded and critical feedback on control, problem-solving and positioning will be given by your Course Director/IDC Staff. Again remember this is not the PADI Instructor Exam so feel free to make mistakes which you will learn from.

You will also need to give a demonstration quality teaching of Rescue Exercise 7 “Unresponsive Diver at the Surface.”

While this might seem like a lot to take in during the short IDC we assure you that it is a fun and rewarding program which prepares you properly to go to a PADI Instructor Exam and eventually give you the license to work in all sorts of tropical dream destinations.

PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

Prepare for the IDC


Be at least a renewed PADI Divemaster or equivalent rating
• A current Dive Medical (past 1 year)
• EFR trained or another medical agency in the past 2 years plus EFR Instructor.
• Appropriate visa to last the duration of the entire program
• Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months and logged at least 60 dives (AI and IDC requirement) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving. (To attend an IE, the instructor candidate must have at least 100 logged dives)

What is the best way to prepare for an IDC

Check that you have all of your certification details. Bring all of your certification cards with you to the IDC. If you do not have all of your certification cards then contact PADI to confirm certification numbers and details. If you have any certifications from organizations other than PADI then please photocopy both sides of the certification cards and bring the cards with you as PADI will need these copies to verify your existing credentials.

• Make sure that you have a visa to be in Thailand for the duration of your IDC.

• Make sure you have and get acquainted with the required materials such as the Instructor Manual and teaching slates. This will be helpful to you in preparing for your teaching presentations and the Standards Exams. For a full list of the required materials click here.

• Complete PADI eLearning online and give yourself enough time to do this before the IDC starts.

Study the Dive knowledge Theory on Phyics, Physiology, Dive equipment, Skills & enviroment, RDP and deco theory and again give yourself plenty of study time as you will do these exams both on the IDC and IE.

• Make sure that your gear is in working order with regulators serviced, SPGs working, compasses functional, etc and that you have all of the required equipment. You do not want to have a problem on the IDC due to faulty gear.

• Practice your 24 skill circuit from the DIvemaster course to get your skills better and towards Instructor demonstration quality.

GAIN EXPERIENCE. Try and work as much as you can as a Divemaster assisting PADI Instructors to teach courses. We can provide and help you with this option but it does mean turning up to the dive center a couple of weeks before.

PADI IDC Required Materials

PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

  • Instructor Manual, Paper or Digital version
  • PADI Guide to Teaching
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Outline
  • Project Aware Specialty Outline
  • Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Outline
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams Booklet
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet
  • Cue Cards Open Water
  • Cue Cards Confined Water
  • Cue Cards Adventures in Diving
  • Cue Cards Rescue Diver
  • Discover Scuba Diving
  • Confined Water Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate

Please bring the following PADI materials from your Open Water, AOW, Rescue and DM courses (required for the IDC)

  • Encyclopedia of Recreational DivingPADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC
  • eRDP Multilevel 
  • PADI Open Water Manual (incl. RDP Table)
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook


Required Scuba Gear

  • BCD
  • Regulator with Alternate Air Source and Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG)
  • Mask & snorkel
  • FinsPADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC
  • Appropriate exposure suit
  • Cutting Tool
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Depth Gauge
  • Timing Device
  • SMB

Recommended Scuba Gear

  • Pocket Mask (You will need this for Rescue Exercise #7 and to teach the PADI Rescue course)
  • John line
  • Lift BagPADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC
  • Measuring Tape
  • Length of Rope (For a demonstration of knot tying)

PADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

IDC Schedule



                                                   REAL DIVERS INSTRUCTOR DEVELOPMENT COURSE DATES 2019

IDC Prep




13 – 14 Jan  15 – 16 Jan  18 – 28 Jan 29 – 30 Jan
25 – 26 Feb 27  – 28 Feb 2 – 12 Mar 13 – 14 Mar
29 – 30 Apr 1 – 2 May 4 – 14 May 15 – 16 May
 23 – 24 Jun 28 – 29 Jun 28 Jun – 9 Jul 10 – 11 Jul
 26 – 27 Aug 29 – 30 Aug 31 Aug – 10 Sep 11 – 12 Sep
 28 – 29 Oct 30 – 31 Oct 2 – 12 Nov 13 – 14 Nov


What is Included in the IDC packages



48,000 THB*


65,000 THB*


95,000 THB*

IDC Prep IDC Prep IDC Prep  
IDC Elearning IDC Elearning IDC Elearning  
  EFR Instructor with EFR Instructor materials EFR Instructor with EFR Instructor materials  
     5 Specialty Instructor ratings including Instructor outlines.  
*=PADI Fees must be paid to PADI prior to entry to the IE
Accommodation can be arranged with prices starting from 500 THB/night depending on your requirements (IDC Prep-end of IE is 11 days)

Do you want to do more that one course? Perhaps make your way up the PADI diver ladder to professional levels. Then check out the Real Divers Internship offers which can save you a lot of money.

Quick FactsPADI 5 STAR Instructor Course Pattaya Thailand IDC

Duration – 11 Days
Prerequisite Divemaster, EFR Instructor
Minimum Age – 18 years old
eLearning – Available
Next Diver Level PADI Specialty Instructor

What Are the Fees to PADI? (Aussie $)

    • PADI IDC Application Aussie $160
    • PADI Instructor Aussie Exam $890
    • EFRI Application Aussie $257

Total $1,307 PADI Fees may differ depending on the Aussie dollar.

Required IDC PADI Materials

  • IDC Crewpack 28,500 THB
  • EFR Instructor Manual plus 3 teaching DVD 10,500 THB

Total 39,000 Thai Baht

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