The IDC is a fun but challenging course for most people and the outcome is being able to follow your dreams of trading in that office for the ocean.


Congratulations! You’re obviously thinking about continuing your steps on the professional dive ladder and becoming a PADI Instructor, that’s great news! The Instructor Development Course is an amazing experience and Xcalak, Mexico is one of the best places to do it – we’re sure that you will enjoy hanging out in our marine park with our manatees and eagle rays whilst gaining this incredible experience!
At XTC we’re passionate about making responsible and professional Instructors that are ready to teach and are committed to environmentally-aware practices. We want to make sure that our future Instructors understand and know how to help preserve our fragile ocean environment for future generations, so we add some extra workshops into our IDCs for exactly that reason. The IDC is a fun but challenging course for most people and the outcome is being able to follow your dreams of trading in that office for the ocean. It’s calling you, will you answer?
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To enroll on a PADI IDC or AI course, candidates must have:
  • Dive Leader certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization*
  • Be over 18 years old
  • Have medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months (this must be brought with you)
  • Be a certified diver for six months (you must proof of dives with you)
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months (this must be brought with you)
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary (all cards to be brought with you)


To enroll in the PADI Instructor Examination you must have:

  • A successful PADI IDC or OWSI Program completion within 12 months of IE start date.
  • 100 logged dives
  • PADI Instructor Certificate of Completion that has both the OWSI/IDC completion date and dive experience sections signed by a PADI Course Director; or a PADI IE Certificate of Participation from a previous IE.
  • PADI IE Enrollment form and fee
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

*It is highly recommended that you complete the IE as soon as possible after the IDC program*

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The purpose of the Instructor Development process is to develop and fine-tune personal dive skills and leadership skills. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) can be separated into an Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

If you decide to complete the Assistant Instructor course separately, you will be able to conduct some PADI programs independently. You will also be able to complete an OWSI program in the future if you like.

If you decide to complete an entire IDC (or if you are an AI who is completing an OWSI Program) then, at the end, you will be able to enroll in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). The IE evaluates your teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism. Upon successful completion of the IE, you will be awarded the rating of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and be able to teach all PADI courses from Entry-level to Divemaster.


We do not include the price of materials in our Professional level courses as we find that sometimes candidates prefer to buy them in advance. If you would like to purchase your required materials from us, then please let us know in advance so that we can have them shipped with enough time.


You must have, in your possession, a personal, current set of the following materials for study and use during the course and for reference afterward;

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI IDC Elearning
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Guides
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual or Elearning
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPml, including Instructions for Use booklets
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Manual or Elearning
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual or Elearning
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual or Elearning
  • Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Skill Development Preparation slate
  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online

Additional recommended materials are available in the Dive Center for you to use during your course.


Tanks and weights will be available for use throughout your course. In addition, you will need to have:

  • Fins, mask and snorkel
  • Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount or separate backpack, and low pressure inflator
  • Primary regulator and alternate air source
  • Breathing gas monitoring device (e.g. submersible pressure gauge)
  • Depth monitoring device
  • Adequate exposure protection appropriate for water that is 24-30*C
  • Dive computer or RDP (eRDPml or Table)
  • Instructions for use for dive computer or RDP/ERDPml
  • Time monitoring device
  • Compass
  • Knife/diver’s tool
  • Two surface signaling devices – one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one delayed surface marker buoy with reel

You will need to bring with you your dive computer or time monitoring device, as well as a compass and delayed marker buoy. All other required equipment is available at a very reasonable price for you to rent for the duration of your course should you not wish to carry it with you. Do bear in mind though that, as a PADI Professional, you will be required to have this equipment in the future, particularly if you want to work in the industry.

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Complete all 16 PADI IDC Elearning curriculum components.


Participate in the following IDC curriculum components:

  • Orientation
  • Dive Theory Workshop
  • PADI System Workshop
  • Learning and Teaching Workshop
  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
  • Open Water Dive Course Scheduling and Set Up Workshop
  • Risk Management and Licensing Workshop
  • Knowledge Development Presentation Workshop and Candidate Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Skill Development Workshop
  • Confined Water Training Workshop and Candidate Confined Water Teaching Presentations
  • Open Water Training Workshop and Candidate Open Water Teaching Presentations
  • Continuing Education Workshop
  • Advanced Open Water Diver Course Workshop
  • Rescue Diver Course Workshop
  • Sales Techniques Workshop
  • Course Close


Present three knowledge development teaching presentations, scoring a minimum of 3.4 on at least two.

Participate in the following IDC curriculum components:


Present four confined water teaching presentations (wet), scoring a minimum of 3.4 on at least two.


Present at least two integrated open water teaching presentations (wet), scoring a minimum of 3.4 on each skill for one presentation.


Perform all 24 dive skills in the Skill Evaluation, scoring a minimum of 82 total points, with no individual score below 3 and with at least one underwater skill to a 5.


Score 75% on the PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Exam.


Score 75% on all sections of the Dive Theory Exam.


Perform a 400 meter/yard continuous swim, without swimming aids.


Perform a 10-minute tread.


In confined or open water, demonstrate with role-model quality the rescue of a simulated panicked diver at the surface.


In open water, demonstrate with role-model quality the rescue of a simulated unresponsive, non-breathing diver at the surface.


In open water, participate in a rescue scenario from surfacing a simulated unresponsive non-breathing diver to providing first aid on boat/shore.

If you are enrolled in an AI or OWSI course, then you will not have to complete all of these requirements.


As well as the required PADI Performance Requirements, our full IDC also includes all of the following:

  • IDC – 14 days including FREE prep day and Mock Exam practice before the real thing
  • EFRI – 2 days
  • FREE “dorm-style” accommodation for duration of the course
  • FREE diving for life at XTC Dive Center (terms & conditions apply)
  • FREE Project AWARE Dive Against Debris Specialty Instructor Course (application cost extra - included in list with PADI fees)
  • FREE Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees required)
  • FREE Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees required)
  • FREE Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Rating (no additional PADI fees required)
  • Eco Pro Workshop
  • Job Placement and Assistance Program with CV Clinic
  • Dive Theory Study assistance with custom designed study materials, practice exams and the 2019 updated skill demonstration video
  • FREE welcome pack with T-shirts, Dive Against Debris bag and stationary kit
  • Discounts at Coral bar & grill restaurants and dive shop
  • Discounts at other Chilam Group properties and excursions
  • Instructor Examination party including food & drinks

Booking & Prices

We believe in transparent pricing. As a PADI professional you will be responsible for paying application and on-going membership fees directly to PADI to keep your rating. We have outlined these costs here, to the best of our ability, so that you can work out exactly how much the course, materials and application fees are going to cost you. Let us know if anything is unclear.


  • COURSE: $1445









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