PADI Instructor Development Course

PADI Instructor Development Course

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PADI Instructor Development Course(IDC)

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Why become a Dive Instructor?

The rewards of being a Dive Instructor are boundless; changing people’s lives, helping to overcome fears, facilitating career and lifestyle changes, and forging deep and lasting friendships.Plenty of hard work and dedication are required. If you’re ready for that, then read on…

Why Choose Dive Rutland for your PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)?

If you are reading this, then you know that diving is fun!! Learning to become a PADI Instructor should also be fun. We can guarantee to make your PADI IDC an enjoyable experience.It’s so important that you are well prepared and relaxed for your PADI IDC Instructor course. When you are relaxed, laughing and comfortable, you will learn a lot about teaching others to dive.

You, and the team that you’ll be working with, will develop varied ways of passing information and skills over to others. In a small group of no more than four, to ensure high quality and individual attention, you will learn and master the tools required to begin teaching others. You’ll learn how to:

  1. Build rapport with your future students
  2. Create confidence in others
  3. Teach everybody, regardless of their individual learning style
  4. Allow students to learn in their own way
  5. You’ll learn to “Teach People – and NOT Courses!”
  6. Teach students whilst in a natural diving position, not on their knees
  7. Kneeling way and neutral way - Different ways of getting the student to be successful with skills depending on working conditions and environment.

Not only that, but you’ll learn how you will become very effective and an efficient mentor and coach because here at Dive Rutland we question the fact that you are an instructor. We can not instruct a student in "how to partially flood and clear your mask" what we can do is show them how we do it and then they have a go, this is coaching, the student effectively teaches themselves.

We will also cover in a separate module the UK HSE requirements for working Professionals, so YOU fully understand YOUR responsibilities if working in the UK.

Naturally, the IDC itself is demanding but we are proud of our Professional team who have huge amounts of energy, enthusiasm, humour and patience, with our Course Director Tracey Roberts we will thoroughly prepare you to be 100% ready for the Instructor Exam, but most importantly ready to teach real students afterwards. Yes it it is about passing the Instructor exam but really it's about your confidence to go and bring peoples dreams to life.

Others like you have become PADI Instructors with us and they are now around the world changing other people's lives! They are putting into practice what they learned during their PADI IDC with us. Even after the course we will stay in touch continue to support and provide advice.

What Do I need to start the PADI Instructor Development Course?

  • Minimum age 18 years old
  • A certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Be a PADI Divemaster or:
    • an instructor member in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognised recreational diver training organisation
    • have a leadership level certification in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognised recreational diver training organisation
  • Have a PADI diver’s medical signed by a physician within the last 12 months. To work in the UK you will need an HSE divers medical
  • A minimum 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation
  • An EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent) qualification within 24 months.
  • Good personal diving and buoyancy skills
  • Be able to snorkel 800 metres
  • Be able to tie the following knots - bowline, two-half hitches and sheet bend

Dive Rutland Course Offerings for the PADI Instructor Development Course

Here at Dive Rutland we have two different offerings - Basic and Standard


  • Two days of preparation Theory
  • Instructor Development Course
  • Instructor Development Crewpack
  • Free Wifi
  • Air Fills
  • Stamford Notepad
  • Instructor Exam support by our Course Director and / or one of our Staff Instructors


Everything in Basic and :-

  • EFR Instructor Course
  • EFR Instructor Startup Pack
  • Unlimited Shadowing opportunities

What Dive Equipment do I need for the PADI Instructor Development Course?

To be a professional in any field you must have the tools for the job! A good plumber would not think of turning up to work without his tools, and a good diving instructor also needs his tools!

This includes educational materials to ensure that he or she can present the required information professionally, is familiar with and knows what the student divers have been reading or watching and can safely introduce student divers to the world of diving!

You will need:

  • A complete set of student diver materials (manual or elearning)for all core courses from Open Water Diver through to Rescue Diver
  • Full set of diving equipment including suitable exposure suit
  • Two pieces of rope - different thicknesses

How Long does the PADI Instructor Development Course take?

Prior to your IDC you will join us for two days of preparation - See Preparation below. This can be done in person with us onsite or spread over a number of nights virtually.

Whilst waiting to join your Instructor Development course our professional team will be here to mentor, guide and answer any questions that you have.

The Instructor Development course is eight days with us again either in a consolidated block or part-time remember the course is performance based and sometimes additional time is required.

What Locations do you use for the PADI Instructor Development Course?

The physical classroom sessions are held in the Dive Rutland Classroom, 1 Old Station Yard, Whissendine Road, Ashwell. Rutland LE15 7SP.

The pool sessions are held at Oakham School Pool, Kilburn Road, Oakham.

The open water sessions are held at a suitable Open Water site which could be Stoney Cove or another nearby water site.

We are happy to run IDC's for other dive centres at your location, please get in touch to discuss

PADI Instructor Development Course preparation

At the start of the IDC you will complete a theory exam and an open book standards exam.

There is no time during the IDC to teach theory, yes you should have the knowledge but it is different knowing the theory and being able to teach it.

As you want to be well prepared and after your Instructor Exams to be a good coach and mentor to your future students, we will spend two days with you reviewing the five dive theory topics and during that time help you relate them to topics you will be able to teach during your career (some additional training might be required or additional qualifications, but during your time with us, we will help you relate and plan your future training options)

"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough"

-Albert Einstein

To prepare independently we recommend that you:

  • Revise the five dive theory topics, Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Dive Skills and the Environment, Recreational Dive Planner.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of the PADI Instructor Manual or update yours with the latest Training Bulletins
  • Review the 24 skills you practiced during your PADI Divemaster course - have a look at the skill circuit on our YouTube Channel
  • Practice Rescue exercise 7; ‘Unconscious Diver at the Surface’ exercise from your PADI Rescue Diver course.

The two days will be arranged with you at times and dates to suit, this can be a weekend or held over a number of nights virtually.

Is there anything else I should know about the PADI Instructor Development course?

Before your IDC why not take advantage of the opportunity to shadow one of our courses, see how we work with real students in the real world. Drinks - Tea, Coffee, hot chocolate, squash and water are provided throughout the classroom sessions, along with homemade cakes.

All IDC participants get a Stamford Notebooks notepad, to allow you to make those all important notes.

All our courses are ran fully in accordance with ALL HSE requirements including dedicated service support, we do not rely on our students to cover any part of our requirements, your role is to concentrate on the course!

We will be there to provide you with moral support during your local Instructor Exam.

Before the PADI Instructor Exam you need

  • Minimum 100 logged dives
  • Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organisation

What is in the PADI Instructor Development Crewpack

The Crewpack includes all Digital presentations plus the required, hard-copy slates in a smart PADI Pro backpack.

Prior to your course you will be issued with the elearning codes to allow you to complete the prerequisite pre-reading. The slates and Backpack can be collected but will be available on the first day of your course.

Any Other Costs?

  • The Entrance fees for open water training site and personal travel costs
  • PADI Fees Not included and are directly payable:-
    • Instructor Exam Fees - £632.40
    • PADI Instructor Application Fees - on successful completion of the Instructor Exam -183.60

When are the PADI Instructor Exams in the UK?

11th - 12th March 2023 Dosthill
1st - 2nd April 2023 Newcastle
29th - 30th April 2023 Bristol
10th - 11th June 2023 Whittlesey
22nd - 23rd July 2023 Leicestershire
26th - 27th August 2023 Hull
16th - 17th September 2023 Llanberis
7th - 9th October 2023 Bristol
14th - 15th October 2023 Lancashire
4th - 5th November 2023 Whittlesey
2nd - 3rd December 2023 Leicestershire

What are the Next Steps after becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor?

Master Scuba Diver Instructor, for this you need to hold five speciality instructor ratings and certify 25 certifications. 

You can choose to add in five instructor speciality ratings to your IDC, which will add two days to your time with us.  But on successfully completing your Instructor exams gain your instructor speciality ratings or join us for a Speciality Instructor weekend, maybe in the weeks immediately after your exams


Success is no accident, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all
LOVE what you are doing

Students who want to become PADI divers must first complete the mandatory course documentation. Known medical conditions are required to be declared and notified to your Instructor prior to any in-water activity. A doctor's confirmation of fitness to dive if answer you to any medical condition on the Medical Statement. You can check out here:

PADI Medical Statement

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Our team of highly experienced instructors will be on hand to guide you through every step of the way, and to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable diving experience.

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I cannot rate Dive Rutland high enough. Tracey, Bridget and all the team have shown me unending patience and understanding and I have got my open water certification. Thank you to you all for sharing your knowledge and tips. Can't wait to start my next course.

Carrie Spence

Northampton, UK


We are lucky to have a top notch Dive school on our doorstep in the form of Dive Rutland, My thanks to Bridget my instructor for her endless enthusiasm both in the theory and the practical applications of diving. Then to Tracey again for your skill and excellent support and for putting together a great community of divers who have helped and supported us.

Trikes of Bytham

Bytham, UK


Friendly, professional and committed to ensuring you get the best diving training and diving experiences, whilst upholding the highest of standards. Tracey and her team offer everything you need from newbie to experienced diver. Highly recommended.

Joanna Aitkens

Leicester, UK


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