PADI Instructor Development Course

From AUD $3,999.00
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Location: Mooloolaba, QLD

Sunreef’s PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the key step in taking your professional PADI Divemaster rating to an entire different level. As an instructor, your range of capabilities will dramatically increase, allowing for greater employment opportunities in the dive industry, and will give you a larger foundation of knowledge to draw on. Sunreef’s IDC is made up of three parts: eLearning, the course itself, and your PADI instructor exams.

Instructor Development Course

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) runs over seven days. These seven days are full time here at Sunreef, with your time equally split between the classroom, pool, and open water dives. You will work closely with our own PADI Course Director who has mastered the art of teaching PADI Open Scuba Instructors. During this period, you will learn how to teach courses from Open Water to Divemaster, assess your students’ competencies, acknowledge student difficulties and help them overcome issues. Our qualified staff in store and on board the dive boats will also assist you in understanding all industry avenues, and how to best meet the requirements of working in a high-paced, fun-filled diving environment.

In this timeframe, you will also complete the PADI Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI) course, which is required to be in teaching status as a PADI Instructor. This will not only equip you with skills to mitigate diving incidents, but will also give you the tools to equip others with these same skills, making for a safer working


The eLearning for PADI’s instructor program is what you first receive access to, and needs to be completed before the start of your course. This eLearning portion is specially designed by PADI’s own teaching department in conjunction with active status PADI instructors and Dive Centres. The eLearning is expansive and covers how to
teach using PADI’s own prescriptive teaching method, and an in depth on how each PADI course is structured and run.

PADI Instructor Exams

After completing your PADI IDC, you will be eligible to go on and complete your PADI Instructor Exams (IE). These are an external examination run by PADI Head Office, at an external location (typically Brisbane or the Gold Coast). During these 2-day examinations, you will cover again all the learning completed during your IDC by completing theory exams, PADI Standards and Procedures exams, confined water teaching, open water teaching and rescue skills. The PADI IE has been developed
by PADI to ensure all Instructor Candidates have achieved the same level of training and are competent to teach PADI Courses and Programs. As these are external examinations conducted by PADI, these fees are paid directly to them, and are summarised in the table below.

Once you have completed your IE and paid all associated costs to PADI they will issue you your certificate and you are now a PADI Open Water Scuba instructor and
certified to teach PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Continuing Education Courses. Please note there is an administrative period of 2-3 working days for your teaching status to become active. During this period, you may promote yourself as a PADI instructor, but may not teach any courses.

The tables below show the price breakdown. Note that part of the course is payable to Sunreef, and the other payable to PADI. Also, there is no gear hire available, as it is expected that you have your own as a dive professional. If you need a set of your own, Sunreef offers promotional packages for its instructor and Divemaster candidates.

Sunreef Fee Breakdown

Instructor Development Course  $2175

Instructor Development Course Materials  $750

eLearning  $219

Emergency First Response Instructor Course  $595

Emergency First Response Instructor Course Materials  $260

Sunreef Total $3999

PADI Fee Breakdown (As of Jan. 2019)

Instructor Exam Fees  $979

Instructor Application Fees  $392.70

Liability Insurance (varies with different providers – up to $600 annually)  ~$600

PADI Total  ~$1971.70

What Now?

Sunreef has multiple courses that run throughout the year, and you can determine which dates are the best for you. Remember to allow enough time to complete the e-learning/theory beforehand. We understand this is a considerable investment, which is why we let you get started with a deposit. To secure your spot for a session and gain access to the course theory, you can pay a deposit of $1278 for your materials and eLearning. PADI fees are not due until your IE takes place. Final Payment is due at the start of your course.

What Comes After Becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba instructor?

Moving forward, you can gain more industry experience through hands-on work as an instructor. If you want to take your career even further, your next steps are to take on PADI Specialty Instructor Ratings. These are specialized ratings which will allow you to teach PADI Specialty Courses such as PADI Deep Diver, PADI Wreck Diver
and PADI Enriched Air Diver. There are plenty more to choose from, depending on your interests. The purpose of the PADI Specialty Instructor ratings are to allow instructors to teach more specialized courses to help divers achieve the coveted PADI Master Diver Rating, or for divers diving specialized sites requiring more knowledge. More information can be provided on the PADI Specialty Instructor ratings and further PADI professional courses on request.