PADI Pro - what comes next?

You are a PADI PRO? Now what?



Jessica Vanet

You already are a PADI PRO and decided to stay within the recreational diving industry instead of going down the commercial diving jobs. You went from PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor to PADI Master Scuba Divers Trainer. The next step in your diving career is to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. Awesome…. Here is what you need to think about before you decide to go ahead!

What is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor?

The PADI IDC Staff Instructor rating makes you a valuable member of the Instructor Development Program and will allow you to assist teaching IDC’s. You can conduct parts of the IDC independently and teach the instructor candidates under the supervision of a Course Director. Once you complete your new rating you will be able to teach the Assistant Instructors independently! This is your first step into training PADI pro programs and requires a very good understanding of dive theory, PADI Standards and teaching diving in general. In order to register for a PADI IDC Staff Instructor course, you will need to already be a PADI MSDT and an EFR Instructor.


Is it the right time?

I recommend PADI instructors to have some experience under their belt before enrolling an IDC Staff Instructor course. Your experience as a PADI instructor and as a professional diver is important as you will be teaching and assisting in the IDC to develop Divemaster’s into PADI instructors. Experienced teaching PADI openwater courses as well as advanced and rescue courses yourself gives you the experience to pass on to new PADI instructors. As a PADI IDC Staff instructor you become the PADI pro who will qualify for the better dive instructor jobs and increasing your scuba instructor salary

What is the PADI IDC Staff course like?


The best way to do the PADI IDC Staff instructor course is to follow an entire PADI IDC. A few days before the IDC you will spend a couple of days with the Course Director in order to learn scoring criteria, the curriculum of the IDC, the course structure, PADI standards, and more. This is followed with the auditing of an IDC where you will gain the experience to critique and evaluate new PADI pro candidates. 

Why should I do the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course?

Scuba diving jobs are plentiful all around the world and as a PADI instructor landing the right scuba jobs has a lot to do with your qualifications as well as your attitude as a professional diver. The more qualified you are is an indication of your commitment as a professional diver and will relate directly to your scuba instructor salary as a PADI pro.