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About Koh Tao Diving Academy

Our PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is focused not only on giving you what you need to pass the PADI Instructor Exam (IE), but also on giving you the training necessary to stand out of the crowd when you will apply for your first Scuba Diving Instructor job; Koh Tao Diving Academy's packages are tailored to give you a leg up in the diving industry.

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Why choose Koh Tao Diving Academy?

As we want only the best for the IDC’s candidates, we conduct the Instructors Development Courses at PADI 5 star IDC center Seashell Divers Koh Tao. Seashell Divers has one of the best facilities on Koh Tao with dedicated air-con classrooms, amazing swimming pools, and Sairee beach right at its doorstep.

  • We structure the IDC’s differently, taking advantage of the knowledges of two PLATINUM RETED PADI COURSE DIRECTORS, which work together to offer the best possible experience ( This is the highest lever awarded by PADI).
  • We offer two weeks FREE Fun Diving and we let you assist our Instructors before starting your IDC course. This because we want to make sure that you feel ready to start!
  • 100% guaranteed success at the IE; and if you don’t pass the first time, then we will cover the costs of your next IDC!
  • We will help you with your first Open Water Certification, giving you the opportunity to have a real life experience with real students!
IDC BRONZE Package
Instructor Development Course
33,900baht
  • PADI IDC Preparation Course
  • PADI Assistant Instructor (AI)
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • PADI O2 Provider
  • Add-on: EFR Instructor for 6,000 THB
IDC SILVER Package
Instructor Development Course
49,900baht
  • PADI IDC Preparation Course
  • PADI Assistant Instructor (AI)
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • PADI O2 Provider
  • 5 PADI Specialties included
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer [MSDT] Preparation Course
  • Add-on: EFR Instructor for 6,000 THB
IDC GOLD Package
Instructor Development Course
56,900baht
  • PADI IDC Preparation Course
  • PADI Assistant Instructor (AI)
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • PADI O2 Provider
  • PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer [MSDT] Preparation Course
  • 5 PADI Specialties included
  • Minimum of 25 certifications (Teach Open Water students to gain 25 certs!)
  • Add-on: EFR Instructor for 6,000 THB

PLEASE NOTE: The IDC packages listed above include all instructor training courses. In addition to that, you will need to purchase your teaching materials (PADI CREWPACK) as well as pay for your Instructor certification fees.

You can order your PADI CREWPACK through us, and take advantage of the discounts we benefit from PADI ( allow an additional 20,500 THB);

On the other hand, the costs of your Instructor Exam (EI), your Instructor cards, EFR Instructor cards, and your Instructor membership fee needs to be paid directly to PADI. (this come to around $1,168 AUD).

You can check this informations directly on the PADI website.

About your PADI Instructor Development Course

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Life and work as a scuba diving instructor can be hugely rewarding – not to mention a whole lot of fun that you’ll be having almost every day! If you’re a Divemaster at this stage, you’ve already made the first step towards a professional diving career – and since you’re reading this, you’re probably considering to take your skills to the next level and become a diving instructor with us in Koh Tao Diving Academy.

Once you become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), you will find that many more opportunities will start to open up for you. Your work becomes infinitely more varied, customer contact more profound and your days will be more rewarding.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) offers the means to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in as short as two weeks! We can boast an almost 100% pass rate since the opening of our first IDC Center in Koh Tao, in the year 2000. We achieve these high results mainly due to the intensive preparatory nature of the course and the enthusiasm and commitment of our skilled Staff Instructors and Course Director. Although the course is thorough and can surly be demanding, we always strive to make our IDCs fun and enjoyable. 

Contact us if you have any question, the team of Koh Tao Diving Academy will be happy to help you with any concerns or doubt you may have!

What to Expect?

Our course runs over 15 days and covers the three aspects of scuba instruction – Academics, Confined Water and Open Water training – as well as some pre-IDC preparation and post-IDC mock examinations, where you have the chance to go through the IE as a training session before it counts for real.

  • Preparation Days – 4 days – Helps you brush up on your divemaster theory and skill demonstration.
  • Assistant Instructor Course – 4 days – The IDC begins
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor Course – 5 days – Covers aspects of scuba training beyond Assistant Instructor level
  • Mock Instructor Exam – 2 days – Gives you a taste of the real thing

The final leg of the journey to becoming an Instructor is the Instructor Exam (IE), ran by external PADI examiners. The IDC course is timed to allow for a full day’s home study and preparation prior to the IE. However, should you require some additional tuition, our Staff Instructors will be happy to help you in any possible way. It is our joy when we see candidates pass the IE and we will always do our best to keep our success rate as high as it is!

Pay 15% Deposit to Book your IDC Now!

14,000

THB

PADI Rescue Diver & EFR

During the PADI Rescue Diver course, you learn to become a better buddy by practicing problem solving skills until they become second nature; this course prepares you to deal with dive emergencies, minor and major, using a variety of techniques.

30,000 ++

THB
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PADI Divemaster

Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world. Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career

39,900++

THB
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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Ready to take the next step in your diving career? Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water