PADI IDC Bonaire (Instructor Development Course)

If you are a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent) who has over 100 logged dives and have been a certified diver for over 6 months, then you’re ready to take the next step in your professional career!

What shall I do to be prepared?
The theory exams that you’ll be taking during the Instructor Examination are a great deal more in depth than those you passed in order to become a PADI Divemaster. You will need to use your Encyclopedia of Diving Knowledge to complete all of the reviews in the Diving Knowledge Workbook before you start the IDC. There is also an option to complete your dive theory online, just ask and we can send you more information. The more prepared you are, the more time you can focus on teaching.

What materials do I need?
In order to comply with PADI Standards, you are required to have Instructor training materials as well as the manuals and exams for all of the courses that you are required to teach. All mandatory items that you don’t already have from your PADI Divemaster traing are available from Dive Friends Bonaire in the IDC Crew-Pack that includes a PADI backpack.

How long will it take?
The short answer.,.about 2 weeks (if you have all of the pre-requisites).

The long answer….
Candidates are requested to be on Bonaire at least 2 days prior to the IDC for a complimentary preparatory session to make sure that all your dive knowledge and skills are ready for the IDC.

During the 7 days of your instructor development course, you’ll apply your diving knowledge and skills while learning to use the PADI System of diver education in the classroom and in the water. You will learn to manage and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. As a PADI OWSI, you can conduct the entire range of PADI diver courses from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. We’ll also be refreshing your rescue skills (Rescue Skill #7 from the Rescue Diver course will be evaluated during the IE). The IDC format will focus upon workshops (like knot tying, descent and CESA workshops) and interaction, while utilizing the PADI Instructor Manual and the PADI Guide to Teaching. All of this training will help to prepare you for your upcoming Instructor Exam.

Emergency First Response Instructor is a pre-requisite to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and takes about 1 day to complete. This interactive instructor training program incorporates CPR and First Aid (Primary and Secondary Care) and is included as part of our curriculum. If you already hold this certification, no problem, you’ll have an extra day off to study, enjoy diving on Bonaire or relax.

The Instructor Examination (IE) takes place over 2 days. An independent examiner from PADI will visit Bonaire to administer the exams. There will be tests on your general water and diving skills, your academic knowledge, and on your teaching presentations in the classroom as well as in confined and open water environments. For certification as a PADI Instructor you will need to pass all parts of the IE.

What can I do after the IE?
After the successful completion of the IDC and IE, new dive instructors can take advantage of Dive Friend’s post-IE internship for four to eight weeks (or longer, if desired). This internship provides the new dive instructor first-hand experience by watching and assisting the Dive Friends Bonaire staff instructors. There is no cost to the candidate for taking advantage of this internship, but the candidate is responsible for their own housing costs on Bonaire. Participation in the Specialty Instructor training is also a great way to gain experience and add to what you can offer on your CV for future employment. Our Master Scuba Diver Trainer program includes 5 specialties for $650.

If you have any questions, please let us know. Go Pro with Dive Friends Bonaire!

PADI Instructor Developmen Course (IDC) eLearning


IDC Preparation CourseFree
IDC eLearning$1,080.00
Emergency First Response Instructor$270.00
Staff Instructor$650.00
Master Scuba Diver Trainer (five specialties)$650.00
Instructor Crew Pak$922.45
EFR Instructor Crew Pak$321.55
PADI Fees Instructor$815.00
PADI Fees EFR Instructor$110.00
Extra! After the IDC, participants receive two days of unlimited air for free!