PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

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Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor with us here at LSD. 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. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

If you are ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs then you will find LSD to be the perfect fit. We are the UK’s leading Instructor training facility with 25 years of experience. Not all Instructor Development Courses are the same and all you have to do is ask anyone who has taken an IDC at London School of Diving. Our record is exceptional with a 100% pass rate. Our aim is beyond making you pass the Instructor Exam. It is to make you great Instructors. Join the team today and just watch your professional career take off with our help. LSD have one of the most professional set ups in the country and we have recently been awarded by PADI for our ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry’.


• 6 Days IDC


• Divemaster with 60 logged dives
• Certified diver for 6 months with a current medical statement signed by a physician
• EFR Instructor

Whats Involved

• Online pre study with interactive presentations and videos
• Classroom Workshops from the IDC team
• Candidate teaching presentations
• Confined water workshops in our pool
• Open water workshops at a local lake
• Dive Theory & Standards exam Click here for more information on whats involved

Why Choose LSD?

• PADI CDC rated centre
• Personal IDC Staff Instructor assigned as course mentor
• Unlimited pool use for practicing skills
• Free hire of kit for the IDC & IE
• Unlimited shadowing of LSD courses prior to IDC
• Free make up sessions should your IE be unsuccessful
• Guaranteed work at LSD after successfully passing your IE

IDC Basic£1000• Full IDC course
• Dive Theory Online
IDC Gold£1500• Full IDC course
• Dive Theory Online
• Emergency First Response Instructor course
• Emergency First Response Instructor course materials
IDC Platinum £2000• Full IDC course
• Emergency First Response Instructor course
• Emergency First Response Instructor course materials
• Dive Theory Online
• 5 Instructor Specialties (Dry Suit, Enriched Air, Deep, Wreck and Emergency Oxygen Provider)
• PADI Instructor crewpack - includes PADI IDC eLearning & Digital Diving Knowledge Workbook (2020 edition)
• IDC Application for PADI membership payable directly to PADI
• EFRI Application for membership payable directly to PADI
• IE Application payable directly to PADI

START DATE (2024)END DATEEFRI - 1 dayIE - 2 days
26 February2 March2 MarchWhittlesey 09 & 10 March
15 April20 April20 AprilBristol 27 & 28 April
27 May1 June1 JuneWhittlesey 8 & 9 June
8 July13 July13 JulyLeicestershire 20 & 21 July
19 August24 August24 AugustWraysbury 07 & 08 September
05 September - Saint Lucia12 September - Saint Lucia12 September - Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 13 & 14 September

Instructor Development Course in Saint Lucia - Unlock Your Potential in Paradise!

Are you a passionate Dive Master looking to elevate your scuba diving career to new depths? London School of Diving invites you to embark on a unique adventure with our Instructor Development Course (IDC) in the stunning tropical paradise of Saint Lucia, hosted by our sister shop, Dive Saint Lucia.

Why Saint Lucia?

Picture yourself in crystal-clear turquoise waters, surrounded by vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Saint Lucia, with its breathtaking landscapes and warm Caribbean hospitality, provides the perfect backdrop for your journey to becoming a certified scuba diving instructor.

What to Expect:

  • Comprehensive Training: Our IDC combines world-class theoretical knowledge with hands-on practical experience to ensure you are well-prepared for the challenges and joys of teaching scuba diving.
  • Expert Instruction: Learn from seasoned professionals at LSD and Dive Saint Lucia, known for their commitment to safety, environmental conservation, and exceptional diving experiences.
  • Tropical Dive Environment: Immerse yourself in the rich underwater world of Saint Lucia, where every dive is a new adventure. Gain real-world teaching experience in a diverse and vibrant marine ecosystem.

Course Highlights:

  • PADI Certification: As an authorised PADI CDC facility, our IDC ensures you receive the highest quality training and recognition.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow diving enthusiasts and professionals from around the world, creating lasting bonds within the global diving community.
  • Career Support: Our commitment doesn't end with the course. Benefit from ongoing career support and guidance as you take your first steps into the world of scuba instruction.


  • IDC Duration: 8 days - 05 - 12 September 2024
  • PADI I.E: Following the IDC your final step will be to undergo a two day Instructors Exam held by PADI examiners from the 13-14 September 2024.
  • Accommodation: Harmony Marina Suites is recommended for comfortable accommodations conveniently located near Dive Saint Lucia's dive center. for additional information and pricing please see their website https://www.harmonymarinasuites.net
  • Transportation: Seamless logistics to ensure a stress-free experience.
  • Flights: BA operate flights to the Island several times a week. Please source these independently.

Join Us in Saint Lucia - Your Dive Instructor Journey Starts Here! Secure your spot in our upcoming IDC in Saint Lucia and transform your passion for diving into a fulfilling career. Limited spaces available, so act now to reserve your place in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

What is the PADI IE?

The Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.