PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

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?

• The UK's only PADI CDC rated centre
• The only centre in the UK with TWO resident Course Directors
• 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£900• Full IDC course
• Dive Theory Online
IDC Gold£1149• Full IDC course
• Dive Theory Online
• Emergency First Response Instructor course
• Emergency First Response Instructor course materials
IDC Platinum £1750• 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

MONTH (2020)IDC - 6 daysEFRI - 1 dayIE - 2 days
JANUARY20 to 25 January25 JanuaryWhittlesey 14 & 15 March
FEBRUARY17 to 22 February22 FebruaryWhittlesey 14 & 15 March
APRIL20 to 25 April25 AprilBristol 02 & 03 May
MAY25 to 30 May30 MayWhittlesey 13 & 14 June
JULY06 to 11 July11 JulyLeicestershire 25 & 26 July
SEPTEMBER06 to 11 September06 SeptemberWraysbury 12 & 13 September
OCTOBER26 to 31 October31 OctoberWhittlesey 07 & 08 November

IE Start DateIE End DateCity / Region
14 March 202015 March 2020Whittlesey
11 April 202012 April 2020Newcastle
02 May 202003 May 2020Bristol
13 June 202014 June 2020Whittlesey
25 July 202026 July 2020Leicestershire
08 August 202009 August 2020Newcastle
29 August 202030 August 2020Hull
12 September 202013 September 2020Wraysbury
10 October 202011 October 2020Bristol
17 October 202018 October 2020Pontefract
07 November 202008 November 2020Whittlesey

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.