Bali Instructor Development Course (IDC), or how to become a PADI Dive Instructor
Bali Instructor Development Course serves two purposes – to develop and refine both personal dive skills, and develope leadership ability to an elevated level. In PADI’s system, instructor development begins with the PADI Assistant Instructor course through the IDC, and includes a variety of instructor enhancement programs ranging from Specialty Instructor training to IDC Staff Instructor courses.
The foundation of instructor development is the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC), which includes online independent study through PADI eLearning or live-delivery segments.
The IDC can also be separated into an Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Candidates completing the Assistant Instructor course are authorized to conduct some PADI programs independently. They may also move on to complete an OWSI program in the future. Candidates completing an entire IDC (or AIs who move on to complete an OWSI Program) are eligible to enroll in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) conducted by PADI Staff.
The IE evaluates the candidate’s teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism using standardized, objective criteria. When the criteria are met, candidates achieve the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.
The IDC emphasizes development, not testing, and so provides a low-stress environment conducive to learning. Candidates can relax and concentrate on skill development, knowing that making mistakes is part of the learning process. During these courses, the staff plays the important role of supporting, guiding and advising candidates.
This two phase program – the development phase (IDC) conducted by PADI Course Directors and their instructor development staff; and the evaluative phase (IE) conducted by PADI Staff – is the most comprehensive and demanding of any in the dive industry. New PADI Instructors meet the highest standards for learning and performance of any recreational diver certification organization.