With so many different locations offering PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) it can be overwhelming to know which location is best for you. Nowadays you can become a PADI Diving Instructor in almost any country around the world. But how do you pick the best place to begin your career as a diving instructor?
We know that the PADI IDC is a big investment. But we strongly believe you should decide where based on which location and centre is best for you and your future, not on price. Selecting the right place to do your IDC will help you kick start your life as an instructor and ensure a return on that investment. Here’s a few questions you should ask yourself when choosing where to do your PADI Instructor Development Course.
What are the diving conditions like at this IDC location?
Do you want to be diving in warm or cool waters? Is the water fresh or salt water? What is the visibility like? Are conditions calm or is there often large swells? Is there strong current? Will you be diving from the shore or on a boat? Do the boats come back between each dive or are you out all day?
These are all questions you want to ask when selecting a location for your IDC. Diving varies greatly around the world. It’s important to consider what type of diving you enjoy and what conditions you want to be learning to teach in. We will be honest, we prefer tropical climates, but we understand that’s not for everyone.
Where do you plan to work as a dive instructor after your Instructor Course?
As well as considering the conditions you like to dive in, it’s also beneficial to complete your Instructor Development Course in conditions similar to those you plan to work in. At least when you first start teaching. For example, if you plan to teach in Northern Europe where it’s often low visibility and requires a dry suit, you might not want to do your IDC in warm, crystal clear tropical waters. Before, during and after your IDC you have the opportunity to network and build connections in that location. You will also already be familiar with the dive practices specific to that area. You can then gain valuable experience in familiar dive conditions before moving on to a location.
What other professional dive training is available at this Instructor Training location?
In addition to the PADI Instructor Development Course, you often have the chance to complete further training to enhance your skills and employability. Have a look at what additional courses different IDC locations offer you, for example team teaching, Instructor Specialities, Master Scuba Diver Trainer Programs. All of these can help stand out from other new instructors and are often offered at special rates for IDC candidates. If you know you want to work towards becoming a PADI Staff Instructor, and perhaps Course Director, check out whether the IDC location or Course Director offer these opportunities.
Your-IDC offers a variety of extra training from free prep workshops to Instructor Specialities, MSDT training and even Disabled Divers International (DDI) Instructor training. Send us a message for more information about any of our courses.
What is the experience of the PADI Course Director teaching the IDCs in this location?
One factor to consider is how experienced is the Course Director who will be teaching you. But experience is hard to quantify, it’s not just about the length of time someone has been a Course Director or how many IDCs they’ve taught. It’s also good to know where your Course Director has worked, do they experience teaching a variety of courses in different conditions?
Your Course Director plays a pivotal role in your development as an instructor, so it’s important you find the right one for you. Not only will you spend a couple of weeks training with them, but they will continue to be your mentor throughout your career. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your potential Course Directors, they are there to answer your questions. If you don’t feel comfortable or reassured corresponding with your PADI Course Director, then it’s probably a sign to look for a different one.
Not only do our Course Directors at Your-IDC have over 60 years of experience between them, they have also dived and taught in a huge variety of conditions. From the strong currents of Indonesia to the open ocean off Mozambique, from the cold lakes of Switzerland to the calm bays of the Caribbean, our team has gained invaluable skills and techniques they can’t wait to share with you.
What are the IDC facilities and accommodation like at this location?
To learn effectively, you need to be in the right environment. A spacious classroom, quiet areas for independent study and easy access to the water are all beneficial to your training. Does the location you are considering have adequate and spacious facilities? Is there a suitable training pool on site or do you prefer confined sessions to take place in the ocean? Is there a good WIFI connection? Is there adequate accommodation available at this location? Do you want to stay at the IDC Centre or would you prefer offsite accommodation?
At all our PADI IDC centres we have dedicated facilities specifically designed for teaching IDCs with air-conditioned classrooms, areas for independent study, large swimming pools and specific IDC boats. We strive to ensure you can train in a comfortable and relaxed environment. We can offer accommodation onsite at all our IDC locations, or we can support you in finding different options offsite.
What is the location itself like?
You’re going to be living in this location for at least a few weeks, so you want to like the town, island or city you’ll be based in. Do you prefer a quiet tropical island, or do you like somewhere with more amenities and activities? As well as the actual IDC centre, have a look at the location in which it is situated and make sure it suits your personality. Your-IDC has a variety of locations to suit all tastes, check out our locations for more details.
Take time to find the right IDC location for you.
The PADI Instructor Development Course is a big investment, not only financially, so it’s important you pick a location and Course Director that is right for you personally. Take time to consider what you want and need during your IDC, and when in doubt, go with your gut. It’s normally right.
With a passionate team of experienced PADI Course Directors teaching across a variety of locations, all with dedicated facilities, we offer IDC locations to suit everyone’s tastes and career aspirations. Choose from an extensive range of additional training including Speciality ratings, MSDT programs and even DDI Instructor training.
Your IDC. Where you want it. When you want it.
We offer PADI IDCs on idyllic islands with no motorised vehicles to bustling fishing towns, all with the perfect mix of local culture and expat life. The diving conditions vary from exhilarating currents to calm bays, boasting some of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems on the planet. You really are spoilt for choice. No matter which location you choose, Your-IDC guarantee that you will receive top quality training that will transform you into a confident and capable instructor, ready to take on any challenges you may face in your new career.