IDC (PADI Instructor course)

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Why should I choose Bali Scuba for my IDC? What does it cost? What’s included?

Check out our main IDC page about taking your IDC here at Bali Scuba.

What are the prerequisites and requirements for the IDC?

To enroll on the PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) you must meet these criteria:

  1. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster. (Or hold a leadership level certification with another training agency).
  2. Be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months.
  4. Have logged at least 90 dives & show proof of deep, night & navigation dives.
(We can help you add any dives you need to meet these criteria)
  5. Submit a medical statement signed by a physician dated within past 12 months.
(You can cheaply and easily visit a physician here in Bali to sign your medical statement but please note none are really knowledgeable about diving-related issues)
  6. Submit proof of CPR and First Aid Training within the last 24 months.
(If you haven’t taken a CPR and First Aid course within the last 24 months you can take PADI Emergency First Response here before your IDC).

What are the prerequisites for the IE (Instructors Exam)?

To be able to take the PADI Instructor Exam (IE) you need to have completed an IDC and logged at least 100 dives (you’ll do at least 10 dives here during your Instructor course so as long as you have 90 at the start of your IDC it’s enough).

Where is the IE in Bali?

The IE is always here in Sanur so you will be on familiar territory on the big day. The great thing is that the ocean dives for the IE are in the same place that you will do all your ocean training on the Bali Scuba IDC. This means that you will already know the site like the back of your hand when you come to take the IE ocean sessions there.

The theory exams and knowledge development take place in a hotel in Bali which is chosen by PADI and the confined water sessions are taken in a pool at a Sanur based dive center – this changes each time – for some IE’s it’s actually the Bali Scuba pool!

You don’t need to worry about how you will get around – we deal with all planning and logistics for you.

What PADI materials will I need for the IDC?

The IDC Crew Pack All the books and other materials you need for your PADI Instructor course are included in the IDC & EFR Crewpak (currently IDR9,900,000);

  • Guide to Teaching (with hologram)
  • PADI Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • PADI Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver Course, Confined Water and Open Water
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Adventures in Diving
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Rescue Diver
  • Aquatic Cue Cards for Divemaster course
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning slate
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Manual (DVD)
  • PADI EFR Instructor Manual

What diving equipment do I need during my Instructor training?

You’ll need a full set of dive gear for the IDC (mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, regulator, wetsuit) AND you are also required to have the following: Pocket mask, knife/diver’s tool, two surface signaling devices – one audible and one visible, compass and dive computer

Can I rent equipment from Bali Scuba?

We will provide you with a rental BCD, regulator and wetsuit if you do not have or do not want to bring your own – for FREE! It is also possible to rent from us: masks, fins, booties, snorkel, compass and computer (daily charge applies)

What else do I need to bring?

  • Medical Examination Form signed by a physician (max. 12 months old).(Or you can get one here from a local doctor)
  • Verification of CPR and first aid training (max. 24 months old). (Or you can take your EFR course here)
  • Certification proof for OW, AOW, Rescue, EFR, DM or equivalent. (If any of your previous dive courses were non-PADI you’ll need to bring a photocopy of the front and back of your certification cards)
  • Diving logbook showing your 100th dive.(If you don’t keep a log-book let us know) 2 passport size photographs
  • Pens, notebook and a calculator (Cell phones aren’t allowed in the PADI exam)
  • Laptop or tablet (If you don’t plan to bring one please let us know in advance)
  • Credit card to pay your fees to PADI on the day of your Instructor Exam (PADI only accept credit card for these fees. You don’t need the actual card but you do need the card details including security code from the back of the card)
  • Don’t forget to bring a smile and a sense of fun and adventure!

IDC Requirements & Materials often change so keep an eye on this page(last updated November 2015) or keep checking your PADI Pro account online for changes.

How about the free Nitrox Instructor course included in the IDC package?

To become a PADI Nitrox Instructor you need to be certified as a Nitrox diver (PADI or any other agency) and have done at least 10 dives with Nitrox. If you aren’t Nitrox certified yet you can take it here with us for IDR 2,300,000 (with 25% discount). Don’t worry about the 10 dives with Nitrox because we will give you free Nitrox so you can log those 10 Nitrox dives during your Instructor training.

Can you tell me in more detail about your IDC pass guarantee?

Firstly, you won’t need it because our IDC pass rate is 100% or very close to 100% each year. However, in the unlikely event that you aren’t successful on the Instructor Exam, or if you don’t take the exam because you are advised by your Course Director not to join the exam just yet, you can come back to Bali and take the whole IDC (including the 3-day Dive Skills & Theory Workshop) at any time within the next 12 months.

This is our cast iron guarantee to you. To make it fair for both sides this pass guarantee only applies if you take the whole IDC (including the 3-day Dive Skills & Theory Workshop) and if the IE you join is the one in Bali immediately following your IDC.

Do I need to take the EFR Instructor course?

Yes you do, even if you don’t plan to teach any EFR (Emergency First Response) courses. This is because PADI requires all Instructors to also be EFR Instructors (or an instructor from another recognized CPR/First Aid training agency) before they are able to teach any diving courses.

The EFR Instructor course is already included in the IDR 22,000,000 package price when you take your IDC at Bali Scuba. To join this EFR Instructor course you’ll need to have taken a PADI EFR course (or equivalent CPR and First Aid Training course from a different agency) within the previous two years. If you’ve never taken any course you can take an EFR course here at Bali Scuba before you start your IDC for additional IDR 2,400,000 (with 10% discount ). If you have already taken EFR but longer than two years ago you can take EFR refresher for IDR 2,100,000 (with 10% discount). Please note if you take the EFR refresher course you’ll need to bring the manual from your original PADI EFR course.

What happens if for any reason I quit the IDC after it’s started?

Firstly, you won’t want to quit because you’ll be having so much fun and your Instructor card is so close. However, if you do decide to quit for any reason we’ll give you a full refund for your IDC fee (but not for any PADI materials or equipment you have purchased) as long as it’s within the first 3 days of your IDC. Again, this is our cast iron guarantee to you.

What’s the best way to prepare for the IDC?

There are four ways to prepare for your IDC to give you the best chance of passing the IE;

  • Arrive early enough to take the Dive Skills & Theory workshops. These take place in the 3 days before the official start of the IDC and are completely free of charge. You’ll cover the dive skills and dive theory that you’ll be tested on in the Instructor Exam.This is the best option and the one we strongly recommend. Don’t forget, your IDC pass guarantee only applies if you join this program.
  • Take the dive theory online before arriving in Bali by clicking this link. You’ll need to pay $425 AUD directly to PADI when you sign up for the online study. This is a good option for the dive theory but of course won’t help you with the in-water dive skills.
  • Buy the ‘Diving Knowledge Workbook’ (PADI product #70214SW) and self-study before arrival in Bali. As with Option 2 this will help with dive theory but not with dive skills.
  • Stay behind each day for a few hours for after-hours IDC support. This isn’t a good option because it will leave you exhausted and with little time to do your homework assignments for your IDC. Don’t forget, you’re supposed to enjoy your IDC too, right?

How can I confirm my booking for a Bali Scuba IDC?

Get in touch with us as soon as you can so we can check if there is still space available. We’ll then hold your place for up to 7 days to give you a chance to send your deposit IDR 2,000,000).

If you prefer you can send the full amount by bank transfer instead of paying just the IDR 2,000,000 deposit. Please note this deposit is non-refundable because we use it to block one space on the course.

How can I pay the balance for my IDC?

You can pay your course fee in US$, Euro, AU$, British pounds, Indonesian rupiah. We accept Mastercard and Visa but please note a 3% bank charge will be added to your bill. If you want to send your money by international or internet bank transfer please make sure the full amount reaches us at least 7 days before you arrive in Bali.

Is there anywhere I can store my stuff?

A dive center is a public area so we cannot accept responsibility for any lost, missing or damaged items. However we do have lockers you can use for valuable items and you’ll have your own place in the IDC classroom for all your books. There is also a communal fridge where you can store your favorite food and drinks!

What time is my class each day?

Bali Scuba is open from 7am to 6pm daily although you can stay later with your Course Director. Usually you need to arrive at around 7.30am each day and finish around 6pm however our Course Directors are always willing to stay later and work individually with students if required or requested. Honestly speaking it’s a tough couple of weeks but it’ll be a lot of fun and you’ll almost certainly come out the other end the proud owner of an Instructor card.

What kind of lunches are provided?

You’ll get lunch every day so please inform us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions and we’ll do our best to accommodate. We serve a mix of traditional Balinese food (not too spicy) or freshly made sandwiches. If your IDC group want a change of lunch menu please let us know and we’ll do our best, however we obviously can’t provide an individual menu for each person each day. You’ll also get free-flow tea, coffee and drinking water at the dive centre.

Do I get any days off during the IDC?

The IDC is fun but it is intense and there are no scheduled days off. The final few days are lighter and shorter though with more free time. This means you’ll be rested mentally and physically before your IE. It also gives you and your Course Director a chance to work on any areas you are still concerned about.

How soon can I start teaching after I pass the IE?

You can begin teaching after PADI process your exam paperwork. This usually takes 7-10 working days. Contact the PADI office in the region you are registered if you don’t receive notification about this after 10 working days. And then the world is your oyster! Explore beautiful new countries, live a great life, share your passion and inspire your students!

Can I fun dive while I’m there?

Yes! You can and you should because the diving here is truly world-class. As soon as you’ve paid in full for your IDC you’ll get IDR 6,500,000 credit for you to use on dive trips. You can use this credit any time starting 15 days before the start of your IDC and/or up to the 15 days after the Instructor Exam. If your credit runs out – don’t worry – you can still join any trips we have scheduled with last-minute availability by paying just IDR 400,000 per dive.

Additionally, you can take as many pool dives as you want and join as many class sessions as you want completely free of charge. This is a great opportunity to prepare for your IDC by watching our in-house Instructors in action.

Can I get any deals if I buy scuba equipment while I’m there?

We stock ScubaPro dive equipment and Suunto dive computers. Anybody taking their IDC with us is entitled to 20% discount on any scuba equipment or dive computers in our shop. It’s the best deal around. The only exceptions are items costing IDR 130,000 or less, cameras and camera accessories, spare parts, batteries or equipment servicing. Email us in advance if you want a specific item so we can have it waiting for you when you arrive.

What’s it like taking my IDC in Bali?

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