Just say no to the cubicle and enjoy life under the sun as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor! If you are interested in a career change, the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) will allow you to share your passion for the ocean with others while doing what you love. Becoming a PADI instructor is not only about passing the instructor examination and achieving the certification. For this reason, our goal is to guide you through the IDC developing abilities, dive skills, knowledge and giving you teaching confidence that will accompany you from the very first student you will teach. At Blue Marlin, we know how important this is for your future students and your career as a PADI INSTRUCTOR

Our monthly IDC’s take place at Blue Marlin Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan and Komodo during a 15-day program (12-day IDC & EFRI) plus an additional – optional, but highly recommended – free of charge preparation program before every IDC start. We guarantee a 100% pass rate and a memorable IDC inclusive of valuable extras such as PADI Enriched Air Instructor Course and the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Course.

The best way to observe a fish is to become a fish. Jacques Cousteau

instructor Development course

why blue marlin?


Our experienced course directors tailor the IDC to give you the individual support you need. They integrate years of diving experience by explaining theory with real world situations.


Air-conditioned classrooms with up-to-date materials, visual aids, DVD player, interactive teaching aids and dedicated training pools set the stage for learning.


Let Blue Marlin provide you with all the information needed regarding visas and travel to Indonesia prior to your arrival, allowing you to focus on what’s important


Our course director can translate from the course’s standard English into 6 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Hindi and Bahasa Indonesia.


In addition to the standard IDC program, we’ll throw in the PADI Enriched Air Instructor Course and PADI Oxygen Provider Instructor Specialty for free (a value of over USD 350).


After the IDC program, make yourself more employable by learning how to teach 5 different specialities and become a Master SCUBA Diver Trainer once you certified 25 students.

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Gili Meno
IDC + EFRI: 1450
MSDT: 550
IDC + EFRI + MSDT: 1900
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Gili Trawangan
IDC + EFRI: 1450
MSDT: 550
IDC + EFRI + MSDT: 1900
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Gili Air
IDC + EFRI: 1450
MSDT: 550
IDC + EFRI + MSDT: 1900
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IDC + EFRI: 1200
MSDT: 550
IDC + EFRI + MSDT: 1700
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Not inclusive of learning materials (IDC and EFRI crewpack): USD 790

Not inclusive of PADI Fees, approx. AUD 1450 (to pay directly to PADI)

what should you expect?

A diver carries her tank from the boat.


Whether you’ve just finished your Divemaster course or haven’t been around dive centres for a while, it‘s always good to revise topics that will be covered during the IDC. For this reason, during this preparation day, we will go through all the subjects you need to review in order to have the best start possible. Moreover, our course director will be able to evaluate your knowledge and dive skills in a stress-free environment and can advise on your personal focus points for the course.


In addition to the standard IDC, we will ensure that all candidates are fully prepared for their Instructor Examination by holding a Mock I.E. In this two-day simulation, learn exactly what to expect, find your personal focus areas and shake off some nerves.

Divemaster candidates prepare to practice skills in the pool.
Smiling divemaster on the surface after a dive


The IDC culminates in the Instructor Examination (IE): a two-day evaluative program that tests each instructor candidate’s teaching abilities, comprehension of dive theory, skill demonstration quality, understanding of the PADI System as well as both attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardised and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. We offer our IDC as a 100% GUARANTEED PASS. This means that if you do not pass the exam, we’ll offer your subsequent IDC at no additional charge.


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