IDC – Instructor Development Course

Is PADI IDC for you? Do you want to live the dream and become a PADI instructor? Do you love diving and are passionate about showing people your love of scuba diving? Then the Instructor Development Course (IDC) is for you to earn a living from diving. Lanta Diver was the first PADI IDC centre on Koh Lanta. Since then we have been running successful IDC’s on the island for the past 10 years. Our emphasis is on professionalism and is clear in all aspects of the dive centre. This professionalism continues right through our Instructor Development Courses.

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PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they have completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you are rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

The beautiful island of Koh Lanta is the perfect environment for you to make this course. It is a relaxed island with beautiful beaches easily accessible for confined water and open water preparations. We have modern air-conditioned classrooms conveniently located in our main shop in Saladan. All confined water presentations in partaken in a private swimming pool with no disturbances or distractions.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification. Note that EFRI (Emergency First Respons Instructor) is mandatory for participation in IE.

The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You will be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counselling

As the course is more than two weeks, there is a wide variety of resorts to suit all budgets and preferences. Please contact us if you would like some recommendations and help with bookings.

Lanta Diver offers the following IDC package :

  • Instructor IDC (Instructor Development Course)
  • Emergency First Response EFR and CFC (Emeregency First Response & Care For Children) Instructor Course (pre-requisite to IDC) – EFRI
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Rating
  • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Rating
  • Project AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Rating

Package include :

  • Dive equipment discounts
  • Free equipment rental during IDC if needed
  • Includes lunch every day during the IDC
  • Transportation to and from pool & beach & IE days

PADI Materials :

  • IDC Crew Pack
    Includes: Guide to teaching manual, Confined water & Open Water cue cards, Advanced Open Water diver instructor cue cards, Rescue Diver instructor cue cards, Confined Water & Open Water lesson planning slates, Dive Master instructor cue cards, Open Water prescriptive lesson guides CD-Rom, Rescue Diver exam, Peak performance buoyancy instructor outlines, PADIs Guide to teaching manual with hologram (revised), Diving knowledge workbook, Positive approach selling DVD, Speciality course instructor manual (digital, multilingual version), Open Water quizzes and exams (revised), Dive Master exams, PADI Dive planning & skill practice slate (new), Brochures and other course documentation, Backpack.
  • EFR & CFR Instructor Manual
    Includes: Emergency first response primary and secondary care instructor guide, Emergency first response care for children instructor guide, Emergency first response DVD, Emergency first response care for children DVD, Emergency first response course knowledge reviews.

Course Prices

Total price for the complete IDC including EFRI:

  • Course price:……………..48.000 THB

Each part of the IDC is also possible to take separately, please contact us for more information and prices.

Course material prices

  • IDC Crewpack…………………24.225 THB
  • EFRI Instructor Manual…….4.956 THB
  • IDC Online…………………………..218 AUD

PADI Fees (in $ AUD)

  • Instructor Application fee…………………………………..257 AUD
  • Instructor Evaluation (IE)………………………………….890 AUD
  • EFR Instructor Application…………………………………177 AUD


  • Your Open Water certification must be dated minimum 6 months prior to the start of your IDC.
  • You need 100 logged dives to become an instructor.
  • You must be a PADI Divemaster (or equivalent).
  • Your current EFR/First Aid certification must be valid – updated within 24 months
  • You will need a dive medical signed by a physician within 12 months.
  • Fullfilled PADI IDC E-learning.

IDC Schedule including EFRI and IE March 24 – April 6, 2018

Assistant Instructor (AI)

Day 1, March 24

  • Course orientation
  • Developing knowledge development presentations
  • Lunch
  • Teaching in confined water
  • Preparation for presentations

Day 2, March 25

  • Knowledge development. Development presentations 1
  • Conducting Open Water dives
  • Lunch
  • 24 Skills
  • Snorkeling 800 m
  • Pool – Confined presentations 1
  • Preparation for presentations

Day 3, March 26

  • Confined presentations 2
  • Extra time for skills
  • Lunch
  • Knowledge development. Development presentations 2
  • Exams
  • Preparation for presentations

Day 4, March 27

  • Open Water dives and Rescue dives
  • Lunch
  • 4 Es Counselling workshop 1
  • Own studies + preparation for EFRI

Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)

Day 5, March 28

  • Theory
  • Lunch
  • Theory
  • Teaching presentations 1 and 2

Day 6, March 29

  • Skill demonstrations workshop
  • Lunch
  • Exam

Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

Day 7, March 31

  • General standards and procedures
  • Open Water diver course
  • Lunch
  • Adventures in diving program
  • Rescue diver course
  • Preparation for presentations

Day 8, April 1

  • Knowledge development teaching presentation 3
  • Divemaster course
  • Lunch
  • Knowledge development teaching presentation 4
  • Risk management

Day 9, April 2

  • Confined water teaching presentation 3
  • Confined water teaching presentation 4
  • Lunch
  • 4 Es Counseling workshop 2
  • Exams

Day 10, April 3

  • Open Water teaching presentation 2
  • Discover Scuba diving workshop
  • Lunch
  • Adventure dive workshop
  • Closing and preparation for Instructor Evaluation

Instructor Evaluation (IE)

Day 1, April 5

  • Classroom presentations and theoretical exams
  • Confined water presentations

Day 2, April 6

  • Open Water presentations

Course Director

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We are extremely lucky to have Annelie Lövgren on our team! Annelie is from Sweden and has worked for more than ten years as a Course director and Instructor examiner. She also has more than ten years of experience in training and examination of new Emergency First Response Instructors and Instructor trainers. Annelie has got excellent presentation and organizational skills and is much appreciated for her easy way of teaching.

Annelie ensures she is available at all times throughout the IDC to give her candidates lots of personal and individual attention.

If you have any questions for Annelie please email


Staff instructor

We are very happy to have Christer Sandgren on board! He is a PADI Master Scuba Instructor with more than ten years of experience of teaching. Christer is Swedish and own his own Dive Center in the south parts of Sweden, Skåne. When the winter in Sweden gets too cold he escapes to Thailand and he has been in Thailand for eight seasons now. Christer is a very calm and secure person and a very appreciated Dive Instructor.

Christer is responsible for the Assistant Instructor part of the course.

For more information about the IDC please email