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Diving instructor courses in Thailand

Kiwidiver 5 Star Instructor Development Center is the only PADI IDC center in Thailand to offer both Tec Instructor courses and Rebreather Instructor courses as well as Open Water Scuba Instructor courses. Kiwidiver is dedicated to full career development of divers offering the widest range of PADI Professional courses including a large selection of specialty courses backed up by the highest standard of training.

Kiwidiver does not just teach you how to pass the instructor examination (IE) we teach you how to be the best all round instructor, so passing the IE is just like another day at work. We focus on each individual’s growth areas and expand on your passion to new areas of diving. With a proper foundation in diving knowledge and skills you will stand out from the crowd as true dive professionals.

Our dive center

Chalong, Phuket

Kiwidiver has a modern clean dive center in a four story building in Chalong, Phuket with one floor of the building dedicated to only Instructor Development. Full PADI library available, dedicated WiFi, separate IDC toilet facilities and private divers lounge with the complimentary tea and coffee facilities.


Our state of the art spacious air-conditioned classroom with 50” LED TV has accommodated 30 people for presentations when necessary but is usually reserved for our maximum of 5 IDC candidates during our premium Instructor Development Courses.

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As Phuket’s leading PADI Tec Rec center we have 3 compressors, booster pump and full facilities for filling air, Nitrox or trimix. Along with modern, well-maintained equipment, including specialised technical and rebreather equipment.


Meet your PADI Course Director

Originally from New Zealand where he first learnt to dive, our Course Director Kevin Black has dived all over the world. He started his professional scuba career part time in the cold waters of the UK eventually becoming a PADI scuba Instructor in Italy in 2004, Technical Instructor in 2005 and Rebreather Instructor in 2006. He then left his corporate job to take a full time position as a dive educator.

Kevin Black Kiwidiver Phuket Course Director

He quickly progressed up the instructor ranks to Master Instructor before managing dive centers in the UK and Egypt then started Kiwidiver in Thailand in 2009 before becoming a Course Director in 2013.

No other Course Director in Phuket has both the background in Technical and Rebreather diving that Kevin has. With this background in Tec and Rebreather Diving as well as a corporate sales and management background, Kevin is able to offer a different viewpoint when teaching IDC’s and Instructor Training courses that helps develop our candidates to a higher level.

While many Course Directors spend their life in the classroom, Kevin is known as a wet Course Director and you will find him in the ocean diving more often than in the classroom. Actively teaching everything from DSD’s, Open Water courses and many of our Specialty Courses his experience of current teaching challenges and methodologies is invaluable to our candidates.

And when he is not teaching diving Kevin can be found out on his own boat sailing or hunting for new wrecks or deep reefs to dive and explore. Kevin has also worked with a number of dive centers around South East Asia to develop their Rebreather or technical diving divisions.

IDC Thailand candidate Yui

Yui Tashatorn

The small class size meant more customized training and more time focused on improving my weak areas making the IE seem easy
IDC Thailand candidate Rob

Rob Meiklejohnn

The pool is also great for the confined sessions, as we were the only ones ever in it and was big enough to perform all the skills without having to worry about space. If I do more training it will be with these guys.
IDC Thailand candidate Jack

Jack Walton

The high quality of teaching for the theory side of the IE meant that I went from getting 33% in practice exams to 100% in the I.E., and the pool and OW training made it so that we found the IE much easier than other candidates.
IDC Thailand candidate Ash


The amount of experience that we have gained in two weeks under Kevin’s tuition has been phenomenal.
IDC Thailand candidate Sam

Sam Ponsford

I used Kiwidiver after professional recommendations within the dive industry and was not disappointed. I received up to date training in a small group allowing for a lot of direct interaction and feedback with Kevin.
IDC Phuket candidate Rob


Extremely thorough with everything, the days were long but when the I.E came along, it was so easy, as we had been so well prepared.
IDC Thailand candidate Sean

Sean De Boer

IDC Boot Camp with drill sergeant Kevin Black. Be all you can be.

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