100% First Time Pass

Kiwidiver is the only Dive Centers in Phuket that has a 100% first time pass rate.
None of our candidates have ever failed an Instructor Examination.

Small Class

Guaranteed no more than 5 IDC candidates per Course Director.

English Language Only

No translators repeating everything in multiple languages.
Instructor certification at PADI IDC Phuket

PADI Instructor Development Course Thailand


Taking a dive instructor course and becoming a PADI Scuba Instructor is the start of a new adventure. It opens up a world of opportunities and experiences both in the water and out and is often a life-changing experience.

But like any new career path or lifestyle choice the training and development you do in the beginning is the foundation on which everything later is built. Your Instructor Development Course is one of the most important decisions you will make. Do you want to just pass the Instructor Examination or do you want to learn how to be a great instructor?

Dive instructor course | IDC Thailand


Included with all our Phuket IDCs

  • Visa Assistance for the duration of your Phuket IDC
  • Lunch included with all Phuket IDC’s
  • 10% early bird discount
  • Job Placement Program
  • PADI Library
  • Free Wifi
  • 100% Pass Guarantee
  • Tec & Rebreather Try Dive Day
  • 20% off all equipment purchased
Pool training during PADI IDC Phuket

A message from our Course Director

Kevin Black Kiwidiver Phuket Course Director

We don’t teach people how to pass The IE. We provide high quality training on how to become one of the best instructors in the industry and how to teach to the highest standards. By taking the time and providing the personalized attention to our candidates we are rewarded with watching them develop into true dive professionals. The Instructor Examination then becomes just another day at work.

Kevin Black, Course Director @ Kiwidiver

The Kiwidiver difference


Class Size

At Kiwidiver we are focused on quality, not quantity which is why we limit our dive instructor course class size to a maximum of 5 candidates. This way you get a more candidate-focused IDC with more concentration on the areas you need work on and more individual attention from your Course Director, Kevin Black. We take personal attention to all our student before, during and after your Thailand IDC with regular consultations and personal coaching.

Your course director is available for the entire duration of the IDC and we will not leave you in the hands of unsupervised staff or trainees. We will be there with you for support during your instructor examination (IE) and celebrate with you after you pass.


Single Language

While if you do nOt speak English having a Course Director or training staff translate everything to you could be seen as a benefit, if you do speak English, having everything repeated in another language can be distracting and detrimental to
your learning. It is not uncommon for Thailand IDC’s to be conducted in multiple languages just to increase the class size.

The entire dive instructor course at Kiwidiver is done only in English. If English is not your first language we do have staff that can translate a particular word or who can explain what something means in French, German or Thai but the course is
conducted in English as are the exams. If you need your IDC taught in a different language we can recommend another course director or dive center that teaches in your language.


Business Experience

Once a freelance instructor, then a dive center owner and now a course director, unlike many of the other course directors, Kevin is not just an employee or contractor to the dive center, he is also the owner of a successful, growing dive shop in a competitive market. This provides a different viewpoint on the industry and if you are interested in one day owning or managing your own dive center, this in-depth understanding of how the industry works from a hands-on viewpoint will make a difference.

Kevin has a background in commercial business, having held senior management positions in both New Zealand and the UK and although he gave up the corporate London based work for a lifestyle in scuba diving, many of the skills that were developed managing businesses have contributed to the success of Kiwidiver’s diving business.

Some of the additional workshops and business discussions conducted during your dive instructor course with Kiwidiver will give you a deeper understanding of conducting business either as an employee, freelance contractor or business owner in this very competitive market.

Classroom session during PADI IDC course in Thailand

Classroom & Pool

Our well-lit air-conditioned classroom with both paper and digital library of PADI material is on its own floor in the dive center has a full state of the art digital media suite and 50 inches smart TV provides a full modern interactive learning environment with all the latest PADI material and programs.

With its own divers lounge with tea, coffee and water and own bathroom the dedicated IDC floor of our dive center provides a learning area free of distractions from everything else going on in the shop. Our spacious classroom is well lit by natural light and air-conditioned for your comfort.

The large private pool we use for IDC’s is deep enough (5m) in the deep end to allow for us to really work on some of your Open Water skills like decent and accents before getting in the sea resulting in a higher quality learning experience. The pool is also not crowded with other dive centers trying to teach courses while
you are trying to find space in the pool.

Divers in pool during dive instructor course in Phuket

Rebreather Courses

Kiwidiver is well known globally for rebreather courses both diver level and instructor levels. We are the only PADI IDC center in Phuket that provides both recreational and technical rebreather courses. We have the widest selection of rebreathers (7 rebreathers in total) from Poseidon, Hollis, and Ambient Pressure Diving (APD). We provide both diver level and instructor level courses and can provide a special package for IDC candidates.

As a rebreather Instructor / Instructor Trainer Kevin Black has worked with dive centers both here in Thailand and abroad to help them set up their rebreather programs. We have represented PADI, the manufacturers and the distributors in events to promote rebreather diving. As our Thailand IDC candidates, you will get an insight into this rapidly growing exciting new area of the industry that will leave you with a better understanding than most about the future of this market.

Instructor candidates in water during dive instructor course Thailand

100% First Time Pass Rate

Many Thailand IDC’s offer a guaranteed pass. Really what they are saying is that if you do not pass the IE on your first attempt they will let you sit through another IDC free of charge. Of course at Kiwidiver we offer the same, however, we have never had any of our candidates fail an IE or portion of an IE.

If, however, something were to go wrong we would, of course, be there to help. If you require additional training we would help with one-on-one coaching and if necessary you would be able to sit through our next scheduled IDC completely free of charge.

If at the end of your IDC either you do not feel ready to sit the Instructor Examination (IE) or if we recommend that you are not ready then you are able to participate in our next scheduled dive instructor course completely free of charge.

Pool session during PADI Instructor development course in Thailand

Staff Experience

As an award-winning Course Director, Kevin draws on his experience teaching both Technical Diving Instructors and Rebreather Instructors. Many dive center owners and Course Directors from around the world travel to us here at Kiwidiver to achieve Technical & Rebreather training. We have received awards for teaching more PADI Rebreather and PADI Technical courses than any other Instructor in the Asia Pacific region for 2013 / 2014. This depth of experience is passed on
during your Thailand IDC.

Kevin first started teaching in the cold waters of the UK and has taught and dived all over the world and has managed or owned dive centers in the UK, Egypt, and Thailand giving him valuable insight to the dive environments that you may end up working in. He brings a wealth of experience with light commercial diving and cold water technical wreck diving as well as rebreather diving down to 100+ meters.

This experience and that of our hand-picked staff adds a flavor to our dive instructor course not found elsewhere in other Thailand IDC’s. You will notice the experience coming through when listening to our presentations and when diving with us.


Wet Course Director

Kevin spends more time in the water diving actively, teaching diver level courses including Open Water and Discover Scuba than he spends teaching dive instructor courses. He has recent hands-on experience teaching the courses and will be teaching you to teach and would rather be on the boat teaching than sitting in the office or classroom.

Many Course Directors cannot remember the last time they taught an Open Water course whereas at Kiwidiver we are passionate about not just teaching instructor level courses but teaching all aspects of diving. Understanding the difficulties and challenges you will face as an instructor is an important part of becoming not just a textbook instructor but a highly proficient instructor. During your Thailand IDC we will be discussing many of the solutions to local diving issues we face here today diving in Phuket.

The instructor specialties taught at Kiwidiver are all specialties that are actively taught at diver level and we actively teach Tec & Rebreather at diver level as well as instructor level.

Open water training during PADI IDC Phuket


Kiwidiver is not just a retailer of dive equipment, we also import and distribute some of the best brands of equipment on the market. So while we offer the same instructor discount on all regular equipment that other IDC centers offer we also can offer further discount on some of the brands that we import directly. We also have a selection of quality equipment available for our candidates to use should airline allowances be insufficient for you to bring your own.

Because we are also a technical diving center our school equipment is of the highest standard. We want to know that we can grab any set of school regulators off the shelf and take them to 100m if we need to. We are qualified to service and maintain all our equipment in-house. We can blend our own Nitrox and Trimix on site and have boosting facilities to boost Oxygen to 200 bar. We have a lot of specialized equipment to ensure you are working with only the best.


Technical Courses

More people choose Kiwidiver for their PADI Technical courses than any other dive center in Thailand. With the widest selection of technical courses and the proper equipment onsite Kiwidver is a leader in technical diver education. We provide both diver level and instructor level courses and can provide a special package for IDC candidates.

Our course director, Kevin, started teaching PADI Tec courses in the cold waters of UK and Europe many years ago (the first PADI Tec Deep Program) and was fortunate enough to dive many of the deeper wrecks around the UK. These experiences shine through in everything that we do and as Thailand IDC candidates you will benefit from this well grounded experience. Everything from advanced equipment configurations to teaching mindset will help you become a better diver and a superior instructor. Our IDC candidates often stand out as obviously being more squared away.

Exam preparation for PADI diving instructor course Thailand

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