PADI Staff Instructor

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PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course Thailand

Price: 19,500 THB

Course duration: 12 days

The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course prepares you to teach Assistant Instructor courses and to staff on PADI IDC’s. The training advances your teaching abilities and develops your existing evaluation and counseling skills through mentoring and guided evaluation training.

The Staff Instructor is an important part of any Instructor Development Course. Not only can you independently teach and certify PADI Assistant Instructors (at PADI Five Star Dive Centers) but you can conduct IDC segments under indirect supervision of the Course Director (the Course Director must be on the premises and available for consultation).

As a Staff Instructor you will often be called upon to evaluate and critique instructor candidate knowledge development, confined water or open water teaching presentations and provide counseling and remedial training for instructor candidates and IDC Staff Instructor candidates. Many Course Directors will also have you assist with instructor-level continuing education programs, such as PADI Specialty Instructor Training courses.

Being a role model

When preparing to become a Staff Instructor you want to look for a Course Director to mentor you through the program. A good Course Director is going to introduce you to new techniques in teaching preparation, presenting classroom presentations and the internal workings of PADI. After completing the Knowledge Development you will be given Evaluation Training before auditing an entire IDC or presenting all Assistant Instructor course components.

Just as new Open Water students will often be more open to discussing their problems or asking for help from a Divemaster rather than direct with the Instructor, IDC candidates will often go to their Staff Instructor for help with areas of difficulty rather than consulting the Course Director. So as a Staff Instructor you become a mentor to the candidates and are also an extra set of eyes and ears for the Course Director.

Divers in water during PADI Staff Instructor course in Thailand

As an already experienced instructor the different perspectives and experiences you have are valuable to the new instructor candidates. You have both a opportunity to positively affect the attitudes and abilities of the candidates, but it also results in a tremendous responsibility to remain current with PADI Standards and procedures. Your actions and professionalism will greatly influence how instructor candidates conduct themselves as PADI Professionals.

Many Staff Instructors form a long term friendship and working relationship with their Course Directors and become a team that enhances the training experience for the IDC candidate.



  • Be certified as a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Agree to conduct all levels of diver training consistent with the standards and philosophy outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual and PADI Course Director manual
  • Agree to use the PADI System and its components

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