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PADI Instructor Development

2018 Schedule

24 February - 11 March
26 May - 10 June
18 August - 2 September
17 November - 2 December

Gain your PADI Instructor qualification in the warm, clear waters of Rarotonga.

Small groups, quality training sites and equipment, professional team.

Pacific Divers delivers a quality Professional Instructor Development programme, working with some of the best PADI professionals in the Asia Pacific region. We have a graduate success rate of 100% on the Instructor Exam.


PADI IDC confined


Rarotonga boasts warm, clear waters which make learning the necessary skills to be an effective instructor easier. We use an excellent classroom facility at the Cook Islands Tertiary Training Institute and conduct our confined water sessions in the pool at the luxury Nautilus Resort, the same location as the Instructor Exam.

The full course programme is scheduled over 16 days to give ample time to develop your dive theory, teaching and presentation skills and dive skills to an instructor level. Small class groups mean you get plenty of individual attention when required.


PADI IDC South Pacific Rarotonga


2018 IDC schedule

IDC 24 February - 11 March
IDC 26 May - 10 June
IDC 18 August - 2 September
IDC 17 November - 2 December

PADI Instructor Exams take place the week following the IDC.


Instructor Develop Course Components

There are several components to the full Instructor Development Programme. If you are a PADI Divemaster all components of the full IDC are required. For SSI (or any other agency) crossover it is highly recommended all components are completed.

For PADI Assistant Instructors only the OWSI component is required, however you are welcome to attend the full IDC if you would like the extra development and practice.

The Emergency First Response Instructor course is required unless you have completed it previously within the past 2 years.


IDC Prep

IDC Prep reviews and teaching the diving theory required of candidates at the instructor level. This material is not part of the IDC, and candidates are expected to be profficient in the areas of Physics, Physiology, Recreational Dive Planner, Skills and Environment and Equipment.

It is a requirement that all candidates take part in the IDC Prep component.


Emergency First Response Instructor

All PADI Instructors must also be Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructors. This component is mandatory unless you have completed it elsewhere.


Assistant Instructor

The PADI Instructor Development Course is made up of the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. Both together make up the IDC. When taking the IDC all elements of both programmes are taught throughout the schedule.


Open Water Scuba Instructor

The OWSI course is required for all IDC participants. If you are already qualified as a PADI Assistant Instructor or as an instructor with another agency you may opt to take part in only the OWSI portions of the IDC.


Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep

During the IDC your Course Director will talk to you about taking the MSDT prep programme. This is a special programme designed to give Pacific Divers graduates a head start in the dive industry. The MSDT prep programme consists of 5 PADI Specialty Instructor ratings required to be a Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

The programme is conducted at the end of the IDC and give an additional opportunity for practicing your teaching presentations in open water. There is an additional cost of NZ$650 for the MSDT Prep course (excludes PADI certification fees).



The IDC includes the basic equipment required for the course, tanks including fills, weights, BCD and regulator however you are welcome to bring your own. We can also provide wetsuits, masks, fins and snorkels if required. All venue fees are included in the course fee.

Your IDC crew pack includes a PADI backpack, teaching slates for the PADI courses, the PADI Guide to Teaching and other instructional materials. It also includes the instructor decal required for submission of your paperwork.

You will also need a copy of the current instructor manual (hard copy or digital is acceptable). If you do not have one talk to us about supplying a digital copy for you, however you will need a device to read the PDF file on. You will also need an RDP and eRDPML. Once again, if you are not a PADI divemaster and don't have these items let us know and we can arrange a set for you.

There are some personal instructor items you will require. These include a dive knike, compass, timing device (or dive computer), whistle and surface marker or SMB. These can be aquired at our dive centre.

You are responsible for your accommodation and transport to and from the Pacific Divers or the training facility. Most candidates use a rental scooter or bicycle.


IDC rates and fees

All prices are in NZ$ unless otherwise stated - check rates on


IDC rates    
all prices are NZ$ unless otherwise stated
Full IDC fee


Includes IDC and EFRI Tuition, gear hire and venue fees
OWSI only $1290  
AI only $750  
EFRI only $290  
MSDT Prep $650  
Required materials  
Instructor crew pack (basic)



As a PADI Divemaster you can purchase this yourself, or you can purchase through us at our discount rate (plus shipping).
EFRI manual AU$137 digital version
PADI Fees    
IDC fee AU$257  
EFRI fee AU$177  
Instructor Exam Fee AU$890  

PADI IDC pool side Rarotonga Naultilus Resort


Instructor Examination

PADI run the Instructor Exam (IE) independantly with logistical support from Pacific Divers. The IE usually takes place in the week following the IDC, dates are confirmed just prior to the IDC. The venue used for the IE is the same confined and open water locations used in the IDC.

Candidates submit payment for the IE (and other PADI fees related to the IDC) directly at the IE through the provision of credit card details on the PADI paperwork.

Further information about the IE process can be found by visiting PADI at



There are several accommodation options ranging from backpackers to resorts. We recommend Are Mango guesthouse, located in Muri beach. Otherwise, to be near the dive shop and teaching facility search for accomodation in or around Muri beach. We may occasionally have space in our staff or intern house, you can enquire via email for this.



The IDC fee includes the Instructor Development Course and the Emergency First Responder Instructor course, a requirement for becoming a PADI instructor. This includes all diving costs, transfers to and from dive sites, light refreshments during class time and any equipment required for the course (exlcuding personal mask, snorkel and fins). This also includes 2 extra days of tuition if required, to further prepare you for the Instructor Exam.

If you have some materials or courses already then you can reduce the cost of the programme. For example, if you are an Assistant Instructor, or an EFR Instructor already you can exclude these parts of the programme. Please contact us for a quote if you already have some certifications beyond PADI Divemaster.

Prerequisites are that you are a PADI Divemaster with 100 logged dives. If you are not yet a Divemaster but wish to take part in this instructor course contact us as we are running a Divemaster programme prior to this course, email us for exact dates and costs. You must also pass an RSTC dive medical for this course.

PADI IDC and IE candidates succfully passed

No Visa RequiredStay up to 6 months as a bonafide visitor in the Cook Islands

Upon arrival in the Cook Islands visitors of all nationalities are granted a 1 month entry permit. Upon application to the Department of Immigration bonafide visitors not seeking work can stay up to a maximum of 6 months. The fee for this extension is currently $120. You make this application once you are in the country, so there is no need to pre-apply. A requirement for entry as a visitor is proof of onwards travel, so you do need to have your ticket out of the Cook Islands booked before you come.


For enquiries and bookings contact us through our enquiry page, or email

There is a minimum of 4 candidates for the Instructor Examination to run. If fewer candidates register the option will be given to continue with the IDC (an IE will need to be attended elsewhere, or on another date), or to receive a refund on any IDC fees already paid (PADI manuals are non-refundable, but you will recieve them for future study).

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