There are few careers more rewarding than teaching scuba diving in a tropical environment such as Koh Tao. Hot sunny weather, great visibility and marine life, introducing people to the amazing underwater world and training them to become safe, competent divers. Or even shaping the dive professionals of tomorrow…..
With Simple Life’s PADI Instructor training this can become your reality.
At our base on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand we run monthly PADI instructor development courses (PADI IDCs), giving you all the training and knowledge you need to sail through the PADI Instructor Examination. Plus we offer a number of continuing education programs to train you beyond PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, gaining specialty ratings to qualify as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, or even IDC Staff Instructor.
To become a PADI Instructor, first you’ll need to make your PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). This two week course is where you learn how to teach scuba diving. After that you’ll be examined by PADI’s external examiners to make sure you meet the required standard, in the 3 day PADI Instructor Examination.
Simple Life conducts monthly Koh Tao PADI IDC’s here on Koh Tao, guiding you through every step, ensuring you’re well prepared to sail through the PADI Instructor Examination. Training will allow you to become a competent PADI Instructor, putting you in a great position for gaining employment once you qualify.
Let’s take a look at the steps and what’s involved:
At Simple Life Divers, our PADI Instructor Development Course is a 2 week program which teaches you how to teach scuba diving. Our main focus is on three areas;
This will be backed up with sessions concentrating on the standards which we need to work to as PADI Instructors.
At the end of the two week program, we’ll have you performing to exacting standards, ready to enter PADI’s three day external examination, after which you’ll be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor.
Here’s a look at the schedule of our 14 day IDC Koh Tao schedule:
The PADI System
Introduction to Knowledge Development
Prepare Knowledge Development Presentation 1
Knowledge Development Presentation 1
Introduction to Confined Water Teaching
Prepare Confined Water session 1&2
Confined Water Presentations 1&2
Home Work: Prepare Knowledge Development Presentation 2
Knowledge Development Presentation 2
PADI’s 4 E’s Workshop – Part 1
Start Diving Lecture [DSDs, Skin Diving, Snorkeling, Children’s programs]
PADI Assistant Instructor Standards Exam 1
Introduction to Conducting Open Water Dives
PADI Assistant Instructor Theory Exam 1
Open Water teaching presentation 1&2
Rescue Skills Workshop
Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRi)
Day off (or any remedial work)
Business of Diving Lecture
PADI Standards and Procedures 1&2
Introduction to teaching the PADI Open Water course
Home Work: Prepare Confined Water presentation 3
Introduction to the PADI Adventures in Diving Course
Introduction to the PADI Rescue Diver Course
Rescue Course Skills Circuit
Confined Water Presentation 3
Home Work: Prepare Prescriptive Teaching Presentation 3
Prescriptive Teaching Presentation 3
PADI’s 4 E’s Workshop – part 2
How to Market Scuba Diving
Introduction to teaching PADI Specialty Courses (Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Master Scuba Diver)
Home Work: Prepare Open Water Presentation 3&4
Risk Management Part 1&2
Open Water presentations 3&4
Adventures in Diving Workshop
Homework: Prepare confined water presentation 4&5
Confined Water Presentation 4&5
Final skills circuit
Prescriptive presentation 4
Introduction to the PADI Divemaster Course
Keep Diving Lecture (Diver Travel, clubs, scuba review program, Discover Local Diving, Master Scuba Diver, technical diving)
Open Water Presentations 5&6
Final Counseling and Recommendations
Mock Instructor Examination
Mock Instructor Examination
Following on from our 14 day Koh Tao PADI IDC you’ll be ready to enter the 3 day PADI Instructor Examination (IE).
This is an external examination conducted by staff from our regional PADI HQ in Australia. Over three days you’ll be examined to make sure you are able to teach scuba diving safely, working to PADI instructor standards.
The three day PADI IE usually proceeds as follows:
Pm: Orientation to the PADI instructor examination
Systems, standards and procedures examination exam (90 mins)
Dive Theory Exams
Am: Knowledge development presentations
Pm: Open Water Teaching Presentations
Am: Confined water teaching presentations
PADI Instructor Examination Closing ceremony and presentation
Here’s a breakdown of the costs involved in taking your PADI instructor training here on Koh Tao, Thailand. There are three expenses involved training to PADI Instructor – courses, fees and materials:
IDC Fee: 40,000 THB
PADI Instructor Development Course, including Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) and lunches [14 days]: 40,000 baht
PADI Instructor Fees: 30,000 THB (approx)
There are a number of application and examination fees which must be paid direct to PADI (e.g. PADI IE Fee, PADI OWSI application fee, EFRI application fee).
All-in these currently amount to 1011 Australian Dollars, which is about 30,000 baht depending on exchange rates
PADI IDC Materials: 18,000 THB
For your own set of PADI Instructor Manuals & Materials you can purchase our IDC Crew pack for 18,000 baht.
Specifically that will include:
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Sarena, Ontario, CA
My husband and I did our PADI open water dive course and was absolutely fantastic!
crew are simply the best, boats are the best, location, great place to hang for a beer
Had an amazing time. We got our diving certification done and they were so patient with me.
I honestly couldn't have had a better experience, in fact none of us could! Changed our lives forever
welcoming, professional, and heaps of fun all at the same time! My amazing instructor Sam was fantastic