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PADI Instructor Development Course 2024

May 24 - June 9

Become a PADI Instructor at Canada’s Oldest PADI Dive Shop

This 2024, Dan’s Dive Shop is hosting a PADI IDC right here in Niagara. You don’t need to travel or spend multiple weekends driving to Toronto for the course. The PADI IDC is being held here at Dan’s Dive Shop and will run over consecutive days starting before the IE and finishing with the PADI Instructor Exams within reach.

The best part? Take your PADI IDC with a shop that that has been training divers for over 50 years. We promote and train all students following the most modern philosophies and our PADI Instructor Development Course is no different.

Why Become a PADI Instructor?

You have the opportunity to do something that others can only dream of. It is a job that not only transform your life but the lives of others.

Have doors opened that you didn’t even know existedand beecome apart of an amazing industry and dive opportunities. The opportunity to make money doing something you enjoy is rare.

It’s the best job you’ll ever have.

About the PADI IDC

The IDC program runs over 8 consecutive days including the Emergency First Response Instructor Course. The PADI Instructor Exam (IE) is then scheduled concurrently 2 days following the IDC. The day preceeding the exam can be used at the candidates discretion; to practice skills with a mentor, practice presentations refresh dive theory or more importantly just simply relax and mentally prepare.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the cornerstone of PADI’s professional-level training and is designed to prepare qualified candidates to become PADI Instructors. The course has two components, the Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor Course (IDC). Together the two courses combine to encompass the entire IDC. Both courses must be completed before attending the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

Working closely with our PADI IDC team you will gain hands on experience, and formal training in helping to develop you into the best Instructor you can be. With over 20 years of experience in diver education, our IDC team has developed unique and innovative instructor training techniques and specialized workshops, designed specifically to help ensure your success at your Instructor Examination.

Our team will provide you with quality training, in a professional, yet fun atmosphere, with unsurpassed support during and after your course.

Included in your Instructor Program:

Cylinder rental and air fills during your training.

Prepare with Unlimited pool practice sessions.

FREE additional workshops on rescue techniques and diving skills.

A large team of PADI professional support staff to assist.

Taught by a Full-time PADI Course Director.

Additional study and support materials, for use free of charge, designed to aid your professional development.

To prepare for your IDC, DDS includes free pool time prior to the course start date. Come out and practice your buoyancy, Open Water Demo skills or just swim laps. Pool time available Saturday afternoons twice a month.


FREE DDS Dive Team Hoodie.

FREE Air Fills for the rest of the 2024 Dive Season.

IDC Program Requirements

IDC candidates must:

Be at least 18 years of age

Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months

Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or equivalent qualifying rating.

Have a current dive medical signed by a physician (less than 12 months old from last day of IE)

Have a current First Aid certificate less than 24 months old

Show proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives

Have all required diving equipment

Have all books requested by the Course Director (as per materials)

Submit copies of all Dive Certificates


The IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops

Learning, Instruction and the PADI System

Risk Management and Diver Safety

The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor

Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

Getting Started

PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).

PADI IDC 2024 Schedule

May 24: 6pm – 9pm

May 31: 10am – 5pm

June 1: 10am – 5pm

June 2: 10am -5pm

June 3: 9am – 6pm

June 4: 9am – 6pm

June 5: 9am – 6pm

June 6: 9am – 6pm

June 7: Sleep, R&R

June 8 & 9 PADI Instructor Exams Toronto

Contact us for a detailed schedule.


PADI Instructor Development Course: $3995 + HST

PADI Exam & Appplication & EFR Instructor Fees: $1295 + HST

Includes IDC (AI+OWSI) & EFR Instructor Course + all training materials.

Our course price includes all material required for the course,  including the comprehensive e-learning component.

We ask for a 50% non-refundable deposit to register, balance due May 10, 2024.

Please note DDS will provide all air and any additional tanks needed. You have full access to any additional training materials in our classroom while doing the IDC. All candidates are expected to own their own scuba gear in good working order.

PADI Staff Instructor, EFR Instructor and PADI Emegency Oxygen Instructor Courses also available. Contact us for details.


May 24
June 9
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