The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) consists of three sequential parts: the PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AIC), the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (OWSI) and the Instructor Examination (IE). The AIC portion is done at a PADI Five Star Dive Shop/Resort, or at a Five Star PADI Instructor Development Center. The difference between the two being that the subsequent OWSI and IE can only be conducted at a Five Star PADI Instructor Development Center. The AIC can be taught by a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, however only a PADI Course Director (the highest professional certification from PADI) can conduct the OWSI and the IE portions of the IDC.
The cost of the IDC is broken into 3 parts:
- The PADI IDC Course 40,000 baht
- PADI IDC Materials 18,000 baht
- PADI Instructor Fees 30,000 baht
This results in a total cost of 88,000 baht (roughly $2710 US). Also please be aware that the PADI Instructor Fee is an annual fee that you must pay to maintain your status as a certified PADI Instructor.