/// Dive Instructor Courses in Indonesia

Become a PADI Professional with Two Fish Divers

PADI 5 STAR IDC Centers in three top diving locations in Indonesia

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IDC Instructor Course in Bunaken, Lembeh and Bali

Imagine looking forward to your job everyday…

That’s what PADI professionals do!

PADI Instructors have varied and exciting jobs in beautiful, tropical dive locations around the world. They work on dive boats, exotic island resorts and sail the world on liveaboards.

Our Dive Instructor Courses are run in Bunaken & Lembeh. This means that you will be doing your Instructor Development in two of the best dive locations in Indonesia!

Two Fish Divers is the only 5 Star IDC Resort on Bunaken Island and Lembeh Straits, and is the only resort in the area that offers PADI Instructor Development!

Let your hobby become your career and enjoy sharing your passion with others as you introduce them to the underwater world!

Contact us today for a life changing experience!

Two Fish Divers Instructor Development Programme

All Dive Instructor Courses run over bunaken & Lembeh

Assistant Instructor Course IDC in Bunaken

/// Assistant Instructor Course

Assistant Instructor course (AI) is 4-5 days long. This course doesn’t have to be taken together with IDC, and can be taken at any time during the year

Curious about teaching scuba diving? The PADI Assistant Instructor course (AI) is the first part of the full PADI Instructor Course (IDC). The second part of the PADI Instructor Course (IDC) is PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI). Taking both the Assistant Instructor course and Open Water Scuba Instructor course (plus the PADI Instructor Exam) leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
The whole IDC takes almost three weeks, however if you don’t have time for the whole Instructor course, you can achieve the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) rating in just 4-5 days.
The AI Course is the most important practical part of the IDC as it is mainly concerned with your teaching skills for teaching PADI courses. Doing the AI Course outside the structure of the IDC gives you the flexibility to learn teaching skills over a longer period of time, without the rigid IDC timetable. The course takes 4-5-days and can be done as a stand-alone course or as an add-on to another course, for example the Divemaster Course / Internship.
Assistant Instructors can function as instructional assistants and independently conduct certain PADI programs. It is therefore also a great way to get more teaching experience before attending your IDC.

The things you taught me last year during my DM/AI internship proved very valuable indeed. Especially the practical experience I got working in a real environment and with real students. This was a great asset during the IDC. Thank you for giving me such a solid foundation for my professional diving career!

Marnix Arnold, Dec 2008
As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will start learning the PADI System of diver education. It is a great way to gain experience and build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities. During the Assistant Instructor course you’ll learn through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations. In the water you’ll have a skill review and assessment, workshops, plus an in-water rescue assessment. In the classroom your Course Director will work with you to develop your skills to prepare and deliver various candidate presentations to improve your teaching skills.
Qualifying as an AI allows you to progress on to the OWSI program and allows you to teach programs like the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty, Project Aware and also conduct certain portions of the Open Water Diver Course.
Prerequisites for Assistant Instructor Course:

  • PADI Divemaster with a minimum of 60 logged dives with Night, Deep and Navigation experience
  • A valid Dive medical (within 12 months)
  • Current EFR / CPR & 1st Aid training Certification (within the last 24 months)
  • Minimum 18 years of age

Instructor Development Course IDC in Bunaken

/// Instructor Development Course

Instructor Development Course (IDC) is conducted over 12-14 days in Bunaken. Check out our schedule of IDC courses that coincide with the Instructor Exam in Manado.

The IDC course is conducted over 4 distinct sessions:

E-Learning Presentations either Online or live – 2 days
Before the 2 day prep course, candidates need to have completed either the E-Learning portion of the IDC on-line, OR
Participate in these on-line presentations, presented live by the PADI Course Director or Staff Instructors over 2 earlier days. This will be arranged before the EFR Instructor and IDC 2 day prep courses.

Save 2 days of your IDC and go fun diving in Bunaken or Lembeh for 2 days!! Only for those who have booked one of our IDC packages and have already done the IDC eLearning program before arrival.
Emergency First Response Instructor Course – 1 day
(includes Care For Children)
Before you can be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you need to have first completed the EFR Instructor course. The EFR Instructor course only takes one day to complete.
IDC candidates who still need to complete this requirement, may join the EFR Instructor course which starts two days before the IDC two day prep course.
IDC 2 Day Prep Course – 2 days
With the E-Learning segment of your IDC completed, we begin with the IDC Prep Course. This program has the following main goals:

  • Ensure that all IDC candidates have all the necessary PADI materials and dive equipment required
  • We do 2 confined water skill sessions to practice the 20 skills from the PADI Divemaster course so you go into the IDC sharp
  • We do dive theory workshops/presentations on topics including Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Decompression theory and Skills & Environment
  • Practice exams
PADI IDC Core Program – 8 days
This section is all about handling students in the water. You will have five days of in-water focused teaching sessions.
We have scheduled the IDC so that you will have an easy last day before the IE starts. This last day will give you an opportunity to do some fun dives in Bunaken, and these dives are FREE. You also have the option of taking a FREE Discover TEC Deep Dive on Rebreather and Sidemount systems, giving you some experience in technical diving.

Additional teaching workshops during the IDC include:

  • Students with mask clearing problems
  • Preparing CESA lines or surface support stations
  • Teaching the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent safely
  • Lift Bag use and knot tying
  • Special Risk Management workshop and Video of dive accidents
  • Tec Intro and dive with Rebreather and Sidemount systems, giving you some experience in technical diving.

These workshops are NOT standard IDC practice.They are additional workshops added into Two Fish Divers IDC Programme by our PADI Course Director Brendon Sing. These workshops will give you more experience on teaching skills safely and efficiently.

Our overall objective is to teach you how to be a GREAT PADI Instructor.
Passing the IE is a secondary objective, it is NOT the primary objective, and this is what makes us different from other IDC courses. We believe that if you teach IDC students how to be GREAT instructors, then the IE is just a formality.

International – our IDC programs usually consist of an international group of candidates, therefore the IDC is conducted in English.

100% pass rate – we have a 100% pass rate on the instructor examinations. Your success in our programme is a guarantee – if you fail the IE we will give you a free IDC before re-taking the IE.

Up-to-date – We teach using the most recent digital IDC curriculum and make use of the most up-to-date services, eg e-Learning

FREE EFR training up-date if required

FREE Enriched Air Specialty Instructor standard as part of our IDC

Accommodation available at the resort – full board (food, coffee, tea and drinking water)

Unlimited access to our complete PADI library that is permanently kept up-to-date

Small student to Instructor ratios – we try and keep our IDC classes to max 4 students, this ensures personal attention and professional organisation that is focused on developing you as a great instructor

Air-conditioned classroom & Tropical resort environment – average water temperature 28ºC so bring your shorty!!

Special in-water workshops – Adventures in Diving & Rescue programs. PLUS Tec Intro and dive with Rebreather and Sidemount systems, giving you some experience in technical diving.

Fantastic diving – both Bunaken and Lembeh offer some of the best diving in Indonesia, and we have special Student Rates for fun diving before and after your IDC

Master Scuba Diver Trainer MSDT Course in Lembeh

/// Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) course is over 3-4 days in Lembeh. Can be taken at the end of the IDC/IE or at any time during the year

The Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart from other dive instructors by showing your commitment to continuing your dive training and being prepared to help others continue their training as well. When your students wish to continue their training towards Master Scuba Diver level, you will be the instructor who can get them there, as you will be able teach 5 additional Speciality Courses as well as all other PADI courses.
Many dive operators prefer to employ instructors with MSDT rating, as the rating shows proficiency in teaching at least 5 Speciality Courses as well as 25 Open Water Certifications.
You also get to teach specialty diver courses – which opens the door to lots of fun while working.
The MSDT is a very practical program, and over the 3-4 days you will do 6-9 dives as part of the program. It is hands on training in 5 additional instructor specialty courses.
For each speciality, you will watch the professional DVD, this gives you the objective of the course and tips on how to teach it. There are some knowledge reviews to be done, and the Course Director will take you through some training exercises on land, before practicing on 1 or 2 dives.

MSDT on its own – Please select five Specialty Instructor Courses from the following list.

MSDT with our IDC – since the Enriched Air Specialty Instructor is provided for FREE as part of our IDC, please select another four Specialty Instructor Courses from the following list.

  • Deep Diver Specialty Instructor (2 dives)
  • Digital Under Water Photography Specialty Instructor (2 dives)
  • Drift Diver Specialty Instructor (1 dive)
  • Enriched Air Specialty Instructor (1 dive)
  • Fish ID Specialty Instructor (1 dive)
  • Multi-Level Specialty Instructor (1 dive)
  • Navigation Specialty Instructor (2 dives)
  • Night Diver Specialty Instructor (1 dive)
  • Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor (2 dives)
  • Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor (2 dives)
Want to do some TEC? We can also offer Sidemount Instructor (2 dives) and Gas Blender Instructor (2 days).

/// IDC Schedule for 2014

We regularly run IDC programmes with the IDC held in Bunaken and the MSDT in Lembeh – view the latest IDC Schedule.

Flexibility – although we have a schedule, we can run these IDC programs anytime to suite individual needs, please contact us for more details.

Instructor Internships in Bunaken, Lembeh and Bali

/// Instructor Internship

This is run over Bunaken, Lembeh and Lembongan!! Our Platinum 1 month package includes the IDC in Bunaken, the MSDT in Lembeh plus some actual teaching with the help and guidance of our experienced instructors in Bunaken, Lembeh or Lembongan.

Our IDC Platinum Package is run over 1 month and is split into 3 parts.

Instructor Internship Part 1 – on Bunaken includes:
  • PADI IDC Program in Bunaken over 13 days
  • IDC includes relaxing day with Discover TEC Deep Dive plus normal fun dives in Bunaken – all FREE (can upgrade TEC dive for Rebreather Dive for extra charge)
  • accommodation in Bunaken (budget room, full board)

Instructor Internship Part 2 – on Lembeh includes:

  • MSDT in Lembeh over 3 days
  • Hands on training in 5 additional instructor specialty courses (the MSDT Course)
  • Free Enriched air Nitrox and Shark Conservation Instructor specialties
  • accommodation in Lembeh (budget room, full board)

Instructor Internship Part 3 – on Bunaken, Lembeh or Lembongan and includes:

  • 2 weeks in either Bunaken, Lembeh or Lembongan, conducting dive courses under the supervision of our own experienced instructors. Team teaching
  • accommodation (budget room, full board in Bunaken or Lembeh)

Our Instructor Internship will give you invaluable teaching experience, and you will complete your internship as an experienced instructor, making it much easier to find a full-time instructor job!

You will also get teaching experience in 2 or 3 of the best dive locations in Indonesia!

Many dive operations use the term ‘Internships’ loosely, and it may have different meanings from one center to another.
In some operations, internships are offered where the dive center provides the courses for free and then the candidates will work for free in order to pay back the cost of the course. It seems like a great deal to the students, but in reality the students do not get as much benefit or attention as they should. Some examples of such instructor experiences:

  • Dive centers will teach intern courses when they have spare time when they feel like it
  • Intern students are not a priority for the dive operation
  • Very little attention is given to structure and scheduling for interns
  • Interns get the jobs to do that other staff members do not want to do, eg. carrying and loading tanks, loading boats, sweeping floors, cleaning wash tanks or boat toilets
  • In most cases, intern students get frustrated because their courses are not structured and organized, and when they want to leave the dive operation will demand that they pay them for the full price of the normal course package anyway

We do not this type of internship at Two Fish Divers for several good reasons. In our opinion, the Instructor course is a professional level in diving. Instructors should be treated with respect as future professional dive leaders, this is why it’s even more important that they are part of a professional organized Instructor Internship programme focused on their candidates and their training. This helps to shape future dive leaders as well as instructors.

At Two Fish Divers we try and achieve this with all our Instructor Internships. We do not offer “work off free courses”, but our Instructor Internship / IDC Platinum Package offers the candidates an opportunity to gain teaching experience under supervision and with professional guidance after their IDC.

IDC Staff Instructor course in Bunaken

/// IDC Staff Instructor

The IDC Staff Instructor course is run over 12 days, and is conducted in conjunction with every IDC program

In addition to all the courses you can teach as a PADI Instructor, as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor you will also be able to independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses, and assist PADI Course Directors in conducting IDCs and other instructor-level continuing education programmes.
You need to be a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and Emergency First Response Instructor before you can begin IDCS Course.
We make a charge if you are already a PADI IDC Staff Instructor needing more staffing credits. However we will not charge this fee if you bring a candidate to an IDC which you staff.

Course Director for our IDC Course

/// Our Course Director, Marlies Lang

Marlies has been diving for more than 10 years ago and has been a PADI Course Director for more than 2 years. Her passion for diving itself, teaching people, the underwater world – and specially preserving it – has never faded.

Extremely enthusiastic about diving and teaching, Marlies will take your IDC up to a whole new level of professionalism and realism. Marlies does not just teach you to pass an Instructor Examination, she will guide you to become a successful PADI Instructor in the real working world.

In her own words:

I remember back in my DM-times, when I was doing 2-3 dives every day for 6 weeks. On my day off I stood at the counter at around lunchtime asking who would like to go for a fun dive. My manager almost collapsed, told me to go home and have a break …

This passion hasn’t changed to this day, and I believe the secret to that is variety.

I hope to bring this passion across to you in our IDC, together with professionalism and a lot of fun. I also hope that I am able to give you some hands on information and hints for your journey through the diving world.

/// Course Prices

Course Price
Assistant Instructor (AI) EUR450
IDC and EFRI EUR1,250
Specialities EUR162/Specialty
MSDT – 5 Specialities EUR650
5 for the price of 4!
MSDT with our IDC EUR350
IDC Staff EUR450
Staffing an IDC EUR400
FREE if you bring
a candidate with
you for the IDC
that you are staffing
Please note: prices may change without notice.

/// IDC Packages


IDC+EFRI courses on Bunaken, 13 nights accommodation in own Budget Room, full board with meals & unlimited coffee, tea & drinking water. IE is scheduled in Manado after the IDC+EFRI in Bunaken.


IDC+EFRI courses on Bunaken and MSDT on Lembeh, accommodation in own Budget Room (13 nights in Bunaken and 4 nights in Lembeh), full board with meals & unlimited coffee, tea & drinking water. IE is scheduled in Manado after the IDC+EFRI in Bunaken.


IDC+EFRI courses on Bunaken and MSDT on Lembeh, accommodation in own Budget Room (13 nights in Bunaken and 4 nights in Lembeh), full board with meals & unlimited coffee, tea & drinking water.
PLUS 2 weeks Instructor Internship in Bunaken or Lembeh, with accommodation in own Budget Room (full board with meals & unlimited coffee, tea & drinking water). IE is scheduled in Manado after the IDC+EFRI in Bunaken.

Extra’s to add for all Courses & Packages

  • IDC Manuals & Materials – EUR500
  • EFRI Manual – EUR99
  • IE costs – EUR65
    (Includes 2nts accomm in hotel in Manado plus transfers to and from IE venue)
  • IDC Application – Aus$188
  • Instructor Exam – Aus$710
  • EFRI Application – AU$124
  • Speciality Instructor Application (if applicable) – AU$73/speciality
GoPro PADI Instructor Courses & Packages

/// Why Two Fish Divers

  • 100% pass rate on the instructor examinations
  • FREE EFR training up-date
  • FREE Enriched Air Specialty Instructor
  • Accommodation available at the resort
  • Small student to Instructor ratios with max 4 students
  • AC classroom & Tropical resort environment
  • Special in-water workshops, and TEC intro and dive with Rebreather & Sidemount systems
  • Fantastic diving in both Bunaken and Lembeh with some special Student Rates

/// 10% Discount!!

If you did your PADI Divemaster course with us, we’ll give you a 10% discount, thats a saving of Eu99.9 on the IDC or Eu125 on the IDC+EFRI.

/// Optional Fun diving Package for all candidates

4N3D EUR296 – 4 nights / 3 days in budget, Full Board accommodation on Bunaken or Lembeh before or after your IDC with 9 dives (3 dives per day)

Two Fish Divers Instructor Development Programme

How it all fits together

/// Foundations

The foundation of PADI instructor development is the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). The program consists of two parts — the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Combining the three-day AI course and the four-day OWSI program into a continuous program makes up a seven day IDC.

Successfully completing an AI course allows instructor candidates to earn the PADI Assistant Instructor rating which authorizes them to function as instructional assistants and independently conduct certain PADI programs. AI course completion also qualifies candidates to participate in an OWSI program.

/// Open Water Scuba Instructor

Successfully completing the OWSI program (or an entire IDC) makes candidates eligible to participate in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

The IE is a completely evaluative program that tests the instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism. Instructor candidates become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors only after successfully completing an IE.

PADI IEs are standardized, objective evaluations conducted by Instructor Examiners representing one of PADI’s international offices.

/// Life After IE

Once you are an instructor your training does not stop there. Various instructor-level continuing education courses are offered, these include Specialty Instructor training courses, Tec Deep Instructor training (TEC) courses, and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT).

Each IDC Programme is followed by the optional PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Course (MSDT) over 3-4 days. See above for full details.

IDC Staff Instructor Courses train qualified Master Scuba Diver Trainers to conduct AI Courses and IDCs. These are conducted in conjunction with every IDC program.

Instructor Development and Learning Online


Part of the IDC can be done on-line with eLearning. If you complete this eLearning then you do not have to attend the 2-day IDC Presentations
Getting familiar with materials and the course outline before you start the IDC. You can participate on the On-Line presentations at your own time whenever, and wherever you want

You can start the eLearning once you have got yourself the IDC crew pack. Just click on the PADI eLearning banner above to get started!
Be sure to use the link above, as it will take you to our page on PADI website, and once you are registered we can record and monitor your progress and help with any questions that you may have
It costs US$320 to register for the IDC eLearning, BUT you will save 2 days on the IDC to have FREE fun diving (don’t have to attend the IDC Presentations), AND we’ll give you €100 discount on the price of the IDC

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