/// PADI IDC in Indonesia

PADI Instructor Development in Indonesia

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PADI IDC in Indonesia

We run IDCs programs in our different locations Bunaken (Manado), Amed (Bali) and Lembongan (Bali)

This means that you can do your IDC and dive in one of the best dive locations in Indonesia at the same time!!

PADI IDC and EFRI combo €1,250 13 days combo

PADI IDC, EFRI & MSDT Prep €1,650save €350!

Your adventure starts here!

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We run IDCs programs in our different locations Bunaken (Manado), Amed (Bali) and Lembongan (Bali) view the latest IDC Schedule

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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.

PADI IDC in Indonesia – Contact us today for a life changing experience!

/// PADI Instructor Development Programme


/// PADI Assistant Instructor

The PADI Assistant Instructor course (AI) is 4-5 days long. This course doesn’t have to be taken together with the PADI 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


/// PADI IDC in Indonesia

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is conducted over 12-14 days. Check out our schedule of IDC courses.

The PADI IDC Program includes the Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI course) and the PADI IDC Course

EFRI 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.

PADI IDC Course – 12 days
The PADI IDC course contains the following:

  • confined water skill sessions to practice the 24 skills from the PADI Divemaster course so you go into the IDC sharp
  • dive theory workshops/presentations on topics including Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Decompression theory and Skills & Environment
  • Practice exams
  • Classroom time for presentations about how to teach the PADI courses, and other important aspects of being a diving professional such as marketing and risk management.
  • Confined water sessions and open water sessions – in-water teaching sessions that are all about handling students whilst teaching the PADI courses.

A typical day of the IDC looks like:

  1. Get yourself a cup of coffee, tea or water and bring it to the classroom.
  2. Classroom time for some presentations from the Course Director.
  3. Classroom time for you to present some presentations to the class – scary at first!!
  4. Wet time – every day you will go in the water for either a confined water or open water
    teaching session. You get to role play with the rest of the candidates and rotate
    around being Instructor, Divemaster or student.

Additional teaching workshops during the IDC include:

  • CESA Workshop – preparing CESA lines or surface support stations, and teaching the Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent safely
  • Ascent and descent worksop
  • Knot tying workshop
  • O2 provider workshop
  • Marine Rescource Management workshop
  • Risk Management workshop
  • Tec Intro and dive with Rebreather and Sidemount systems, giving you some experience in technical diving (in Bunaken or Amed).

These workshops are NOT standard IDC practice.They are additional workshops added into Two Fish Divers IDC Programme by our PADI Course Director Mark Soworka. 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.

We run IDCs programs in our different locations Bunaken (Manado), Amed (Bali) and Lembongan (Bali)
view the latest IDC Schedule

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/// Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep

The Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Prep course is over 3 days and 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 Prep is a very practical program, and over the 3 days you will get training in 5 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.
Please select five Specialty Instructor Courses from the following list.

  • Deep Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Wreck Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Enriched Air/Nitrox Specialty Instructor (**)
  • Digital Under Water Photography Specialty Instructor
  • Drift Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor
  • Fish ID Specialty instructor
  • Navigation Specialty Instructor
  • Search & Recovery Specialty Instructor
  • Multi-Level Specialty Instructor
  • Sidemount Diver Specialty Instructor (***)
  • Night Diver Specialty Instructor
  • Boat Specialty Instructor

** You must hold user level certification before training for teaching these specialties

*** Please contact us for more information about becoming a Sidemount instructor

More specialty ratings available, please contact us for more information

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/// Instructor Internship

This is run over Bunaken, Amed or Lembongan after our IDC. Fast-track to become an experienced instructor and get your first certs with the help and guidance of our experienced instructors.

Our Instructor Internship is split into 3 parts.

  • Part 1 – with our PADI IDC Program over 12/13 days
  • Part 2 – with our PADI MSDT Course over 3 days
  • Part 3 – 2-4 weeks in either Bunaken, Amed or Lembongan, conducting dive courses under the supervision of our own experienced instructors. Note: we will decide where Part 3 of the internship is going to be based on student / course number and bookings

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 offers the candidates an opportunity to gain teaching experience under supervision and with professional guidance after their IDC.

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/// 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.


/// Platinum Course Director, Mark Soworka

Mark is very experienced and successful PADI Course Director.  He has been teaching PADI IDCs on Koh Tao and Koh Samui since 1997, and has decided to embark on a new journey by joining Two Fish Divers as their Course Director. He is one of the most experienced Course Directors in the world with more than 5000 instructor level certifications, and was one of Asia’s first to be awarded the Platinum PADI Course Director, PADI’s highest Course Director recognition.

Mark has maintained the highest of success rates on PADI Instructor Exams since 1997 and has helped thousands of instructors find rewarding careers in the dive industry, teaching and establishing IDCs in several countries.  It is this experience and network of successful dive instructor candidates that should influence your choice where to complete your IDC.

“Well over a decade as a PADI Course Director has given me the opportunity to meet a load of really nice people. The network that you develop after a bit of time in the dive industry spreads around the world.   Many dive shop mangers, owners and course directors from Koh Tao to the Maldives, Mozambique to Cairns, have completed training and internships with me. This network of friends is why I still enjoy working in the dive industry and is the strength of our job placement programmes. My commitment to the PADI Instructor programme is not simply getting you through the PADI Instructor exam, but creating a confident and competent dive professional with real world job prospects.

In over twenty years, with over 6000 instructor level certifications, I have maintained a 99% success rate on PADI instructor programmes all over the world, which must be one of the highest success rates worldwide. The real strength of my PADI instructor programmes is that they are about getting you a rewarding and successful career in the dive industry.

PADI Dive Master and PADI Instructor programmes make you a competent dive professional. Dive Careers PADI Dive Master and PADI Instructor programmes add loads of extras that help make you a successfully employed dive professional. My dive professional programmes are the only professional dive courses in the world to include our Marine Resource Management seminars and fish and coral identification dives.
 As dive professionals I feel strongly that you should have a good grasp of how the marine environment works. You will be in a unique position as a dive professional to pass on strong environmental concepts to your customers. None of this is examined in the PADI Dive Master or PADI instructor programmes, but I feel it is vital information for dive professionals.

I also include CV workshops and placement on several job forums for the dive industry. Dive Careers programmes include a commitment to helping you finding a rewarding career. Not only am I teaching you to get through a PADI Instructor exam, but I am also helping you get work in the dive industry. A Dive Careers programme is your passport to a quality education and successful career that can take you around the world.”

/// why two fish divers


/// Very experienced course director

Mark Soworka has been a Course Director for almost 20 years, and had built a huge worldwide network of PADI professionals a lot of whom are now running their own dive operations, there is no better choice to start your dive career under his wing!

/// Small numbers of candidates

We don’t like crowds, so we aim to have small class sizes on each IDC, giving you more attention from your course director and more chances to help in the dive center and get real-life experience.


/// Multi-locations

Our IDCs are run over our locations in Bunaken (Manado), Amed (Bali) and Nusa Lembongan (Bali). No other dive centre can offer you all of these fantastic locations!

/// tropical-island locations

All of our locations are based on tropical-island locations in Indonesia with world-class diving right on your doorstep – the world-famous reefs of Bunaken, the the world-famous sites on Bali Mainland such as the Liberty shipwreck, and the mantas and mola molas of Nusa Lembongan, Bali.


/// Instructor Course Discount

If you did your PADI Divemaster course with us we’ll give you a 10% discount on our IDC, that’s a saving of at least €125!

/// 50% OFF fun diving packages for all candidates

We can also offer you great discounts on fun diving while you are here:
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).

need more reasons?

how about these

  • Accommodation can be organised for you, Eu10 to Eu50/nt
  • Wi-Fi available for free at all our dive centers/resorts
  • Airport transfers can be arranged (pickup and drop)
  • 100% pass rate on the instructor examinations
  • Exclusive O2 Provider and Marine Resource Management courses
  • TEC intro – explore twin-sets and Sidemount systems (in Bunaken or Amed)
  • Instructor Internships available – fast-track to become an experienced instructor and get your first certs under the guidance of experienced instructors
  • Job opportunities – we regularly hire at all our locations, and our IDC candidates get preference

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/// Instructor Course Prices in Indonesia

Course Price
Assistant Instructor (4/5days) EUR450
IDC (12days)
If already EFRI
EFRI (1day) EUR250
IDC and EFRI (13days) EUR1,250
Specialities/MSDT Prep

Doing your IDC with us?
Specialities – EUR100/Specialty
MSDT Prep – 5 Specialities (3days) – EUR400 (Save €100!)
Not doing your IDC with us?
Specialities – EUR150/Specialty
MSDT Prep – 5 Specialities (3days) – EUR750


IDC, EFRI & MSDT Prep most popular
+ FREE Instructor Internship
(minimum 2weeks, location based on student numbers)
Save €350!
IDC Staff (12days) EUR450
Staffing an IDC EUR250
FREE if you bring
a candidate with
you for the IDC
that you are staffing
Please note: prices may change without notice.

/// Extra’s to add for IDC Course

  • The following are payable when you are here:
  • Balance of IDC (and EFRI if applicable)
  • Manuals & Materials – you can bring your own, or we can supply these for you
  • Accommodation, airport transfers, transfers for your IE, etc

  • The following are paid directly via credit card to PADI:
  • IDC Application – Aus$277 (Eu157)
  • Instructor Exam – Aus$785 (Eu544)
  • EFRI Application – AU$156 (Eu108)

dont forget!
you get 10% off course prices if you did your DM with us!

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.

PADI IDC in Indonesia 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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