Career Development Course

A 6-month program, which takes you from a beginner diver, all the way to PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. As a Scuba Instructor you can teach diving courses.


Are you up for an adventure? Become a Scuba Diving Instructor, and make the beach your office!

The Career Development Course (CDC) is a 5 day a week program. It starts with your PADI Open Water Diver Course, and takes you all the way to your PADI Dive Instructors Course. During this time, you will gain experience in many facets of the diving industry, and log a minimum of 100 scuba dives.

Upon successfully completing this program, you will be a qualified PADI Diving Instructor, with the experience needed to be a valuable asset in the diving industry.

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Pricing: R110 500*


  • All courses mentioned above
  • All relevant theory materials
  • Diving equipment rental as needed*
  • Minimum 100 dives
  • Equipment rental as needed


Registration fee’s (payable directly to PADI upon registration), of total 912 Pounds Sterling (Ex Vat)


  • Need to be at least 18 years old
  • Need to be able to swim
  • Need to be reasonably healthy
  • Needs to pass an entrance interview


What to expect

6 Month internship program, which includes the following:

  • PADI Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course
  • PADI Rescue Diver Course
  • EFR (CPR & 1st Aid) Course
  • PADI Divemaster Course
  • EFR Instructors Course
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors Course
  • Minimum 100 dives
  • 5 Days a week
  • Experience in other diving related facets of a dive center, such as
    • maintenance of gear
    • boats
    • diving admin
    • selling scuba equipment
    • organizing of dive trips and groups

Daily program schedule

  • The daily schedule of the program varies greatly. It is dependent on what is done on the day – be it in the classroom, in the pool, or in the ocean.
  • A typical day would look as follows:
  • Meeting time: Between 6am and 9am, at Into the Blue
  • Pack equipment, prepare boats
  • Do course dives, experience dives, or lead dives
  • Return to center, wash boats & equipment
  • Clean dive center, briefing, home time around 5-6pm.


At Into the Blue, we offer a top-notch course with great staff, and our ready-made accommodation options means you can focus on what matters in this course. The PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor certification qualifies you to teach people how to scuba dive. Advancing to Instructor level can open up many new doors for you, and you get to teach people how to dive.

As a PADI Dive Instructor, you will find that there are more employment vacancies, and that there is also an increase in the salaries as you level up your qualification. After becoming a Scuba Dive Instructor, where will you go teach? At your local club on weekends? The Caribbean? Zanzibar? Sardinia? The world is your oyster!

At Into the Blue in Cape Town, we only use the best PADI Course Directors to conduct your Instructors Dive Course. We also have 3 in-house PADI Staff Instructors, meaning we are ready to help you fulfill this dream! In this course, you will learn how to teach various PADI scuba courses – from the Open Water Diver Course, all the way to the PADI Divemaster Course.

All the diving skills that you've learned up to this stage, are combined, polished, and honed into making you a PADI Scuba Dive Instructor. Ready to take the next step, and become a PADI Instructor? Take the plunge and do your IDC in Cape Town with Into the Blue Dive Centre!


Besides the fact that Cape Town is one of the top tourism destinations in the world, with an awesome vibe, the diving in Cape Town will prepare you well for any diving environment out there! The Cape is not known as the Cape of Storms for nothing, and with the water being cold, you will learn to deal with conditions that are not always as easy as in the tropics.


Course outline (abbreviated)

In the Career Development Program, the below course outline is followed:

PADI Open Water Diver Course:

The foundation of diving. This course certifies you to dive down to 18 meters.

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver Course:

Building on the foundations of what you’ve learned, you learn to become a better diver, and to go deeper. This course certifies you to dive down to 30 meters.

PADI Rescue Diver Course:

In this course, you learn to look after the buddies diving with you, and how to prevent problems before they arise. You also learn how to deal with diving emergencies.

Experience Phase 1

Before we can continue with your PADI Divemaster Course, it’s time to gain some experience first. During this phase you continue diving until you have a minimum of 40 logged scuba dives.

PADI Divemaster Course

This is the first PADI Professional Course, and takes a good 4-6 weeks to complete. Upon obtaining your Divemaster Certification, you will be able to act as a dive guide for certified divers. By the time you get certified, you will have at least 60 scuba dives under your belt.

Experience Phase 2

We now start allowing you to lead dives as a Divemaster. Our staff is there as you take your first steps, giving help and advise until you are ready to do it on your own! This is one of the most valuable phases of your program, where you become a confident PADI Pro. By the end of this phase, you will have a minimum of 100 scuba dives logged.

EFR Instructors Course, IDC, IE

It is now time to combine everything you’ve learned so far, to polish it, and to become a Scuba Dive Instructor! This part of the program takes 12 days, during which you do your EFR (1st Aid & CPR) Instructors Course, your IDC (Instructor Development Course), and then finally – do the exam!

Candidates who pass their exams, are certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor!


Abbreviation Explainer:

  • IE = Instructors Examination
  • IDC = Instructors Development Course
  • EFR = Emergency First Response
  • EFRI = Emergency First Response Instructor
  • OWSI = Open Water Scuba Instructor
  • PADI = Professional Association of Diving Instructors
  • GBP = Great British Pounds, or Pound Sterling
  • CDC = Career Development Course – when you do all course from beginner to Instructor in a 6 month program

What will my rating be after completing the IDC?

What will my rating be after completing the IDC?

What is the duration of my days on the course?

Expect full days – classes typically start at 7am or 8am and may last until 7pm or later. There will also be homework each evening.

Do I need to make use of your accommodation?

Not at all! Cape Town has a multitude of accommodation options you can use, or perhaps you already live here. The price with own accommodation is less.

Which courses can I teach with this rating?

You can teach the following courses as an OWSI:

  • PADI Discover Scuba Experience
  • PADI Scuba Diver
  • PADI Open Water
  • PADI Adventure Diver
  • PADI Advanced Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Bubble Maker Experience
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation
  • Project AWARE Specialist
  • PADI Skin Diver
  • PADI Discover Snorkelling

Who does the Instructor Examination( I.E)?

The I.E is done by a PADI examiner of PADI's choice. Contact us for up to date dates of IDC's and I.E's, and for any additional information.

What have others said about Into the Blue Scuba Dive Center?


Couldn't ask for a better experience - Did an open water scuba dive course and had such an incredible...
time. Everyone there is so friendly and super professional. You can really see how passionate they all are about diving, and giving others the chance to experience what they do everyday.
As an amputee, I was a little apprehensive about what I was getting myself into, but someone was always there to lend a hand (or a foot) when I needed it. Can't imagine there's a better team to dive with.
Will be back for many more fun dives!

Jayson De Ath

Super and very professional setup. Glad I was able to dive...

with them and would not only recommend diving here, but look forward to the next trip to dive with again.

Martin Jansen van Rensburg

Had a fantastic time doing my PADI Open Water Diving Course...

Josh, Alexis, JP and Robin were really professional and knowledgeable whilst keeping it fun and relaxed.

I would recommend Into the Blue to anybody.