Make your passion your job!

Maybe you are one of those who didn’t plan to make it all the way here. You just did your Open Water Diver course on holiday, but then found yourself hooked on diving! Or, perhaps for you this was the plan from the beginning – becoming a Scuba Instructor! Whichever it is, by becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor you will be joining a very select group of divers, who take their passion for the ocean to the next level!



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!

Quick overview of the Dive Instructor Development Scuba Diving Course in Cape Town

Next Course dates: 7-19 November 2023

  • Duration: 14 days, consisting out of:
    • Day 1: Check-in and orientation 
    • EFRI: 2 days
    • IDC: 8 days
    • IE (instructors examination) : 2 days
    • Day 14: Check-out
  • Accommodation: 14 nights included
  • Price: R55 000
  • Price if you use your own accommodation: R49500
  • Includes:
    • Theory material
    • The Course
    • Equipment rental as needed
    • Transport for diving
    • Accommodation
  • Excludes:
    • Meals
    • Registration fees paid directly to PADI (total 901 British Pounds, Ex VAT)
  • Conducted at Into the Blue Scuba Dive Centre
  • Days start at 8am and continue until late
  • Minimum age: 18
  • Logged dives needed: 100
  • Your IDC will extensively cover the theory behind diving and teaching, as well as practical lessons in the pool and ocean on how to teach students how to dive.
  • Location: Sea Point, Cape Town

Prerequisites to take part in this course:

  • 100 logged dives minimum
  • Be a certified diver for at least 6 months
  • Be a certified Divemaster or similar
  • Be reasonably healthy (doctors certificate needed)
  • Pass stamina test
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • You will need a computer or laptop to do this course.

Course outline: IDC & EFRI Combo

We start out the program by doing the EFRI (Emergency First Aid Instructor) course. This take 2 days, during which we refresh your First Aid and CPR skills, and then teach you how to teach these skills according to the EFR Philosophy. For more details on this course, please refer to

IDC (Instructor Development Course) 


You will start your PADI Instructors’ Program with a theory section, which is done before the course starts as homework & self-study. Once you sign up for your course with us, you will receive an email from PADI, directing you how to access the theory. The theory is digital, so you will need internet access, and a tablet or computer to work on.

The theory takes around 7-8 hours to complete.

Also as a part of your preparation, you should have a good knowledge of the Physics, Physiology, and Equipment sections of your PADI Diving Encyclopaedia.


This takes 7 days. The course is directed by one of our PADI Course Directors. During this time, you focus on how to teach the courses, as well as how to physically demonstrate the diving skills to students. It is important that your own diving skills is on a very good level by this point.

The Course Director makes you practise teaching various skills, and teaches you how to deal with potential problems you might incur while teaching.

We use an 8th day for revision before the next step, which is the Instructors Examination.

The Instructors Examination (IE)

This takes 2 days, and is conducted by an external PADI Examiner. During this time, he/she will test your teaching and diving skills, your understanding of PADI’s General Standards & Procedures, as well as your diving knowledge.


Frequently asked questions

  1. 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
  2. What will my rating be after completing the IDC?
    You will have the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) rating.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
  6. 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.

 Contact us today to book this course!


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!

Amy Musto

Had the best diving experience with Into the Blue, first...

dive was a ship wreck followed by doing yoga moves with the seals. Would highly recommend diving with these guys, very professional and fun! I sadly lost my go pro whilst diving with the seals but I'll always have the memories!

Marlise Jordaan

Super friendly staff. Would def recommend using this place