Take a step-up from PADI Divemaster and become a PADI Scuba Dive Instructor! Advancing to this level truly opens 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 an increase in the salaries as you level up your qualification.

At Into the Blue in Cape Town, we only use the best PADI Course Directors to conduct your Instructors Dive Course.

The PADI Instructor Development Course is your final stepping stone on the road to becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. During this program candidates learn to successfully use and adapt the PADI system of diver education, supported by the wide variety of PADI educational materials to suit individual student needs and ensure success and enjoyment. As a PADI Open Water Scuba Dive Instructor you are able to conduct a wide variety of PADI courses ranging from PADI Discover Scuba Diving to PADI Dive Master.   

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

 IDC (Instructor Development Course)- 9 Days

  • EFRI & IDC Combo- 11 Days
  • I.E (Instructors Examination)- 2 Days
  • Conducted at Into the Blue Scuba Dive Centre, or at a 5 star conference venue in Cape Town
  • Days start at 8am and continue until late
  • Conducted by a PADI Course Director
  • 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.


The IDC is conducted over a period of 11 full days at our premises in Cape Town. This happens prior to the I.E (Instructors Examination). Candidates should prepare themselves as much as possible before the time, as there will not be a lot of time to focus on theory during the IDC.

Upon successful application to take part in an IDC with us, applicants will be sent a detailed list of preparation that needs to be done before the IDC to ensure your success.

Required theory materials

Each instructor candidate must have the following:

IDC Crew Pack containing:

  • PADI’s Guide to teaching scuba diving
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Manual CD Rom
  • Open water and confined water preparation slates
  • Aquatic Cue Cards – Confined Water and Open Water
  • AID & Rescue Cue Cards
  • Pro Logbook
  • Law & Diving Book
  • OW, Rescue and DM Exam Booklets
  • Bus of Diving, Best of UJ & Children & Scuba on CD
  • Business of Diving DVD
  • PADI Instructors Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual plus management slate
  • PADI Dive master Manual
  • RDP Table & ERDP ML with booklets to use

Additional theory materials needed:

All of these materials are available at Into the Blue Dive Centre.

Required Equipment

  • Fins, mask, snorkel and appropriate exposure protection
  • Cylinder and weight system
  • Regulator with alternate air source and SPG
  • Depth gauge
  • Timing device
  • Compass and knife/divers tool
  • 2 Emergency signalling devices

All of the above equipment is for sale or for rent from Into the Blue.

Other items that will be needed for the IDC

  • 2 ID photographs
  • In date diving medical (12 months)
  • All non-PADI certification cards or certificates
  • Logbook
  • Calculator


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

  2. 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

  3. What is the duration of my days on the course?
    Expect full days – classes typically start at 7am and may last until 7pm or later.
    There will also be homework each evening.

  4. 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.


  • Dive Leader Certification — PADI Divemaster or leadership-level certification with a recognized recreational diver training organization, who is either: an instructor member in good standing, or
     (a)  a diver with proof of certification in diver supervision and management
     (b)  including proof of rescue diving certification; 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • 18 years old
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the past 12 months
  • Certified diver for six months.
  • EFR Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
  • Submit documentation of qualifying certifications for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership level, as necessary.
  • To be certified as a PADI Instructor you need to be an EFRI instructor in current standing. An EFRI & IDC Combo can be done through Into the Blue Scuba Centre.


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

Globetrekker Oxford

“Top marks for safety and professionalism”....

The reason for giving five stars is not because my dive day was good - it was horrible, a complete washout, no viz, unpleasant swell, just all round yucky conditions.

However, that's nature, and dive operators can do nothing about it. What all dive operators should do is be as professional and customer-focused as the guys from ITB diving.

First thing to note is that ITB is considerably cheaper (by almost 1000.- Rand) than Simonstown operators, which is baffling considering that they also have the transport cost from Cape Town to budget for.

DMs, Instructors and Shopfloor staff are all super friendly and helpful; I even got picked up from my Cape Town digs and dropped off afterwards, free of charge.

On the boat, I saw all the emergency and redundancy gear I like to see: twin engines (VERY important!), Oxygen, comms gear, flares, the lot. Briefings were thorough, and buddy check was insisted on.

The trip to Seal Rock in the RIB was fun in the swell, but when we got there the captain did not let us dive because of the unsafe conditions. Disappointing as this was, he was totally right. Low tide and heavy swells are a dangerous combination this close to the rocks, and as for trying to get back into a RIB in seas like this....
We then tried the PMB wreck, where zero viz and nasty vertical swell separated the group and forced us out of the water after 25 minutes.

The captain did offer to try another spot but was honest enough to tell us that in his opinion it was going to be rubbish everywhere, and so we called it a day.

Back at the dive shop, we were all offered a re-schedule, but as I'm out of time I was given half my money back. I know from experience that this is not the norm in the industry, sadly.

Into the Blue is a top notch outfit that does things by the book, with a strong safety focus and very customer centered, on top of offering reasonable pricing and a fair refund policy. You'll have a hard time to find a better operator anywhere around. They'll definitely be my first choice when I pass through next, and for doing my IDC sometime this year.

Just hope mother nature will be in better mood then.

Visited April 2017


Clinton Bobbert

I recommend anyone that is nervous or thinking twice to do scuba diving, it is the best choice you can...

I grew up on the sea, always wondered how it must be into the deep blue sea. Then one day me and my wife decided to do an attempt to do scuba diving and I was quite nervous about going under water but thanks to the Into the blue crew and their patience and determination me and my wife found a new hobby and looking forward to go around the world and scuba dive all around the world. So from me and my wife we want to thank Cape Town, South Africa, Into the blue, for what we have experienced and thank you for opening a new world to us! I recommend anyone that is nervous or thinking twice to do scuba diving, it is the best choice you can ever make!

Jacques Vermeulen

Best dive shop ever! People are friendly and helpful!...

Cape Town diving for the win!