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Instructor Development Course – IDC

Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Why Choose Scuba St Lucia?

Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet are pleased to jointly feature our premier scuba and snorkeling operation, Scuba St. Lucia, as one of the most scenic and ecologically rich locations the Caribbean has to offer – including an easily accessible coral-rich dive and snorkeling site right off shore.

Scuba St. Lucia is part of our 600-acre resort estate voted to be one of the Top Five Caribbean Resorts by both Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler magazines.

The picture postcard perfect views of the famous UNESCO-designated landmark mountains, the twin Pitons, are one of the many compelling reasons to stay and dive here. Situated in the heart of St. Lucia's world renowned Soufriere Marine Management Area Marine Park and founded in 1981, Scuba St. Lucia has established itself as one of the Caribbean's top diving destinations with a focus on having fun and ecological awareness – a corner stone of our resorts' mission.

Scuba St. Lucia is situated just steps away from Anse Chastanet beach - perfect for both beach and boat dives, with a complete range of guided activities and PADI courses. Our well-equipped scuba store includes three compressors, rental dive gear, conference room equipped with any needed equipment and an underwater photo and video center.

Scuba St. Lucia is more than a premier dive operation. In keeping with the resort's sustainable no-impact goals and LEED Gold Certification, our center also walks the walk as the proud owner of the PADI Green Star™ Dive Center Award and 100% Project AWARE Partner, identifying dive businesses that care about the environment and are acting to protect it.


The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) is the leading instructor training program in the recreational dive industry. Candidates undertaking the PADI IDC have the choice of completing the full program in one course, or taking the program in two parts - the PADI Assistant Instructor Course and the PADI OWSI Program.

Upon successful completion of the complete PADI IDC or PADI AI Course and PADI OWSI Program), a candidate will be eligible to attend a PADI Instructor Exam. Once this step is successfully completed, you'll be ready to be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

During the PADI OWSI Program you'll be exposed to a wide range of topics and workshops that will prepare you to be a great dive instructor. You'll learn about the dive industry, risk management, the business of diving, and how to conduct a wide range of PADI Programs. You'll learn how to teach in a variety of contexts, including knowledge development and skill development in the classroom, confined water and open water. When you complete your IDC you'll be qualified to attend the PADI Instructor Exam.

The Fun Part

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you. The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification

What You Can Teach

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving up to Divemaster. You may also choose to acquire specialty instructor ratings in areas of interest, such as Deep, Drift, Dive Against Debris, Enriched Air, Invasive Lionfish Tracker, Search and Recovery, Naturalist, Night, Wreck, etc. Being able to offer these courses at a dive shop is a huge attraction to customers and makes your resume more impressive!


  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or hold a leadership level certification with another recreational diver training organization.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a medical statement for a diving medical examination conducted within the past 12 months.
  • Have been a certified diver for at least six months and have completed and logged at least 60 open water scuba dives (as documented in the individual’s log book) and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving.
  • Submit proof of CPR and first aid training within the last 24 months.
  • Submit documentation of any qualifying certification for entry level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level issued by another recreational diver training organization. (PADI Members who have these records on file at PADI do not need to resubmit.)
  • If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.

Requirements for Certification

To be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you'll need to complete the full PADI IDC, show proof of having logged 100 dives, and complete the PADI Instructor Exam. Prior to final certification, you'll show proof of being a current instructor in first aid and CPR. We recommend the EFR Instructor Course to meet these requirements.

PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) Anse Chastanet Scuba St Lucia
25th of August – 2nd of September 2019
Instructor Exam 3rd & 4th of September

25 Aug  8amEFR Instructor Course – taught by Georgiana
26 Aug  8amEFR Instructor course – a.m.
26 Aug  1pmStarting IDC – taught by Patrick and Georgiana
27-30 Aug  8am-6pmAssistant Instructor Course
31-2 Sept  8am-6pmOpen Water Scuba Instructor Course


Full IDC (includes AI & OWSI): $ 1,400
AI (Assisstant Instructor): $ 800
OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor): $ 800
IDC Staff Instructor: $ 700
Auditing the IDC for credits towards Master Instructor: $ 500
EFR Instructor Course: $ 250
Optional: MSDT - 5 PADI Instructor Specialties - $ 500 (or $130 per specialty)
Rates are in US$ and subject to 10% VAT & 10% Service Charge
Rates do not include materials or PADI fees (available upon request)
Rates for accommodation at Anse Chastanet Resort are available upon request