Instructor Development Course (IDC)

PADI Instructor Course in Akumal, México.

best job

Next course: June, 2016. For Inquiries and Reservations click here!

Who wouldn’t like to call the ocean their everyday job! So, we kick off your learning experience into the professional world of diving in the laid-back setting of beautiful Akumal Bay, fostering a low stress, relaxed environment that will make you an easy going yet serious professional of the diving industry.

The ID Course consists of two parts: the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Combining the two, along with the IDC Preparation Course, the Assistant Instructor Course and OWSI program into one, makes up for our 10 day IDC program.

Two days before the beginning of the IDC program, we will meet for the Prep Course and work on the Dive Master Theory Exams and the 20 Open Water skills of the Dive Master course. These 2 days are mandatory for all candidates and are included in the price of the IDC.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) represents the most important part of the instructor program. It stresses a lot the importance of a complete development of the future instructor skills.

You will learn the PADI system in confined water, open water and in the classroom. The IDC courses can be held in English, Spanish, Italian and French.





March  2016

  • Mandatory IDC Preparation: March 1, 2016
  • IDC: March 2 to March 9, 2016
  • EFR instructor (candidates need to be certified as EFR – or equivalent – adult and child primary and secondary care with CPR): March 10 & 11, 2016
  • IE PADI: March 11 & 13, 2016
  • Five PADI specialties (MSDT): After IE TEC and Rebreather discover and sidemount diver course: After IE
  • IDC crew pack and EFR instructor manual

June 2016

  • Mandatory IDC Preparation: June 12 & 13, 2016
  • IDC: June 14 & 21, 2016
  • EFR instructor (candidates need to be certified as EFR – or equivalent – adult and child primary and secondary care with CPR): June 22 & 23, 2016
  • IE PADI: June 24 & 26 2016
  • Five PADI specialties (MSDT): After IE TEC and Rebreather discover and sidemount diver course: After IE
  • IDC crew pack and EFR instructor manual


No. of Days Price
Dive Master 7 $699
Dive Master Professional 14 $949
Assistant Instructor 7 $
EFR 2 $250
Prep Training 2 FREE
Full PADI IDC 8 $1200
MSDT 3 $650
Crew Pack $
Instructor Examination Paid directly to PADI


To qualify for training as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you must:

  • Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months. You need to bring proof of your certifications prior to your Divemaster course as well as your log book(s) with all your logged dives.
  • Be certified as an Emergency First Response Instructor.
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Be certified as a diver for at least six months.
  • Have 60 logged dives that include experience in night, deep and navigation diving to participate in the Instructor Development Course. You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams (we suggest you to begin the course with 100 logged dives, you may arrive a few weeks prior to the course to complete your dives. Contact us to for diving packages that help you reach the required dives).
  • Have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 24 months. The Emergency First Response course meets this requirement.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Master Scuba Diver is the highest non-professional certification a diver can receive. This program will give you the skills, confidence, and ability to teach five specialties required for a diver to reach this level. Our Course Directors will guide you through the academic and open water skills portions of these specialties. Upon completion you will have met the performance requirements to receive certification as a Specialty Instructor and teach five popular PADI Specialties. Once you have certified 25 divers you qualify for your Master Scuba Diver Trainer Certification.

Specialties we teach with this program are:

  • Deep Diver Instructor
  • Drift Diver Instructor
  • Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor (must be Enriched Air Nitrox certified)
  • Underwater Navigator Instructor
  • Oxygen Provider Instructor


You will need to have the following materials prior to the start of your course as per PADI requirements:

  • PADI Open Water Manual
  • PADI Adventure in Diving
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • Encyclopaedia of Recreational Diving
  • Recreational Dive Planner and e-RDP


Course Schedule

Day 1 –

  • Dive Therory Exams
  • Exam Review
  • Confined Water Skill Demonstration


Day 2 –

  • Standard Exam
  • Exam Review
  • Confined Water Skill Demonstration and 800 m swim


Day 3 –

  • IDC Course Orientation
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System – online version
  • General Standards and Procedures – online version
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Risk Management – online version


Day 4 –

  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Start Diving – online version
  • Marketing Diving – online version
  • Business of Diving – on line version
  • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses – online version


Day 5 –

  • Pool – Confined Water Control Workshop and Rescue Skill no. 7
  • Pool – Confined Water Teaching Presentation 1
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Knowledge Development Presentation Workshop


Day 6 –

  • Knowledge Development Presentation 1
  • 4 Es Counseling Workshop
  • Keep Diving
  • Standard exam
  • Pool – Confined Water Teaching Presentation 2 and 3 and Rescue Skill no. 7


Day 7 –

  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Pool – Confined Water Teaching Presentation 4 and Rescue skill no 7
  • Knowledge Development Presentation 2
  • Adventures In Diving Program


Day 8 –

  • Open Water – Descent Workshop
  • Open Water Control Workshop and Rescue Workshop
  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshop
  • Open Water Teaching Presentation 1 and 2
  • Knowledge Development Presentation 3
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • Dive Master Course


Day 9 –

  • Open Water – Discover Scuba Diving Workshop and Adventure Dive Workshop
  • Open Water Control Workshop and Rescue Workshop
  • Open Water Teaching Presentation 3 and 4
  • Knowledge Development Presentation 4
  • 4 E Counseling Workshop 2
  • Risk Management
  • Theory Exams


Day 10 –

  • EFR Instructor


Day 11 –

  • EFR Instructor


Day 12 to 15 –

  • PADI 5 specialties (MSDT)


Day 16 to 18 –

  • Tec Discover
  • Rebreather MKVI Discover
  • PADI Sidemount Course


IE Day 1 –

  • Orientation
  • Theory and Standard exam


IE Day 2 –

  • CW and Prescriptive Presentation


IE Day 3 –

  • OW Presentation


*The course schedule may be subject to change depending on how the course develops.

Course Topics

  • Course Orientation
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System (Online Version)
  • Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  • General Standards and Procedures (Online Version)
  • Start Diving (Online Version)
  • Keep Diving (Online Version)
  • How to Teach the RDP (Optional & Online Version)
  • Risk Management (Online Version)
  • Teaching PADI Specialty Diver Courses (Online Version)
  • Knowledge Development Teaching Presentations [3]
  • Teaching in Confined Water
  • Business of Diving (Online Version)
  • Skill Demonstrations Workshop
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentations [4]
  • Marketing Diving (Online Version)
  • General Standards and Procedures
  • Open Water Diver Course
  • Adventures in Diving
  • Rescue Diver Course
  • 4 Es Counseling Workshops [2]
  • Discover Scuba Diving Workshops [2]
  • Conducting Open Water Dives
  • Risk Management
  • Open Water Teaching Presentations [4]
  • Rescue Workshop
  • Divemaster Course
  • Adventure Dive Workshop
  • Standards Exam
  • Dive Theory Exams
  • Standards Review

Course Activities

  • General Diving Knowledge: You will be given a diving examination on the five topics mentioned in the IDC Curriculum. If any weaknesses are ascertained then individual self-study can be recommended and additional time spent, if available.


  • Academic Modules: There will be 21 Academic Presentations given by your Course Director throughout the course. The topics of these presentations are set out in the IDC Curriculum.


  • Orientation to Academic Teaching (Classroom): You will be taken through a workshop situation on PADI’s Academic Teaching and Throughout the course will be performing a minimum of 4 Academic presentations. You will be evaluated on each of these presentations. After each evaluation you will be given your score and the Course Director will then point out where you could improve and what the PADI evaluators will be looking for.


  • Orientation to Confined Water Teaching (Pool): You will be taught on how to conduct a confined water presentation. In this section you will learn the most commonly encountered problems and practice of confined water teaching. This will involve a briefing, demonstration, problem solving and debriefing. When giving your presentations you will be in charge of a number of “Students” (Instructor Candidates) plus you will have one assistant. Your will be expected to brief these “Open Water Students” and conduct your demonstration. The students will then proceed to attempt the assigned skill. Some of these “Students” will be assigned problems, you will be required to recognize these problems, solve or prevent them and debrief afterwards. You will once again be evaluated after each presentation and debriefed afterwards. You will be given approximately 4 confined presentations.


  • Orientation to Open Water Teaching: This will be conducted the same as the above, however no demonstration will be given by you. During the course you will be given a minimum of 4 Open Water presentations to perform.


  • Water Skills: Swimming skills such as the 800 meter Snorkel swim form a part of the IDC and practice in these areas will be conducted. A rescue workshop will also be conducted and each candidate will be evaluated on his/her rescue abilities.


  • General: Course Orientation will be conducted at the beginning of the course briefly running through all activities and requirements. IE Orientation will outline times and requirements of the Instructor Examination. Candidate Review. The Course Director will debrief each individual candidate and will either recommend or not recommend you to undertake your IE.

Meet your IDC Instructor

Alessandra Figari


Alessandra Figari is the owner and manager of Cave Training Mexico. She was born in Milan, Italy in 1960. She moved to Mexico in 1999 where she decided to dedicate her life and experience to teaching diving leaving behind her manager position in a non for profit organization.

Amongst her trainers and mentors are Bil Philips, Paul Heinerth, John and Shelley Orlowski, Andreas W. Matthes, Steve Bogaerts, Len Bucko, Pamela Strother…

She can teach any courses in Italian, English, French and Spanish.

She is certified as an:

  • IANTD Tec Instructor
  • Tec Full Cave Instructor
  • TDI Tec and Cave Instructor
  • RAID MK6 CCR Instructor
  • APSA Certified Cavern and Cave Guide
  • She is also a PADI Course Director, PADI/DSAT Technical and Trimix Trainer and EFR Trainer

She teaches the PADI Instructor Career Program (IDC) at The Akumal Dive Shop in Akumal, Riviera Maya and also offering continuing education programs for instructors.

She has been diving in Mexico, United States, Jamaica, Honduras, Belize, Italy and Micronesia. She counts a total of more than 5000 dives amongst recreational, cave and Tec/trimix, rebreather dives.

Her experience and training is focused both to beginners wishing to experiment for the first time this attractive sport and to certified divers wishing to further increase their knowledge.

Accommodation Options


If this program is of interest to you, please contact us and we will be delighted to answer any additional questions you may have and assist you in the best possible way we can.

To make a reservation click here

Akumal Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo; México
Phone (52) 984 875 9030/31/32/32 | Toll free in México 01 800 462 1212
© 2017 The Akumal Dive Shop. All rights reserved.