Who wouldn’t like to call the ocean his/her everyday job! So, we kick off your learning experience into the professional world of diving in the layback 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.
IDC in Akumal: Sept 13 to Sept 24, 2015
Mandatory IDC Preparation: Sept 13 & 14, 2015
IDC: Sept 15 to Sept 22, 2015
EFR instructor (candidates need to be certified as EFR – or equivalent – adult and child primary and secondary care with CPR): Sept 23 & 24, 2015
IE PADI: Sept 25, 26 & 27, 2015
Five PADI specialties (MSDT): After IE
TEC and Rebreather discover and sidemount diver course: After IE
IDC crew pack and EFR instructor manual
IDC in Akumal: November 21 to December 2, 2015
Mandatory IDC Preparation: November 21 & 22, 2015
IDC: November 23 to November 30, 2015
EFR instructor (candidates need to be certified as EFR – or equivalent – adult and child primary and secondary care with CPR): December 1 & 2, 2015
IE PADI: December 4, 5 & 6, 2015
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
Dive Master Professional
Full PADI IDC
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
Day 1 –
Dive Therory Exams
Confined Water Skill Demonstration
Day 2 –
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
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
Day 10 –
Day 11 –
Day 12 to 15 –
PADI 5 specialties (MSDT)
Day 16 to 18 –
Rebreather MKVI Discover
PADI Sidemount Course
IE Day 1 –
Theory and Standard exam
IE Day 2 –
CW and Prescriptive Presentation
IE Day 3 –
*The course schedule may be subject to change depending on how the course develops.
Learning, Instruction and the PADI System (Online Version)
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 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.