What will I need to bring with me?

To start the IDC program and attend the IE, you will need to bring the following:

  • Four (4) passport sized photographs. Also, bring some spare photographs for your Specialty Instructor Applications etc.)
  • A medical certificate signed by a physician that must be not be older than 1 year
  • Your log book(s), so that logged dives (60 to attend IDC, 100 to sit IE) can be verified
  • Your certification cards from PADI Open Water to PADI Divemaster (it is OK if this is still pending)
  • If any of your certifications are with an agency other than PADI, you will need copies of the certification cards of those agencies to send to PADI together with your Instructor Application.
  • Calculator (mobile phone is NOT acceptable as a calculator), pens, pencils and note book
  • If you are using a laptop, please ensure you bring along the ORIGINAL disc of the PADI Instructor Manual, as the examiner will need to see this.
  • You have to bring your own diving equipment including wetsuit (suitable for 21 – 29 degrees in Egypt, depending on time of the year, and 28 degrees in Malaysia)
BCD, regulator (with octopus), mask, fins, snorkel etc. We will provide you with tanks and weights. If you do not own this equipment, you can rent them from us.

During all water sessions on the IDC you also have to be equipped with:

  • A timing device and/or dive computer
  • A compass
  • Two surface signaling devices ― one audible (whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visual (surface marker buoy, flare, signal mirror, etc.)
  • A pocket mask is also required for the Rescue evaluation

Please ensure all your equipment is in good working order. Should any of your equipment fail during the IDC, you are able to hire our gear at a nominal daily fee.

What else can I do to prepare myself for the IDC?

Make sure you are familiar with all the new PADI materials (such as the new Rescue Course), especially if you never used them as a student. Best way to do this is by re-reading the PADI Training Bulletins, go again through the manuals for each course and answer the quick quizzes go through the knowledge reviews and complete the course quizzes and exams etc.

Make sure that you are comfortable with the style of questions that PADI uses. You should also be comfortable with skills from the Advanced Open Water Course such as knot tying (sheet bend, bowline, two half hitches), using a lift bag, etc.

Study the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and work through the Diving Knowledge Workbook as soon as you can, since you will be tested on your diving knowledge in a similar way as you were during your Divemaster program.

Assist an Instructor on as many different PADI courses as possible.

Practice all your diving skills in demonstration quality (as you’ve learned during your dive master program) – especially the 20 skills of the PADI skill circuit. Concentrate especially on:

  • Buoyancy skills: Hovering and neutral buoyance skills
  • Out of air skills: Alternate Air Source both stationary and swimming
  • The controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA)
  • Equipment removal skills: Scuba unit and weight belt – both at the surface and underwater.

You must be able to demonstrate the skills in a slow and controlled manner that makes the skill look easy. You can review the skills on the PADI Open Water DVD or CD-ROM.

Practice Rescue Diver Exercise #7: “Unconscious Diver on the surface”. You can review the new “The PADI Rescue Diver” DVD to help you perfect this skill!

Required / Recommended Materials for use on the PADI Instructor Development Course

In January 2006, PADI introduced a new standard requiring all students of PADI courses to possess their own copies of certain materials for use both during the course, and after the course for reference.

Below, is the current list of required and recommended materials for IDC Candidates

(Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor):


  •  PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • Diving Knowledge Workbook
  • Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • RDP – both versions (Table and eRDPML, incl associated instructions to use booklets)
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
  • Project AWARE Specialty Instructor Outline
  • AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • PADI Open Water Diver Quizzes & Exams booklet
  • PADI Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • PADI Divemaster Final Exams booklet
  • Aquatic Cue Cards – for Open Water Diver, Adventures in Diving, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, and Discover Scuba Diving
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate


  •  All PADI professional videos
  • All PADI diver videos
  • PADI Specialty Diver Manuals
  • The Business of Diving
  • The Best of the Undersea Journal
  • Children and Scuba Diving – Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents
  • Nav-Finder
  • Open Water Diver Course Lesson Guides
  • Rescue Diver Course Lesson Guides
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
  • Scuba Tune-Up guide book
  • Skill Evaluation Slate
  • PADI Career Advancement Series materials
  • Adventure Log – Pro Modules
  • A.W.A.R.E. – Our World, Our Water Manual
  • Ten Ways a Diver Can Help to Protect the Aquatic Realm brochure
  • Discover the Underwater World video
  • The Snorkeler’s Field Guide
  • PADI Adventure Log book with Teaching/Supervising module.

We are able to help you with all your material requirements. Just let us know what you are missing, and we will order it for you.

Please note that the Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outlines are available for free to be downloaded from

the PADI Pro’s section of