You had enough of your office job? Your boss approved your sabbatical? Get out of the office and descend into the amazing underwater world!

Make your dreams come true and turn your passion into a career – become a PADI Instructor.

  • Come to Dahab and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the village and its people
  • Change the quality of your life for the better
  • Become fit and healthy with the diving lifestyle
  • Be part of our diving family
  • Work where others go on holiday

Use your sabbatical and train to be a PADI Instructor which will enable you to work anywhere in the world. Even if you haven’t been diving for that long – anything is possible!

Book your IDC Course now!

Padi Platinum Course Director Marlies Lang
Padi Elite Instructor Marlies Lang

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About Myself - Marlies Lang

My name is Marlies Lang and I found my love for diving in 1995.

For me diving isn’t work – diving is my PASSION!

I am working as a PADI Instructor since 2003 and trained to be a Course Director in 2011. Since 2005 I’ve been working at Sea Dancer Dive Center in Egypt. I’ve been involved in training over 1000 PADI Instructors. I love to pass on my experience and passion – the only way to do so is by being in the classroom and underwater myself. I am the one who trains you to become an instructor, not a Staff Instructor – a very important feature of my IDC.

Experienced Course Director

Make the most out of my longtime experience, my knowledge and my passion for diving.

Worldwide contacts

I can help with your job placement with my contacts to different dive centers in the world.

Extreme high standards

After successfully completing your IDC you are able to teach PADI courses anywhere in the world.

International training

My IDCs are held in english and german.

The sun and the sea

There is no better place to complete your instructor training! Come and enjoy the sun and the warm crystal clear waters of Dahab.

Serious training with fun

Professionalism and safety is always my number one priority, but never without FUN.

Why should you do your IDC with me?

I remember back in my DM-times, when I was doing 2-3 dives every day for 6 weeks. On the following day off I stood at the counter at around lunchtime asking who would like to go for a fun dive. My manager almost collapsed, told me to go home and have a break …
This passion hasn’t changed to this day, and I believe the secret to that is variety.

In our IDC, together with professionalism and fun I hope to bring this passion across to you and am able to give you some hands on information and hints for your journey through the world.


PADI IDC Course Director Marlies Lang

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A brief overview of my contacts and work places

I have worked in quite a few places around the world and can provide you with hints and tips as well as contacts to dive centers for your future life as an instructor.

  • Australia: Great Barrier Reef, Christmas Island
  • Croatia: Cres
  • Egypt: Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, El Quesier and Dive Safari Boats (northern and southern routes)
  • Greece: Lesvos, Lemnos, Amorgos
  • Indonesia: Bunaken, Lembeh Strait, Bali, Lembongan, Lombok, Sanur
  • Italy: Elba
  • Malaysia: Borneo, Semporna, Mabul, Tioman Island
  • Malidives: North Ari Atoll
  • Malta: Gozo
  • Mexico: Yucatan
  • New Zealand: north and south island
  • Tanzania: Pemba Island, Zanzibar Island
  • Thailand: everywhere

You only live once – Make it count!

The next course is starting soon. Do you want to be part of it?

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Dive Center: Sea Dancer Dahab

We have a palmtree growing through our classroom and the sea is only a few steps away

Since 2005 I am a part of the Sea Dancer Dive Center family in Dahab.

With being a 5* IDC Center we can offer an even higher standard than most other dive centers. On top of that most of our staff are trained as PADI Staff Instructors – which makes us a very experienced team.

So you can expect highly professional training during your instructor training as well as a real fun team that works together in these relaxed surroundings. Enjoy the sun, the amazing underwater reefs and the crystal clear waters of Dahab directly outside our dive center.

There is also a palm tree growing through our sundeck upstairs where you can soak up the sun and relax between dives.

Come and join us to be part of our Sea Dancer family.


"The rating of a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center is only given to advanced PADI dive centers that offer a whole range of diver training, choice of equipment and a high level of experience. To be qualified as a PADI 5 Star IDC center a high level of standards have to be met. These special dive centers are also highly involved in environmental friendly projects such as Project AWARE beach and underwater cleanups and general environmental education in diver training. (...)" (Quelle: PADI)


A tiny paradise in Egypt

Dahab has something magical: if you discover it once you have to always come back. I fell in love with this amazing Egyptian village in 2002 and am living here since with my husband, our son and our pets.

Dahab has a welcoming and very friendly atmosphere. Everybody gets along here – locals, expats, tourists, cats and dogs – everyone accepts everybody for what they are and let them enjoy the sun and the sea. The promenade offers hours of fun - enjoying the sea, hanging out all day in restaurants, playing back gammon or checking out the shops for souveniers.

The colourful underwater world is unique and amazing but there is also a lot to discover above water. Join a Bedouin dinner in the desert, try kitesurfing in the lagoon or go horseriding along the stunning coast.

There is a whole range of accomodation close to the dive center and the transfer from Sharm el Sheikh airport takes 1 hour.

  • Only 1 hour away from the airport in Sharm el Sheikh
  • Inexpensive and comfortable accomodation
  • We can guarantee sunshine & lots of activities
  • Warmth, hospitality, a relaxed and positive atmosphere

I’m happy to help you with any organisation of accomodation and transfer.
Contact me.


EFRI, IDC & MSDT prep.

Diving courses

Our training to be a PADI instructor constist of 3 parts. The Emergency First Response Instructor course (EFRI), the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) – combining the Assistant Instructor course (AI) with the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) – and the Instructor Examination (IE).

The EFR Instructor is a prerequiste to become a PADI instructor.

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course is a one day course.

Depending on the IDC group we can schedule it at the beginning, middle or at the end of the IDC. During your Emergency First Response Instructor course you will update your knowledge to the latest CPR, Primary and Secondary care skills using an infant, junior and adult mannequin as well as an Automated External Defibrillator training unit while giving classroom presentations and hands on practical sessions.

To become a PADI instructor you have to pass the 11 day IDC training followed by a two day exam.

During the course you will learn how to teach PADI courses safe and effectively which enables you to work anywhere in the world after you pass your exam.

The Instructor Development Course is - as the name already suggests - a devolpment course. After each presentation – either in the water or in the classroom – we will evaluate your performance and help you improve your teaching skills. You will also learn from the other IDC candidates while playing students for your colleagues. At the end of the IDC you will be more than ready to go and pass the Instructor Exam.

To make it easier for you to get a job after you certify as a PADI instructor we include the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) preperation into our IDC training.

This means you will be trained to be an instructor in 5 specialties and are able to teach these as soon as you are certified as a PADI Instructor.

The specialties you can choose from are: Boat, Deep, Dive Against Debris, Drift, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Drysuit, Naturalist, Night, Nitrox,Sidemount, Digital Underwater Imaging

Schedule 2024

The IDC is held over 12 days including the EFR instructor course followed by the 2 day instructor exam (IE)


My prices for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor training are well arranged and clear so you can keep track of your costs during your Dive-Sabbatical-Adventures.


Everything you need to know

What will I need to bring with me?

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs.
  • A medical certificate signed by a physician that must be not be older than 1 year
  • Your log book(s) to verify 100 logged dives
  • 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, pens, pencils and note book
  • A laptop or tablet is very useful during classroom presentations.
  • You have to bring your own diving equipment including wetsuit (suitable for 21 – 29 degrees in Egypt, depending on time of the year, BCD, regulator (with alternate airsource), mask, fins, snorkel etc. We will provide you with tanks and weights. If you do not own this equipment, you can rent it from us.
  • 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.

Prepare yourself!

Make sure you are familiar with all the new PADI materials, 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 download the PADI app for knot details), using a lift bag, etc.

Study the Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving and work through the Diving Knowledge Workbook. You need to be up to date with the 5 topics (Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Skills & Environment and RDP)

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 24 skills of the PADI skill circuit. Concentrate especially on:

  • Buoyancy skills: Hovering and neutral buoyancy skills (also with oral inflation)
  • 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 Video or the DM Video.

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


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

Most of the required materials are in the IDC crewpack as well as a decal that you will need to go to the IE. You can get the IDC crewpack yourself or we can organize it for you.

  • PADI Instructor Manual
  • PADI’s Guide to Teaching
  • PADI Specialty Course Instructor Manual, or these specialty course
    instructor guides: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and
    AWARE – Coral Reef Conservation
  • PADI Open Water Diver Manual
  • Recreational Dive Planner – RDP Table and eRDPML, including
    Instructions for Use booklets
  • PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
  • Adventures in Diving Manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver Manual
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • 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
    The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
  • All PADI professional videos
  • All PADI diver videos
  • PADI Specialty Diver manuals
  • Rescue Diver Course Prescriptive and standard Lesson Guides
  • Divemaster Course Lesson Guides
  • Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart
  • Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide
  • Skill Evaluation Slate
  • Open Water Diver Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides
  • The Law and the Diving Professional
  • The Best of The Undersea Journal
  • The Business of Diving
  • Children and Scuba Diving: A Resource Guide for Instructors and Parents
  • AWARE – Our World, Our Water manual – downloadable digital version
  • Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet brochure
    – downloadable digital version
  • Discover the Underwater World video and The Snorkeler’s Field Guide