IDC Staff Instructor Program

Just as scuba divers look up to Divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders.

Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move.

Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) who are ready to be excellent role models and agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety may enroll in the IDC Staff Instructor course.

After an assessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in these sessions:


    • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
    • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
    • The psychology of evaluation and counseling
    • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations

Plus, you’ll get to audit an IDC or practice teaching many curriculum components.

As an IDC Staff Instructor, you can independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses as well as assist with IDCs and other instructor-level continuing education courses.


Your Course Director will mentor you and will be available to answer questions and to guide your learning so that you will be comfortable and confident as you begin the next step of your professional diving career.

 Professional Development  is not “one size fits all” at TL Sea Diving.


Give TL Sea Diving a call to schedule some time to discuss your goals.


Please contact us with any questions you have about the PADI Programs or about TL Sea Diving’s PADI Five Star Instructor Development Course.

About TL Sea Diving

TL Sea Diving is one of Seattle’s most experienced PADI 5 Star IDC Instructor Development Centers.  We have been a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center, training PADI Professionals,  for more than 28 years! 

Our Course Director & Staff

Our Course Director has been with TL Sea Diving since the beginning and has been teaching PADI Divers for 34 years and PADI Instructors for 27 years with a 99%+ success rate at  the Instructor Examinations (IE).  He is also certified to teach 20 specialty instructor courses. 

Our IDC Staff Instructors have 17 years of combined experience helping divers reach their goals as PADI Instructors.

Get Started!

You can start today by contacting TL Sea Diving and scheduling a meeting in-person with our Course Director. Bring your questions!  We will let you know what you will need (books and materials), talk with you about your experience and show you the path forward, including detailing all costs involved.