Instructor Course
Instructor Course
Instructor Course

Instructor Course

Brisbane Dive Academy is an SSI Diamond Dive Centre which offers the most comprehensive diver training of any dive centre in the region, and arguably in Australia. We strive to provide one of the finest Instructor training programs available in Australia today. Based on the philosophy that every student is a direct reflection of their mentor, we train all our Instructors to the highest standards. With this backing, our Instructors always find work in the dive industry both here in Australia and overseas. 

What is involved in the ITC?

Brisbane Dive Academy's ITC is unique in how it is formatted, most ITC's now run over 10 days fulltime meaning that you have to take two weeks off work plus a couple of extra days to complete the IE.  Brisbane Dive Academy's ITC runs over a number of evenings and 4 full days over two weekends, meaning you don't have to take two weeks off work.

Our program runs Monday and Thursday evenings 5-8pm for 4 weeks and on the weekends of weeks 3 and 4.  The program is distinctly broken up into two parts, the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Instructor Program.  You can complete the entire IDC, the AI course or you can upgrade your AI certification or other Scuba Instructor qualification to PADI by completing the OWSI portion only.

We even have the ability to complete the evening theory sessions online for those who can't make it in to the dive centre due to distance.

During this program you will complete:

  • 3 Knowledge Development Presentations
  • 4 Confined Water Skill Presentations
  • 2 2 skill combined Open Water Skill Presentations
  • Rescue Assessment
  • Dive Skill Assessment
  • PADI Standards Exam
  • 400m Swim and 10 min Tread water

Prior to starting you will need to have completed the following:

  • PADI Dive Theory eLearning
  • PADI IDC eLearning
  • Dive Medical (valid within 12 months)

One of the best things about the Instructor Development Course is that there is no maximum number of attempts. So long as you put in the effort and preparation, you will be successful not only in the IDC but also at the Instructor Examination and more importantly in real life.


Why choose Brisbane Dive Academy?

Brisbane Dive Academy is the only PADI dive centre in Queensland south of Cairns who has their own fulltime PADI Course Director on staff. This is vital in ensuring that anyone who chooses to do their PADI Instructor training gets the guidance and mentoring that any professional needs at the beginning of their career.

 We have a modern training facility set up with all the gadgets to make training comfortable and efficient,

Our classroom is fitted out with:

  • 2 People per desk maximum
  • Roof-mounted projector on to large projector screen
  • Air conditioning
  • Wi-fi
  • Surround sound
  • Fully networked training aid's
  • Resource library
  • A small workshop for training and demonstrations on equipment

All of this has been set up to ensure that you get the most out of your training experience. We also have a secure drying area for washing and storing your gear while you are here.

 On top of this, you will get experienced instruction from the only Fulltime Course Director in Queensland south of Cairns. In addition to the general skills and knowledge that a PADI Course Director has, you will benefit from the knowledge of a PADI Tec Rec and EFR Instructor Trainer.

So far we have had 10 of our IDC and/or IDC Staff Instructor Candidates go on to become PADI Master Instructors and 2 have gone on to become PADI Course Directors


When can I start?

Annually we normally have 6 IDC's scheduled to coincide with the PADI Instructor Exams on the Gold Coast. The dates for the 2021 PADI Instructor Exams can be found on the PADI pro's Site but are generally 2 days after the completion date of the IDC.


  • Commencing Monday 28 Feb Finishing Sunday 27 March
  • Commencing Tuesday 26 April Finishing Sunday 22 May
  • Commencing Monday 20 June Finishing Sunday 17 July
  • Commencing Monday 15 Aug Finishing Sunday 11 Sept
  • Commencing Monday 10 Oct Finishing Sunday 6 Nov

To book a place on the IDC of your choice, see the bottom of the page or contact us on 07 3890 0342. If you have a specific IE in mind that doesn't tie in with our scheduled IDC's, contact us so we can customize a program for you.

 What is Included?

What is do I need to bring?

  • IDC eLearning certificate of completion
  • PADI Dive Theory eLearning certificate of completion
  • Dive Medical (no more than 9 months old)
  • Laptop
  • Current set of PADI dive materials (online versions preferred)
  • PADI Digital Instructor Manual
  • Standard dive equipment (excluding tanks and weights)


What can I do to prepare?

One of the best things you can do to prepare is relax, and since most of us can't relax before going into a course or examination the next best thing is to study and ask us to get out on one of our Open Water Diver courses to assist and brush up on those in water skills! 


How much?

$5,290 all inclusive**

Note: This includes your IE and application fees ($1,495 and IDC/EFRi Course materials $1,225)

**Subject to you owning current PADI OW-DM course materials

Interest Free Finance available for course fees and materials, to find out more click here