Brisbane Dive Academy is a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre that offers the most comprehensive diver training of any dive centre in the region. We strive to provide one of the finest PADI IDC's and Instructor training programs available in Australia. Based on the philosophy that every student is a direct reflection of their mentor, we train all of our PADI Instructors to the highest standards. With this backing, our Instructors always find work in the dive industry both here in Australia and overseas.

Candidates travel from far and wide to complete their training here with us. We have recently had candidates travel from as far as Bermuda and American Samoa!

Brisbane Dive Academy has been recognised by PADI for Outstanding Contribution to Diver Education in 2013 and in 2016 we were recognised by PADI for Outstanding Contribution to Instructor Development. You can expect to receive personalised training, honest feedback, lot's of support and mentoring, all during a relaxed course where we have plenty of time to fine-tune any of those things that may need attention.

Our Team

Our team is headed up by our owner and PADI Course Director, Tec Rec and EFR Instructor Trainer Mick Wheatley. Mick has been diving since he was 15 and working in the dive industry since January 1997. Having trained people locally, up and down the east coast of Australia and travelling around the Asia Pacific region to train others, all the while continuing to build his knowledge has earned Mick the reputation of one of the most respected Course Directors in Australia.

Supporting Mick is our instructional team who provide an additional perspective to the training so you don't just learn from one person. You will get advice and help from a number of highly trained and motivated individuals so that way you can take the best of everyone then apply and adapt that information to you so that you can become the best instructor you can be.

What is involved in the IDC?

The IDC has a number of different components:

  • Participate in a number of knowledge development presentations
  • Deliver at least 3 knowledge development presentations
  • Deliver at least 4 confined water teaching presentations
  • Deliver at least 2, 2 skill combined open water teaching presentations
  • Rescue assessment
  • 400m Swim
  • Dive theory and Standards and Procedures exams

    And much, much more.

    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 3 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. We have 9 currently scheduled all to coincide with Instructor Examinations on the Gold Coast. We will also have a part-time IDC's available upon request. 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.

    • 25 March - 31 March
    • 7 June - 13 June
    • 9 August - 15 August
    • 4 October - 10 October
    • 29 November - 5 December

    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 do I need to have?

    • PADI Instructor Manual
    • Standard dive equipment (excluding tanks and weights)
    • 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
    • How to Use and Choose Dive Computers book
    • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet*
    • Advanced Open Water Diver 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
    • Diving Knowledge Workbook

      *These items are all included in the IDC Crew pack which is available for purchase from Brisbane Dive Academy at 10% below PADI member price. Any other items that you require can be purchased at the same time for the same 10% off. You can also purchase online here.

      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! Now we highly recommend the PADI Dive theory online eLearning program where you can revise your Physic's, Physiology, Dive theory, Decompression theory, Equipment and General Skills questions to your heart's content!

      In addition to this, as part of your PADI Divemaster crew pak, you should have received the Diving Knowledge Workbook. This is also an excellent resource for revision.

      How much?

      There are a number of different components to the IDC as well as professional fees. Below is our best attempt to explain them.

      Course fees payable to Brisbane Dive Academy:

      IDC - $1,999

      EFR instructor - $595 (this is a requirement of becoming a PADI instructor and usually completed during the IDC)

      Materials - from $1,039.25 (You must have current versions of all of the required materials as they are not available to borrow)

      PADI Professional Fees

      • Instructor Examination - $975
      • IDC Application Fee - $308
      • EFR Instructor Application - $212.30
      • Speciality Instructor applications (per specialty) - $122.10

        These are payable directly to PADI at the time of your Instructor examination and are subject to change. They are correct as at 1 January 2021.

        Please do not ask if we offer arrangements where you can work the course fees off instead of paying upfront for them, it's not going to happen! Please also be aware that completing your IDC with Brisbane Dive Academy is not an offer of employment.