Brisbane Dive Academy is an SSI Instructor Training Centre that offers the most comprehensive diver training of any dive centre in the region. We strive to provide one of the finest 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 Instructors to the highest standards. With this backing, our Instructors always find work in the dive industry both here in Australia and overseas.

Candidates have travelled from far and wide to complete their training here with us including from as far as Bermuda and American Samoa!

Brisbane Dive Academy was a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre but in 2022 crossed over to become an SSI Instructor Training Centre.  While Brisbane Dive Academy was a PADI member we received multiple awards from PADI for Outstanding Contribution to Diver Education in 2013 and in 2016 and for Outstanding Contribution to Instructor Development.

Our Team

Our team is headed up by our owner 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.  Prior to becomming an SSI Instructor Trainer Mick successfully completed the PADI Course Director program in 2010 and successfully delivered the PADI Instructor Development Course and professional continuing education courses to hundreds of PADI Professionals.  Mick started Tec Diving in 1998 and has also achieved certification as a PADI TecRec Instructor Trainer and is also an Instructor on several Rebreather units and has also been an active TDI member.

Our Key Instructor Development team member is Dillon, Dillon came to Brisbane Dive Academy in 2016 as an Open Water Diver and has worked his way through the ranks to become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor and in February 2022 achievd the rating of SSI Instructor Trainer. Dillon can be found most days mentoring divers of all levels passing on valuable lessons he has picked during his career.

Supporting Mick and Dillon is an instructional team who provide an additional perspective and support to the training you will 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 Instructor ?

Brisbane Dive Academy's Instructor Training Course runs for 10 days straight, starting on a Thursday and going through until the Saturday.  The Sunday is a day off to rest and relax before the Instructor Examination starts on the Monday.

During this program you will complete:

  • Knowledge Development Presentations
  • Confined Water Skill Presentations
  • Open Water Skill Presentations
  • Rescue Assessment
  • Dive Skill Assessment
  • Exams
  • 400m Swim and 15 min Tread water

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

  • SSI ITC Online materials
  • Dive Medical (valid within 12 months)
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current Advanced Resuscitation Certificate

One of the best things about the Instructor Training 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 ITC but also at the Instructor Examination and more importantly in real life.

Why choose Brisbane Dive Academy?

Brisbane Dive Academy is the premirer destination for Instructor Training in Queensland with 2 Fulltime Instructor Trainers on staff. This is vital in ensuring that anyone who chooses to do their SSI 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

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 instruction from the most experienced Instructor Trainer in Queensland.

 When can I start?

  • 8-17 September 2022
  • 3-12 November 2022
  • 29-7 December 2023
  • 23 Feb - 4 March 2023
  • 20-29 April 2023
  • 15-24 June 2023
  • 10-19 August 2023
  • 5-14 October 2023

To book a place on the ITC of your choice, see the bottom of the page or contact us on 07 3890 0342.

Instructor Examinations

    IE's are scheduled for 2 days after the completion of the ITC.  These are typically the Monday and Tuesday.  The cost of the IE is not included in the cost of the ITC and is payable directly to SSI.  The cost of the IE is $715.

     What is Included?

    • SSI Digital learning materials
    • Pool Entry Fees
    • Access to multiple SSI Instructor Trainers
    • Tanks and Weights

    What is do I need to bring?

    • Online Acaemic Verification
    • Current Dive Medical (no more than 9 months old)
    • Laptop and mobile device with MySSI App installed
    • Complete Total Dive System (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?

    The ITC is $2,995  BOOK NOW

    The SSI IE is $715 payable directly to SSI

    For NON-SSI members ie. PADI Divemaster, there is a once off $110 professional registration fee.

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

    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 ITC with Brisbane Dive Academy is not an offer of employment.