PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC)

PADI IDC Philippines Schedule

February 2024Feb 15Feb 25 – 26Feb 28 – Mar 01
May 2024May 03May 13 – 14May 16 – 18
September 2024Sep 17Sep 27 – 28Sep 30 – Oct 02
November 2024Nov 12Nov 22 – 23Nov 25 – 27

PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC)

PADI IDC Philippines Schedule

IDC month February 2024
Feb 15
Instructor Exam Start
Feb 25 – 26
Feb 28 – Mar 01

IDC month May 2024
May 03
Instructor Exam
May 13 – 14
May 16 – 18

IDC month September 2024
Sep 17
Instructor Exam Start
Sep 27 – 28
Sep 30 – Oct 02

IDC month November 2024
Nov 12
Instructor Exam Start
Nov 22 – 23
Nov 25 – 27

Specialty Instructor courses and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) courses are run alongside all IDC programs, see below for more info.

Why do your PADI IDC in Moalboal

Our multinational Instructor Development Team at Savedra is here to help you make a smooth transition into your new career. You already know it will be hard work, but with our support it will also be a lot of fun and believe us, you will leave us with some fantastic memories.

Located in the beautiful town of Moalboal in southern Cebu, we have direct access to some of the best diving available in the region, with densely packed coral, sharks, turtles, whale sharks and an seemingly infinite number of marine species you will be spoiled for choice. We are located in the middle of the coral triangle, global center of marine biodiversity, home to 76% of the world’s coral species.

Our facilities provide you with everything required for a pleasant experience and the perfect learning environment. Our purpose built classrooms will be your base for the duration of the program, our swimming pool, with views of the Moalboal coastline, are where we will refine your skills. The open water training sites are only a few steps from the dive center.

How to become a PADI Dive Instructor

The PADI IDC is a combination of the PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI), and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Course, it is conducted by Course Directors and PADI IDC Staff Instructors.

Every IDC starts with the Assistant instructor Program, if your goal is to become an AI you only need to attend this first week of the IDC.

The second week of the IDC is the OWSI program, this is suitable for AI’s who wish to continue their training and become a Dive Instructor. It is also suitable for instructors from Diving Agencies, other than PADI, that wish to crossover. Completion of the OWSI program gives you access to the PADI Instructor Exam (IE).

The PADI Instructor Exam is a two day event hosted entirely by PADI staff, it is intended to verify that you are ready to begin teaching PADI programs.

Completion of the IE earns you the rating of Open Water Scuba Instructor, your ticket to a dream job.

The Emergency First Response Instructor course is conducted alongside all IDC programs, it is a requirement that all PADI Instructors also hold this certification.

The EFR-I program is a two day course, in order to attend you must have taken, or refreshed, an EFR (or other First Aid and CPR) certification in the last 24 months.

Although a necessity for PADI Instructors this is also an extremely valuable rating for anyone with an interest in teaching lifesaving skills.

PADI E-learning

PADI provide an IDC e-learning service that allows you to complete all of the IDC presentations online in advance.

There will still be some theory refresher and workshops during the IDC when you arrive in Moalboal, this covers the first nine, each approximately 1.5 hours in duration.

This is a good opportunity for those who prefer to free up some additional study time during the course, ask us for more information if you are interested in this option.

Specialty Instructor Training

We include the Nitrox Instructor for free on the OWSI program and 4 additional specialties (not free) of your choice plus free Shark Aware Instructor on the MSDT prep program.

Why choose Savedra

We aim to provide the best instructor training courses available, to achieve this, and fully prepare you for life as a dive professional we include a number of additional free workshops in your IDC. These include some free dives to get familiar with the area and some tec dive activities you might are interested in.

  • 5 Free Scuba dives, from either boat or shore before or after your IDC
  • Free Intro to Tec or Sidemount diving
  • 30% discount on all other diving for you
  • 10% discount for friends and family you bring along, on all diving and excursions
  • Free wifi
  • Visa renewal service
  • Free hot and cold drinks
  • Domestic and International travel assistance
  • A designated storage area for your dive gear
  • Free teaching experience, buddy up with one of our Instructors and get your first certifications

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Training

This course is ideal for PADI MSDT’s who wish to improve their teaching ability, gain the ability to independently train and certify PADI Assistant Instructors, assist on PADI IDC and Specialty Instructor Training, move one step closer to the PADI Master Instructor rating and gain the prerequisites to attend the PADI Course Director Training Course (CDTC).

These programs are conducted in conjunction with all of our IDC programs, entry is by application and interview, we suggest you apply well in advance of your desired dates. Successful applicants will be required to attend two days prior to the start of an IDC and remain with us for the duration of that program.

What does it cost?

Instructor training costs consist of course fees, PADI fees and materials. For course fees please click here, for a current list of material and PADI fees contact our team for a quotation.


“For any aspiring Instructors interested in completing their IDC in the Philippines I would suggest you look no further than the team at Savedra Dive Center.”

— Kent Simmonds, Australia

“Excellent dive center. Probably the best you can find in Moalboal. I did my IDC course here. Lee, the course director, is very good!”

— Tom Adriaens, Belgium

“Savedra Dive Centre is a first class establishment. The staff are extremely friendly and approachable.”

— Mandy Foyster, Australia

“I will never forget your Dive Center and my IDC. Really professional teaching level.”

— Viktor Rozhko, Ukraine

“I recently took my internship with Savedra Dive Center and boy it was an amazing ride!”

— Dean Apistar, Philippines

“This is where you want to do your IDC they have an awesome team.”

— Gary Andrews, USA

Based on 510 reviews
Luke Z
Luke Z
Great Instructor and dive shop! Great Area! Went with a group of 4, two of us were getting our AOW Padi and the other 2 their OW. Our schedule was super tight and they were still able to fit us in in a convenient manner for everybody even though we all needed different things. Coz was a great dive instructor, very patient, fun and willing to answer any question you might have regardless of how relevant. Also great for recomendations for food around the area. Dive is gorgeous in the area, would recommend the night dive with them!
A different kind of run at Moalboal Just 2 minutes off Panagsama Beach, the team from Savedra Dive Center were prompt in clarifying our enquiries and confirming our one-day dive plan. Matt made sure our gear fit before we headed out for the Sardine Run and boat dives. Throughout our dives, he found plenty of photo opportunities for us while ensuring safety was priority.Would recommend Matt and Savedra without hesitation, looking forward to coming back again in the future!
Amazing Dives We did 3 dives in 1 day with Matt - Sardines, Pescador Island, and Tongo. We’re beginners with OWD and had an amazing time. We saw such incredible wildlife and felt safe and comfortable, even with some current which we’ve never dealt with before. We saw turtles, electric clams, a 2m coral snake, nudibranch, and plenty more. Would highly recommend this dive center and Matt!
Great experience! I completed the open water course with Savedra yesterday, and it was an amazing experience. The dive instructor Rene explained everything super well and in a very nice atmosphere. I can highly recommend to do the diving course with Savedra!
Exceptional open water course experience! My experience taking the OWC at Savedra under the care of Jimmela has been nothing short of memorable (and also Juvee!). They are both professional yet caring through out my training dives.The overall atmosphere at the diving center was outstanding. The staff was friendly, welcoming, and always willing to assist. The facilities were well-maintained, and the equipment provided was in excellent condition. The emphasis on safety measures and protocols was evident, and I felt reassured knowing that every precaution was taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.The entire open water course experience for me with Savedra exceeded my expectations in every way. It was not only an opportunity to learn a new skill but also a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world in a safe and enjoyable manner. I left with new skills, cherished memories, and a deep appreciation for the professionalism, expertise, and warm hospitality of your diving center.Too many things to see in the water! definitely need more time next time (if you're coming for the course, definitely join the fun dives if you can!) Will definitely come back when in Cebu!
Professional and hospitable. Great team. Very organized. I visited in April 2023. Did 5 dives over 3 days. My whole trip was planned by the dive center. I simply emailed them and they organized everything except flights. Despite last minute changes (flew in a day late) due to unforeseen circumstances everything went really well. Pick up from the airport, choice of hotel, dives, payments, equipment....everything was easy. The Sardine dive is only about 50m from the shop. Other dives are also just a few minute boat ride. Also recommend in the evening taking a longer stroll toward the basket ball courts - there is a mini casino like place with super cheap drinks available. I expect I'll be going back to this place. Only thing I'd skip was leaving early for 2 days in Cebu city. Should have stayed and dived more.
墨宝有很考谱的潜水教练 我是和Savedra Dive Center的潜水教练Koz (Karren Joseph) 学习的OW. 她是我一个当地的朋友强烈推荐给我的,我通过在Facebook上和她取得了联系,预订了课程,同时请潜店帮助安排了附近的住宿。Koz是个非常有经验的潜水教练,动作示范讲解的详实认真,非常到位。我对自己在大海里游泳这件事不是很有信心,她也能耐心指导我。总之有她在身边就很安心,而且感觉自己是赢了彩票才能和这么好的教练学习。我最后在第二天结束前结束了训练课程,拿到了OW的证书。我会把她推荐给所有会来墨宝学潜水的朋友们。潜店前面的海滩,游出去就能看到沙丁鱼风暴,非常震撼。不用坐船出海去看也很方便。
Kath F
Kath F
Great dives! Great people! I did my PADI Open Water certification here at Savedra and I couldn’t be happier with the experience.My Instructor Koz was amazing and I’m so grateful for her patience and attention to detail. She was firm with the requirements which definitely made me feel safe and confident (with her on my first dives, and later with my own ability) and she made the whole course such a fun and stress-free experience. The confined dives were at their sister resort, which was a great location and we were able to immediately walk out to our first reef dive which was just fantastic. Savedra itself is located directly in front of the sardine run so that was just a few minutes walk away, and a very short boat ride from the other reef dives. I went back and did three more dives with them as everyone who works there is lovely, all the divemasters were super helpful and provided great guidance to a new diver like me. A great place to learn, but also excellent for fun dives if you’re already certified. The Sardine run especially is truly magical and they really are in the best spot to enjoy this breathtaking sight!
Amazing experience diving with Savedra I took the PADI Advanced course at the Savedra diving center with three other friends, and had an amazing experience! Everyone is trustworthy and fun, the shore is one minute walk away from the center, and our instructor (Korren Joseph) is very professional and kindhearted. I highly recommend this experience, and can't wait to go back!
raghav p
raghav p
PADI Open Water Diver Course with Savedra We did the PADI open water diver course with Savedra. We had an amazing experience. Our instructors Jimmela and Juvee were patient, knowledgable and very professional. They were super accommodating and made sure we learnt all the small details and were able to master all the skills. Our confined dives were very informative and open water dives were really fun. We had a great time and would 100% recommend any divers going to Cebu to dive with Savedra.