PADI Instructor Development Courses

PADI IDC Philippines Schedule

IDC MonthIDC StartPADI IE StartEFR-I Start
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PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC)

PADI IDC Philippines Schedule

IDC month November 2019
EFR-I Start
November 11th 2019
IDC Start
November 13th 2019
Instructor Exam Start
November 26th 2019

IDC month February 2020
IDC Start
01 February 2020
Instructor Exam Start
14 February 2020
EFR-I Start
16 February 2020

IDC month March 2020
IDC Start
24 March 2019
Instructor Exam Start
06 April 2020
EFR-I Start
08 April 2020

IDC month July 2020
IDC Start
22 July 2020
Instructor Exam Start
04 August 2020
EFR-I Start
06 August 2020

IDC month November 2020
IDC Start
11 November 2020
Instructor Exam Start
24 November 2020
EFR-I Start
26 November 2020

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, if you would like to join a course please drop us a line.

PADI E-learning option

PADI provide an IDC e-learning service that allows you to complete a selection of the IDC presentations online in advance, there will still be some to attend with the IDC team 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 want to give you the best start in your new career, with that in mind anyone who signs up 30 days or more in advance of our IDC programs gets five Instructor Specialty courses free of charge

  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy Instructor
  • Dive Against Debris Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Project Aware Instructor

In addition to these complimentary courses we also offer a good selection of other Specialty Instructor courses. These include Self Reliant Diver, Tec Gas Blender, Deep Diver, Digital Underwater Photography, Equipment Specialist, Night Diver, Search and Recovery, Sidemount (both Tec and Recreational), Navigator and more, if there is something specific you would like to achieve ask us for more info.

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

  • A two day IDC prep course
  • Advanced dive planning
  • Intro to Tec or Sidemount diving
  • Knot tying and search & recovery workshop
  • Advanced descent and ascent techniques workshop
  • Free souvenir photo and video package
  • Free wifi
  • Visa renewal service
  • Free hot and cold drinks
  • Domestic and International travel assistance
  • A designated storage area for your dive gear
  • A 20% discount on dive equipment purchases
  • 5 Free Scuba dives, from either boat or shore before or after your IDC.
  • 50% discount on all other diving for you
  • 10% discount for friends and family on all diving and excursions
  • Employment and job hunting assistance following your program
  • Free teaching experience, buddy up with 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 IDC team for a quotation.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss your course options further, or book your program, please contact your Course Director directly


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

I will never forget your Dive Center and my IDC. Really professional teaching level. Viktor Rozhko, Ukraine

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

I recently took my internship with Savedra Dive Center and boy it was an amazing ride! Dean Apistar, Philippines.

Savedra Dive Centre is a first class establishment. The staff are extremely friendly and approachable. Mandy Foyster, Australia

This is where you want to do your IDC they have an awesome team. Gary Andrews, USA

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