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Padi open water scuba instructor


The IDC internship with DIVE.IS

Having completed your PADI Divemaster, the time has come to gain some real life experience, and where better than with Iceland‘s top 5 Star IDC Development Center, DIVE.IS. Our IDC internship offers you the chance to get hands on experience for a season before participating in the IDC and becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. In return for three and a half months of work, we will provide you with your IDC free of charge, as well as accommodation for the duration of the internship and course, and a chance to explore this magnificent country, both above and below the water. During your internship you will be an integral part of the team, working on a full-time basis as both a snorkel and dive guide, as well as assisting on courses. Our team consists of many highly qualified professionals, offering you the chance to learn from the best. During your internship we will offer confined, open water and theory training sessions as well as assistance with your IDC Online training, to make sure that you are ready for the IDC. IDC Online allows you to take your Knowledge Development sessions at your own speed. You will cover topics such as Business Principles, Teaching Children and Risk Management. The IDC itself is an intensive course designed to teach you how to teach. It is broken down in to bite-sized sections and will build on the topics learnt in the online section, and includes demonstration Theory, Confined and Open Water lessons. You will also have pool sessions for skill circuits, a rescue scenario and various exams to sit. The best part of the IDC however is the hands on practical experience of preparing and teaching your own Knowledge Development, Confined and Open Water lessons. You will gain experience in each of the core courses, either by preparing your own presentations or learning from your fellow Instructor Candidates. Each presentation is marked by your Instructor and detailed feedback is given to build a momentum of constant improvement. The course requires dedication and commitment, but is also lots of fun and upon completion will allow you to introduce people to the underwater world that has clearly captured you in its spell!

Course details


The next IDC will be held in October 2017.


  • Initial training: 2 weeks
  • Internship: 3 months
  • Instructor Development Course: 10 days followed by a period of independent study/remidial days
  • EFR Instructor Course: 1 day
  • Instructor Exam: 2 days

Min / Max:

Minimum 4 participants
Maximum 8 participants



  • Private Accomodation in downtown Reykjavik including a shared kitchen and bathroom
  • A complete work uniform consisting of t-shirt, hat and rain jacket
  • Icelandic Guiding certificate, valid for 5 years
  • Many opportunities to experience the Icelandic country and culture through our partner companies

Instructor Developement Course

  • All Theory, Confined and Open Water training sessions
  • Multiple Theory, Pool and Open Water presentation practices
  • EFR Instructor training
  • Detailed Instructor feedback on all presentations
  • Limited remedial work
  • Instructor assisted review day


  • IDC Online* (approx 45.000,- ISK)**
  • PADI Application Fees *(approx 25.000,- ISK)**
  • PADI Instructor Examination Fees *(approx 86.500,- ISK)**
  • PADI Instructor CrewPak *(approx 66.000,- ISK)**
  • PADI EFR Instructor Manual *(approx 25.000,- ISK)**
  • Personal Equipment (excl. tanks and weights)

The IDC can also be taken without doing the Internship. Prices upon request.

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For your safety

Prerequisites for the Instructor Examination:

  • The same as for the Instructor Development Course (IDC)
  • 100 logged dives Have successfully completed the full IDC, either in one go, or by being an Assistant Instructor and completing the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) Program
  • Emergency First Response Instructor or CPR/first aid instructor with another emergency care organisation.
  • PADI Divemaster, or leadership level with another diver training organization

  • 18 years old

  • Be able to communicate in English.

  • 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.

  • if not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course dive rescue assessment.

  • Certified diver for six months.

  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months.

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training) within the last 24 months.