Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you after your PADI Instructor Development Course IDC as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

the legendary tony fontesPADI Instructor Development Courses IDC at Whitsunday Dive Adventures are hosted by the legendary Tony Fontes. Tony has a long history as PADI Course Director and has successfully trained more than 1800 PADI Instructors since receiving his Course Director certification in 1981. Tony is a well-known figure in the Australian dive industry as his involvement goes well beyond instructor training. For 15 years he was owner/director of a PADI 5-Star Instructor Development Centre on the Great Barrier Reef. He has also been involved in setting up numerous dive operations in the South Pacific. Tony is also very active in the area of marine conservation. For nine years he was a member of the Great Barrier Reef Consultative Committee, which oversees the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Currently, Tony is chairman of the Whitsunday Local Marine Advisory Committee. But his most rewarding conservation activity is with the OUCH Volunteers (Order of Underwater Coral Heroes) of which he is a co-founder.

The PADI Assistant Instructor course

As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

Tony Fontes conducting PADI Instructor Development Course IDCThe PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.


PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Course

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is second component of the PADI Instructor Development Course IDC – the core of PADI Instructor training.

pool-IDCThe training venue provides instructor candidates with every possible convenience. In the huge 3.8 meter!! deep pool you have all you need for the necessary training. The classrooms are large, comfortable and air-conditioned. Training aids such as computers, DVD/TV, digital projectors, and whiteboards are available for candidate use. For your comfort, coffee and tea are provided throughout the program. And, of course, the original and quite famous IDC Survival Kit.

The open water locations are chosen to ensure maximum time as well as provide realistic conditions for student training. Quality boats provide the transport to the dive sites. The instructor-training schedule can be hectic so we take care of all logistical considerations. Tank, weight belt and air are provided at no cost. Equipment hire is available on site should the need arise. And most important – we organise the graduation dinner and the shout is on us!!

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