12 top reasons why you need to prepare for your PADI IDC

12 top reasons why you need to prepare for your PADI IDC

Your PADI IDC will be the most important diving course that you’ll ever take. 

It will change your life, and allow you to change the lives of others. 

Here are 12 top reasons why you need to prepare for your PADI IDC so that you’re ready and match fit!


1. Your PADI IDC is a large investment, both in time and money

The PADI IDC is one of the most important investments you can make in your diving career.

Not only will it provide you with the training and experience you need to become a certified instructor, but it also gives you the opportunity to learn from some of the best instructors in the world.

Make sure that your investment pays off.

Make sure that you’re ready.

2. The aim isn't simply to pass a PADI Instructor Exam

While it’s important to pass the PADI Instructor Exam, that’s not the only goal.

The aim is also to make you a great instructor in the real world.

To do this, you need to have a deep understanding of the material before you can effectively communicate it to your students.

You need to be able to troubleshoot problems and have a solid plan B (and C) when things don’t go as planned.

In addition, you need to be able to put your students at ease and create a fun and supportive learning environment.

While the PADI Instructor Exam is an important milestone, it’s just one step on the road to becoming a great instructor.

It’s the IDC that lays the foundations for success. 

3. Be a PADI Instructor that will motivate, inspire and lead

As a PADI Instructor, you have the opportunity to change lives.

You can motivate and inspire your students to push themselves both in and out of the water.

As a leader, you can show them that anything is possible with dedication and hard work.

When you become a PADI Instructor, you embark on a journey that will take you to the most amazing places and introduce you to some of the most incredible people.

You will never regret becoming a PADI Instructor – it truly is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever have.

You’ll learn a lot of techniques and teaching methods on your PADI IDC. Be ready for them!

4. Your IDC will prepare you for real world teaching

Providing that you have prepared yourself fully for your IDC, you’ll find that it will equip you nicely for real world teaching. 

The course will develop your skills as a teacher and you will learn how to effectively communicate with your students.

You’ll also gain a deep understanding of the PADI Education System, so that you can confidently teach both theory and practical courses.

If you’re NOT prepared, you’ll find yourself playing “catch up”. 
Not only will you miss many of the subtleties, but you’ll also find yourself under unnecessary  stress.  

5. How to communicate, not just recite briefings and debriefings

On your PADI IDC, you’ll learn to give briefings and debriefings. 

The more confidence that you have, the easier you’ll find these sessions.

What you say to new divers is important, but how you say it can make all the difference.
The more prepared you are, the better your performance will be, and this practice will be perfect training for your real life students. 

6. Be able to correct all types of problems, psychological ones as well as tactical ones 

On your PADI IDC, you’ll learn to correct problems that your students will make.

In real life, students make all sorts of mistakes.

Some mistakes are because they need more practice with a sub-skill before they can progress.

Other mistakes are where they’ve simply got the wrong order of the steps of a skill.

Sometimes they’ve just got the “wrong end of the stick”.

By being more prepared for your IDC, you’ll be more able to easily recognise the different types of mistakes and learn how to deal with them. 

7. The more preparation you do the more you'll get out of your IDC

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is one of the most important scuba diving courses you will ever take.

This is because it not only provides you with the necessary training to become a certified instructor, but also gives you the opportunity to develop your own skills and knowledge.

The more prepared you are for the IDC, the more you will get out of it.

8. The more you understand, the more questions you can ask your Course Director

One of the best things you can do while taking your course is to try and understand as much as possible.

Not only will this help you get more out of the course, but it will also allow you to ask more insightful questions of your Course Director.

Questions can be a great way to clarify confusion, deepen your understanding, and get more out of the class overall.

9. How to deal with failure. Both in yourself as well as your future students

Failure is a part of life.

We all experience it at some point, whether it’s in our personal lives or our professional careers.

If you analyse yourself during your IDC, you’ll almost certainly find times when you wish you had done something better.

While it can be difficult to deal with, it’s important to remember that failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.

As a scuba instructor you will undoubtedly experience your share of failures.

But each one will provide you with an opportunity to learn and become a better educator.

In turn, you can use your own experiences to help your students deal with failure.

You can instil in your students the importance of resilience and perseverance.

Help them to see that failure is not the end, but the beginning of a journey to success.

10. Have the right mental attitude to succeed

When you are prepared for a course, you’ll have the right mental attitude to succeed.

You’ll be excited about the material and ready to engage with it.

Also you’ll be better able to focus during class and water sessions.

You’ll be less likely to get overwhelmed by the workload.

In short, being prepared will help you approach the course with confidence and a positive attitude, two essential ingredients for success.

So if you want to set yourself up for success, make sure you’re not just physically prepared for your courses, but mentally prepared as well.

11. Be the very best PADI Instructor that you can be

Being a PADI Instructor is not just about showing people how to dive.

It’s also about being a role model and setting the example for others to follow.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare for your instructor course and make sure you’re ready to become the very best PADI Instructor you can be.

The better prepared you are, the more confident you’ll be in your abilities, and the more likely you are to succeed. So take the time to review the Instructor Manual, brush up on your skills, and get ready to make a difference as a PADI Instructor.

12. Be a true leader that will benefit both your life and those of others

Leadership is a trait that is admired by many but possessed by few.

In order to be an effective leader, one must be able to inspire others to follow their vision.

This takes dedication, passion, and hard work.

With the right mindset and approach, you can create a positive impact on both your life and the lives of others.


By taking the time to prepare for your instructor course, you can set yourself up for success and make a difference in the world around you.

How wil you become a PADI Instructor?

Your IDC Preparation Guide

It’s one thing knowing WHY you should prepare, but it’s another thing knowing WHERE to find the information needed. 
Here is a link to my Complete IDC Preparation Course

It covers all theory, and a lot of terrific help to prepare you for teaching in the pool and in the classroom.

It definitely covers all 12 top reasons why you need to prepare for your PADI IDC. 

This is a great article that might help: 
What Dive Theory topics do you need for PADI IDC?
– this gives advice for people that struggle with dive theory.

Good luck with your journey to become a PADI Instructor. 

Last modified: 26th February 2024
Author: Steve Prior