Published: August 10, 2023

Location: Indonesia


Closing Date: Ongoing

PADI Instructor Development Course

Programme overview

The course is oriented around you, the candidate. Together, we will be identifying the key points that need to be reinforced and continue to capitalise on your strengths.  Each IDC is different because it depends on you, even if the curriculum is similar.  It is a common method, but different and unique in the application, tailor-made and always in small groups.

We will spend as much time as possible together, both underwater and on the surface, to work on your own development as a PADI diving professional.

The goal is to allow you to be able to be directly active as a pro, to know the why and the how from things. Not so much for a one-size-fits-all approach that creates drones. And of course, we will have a lot of fun!

“When you become an instructor, you do not need to do anything anymore, your students have to. Our job is to make it happen because our students will have to learn to do things, not you.”


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About the organisation

You are not choosing for a dive center to do your IDC, you are looking for interpersonal relationships that will build-up your attributes as an accomplished dive pro. We dedicate time and effort at preparing students from all levels to become underwater advocates, respectful, aware, capable and confident. Logically, our pro level courses are driven by the same energy. Everyone at Bali Diving Academy is passionate by the underwater world. Doing your PADI Instructor Course is not limited at the course itself, but it also expands afterwards. Our small group policy allows you to have plenty of focus time from our multilingual Course Director. Your IDC at BDA stands for a homey feeling with a no none-sense approach, and a lot of fun!

Your Course Director – Pierre Gruter

Originally born and raised in Belgium, Pierre speaks 4 languages (FR, NL, EN, ES) and finds his ways around a few more. He was Open Water certified in the mid ‘2000. Being an extreme sports practitioner, he found in diving the ultimate way to connect his passion for nature and movement.

His lately discovered passion allowed him to gain experience in various destinations in the world: Caribbean, Europe, Africa and South-East Asia. After more than 12 years of international corporate crazy life, it was time for him to do something else.

He got his OWSI in 2011 and started immediately to focus on pro diver training and mentoring, his way to try to honor the support of his peers and to give something back in exchange for their blessed influence. Diving is his thing, his life. Wrecks, caves, deep dives, drift dives, night dives are his favorites when he is not doing what he loves: teaching all levels of diving. His experience also covers technical diving, freediving and disabled divers support. Having a different approach and not taking anything for granted are his main qualities. If you ask him what is the most important part of a pre-dive safety check, he will tell you to look for coconut trees!

Pierre is going to make sure that you are getting the best out of any course, that you understand deeply every little detail that you need to know and that you clearly know why you are doing something. He is a true teacher, in the noble way of the craft.

His baseline is obvious: Keep making bubbles!


About the programme

The IDC is made up of 2 FUN-damental parts:

The development of the PADI diving instructor part (how to teach, the philosophy, all the courses you will be able to give, but also how to organize them, marketing, etc.) and training as an Emergency instructor First Response Instructor (unless you are already an active CPR & First Aid instructor).

The ideal core schedule is as follows:

  • IDC: 12 days
  • EFRi: 2 days
  • 1 back up day
  • Instructor exam organized by PADI: 2 days. They are usually organised in Lembongan or in Bali

As soon as you have confirmed your participation and after receiving your deposit, we will send you in detail the preparation elements that would be highly desirable for you to cover in their entirety BEFORE you start the instructor training. A brief reminder of diving theory will be given at the start of the IDC. This is not intended to teach you the necessary knowledge that you should already have as an active PADI Divemaster.

We will also send you a personal access code for the new interactive IDC E-learning preparatory program. This includes a series of 16 lessons to be covered before the start of the IDC as well as the online Diving Knowledge Workbook (reviews & development of the 5 chapters of the dive theory: physics, physiology, equipment, techniques & environment, decompression theory). The E-learning is capital. Take the time to do it at your own pace in order to have a good preparation. Candidates who took it seriously and were active before the IDC were really nailing it. It should take you about a short week of self-dedication to achieve it.

PADI Instructor Specialty Courses/MSDT internship:

These courses, covering around 15 specialties, can also be added to the IDC training. This is the perfect time to add cards in your game by specialising as an instructor in the specialties that interest you (deep, nitrox, wreck, sidemount, drift, night, …). They will allow you to distinguish yourself once you have become an instructor and you can teach them immediately following your qualification. Please don’t hesitate to ask us for more info on this.



Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan have quickly become a dive destination because of its year round sightings of manta rays and the seasonal appearance of the famous Mola Mola (Sunfish). Divers travel from around the world to dive the famous dive sites of Blue Corner, Crystal Bay, and Manta Point. You’re best chance to see the Mola Mola are during the months of July to September, while manta rays are spotted year round at their favorite cleaning and feeding stations along Nusa Penida’s cliffs.

The water temperatures can range from 16 degrees to 30 degrees with cold upwelling’s arriving in June bringing nutrient rich waters from the depths of the Lombok straight. The majority of our dives are drift dives, where we jump off the boat and drift with the current until our dive is complete and the boat crew picks us up wherever we surface. The fast current draws in the large sharks and rays as it is easier for them to breathe. The ocean surrounding the three islands are a MPA (Marine Protected Area) with many research projects and conservation initiative helping to protect the land and sea park.



15 days training and 2 days exam:

  • 3 days warm-up (optional) 
  • 15 days IDC+EFRI 
  • 2 days IE PADI instructor exam 

Dates for 2023/2024:

  • 17 Nov– 1 Dec (Instructor Exam 2 – 3 Dec)
  • 12 Jan – 26 Jan (Instructor Exam 27 Jan)
  • 16 Feb – 1 Mar (Instructor Exam 2 March)
  • 22 Mar – 5 Apr (Instructor Exam 6 Apr)
  • 19 Apr – 3 May (Instructor Exam  4 May)
We are currently offering a 10% discount if you book before the end of 2023!


Costs and pre-requisites

For more information on prices, please visit the BDA website.


  • Age 18+
  • Certified as a Diver for at least 6 months
  • Certified as a PADI Divemaster or equivalent (*if needed we can help you with all the certifications at a preferential rate)
  • 60 Logged Dives (100 logged dives before IE)
  • Completed EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months (*could be done with Bali Diving Academy)
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months


What’s included

  • IDC Preparation 
  • IDC Instructor Course 
  • EFR Instructor Course 
  • Training Pool Rental 
  • Rental of Scuba Equipment 
  • Dive Sites To Dive Sites Transportation 
  • All Taxes  
  • Community Contributions 


  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in-water workshops 
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System 
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety 
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor 
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counselling

Plus, unlimited dive during the course!


How to apply

For more information or to apply for this program, please write directly to or WhatsApp +62 877-6004-8543.