PADI Instructor development course

Complete your IDC with Coral Grand Divers and teach scuba diving around the world.

2 weeks | unlimited dives | 33,900 THB

As a PADI 5-star IDC Dive Center we are one of only a few shops on Koh Tao able to teach new instructors. Our IDC course is taught by our full time Course Director with over 1000 instructor level certifications and 11 years teaching IDC courses, Specialty Instructor Courses, and IDC Staff Instructors. At Coral Grand Divers we believe in the highest level of diver standards and training for all our diver courses; our IDC program prepares candidates to perform at only the highest levels, not just pass the Instructor Exam. There is a reason we have a reputation for excellence!


The Instructor Development Course runs over a period of 15 days for thorough knowledge development and rigorous skill practice. Two of these days are dedicated to the EFR Instructor Training.


After completion of the IDC you will move on to the Instructor Examination (IE). This is a two day affair where you will be tested on academic presentations, swimming pool and open water skill demonstrations, and your knowledge of diving and PADI standards.


Coral Grand Divers offers all IDC candidates the chance to assist on courses, lead fun dives, and practice dive skills prior to the IDC, all free of charge.


Contact us to discuss the Instructor Development Course

Prerequisites for IDC Program: 

  • You must have at least 100 logged dives, be be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent, and a certified diver for at least six months

  • You must have an EFR student level within the last two years

  • You must be over 18 years of age with a valid medical clearance

Msdt course

Once you have successfully passed your IE you are ready for the MSDT and Internship program which will qualify you to teach 5 specialties and will allow you to certify your first 25 students under the supervision of our senior instructors.


At Coral Grand Divers, we offer a wide variety of courses;the most popular are the Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, and Enriched Air (Nitrox). An MSDT instructor may teach these if they have been trained to do so; many shops around the world require their instructors to be an MSDT in order to teach full time. Other specialties include Search & Recovery, Night Diver, Underwater Navigator, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, or even Digital Underwater Photography.

Contact us to discuss the Master Scuba Diver Trainer Program.

pricing and fee

Please be aware of the following fees which are required for the IDC / MSDT programs:

Course costs:

  • IDC course cost: THB 33,900

  • EFR Instructor course cost: THB 6,000

  • PADI MSDT / Internship course cost (If you choose to continue to MSDT): THB 22,000

PADI fees (paid directly to PADI):

  • Instructor Exam fee: AUD $975

  • PADI instructor application fee: AUD $280

  • PADI EFR Instructor application fee: AUD $193

  • MSDT Application fee: AUD $154 (Free of charged if booked together with IDC)

  • PADI Specialty application fee: AUD $108 x 5 (1 free of charge if booked together with IDC)

PADI IDC and EFR Instructor Crewpack: THB 20,500

Work opportunities:

While we can’t guarantee a full-time position the day you complete the IE, we believe we train the very best and will always try to hire our own candidates if there’s an opening. We look for passion, enthusiasm, good people skills and an exemplary attitude - all of which we hope to see during the IDC! Openings for employment may be possible at all our dive centers or our liveaboard, the Deep Andaman Queen.


For those who continue with the MSDT internship program, we do guarantee work as a freelancing instructor (with schedule dependent on customer flow).


If you have any questions about the IDC or MSDT programs, or want to learn more about Coral Grand Divers, contact us and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible. We want to hear from you!

About Our Course Director

Chatsakul  Kaewpanao or you can call him  “Man” is a full time Course director at Coral Grand Divers. His is a Thai Course Director who has been teaching more than a thousand certification with all diving level.


Before Man started diving, his graduated Bachelor’s degree major Fisheries aquatics and resources. that is the first step of his life to made him fall in love with the ocean, that is the reason why he desire to lean diving and become a PADI Course Director because his would like to teach and help all the people to learn diving and understands more about the ocean environment, love the ocean and help to protect the ocean at the same times.

"Man" His very love to teach the people about diving. his very friendly ,helpful ,good mentor and open mind all the time, also his have a lot of working experience in so many diving place in Thailand and some of another country in South East Asia, so for sure after you are finished the IDC with us he can give very good advisor for you about opportunities to working after the course.

Book Instructor development course (IDC) and Master scuba diver trainee (MSDT)

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