Instructor Development Courses

IDC August 25 to September 9; IE September 11-12, on Maui

IDC October 26 to November 8, IE November 10-11, on Maui

IDC January 22 to February 3, IE February 5-6, on Oahu

IDC May 3 to May 18, IE May 21-22, on Maui

IDC September 13 to September 28, IE October 1-2, on Maui

If cost is a consideration, consider completing or enrolling for your IDC in 2021 - price increases will go into effect in January 2022.

New Instructors



Here at Maui Dreams, we have a special philosophy for all levels of SCUBA instruction; we believe that small classes allow a more personal and nurturing environment for our students. That's why we cap our Instructor Development Courses at a max of just six students, giving our candidates plenty of time to practice and hone their skills during this important period of their professional development. 

For more information, scroll down, contact us here at the shop at 808-874-5332 or via email.

IDC Overview

The Maui Dreams IDC is conducted over 11 days from 7AM to 6PM (or later) and includes presentations and workshops designed to assure that you are prepared and ready to pass the comprehensive two-day Instructor Exams (IE) where you will demonstrate your ability to teach as you have mastered in the IDC. Then you will be able to teach all PADI core courses from introductory divers through divemaster as well as teach Emergency First Response courses. You will be able to do additional training with our Course Director to become immediately certified to teach several specialties once you have successfully completed the IE.

Instructor Development Courses

Our Course Director will verify that you have met the prerequisites listed below and will then be in regular contact with you before the IDC to make certain that you are on track to complete the pre-class study requirements. These are listed on the Instructor Development Course Program Learning Agreement which you will sign when you reserve your spot and which you should use as a guide to be ready for your IDC.

A complete schedule will be provided before the start of the IDC which will outline the entire course. This will be reviewed on the first day of the IDC.

We will be conducting the all-new IDC which includes more practical training and fewer classroom lectures so that you are exposed to more hands-on, real-world-instructor training than ever before.

Costs and Supplies


For your convenience, our 2021 price includes EVERYTHING (except applicable taxes and additional supplies as listed below) necessary to complete the PADI IDC and IE.

The approximate cost is $4450 + tax. The breakdown is as follows:

$3399 paid to Maui Dreams includes IDC tuition, IDC Digital Crew-Pak (described below), EFR Instructor Course tuition, EFR Instructor Start-Up Pack, PADI Specialty Instructor Manual, PADI Dive Theory on-line.

$1034 paid to PADI for application and exam fees.


IDC Crew-Pak includes: Backpack, Instructor Cue Cards for Open Water, Confined Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, OW Student Planning, Skill Development Preparations Slate (plus one extra), AND IDC Digital Crew-Pak including IDC eLearning; Exams for Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster; Specialty Instructor Outlines for Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, Coral Reef Conservation; Diving Knowledge Workbook (Digital); Guide to Teaching (Digital); and Open Water Course Prescriptive Lesson Guides.

EFR Instructor Start Up Pack includes: Instructor and Student materials for three courses: Primary and Secondary Care, Care for Children; and CPR/AED, DVDs and Exams, EFT Training Bandage Pack, EFT Emergency Care at a glance Card, and EFR Marketing Pack and Decals.

Additional required supplies: Since you have completed all of the certifications to reach this point, it is likely that you already own some, if not all, of these materials. Please note that you are required to own the current versions. PADI Student Materials including: Open Water Diver Manual, AOW Diver Manual and enclosed slate, Rescue Diver Manual and enclosed slate, Divemaster CrewPak ENTIRE CONTENTS; PADI RDP Table and eRDPml with associated instruction booklets.

A full list of ALL required materials and equipment is on the Instructor Development Course Program Learning Agreement.

If you need to purchase any of these items, Maui Dreams will order the additional PADI supplies for you so that you can have them before the start of the IDC and can help you to select the correct SCUBA Equipment. Contact the shop directly at 808-874-5332.

KEY Prerequisites for the IDC / IE

  • Minimum of 6 months certified Open Water Diver
  • PADI Divemaster Certification (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Copies of all non-PADI certification cards
  • CPR and First Aid certification within the previous 2 years of IE date (can be completed during IDC if needed)
  • Be fit for diving and submit an RSTC Medical Statement signed by a physician within the 12 months prior to the IE
  • Completion of the entire IDC online curriculum.
  • Completion of Dive Theory online.
  • 60 logged dives, including experience in deep, night and navigation, by the start of the IDC
  • 100 logged dives by the start of the IE

Other Professional Courses

Course Cost**
Assistant Instructor $950
Open Water Scuba Instructor (for current AI's)** $1200
PADI Crossover $1650
Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep-Package (Five Specialties) $500
IDC Staff Instructor $1200
Specialty Instructor (per specialty) $125
Emergency First Response Instructor $400

* Costs include tuition only. Materials, supplies, exams, fees additional.

** Only if AI is on current curriculum, otherwise full IDC