The PADI System of Diver Qualification in the beautiful Sabah, Borneo

Achieve your Instructor Qualification in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo

IDC DetailsIncludes:

  • Daily Lodge to Marina Transfers
  • Island Boat Transfers
  • 1 Month Unlimited Diving (inc IDC)
  • Pre- Study & Prep Workshops
  • IDC, EFRI, E02 Courses
  • IDC Crew Pack & Backpack
  • EFRI Materials
  • All Jetty, Park & Diving Fees
  • Lunch & Refreshments at Dive Centre

IDC Duration:

  • 16 Days


  • Approx. USD 1,840.00

This course takes the already certified PADI Divemaster to another level. Our dedicated Downbelow Go PRO Instructor Development Team will introduce you to the PADI system of diver education.

The PADI IDC Course provides you with the tools to train scuba divers in the classroom, confined water and open water.

Not yet a PADI Divemaster? No problem – join us and become one!

Our IDC package comprises of three courses PADI Assistant Instructor Course (AI) & PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) and Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRI).

If you are already qualified in any of the these courses – no problem we can tailor your instructor training accordingly.

Upon successful completion of these three courses you will be ready for the PADI Instructor Examination, which is a 2 day standardized, objective evaluation conducted by PADI Instructor Examiners from PADI Asia Pacific who fly to Kota Kinabalu several times a year.

At Downbelow we conduct our IDC courses directly before the PADI IE so you are fully prepared for the evaluation.

Downbelow often provide the logistics for the PADI IE and we ensure that all candidates are completely familiar with the evaluation environment.

Downbelow's class room is not just in paradise, it is paradise!
Certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor is by successful completion of the IE.

If you have time then our 1 month Instructor Internship is incredibly good value for money and will fully prepare you to excel as a PADI Instructor in the diving industry.

The program includes UNLIMITED scuba diving & the IDC preparation course FREE OF CHARGE.

Learn more about the internship options available.

Our PADI IDC Package

We encourage all candidates to complete the eLearning PADI Dive Theory section prior to the IDC. Although this is not a fixed requirement, previous candidates have benefited from this additional preparation.

During the IDC you will learn how to successfully transfer knowledge and skills to others.

Furthermore you will develop a clear understanding of The PADI Philosophy of Continuing Education and the full range of PADI programs, teaching materials and tools, including digital products, that are available to you as a PADI Instructor.

PADI IDC Classroom in Borneo

Once you have understood the basic teaching methods employed in teaching scuba and how to use the PADI system to it’s fullest, you will find teaching an easy and exhilarating experience!

The programs are performance based and focused on development, they are candidate centred, so you will receive feedback throughout the course informing you of your progress and level of proficiency.

Team work is a key element to success and you are likely to meet people that become lifelong friends. The IDC is also great fun and a rewarding and unforgettable experience.

What will I need to start?

Diving is fun, but teaching diving to others is even more fun!

  • Proof of Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster certifications or equivalents
  • Certified Open Water Diver for at least 6 months
  • First Aid & CPR training within the last 24 months (PADI Emergency First Response is recommended)
  • Diving Medical Statement signed by a physician and dated within the last 12 months
  • Proof of at least 60 logged open water scuba dives
  • Proof of experience in deep, night & navigation diving


Educational Materials

Included within our IDC & EFRI Course are all required materials.

Downbelow's well-equipped and modern diver training centre

IDC Crew Pack:

Instructor Application, brochures and course documentation.

Confined & Open Water Instructor Cue Cards, Adventures in Diving Instructor Cue Cards and Rescue Dive Instructor Cue Cards.

OW & CW Lesson Planning Slates and Law & Diving Professional Book.

A CD containing – Best of UJ, Children & Diving and Business of Diving (3 PDF manuals).

PADI’s Guide to Teaching Manual and Specialty Course Instructor Manual (Digital, Multilingual version E, DU, F & S).

Positive Approach Selling DVD.

Rescue Diver Exam, OW Quizzes & Exams and DM exams.

Emergency First Response Instructor Manual CPR First Aid & Secondary Care plus Care for Children with Binder.

A PADI Backpack to carry it all in.

Gentle Instruction in all areas ensures perfect technique

Completion Requirements

Prior to the IE, all candidates must:

  • Have successfully completed an IDC
  • Be a certified Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Complete the dive theory exams
  • Complete the nonstop 800 meter/800 yard mask, fins and snorkel swim
  • Show proof of at least 100 logged open water scuba dives

Not Included


Not included in the IDC rate are the fees paid directly to PADI.

  • I.E Fee: AUD$ 785
  • IDC Application Fee: AUD$ 227
  • EFRI Application Fee: AUD$ 266

We run multiple IDC’s per year, which co-inside with a Kota Kinabalu Instructor Exam. Check out our IDC Schedule page to find out more about Asia’s next IDC.

Safety is paramount, we adhere to PADI standards and procedures and follow British HSE guidelines.

Read more about our dive centre facilities plus equipment & safety.


Downbelow has a high Scuba Diving Instructor success rate

What’s Next? Teach the teachers by becoming an IDC Staff Instructor >>>