PADI Instructor Development Course

Go Professional

Cairns Dive Centre offers a comprehensive full IDC program and Emergency First Response Instructor program (EFRI). It includes access to extensive instructor development material not available anywhere else, as well as, learning, tips and techniques for the IDC and post IDC information.


The Duration

10 days if the student is already a first aid instructor
11 days including the EFRI
14 days including optional Master Scuba Diver Instructor (MSDT) preparation training – specialty training in five specialties to fast track to become an MSDT

There are an optional 2 days of intensive theory, diving and rescue review pre IDC training for readiness as an option.

Please note this does not include 2 days for the PADI instructor exam (IE).


The Location

Cairns Dive Centre's 5 star training facility in Cairns, Coastal Fitzroy Island and on the Outer Great Barrier Reef!


Prerequisites for the PADI IDC are:

  • 18 years of age

  • First aid and CPR certified

  • You have a Professional dive medical not older than 12 months

  • Dive Master Certification

  • You have logged 100 dives

  • PADI online IDC course completed successfully


IDC Costs vary between individuals. The costs start from $1595. Please contact Peter Bickerton on or with any questions you may have.


Your IDC Instructor

Peter BickertonPhoto of Peter Bickerton

How many years have you been diving?
40 (since 1980 and a PADI instructor since 1992)

Where did you train?
Australia (various); Oman; Philippines; Thailand and Malaysia.
I have trained others in Australia (Australian Capital Territory/ New South Wales/ Queensland / West Australia); Oman; Philippines; Thailand; Vanuatu; Micronesia; Solomon Islands.

Why you are passionate about diving?
I have never lost the feeling of how special and privileged it is to be underwater enjoying such a truly unique environment. I also enjoy helping others pursue their happiness underwater. I love helping others reach their goals, whether it is just taking their first breath on Scuba or getting ready to become a PADI Course Director.

What are your favourite dive sites and destinations where you have been diving?
It really depends on what we are doing underwater. I love teaching and diving on the Great Barrier Reef here in Australia, as well as pursuing my love of underwater photography, shooting everything from Tiger sharks to very tiny macro life.