Unlock Your Potential: Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Sugar Land Dive Center

Our commitment to your success as a PADI Instructor begins now!

Welcome to Sugar Land Dive Center’s PADI Instructor Development Course! Our comprehensive program is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to become a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Our next IDC starts on Saturday, July 8, 2023

Evening and Weekend Programs Available

Our next Cozumel IDC begins on Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Contact Us to Schedule Your IDC

The schedule for our 2023 IDC at both Sugar Land Dive Center and our joint operation Cozumel Dive Academy, located in Cozumel, Mexico, is now available on our calendar. If you do not find a program that suits your requirements, please contact us, and we will gladly customize one according to your needs.

2023 IDC Calendar

Our experienced PADI Platinum Course Director, Phillip Hetherington, and the experienced Instructional Team at Sugar Land Dive Center will guide you through every step of the course, from classroom sessions to practical teaching exercises. The PADI Instructor Development Course covers all aspects of scuba diving instruction, including the latest teaching techniques, safety protocols, and industry best practices.

Furthermore, throughout the course, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your skills and gain hands-on experience through our practical teaching sessions while also networking with other aspiring instructors.

So why wait? Take the first step towards your dream career in scuba diving instruction, and sign up for our PADI Instructor Development Course now! Contact us to learn more and start your journey today.

Our program comes with our exclusive Sugar Land Dive Center promise!

Our promise to you is simple. If you complete your IDC with Sugar Land Dive Center, we guarantee you will pass your IE, or you can come back and participate in another IDC at no additional cost. (PADI fees not included).

Our goal is for you to become a successful PADI Instructor.

Become a PADI Scuba Instructor. Conducting confined water training during an Instructor Development Course with Sugar Land Dive Center
Learning how to organize and conduct Confined water training during an IDC at Sugar Land Dive Center

All of our PADI Instructor Development Courses include:

Optional IDC Prep Course

PADI Digital IDC Crewpac

Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)Course

EFRI Instructor Start-Up Pac

Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor Course*

Enriched Air Nitrox Specialty Instructor Course*

*PADI fees not included

Optional IDC Prep Course

In our training experience, we have found the most challenging aspect of the Instructor Exam (IE) is the Dive Theory Exams. The IDC Prep course is designed to give the IDC candidate extra dive theory exam preparation, paying particular attention to Physics and Physiology, to ensure their success on the Instructor Exam. During a typical IDC, there is little time to review these topics. The Sugar Land Dive Center IDC Prep Course reviews these topics and identifies any weak areas that need strengthening. This is why our IDC Prep Course is included with all of our IDCs.

What is the PADI Instructor Development Course

The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) consists of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

Most dive professionals will complete both parts of the IDC in one program. Once you have successfully completed your IDC, you will be qualified to attend a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). This is the final step to earn your PADI Instructor Certification.

During your PADI Instructor Development Course, you will learn how to apply the PADI System of Education by presenting:

Confined Water Teaching Presentations.

Knowledge Development Presentations in the Classroom

Open Water teaching presentations integrating two skills.

You will also cover key topics such as:

PADI Standards and Procedures

Learning, Instruction, and the PADI System

Risk Management and Diver Safety

Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) is the cornerstone of professional-level scuba diver training. The Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) will prepare you to function as a qualified professional PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor by introducing you to the complete PADI instructor training system. The course focuses on your ability to use all components of the system as a professional dive educator. The PADI IDC combines the PADI Assistant Instructor and the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor courses.

At Sugar land Dive Center we believe completing your PADI Instructor Development Class in one continuous block of time is most beneficial. However, we realize that your work or life schedules don’t always allow this. That is why we also offer IDCs conducted over an extended period, such as weekend or weeknight schedules.


Be certified as a PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistant Instructor or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization.

Have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.

Be at least 18 years old.

Been a certified diver for at least six months

Have at least 60 logged dives. You will need 100 logged dives at the time of your PADI IE.

medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months