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We Are With You Every Step of The Way!

Rest assured that we will be by your side every step of the way. With our pre PADI IDC study support, guidance throughout the PADI IDC and IE, and post IDC support, you can embark on this exciting journey with confidence and assurance.


Small PADI IDC Groups

Fully focus on honing your teaching abilities without distractions in a comfortable learning environment. Enjoy a stress-free environment that fosters optimal learning, allowing you to become the confident and capable PADI instructor you aspire to be.


3 x Additional Workshops Included

Elevate the level of safety and control for your students in practical scenarios, as well as enhance your performance during the PADI IDC/IE presentations.

PADI IDC Overview

Within the PADI System, PADI Divemasters undergo training to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors through the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and subsequently qualify by completing the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

The IDC incorporates the PADI Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program.

As a PADI Instructor Candidate, you develop your instructor-level knowledge and skills in the IDC through independent study and live presentations and workshops conducted or supervised by a PADI Course Director. IDC Staff Instructors can guide and assist candidates through these presentations and workshops.

The IDC prioritizes development over testing, creating a low-stress environment that allows you to learn from your mistakes and focus on knowledge and skill enhancement. You continue with the program until you can consistently meet the minimum performance requirements to progress beyond the IDC.

Whether a personal achievement or a career path, this course will:

PADI IDC Prerequisites

  • PADI Divemaster or have a leadership-level certification with another recognised recreational diver training organisation.
  • 100 logged dives with documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation.
  • At Least 18 years old.
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months, and have had no medical condition that prohibits you from scuba diving.
  • Certified diver for at least six months.
  • Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training, within the last 24 months.
  • Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry-level, advanced, rescue and leadership-level certifications if required.

Meet Your Team

PADI Course Director Marcus Kitching-Howe

Marcus Kitching-Howe


Marcus carries a wealth of PADI IDC experience & knowledge from the Caribbean & Florida where he worked closely with the USA Veteran Association, training military personnel to become PADI Instructors. 

He is a strong believer in positivity, professionalism and creating a comfortable learning environment for students both in and out of the water. Marcus works with instructor candidates, developing trainees and enabling them to reach their full potential.

Having worked as a professional underwater photographer, videographer and Shark Feeder Trainer in the Bahamas, Marcus has a broad skill set. This has placed him in movies such as Isolation and the more recent L’Odyssey, where he doubled as Jaques Cousteau and also his son Philippe. 

Marcus completed his Course Director Training Course in 2018 when he was 25 years old. He has gone on to establish and expand ABC Diving, which is now recognised as a prestigious PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Centre. At the young age of 31, Marcus has already accumulated an impressive collection of captivating underwater images and great stories to share with you.

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Liz Gilmore

Liz Gilmore


Liz has over 20 years of experience in outdoor adventure education. This experience has moulded her into the professional diving educator she is today.

Liz completed her PADI Divemaster Course in Lanzarote and her PADI IDC in Egypt before moving to Malta. Here she has further developed her diving experience by certifiying over 400 divers.

During Instructor Development, Liz maximises learning opportunities by altering her approach based on candidate emotions and learning needs.

Liz’s favourite aspect of the PADI IDC is seeing the candidates grow in confidence and develop their own instructional style while mastering their diving skills.

She strongly believes in personal development, having a positive attitude and providing memorable learning experiences for her students.

The Learning Path

Prior to commencing the PADI IDC, you are required to undertake self-paced independent study known as IDC eLearning. This comprehensive program consists of 16 curriculum components, each designed to address a specific aspect of becoming a PADI Instructor and equipping you for the IDC. To highlight some of the topics covered in this curriculum;

1. PADI System Overview
2. Introduction to Teaching Presentations
3. Learning, Instruction, and the PADI System
4. Risk Management and Legal Considerations
5. Conducting and Evaluating Knowledge Development sessions

Prior to embarking on the PADI IDC, it is crucial to engage in thorough personal preparation regarding dive theory. As part of the PADI IDC, you will actively participate in a Dive Theory Workshop and complete various practice exams.

These exercises aim to identify and enhance areas of dive theory that may require additional support. However, it is important to note that these activities do not replace the need for pre-IDC theory preparation. Therefore, it is vital that you utilize a combination of resources, such as the Diving Knowledge Workbook, The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving, and guidance from ABC Diving, to enhance your knowledge of dive theory before commencing the PADI IDC.

During the Skill Evaluations, we will work with you to further enhance your skill demonstrations. Although you have already spent a lot of time practising skill demonstrations prior to the PADI IDC, we will provide you with more examples and tips on how to deliver all 24 skills in a slow and exaggerated manner that appears effortless for your future students. 

For an insight into skill demonstrations, see our skill demonstration video series.

During Knowledge Development presentations, you will learn how to deliver a topic that corresponds to a question/answer within a PADI course. The training will equip you with the skills to utilize the PADI system and make use of PADI media support. Emphasis will be placed on exploring effective techniques for presentation preparation and honing delivery abilities through practice sessions.

The initial phase of your Confined & Open Water presentation training consists of ‘Dry’ presentations. These out-of-water sessions are designed to increase your practice and repetition in a time-efficient manner while focusing on fundamental aspects such as organization, control, and delivery errors commonly encountered.

Following this, you will practise in-water presentations. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to practise your presentation skills with fellow candidates and staff members. The objective is to adopt an instructor’s mindset, adapt to various situations, and guide students through a positive learning experience.

Subsequently, there will be a debriefing session where alternative choices can be explored to determine if they would have yielded better or worse results or if they would have been equally acceptable.

In addition to the standard PADI IDC curriculum, we offer a series of in-water workshops that aim to enhance your student’s control and ability to identify potential problems. These workshops are valuable additions to your PADI IDC/IE journey.

Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent (CESA)

During this workshop, we thoroughly examine the CESA technique. You will analyse both proper and improper approaches from both the instructor’s and student’s perspectives, while also practising safe skill execution.


In this workshop, you will learn valuable techniques for managing the three distinct forms of descent. This informative session is highly beneficial in ensuring that your students meet the necessary performance criteria.

Compass & Lift Bag Use

Explaining compass use to students can be done in many ways. We aim to equip you with a memorable teaching method that will stay with your students beyond their course duration. Compass use appears in numerous courses such as the OWDC, AOWDC, RDC, DMC, and several specialties, therefore, this teaching technique will assist you time and time again!

Additionally, you will have the chance to learn and practise how to safely use a lift bag and learn how students can meet performance requirements during the Search & Recovery Adventure Dive.

This PADI IDC workshop consists of four components and aims to equip you with the necessary skills to facilitate the Discover Scuba Diving Experience. These include:

1) Reviewing and practising program briefings
2) Practising confined water skills
3) Supervising and controlling open-water dives
4) Managing participant registration.

The workshop serves two objectives:

1) To allow you to witness and engage in presenting the Rescue Diver Course practical exercises.

2) To provide an opportunity for you to refine your skills in handling panicked divers and unresponsive divers, aiming for proficiency at demonstration level.

The workshop is divided into two sections:

1) You will have the opportunity to witness and actively engage in a role-model Adventure Dive. This segment entails practising how to effectively brief and debrief an Adventure Dive skill, as well as showcasing various techniques that can be used to fulfill dive performance criteria.

2) The second part focuses on honing your skills in diver assessment and supervision for the Deep Adventure Dive. During this portion, you will acquire knowledge on conducting assessments for the Deep Adventure Dive and gain proficiency in providing direct supervision throughout the adventure dive.

IDC Training

PADI Instructor Examination

After successfully completing the IDC, you proceed to the Instructor Examination (IE). The IE is a two-day event conducted by an Instructor Examiner who utilizes standardized and objective testing criteria. Upon meeting these criteria, you attain the esteemed PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.

The IE is an intense yet rewarding experience, as it serves as a platform to showcase your skills and passion for diving instruction. It allows you to demonstrate your ability to effectively communicate and teach diving skills to others while ensuring the safety and well-being of future students. Ultimately, the IE is the key to opening up a world of opportunities for you to pursue in the scuba diving industry.

We are there to support you every step of the way. We will be present during both days of your IE to offer our assistance in any way we can.

"We don't train you to pass an IE. We train you to be a professional diving instructor. Passing the IE will naturally follow as a result of our comprehensive training program."

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PADI MSDT Preparation

The PADI MSDT rating indicates that you have at least 5 PADI Instructor Specialties and have certified at least 25 PADI Divers. These specialty courses cover different aspects of scuba diving, such as deep diving, underwater navigation, wreck diving, underwater photography, and more. Completing these courses helps you to gain a comprehensive understanding of various diving techniques and can offer a wider range of training to students.

Having a PADI MSDT certification not only demonstrates a high level of skill and knowledge in scuba diving but also opens up more opportunities for career advancement. MSDTs are often sought after by dive centres, resorts, and liveaboard operators around the world. MSDT’s can teach a wider range of courses, including specialty courses, which can attract more students and increase their earning potential. MSDT is also a prerequisite of the PADI IDC Staff Instructor Training Course. 

By completing Specialty Instructor Training alongside your PADI IDC Staff, you can gain valuable teaching techniques and tips for your future courses. At ABC Diving we offer the following Specialty Instructor Training Courses:

  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Instructor
  • Aware Shark Conservation Diver Instructor
  • Dive Against Debris Instructor
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicle Instructor
  • Digital Underwater Photography Instructor
  • Deep Instructor 
  • Dry Suit Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor 
  • Enriched Air Nitrox (EANx) Instructor 
  • PADI Full Face Mask Instructor
  • Ocean Reef Integrated Mask Instructor
  • Night Diver Instructor
  • Search & Recovery Instructor
  • Underwater Naturalist Instructor
  • Underwater Navigator Instructor
  • Wreck Instructor
Successful PADI IE Malta

2024 PADI IDC Dates

February / March: 

  • Location = ABC Diving
  • PADI IDC = 19th Feb. – 29th Feb. 2024
  • PADI IE = 1st & 2nd March
  • MSDT = Specialty Instructor Training 4th – 8th Mar. (3 Or 5 Days Depending On Package Chosen)


  • Location = ABC Diving or Paradise Diving
  • PADI IDC = 22nd Apr. – 2nd May. 2024
  • PADI IE = 3rd & 4th May
  • MSDT = Specialty Instructor Training 6th – 10th May (3 Or 5 Days Depending On Package Chosen)

October / November: 

  • Location = Atlantis Diving, Gozo
  • PADI IDC = 28th Oct. – 7th Nov. 2024
  • PADI IE = 8th & 9th Nov
  • MSDT = Specialty Instructor Training 11th – 15th Nov. (3 Or 5 Days Depending On Package Chosen)



IDC Package
1050 Course Fee
  • PADI IDC (AI & OWSI) Over 10 x Days
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course Over 1 x Day
  • Complimentary Dive Equipment Use As Required


IDC Package
1150 Course Fee
  • PADI IDC (AI & OWSI) Over 10 x Days
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course Over 1 x Day
  • Complimentary Dive Equipment Use As Required
  • 5 x Specialty Instructor Training Courses Over 3 x Days


1400 Course Fee
  • PADI IDC (AI & OWSI) Over 10 x Days
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course Over 1 x Day
  • Complimentary Dive Equipment Use As Required
  • 8 x Specialty Instructor Training Courses Over 5 x Days
  • Promotional Video for CV improvement

2024 PADI Materials & Fees Explained

Including VAT
  • PADI IDC eLearning Crewpak: €710 (Payable to ABC Diving)
  • EFR Instructor Digital Crewpak: €205 (Payable to ABC Diving)
  • PADI Instructor Examination Fee: €926.30 (Payable Directly to PADI)
  • PADI IDC Application Fee: €270.22 (Payable Directly to PADI)
  • EFR Instructor Application Fee: €169.33 (Payable Directly to PADI)
  • PADI Specialty Instructor Applications: €64.90 each (Payable Directly to PADI)


If you are planning to complete the November PADI IDC with us in Gozo, you can take advantage of the accommodation which we have available for only €15 per night. The accommodation is modern, comfortable and within walking distance from the Dive Centre.

If you are looking at either the February/March or April/May PADI IDC with us in Malta we recommend either St. Pauls or Mellieha. Both towns offer a range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. We also provide a convenient collection and drop-off service to ensure hassle-free transport to and from your PADI IDC.


Similar to the PADI Divemaster training, the PADI IDC presents a challenging opportunity for individuals aspiring to become scuba instructors. This program aims to provide comprehensive education and ensure that instructors are well-prepared to train new divers safely. While it may be challenging, it is certainly achievable with the right mindset, determination and guidance.

Being a better public speaker is a skill that many people strive to improve. As a diving instructor, speaking to groups of people is something you will do regularly.  During the PADI IDC you will have many opportunities to practise this skill and learn to use visual aids, lesson preparation. The more you practise your presentations, the more comfortable and confident you will feel.

We usually start the day at 0800 and finish around 1700. To aid concentration, you will take regular breaks. Most days include a variety of water & classroom based learning.  

The level of theoretical preparation needed prior to commencing the PADI IDC will differ based on personal circumstances. Nevertheless, it is advisable to commence your preparation with the PADI IDC eLearning program. This curriculum contains 16 academic presentations and the Diving Knowledge Workbook. At ABC Diving, we also offer multiple practice exams that will be provided to you in order to aid in assessing your comprehension of the theory. We recommend you prepare with short and regular review sessions spanning just 1-2 hours per night for four weeks leading up to the PADI IDC. This approach allows you to balance your other commitments while still preparing effectively for your upcoming PADI IDC.

Yes, you can still do a PADI IDC even if you don’t have any experience as a PADI Divemaster. The PADI IDC is designed to train and develop individuals to become PADI dive instructors. While prior experience as a divemaster can be beneficial, it is not a requirement for enrolling in the PADI IDC. With the right commitment and dedication, anyone can pursue their dreams of becoming a certified dive instructor.

We do not offer PADI IDC internships. We do however offer the opportunity to team teach (post IDC) alongside our experienced instructors and observe their teaching methods, strategies, and techniques. You will also have the opportunity to assist in delivering PADI courses, providing feedback to students, and refining your newly learned instructional abilities under the guidance of our expert mentors.

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