Instructor Development Course

Instructor Development Course


Can you remember your first dive? The apprehension mixed with the excitement of the experience of breathing under water? Experiencing the endless beauty of the underwater world? The weightlessness, and feeling like you are flying? That first ever dive is very often a life changing event, whether someone chooses to dive for fun or to eventually become a diving professional, but the initial instructor will make or break the experience.

Every diving professional needs to be backed up by a good organization. And SDI are the best in its class. Once you become part of the SDI team, you’re not just a number, you’re a name! Their philosophy is to make diving fun and instructing even better.

SDI has proven they are an innovator in the sport of diving with friendly and flexible training programs only available through SDI like Computer Nitrox and Solo Diver.

Do you agree with that philosophy and innovation? Then you might want to become an SDI diving instructor. Or perhaps you already are, and would like to train new instructors for your facility, crossover existing instructors to SDI or offer more specialties in your dive facility.

From a Stable of Thoroughbreds

SDI was created in 1999 and grew out of the success of its sister company TDI, which specializes in the more advanced disciplines of technical dive training. TDI has been the largest technical training agency for many years & is known throughout the world as THE standard for technical diver training.

Both students and instructors have embraced the same no nonsense approach that the SDI training system offers. We have streamlined the course materials to let students study the essential academics with an emphasis on practical diving skills learned in both the pool and open water environments. SDI is the only scuba training and certification agency to require students to be taught with modern dive computers from the onset of training.

SDI course materials are state-of-the-art; the materials are lavishly illustrated with photography and graphics.

Diving is constantly changing. SDI  is always looking forward and striving to be the innovators in scuba diving education. SDI focus is to make the experience of diving one that is enjoyed by every family member.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) teaches you how to:

  • Schedule course.
  • Successfully market scuba.
  • Properly teach and design academic and in water sessions.
  • Effectively utilize assistants.

The Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC) evaluates everything you learned during the IDC. This is typically a two day evaluation process and evaluates your abilities in:

  • Preparing and teaching academic sessions.
  • Knowledge of subject matter.
  • Pool/confined water lessons.
  • Open water lessons.
  • Emergency management abilities.

Although we can hire you some equipment, we strongly recommend you own all of your own normal dive gear. See Equipment Required section for a list of equipment instructors should own.


Instructor Development Course (IDC)  dates: 

April 23rd to April 28th 2018 .  

Nov 24th to Nov 30th 2018

Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC) dates:

April 29th & 30th 2018.

Dec 1st & 2nd 2018. To be held at NZ Diving


Training materials. $1074.00 AUS (includes instructor kit & registration fee)  Subject to exchange rates

8 x day Course Fees $2150 NZ (includes training and evaluation).



SDI Course Flow Chart showing Instructor Development Course

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