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Instructor Development Course



Becoming an instructor is an achievement, a milestone in your career.  Can you remember your first dive? A tentative apprehension, mixed with the excitement of the experience of breathing underwater? The endless beauty of the underwater world? The weightlessness, and feeling like you are flying? That first ever dive is often life-changing, whether diving for fun or to become a professional. Regardless, a diver’s initial instructor will make or break the experience. Thanks to the Instructor Development Course, your chance to become that instructor has arrived.


Every diving professional needs the backing of a good organisation — 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! Built on a philosophy to make diving fun and instructing even better, SDI has proven they are innovators in the sport of diving, with friendly and flexible training programs only available through them.

If you agree with their philosophy, you might want to become an SDI diving instructor; or, perhaps you already are, and would like to train new instructors, cross existing instructors over to SDI, or offer more specialties in your dive facility. Either way, this course is for you. 


The Instructor Development Course (IDC) teaches you how to schedule courses, successfully market scuba, properly teach and design academic and in-water sessions, and effectively utilise assistants.

The Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC) then evaluates everything you learned during the IDC. Typically, this is 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, and emergency management abilities.


Price includes: Training materials, including instructor training pack & course registration fee.

8 x day Course (includes IDC training and IEC evaluation).

Price excludes personal professional fees on completion.

This course also requires a minimum of 100 logged dives, a current medical and the O2 Administration and a First Aid certification


Diving is an adventure activity that includes risk to your person. Under New Zealand law we are we required to notify you of the following statement.

You accept that this activity inherently involves risks and potential hazards. The risks and hazards include, but are not limited to breathing compressed gas, marine traffic, marine life, decompression sickness, drowning, barotrauma, air embolism, decompression illness, dehydration, gas narcosis, malfunctioning equipment, ear problems, sun damage, hyperthermia, hypothermia, sea sickness, and adverse weather events.

These activities are run in the outdoors on the ocean, so may be exposed to sudden natural disasters such as, but not limited to Tsunami, Earthquakes, Slips Landslides or Rock Falls, or Volcanic Eruption. I am aware that participating in the activities offered by New Zealand Diving Limited can be hazardous even if they are conducted with care, control, and responsibility. You acknowledge that these risks could result in my injury (physical or mental) or even death.



Please read our terms & conditions found on our website page, frequently asked questions before booking:

Sometimes our activities may have to be rescheduled due to situations outside of our control, such as poor weather. Please note we reschedule in such situations, as described in our terms and conditions.

Overseas participants are advised to carry travel insurance in case rescheduling is unsuitable.

All participants must be of good health and complete a medical declaration. This is available on our website:

All participants must be diving certified to dive on a charter or undergoing a diving course with New Zealand Diving Limited.

All participants must be able to swim a minimum of 200m, unassisted.


Although you can rent equipment from us, we strongly recommend that you use your own scuba diving equipment. We have some GREAT offers that you can purchase directly from our online store, or if you prefer you can come to the shop and get some professional advice so we can help set you up for the future.


The IDC includes both the training course and the external evaluation.

All of your hard work in scuba diving leads to this course and allows you to now train others with the knowledge and experience you have gained over the years.

  • Warkworth, North Island, New Zealand
  • SDI Instructor Development Course
  • Contact for Details
  • $3885.00


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