PADI IDC at Lanzarote

At CID Lanzarote we are proud of our excellent reputation by delivering IDC courses of the highest quality and professionalism for more than 15 years.
The CID Lanzarote team is made up of highly qualified professionals led by Kev Turner, who holds the highly prestige rating of PADI Platinum Course Director. Kev has taught Instructor Development Courses in the UK, New Zealand, Malta, Thailand, Egypt, Honduras, Iceland and Maldives change to . All round the world from the cold waters of Iceland to the slightly more temperate climate of the Maldives.In addition, the Dive Center team consists of 2 Master Instructors and 1 IDC Staff Instructor, with extensive experience in IDC courses.
We have modern facilities equipped with the best and most up to date add Teaching materials that make learning easy and comfortable. Take out that make learning easy and comfortable, with a multimedia classroom and the facilities of Club Calypso attached to the dive centre.

Why choose to do you IDC with us?

As a PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre, we have been recognized by PADI as offering the highest Instructor level education; we are the only Dive Centre in the Canaries with this rating.

  • Resident Platinum Course Director (which is the highest PADI Course Director rating).
  • PADI Award Winning Dive Centre.
  • IDCs are taught in English and Spanish.
  •  Full range of professional continue education programs from Specialty instructor through to IDC Staff instructor, not forgetting, PADI Tec courses through to Trimix Instructor available at discounted prices for all CID IDC candidates.

What can CID Lanzarote offer you?

All our educational philosophy and methodology is focused not only on passing the Instructor Exam, but on turning our candidates into real professionals. We invest our time practicing real world scenarios because our objective goes beyond that you just pass the IE. We know that the quality of teaching received during the IDC makes the difference between a mediocre Instructor and a respected Instructor.

In addition:

  • We care about the individual needs of each of our candidates, specifically working in the areas where they need specific reinforcement.
  • If we believe that as a candidate we think you are not ready to tackle the IE successfully, we will inform you and offer free additional training until you have the confidence and ability to do so.
  • Kev won’t just be your Course Director during the IDC/IE but always throughout your diving career, if you have any questions or concerns when you are out and about Kev is always there to answer them or give you advice.
  • As an IDC candidate, we offer special discounts on any course you may wish to take with us, Instructor specialties, IDC Staff Instructor courses and PADI Tec and PADI Trimix courses.
  • After passing the IE, our students will be able to obtain certification as PADI EANx INSTRUCTOR (NITROX) for free, paying only PADI fees. (In order to qualify for this offer, you must first be certified as a PADI Enriched Air Diver, if not, you will be able to obtain certification with a minimum cost).
  • We want all our candidates when they look for that special job to have that extra edge, with that in mind we have come up with our unique 7 specialty MSDT program and the opportunity to complete your PADI IDC Staff instructor course with us at “CID candidate” rates.


  • PADI Divemaster, or leadership level certification of another training organization (FEDAS, CMAS, SSI, NAUI, BSAC etc, if in doubt please don’t hesitate to contact us) for crossovers you need to have had a leadership level qualification for at least 6months.
  • 18 years old.
  • 60 logged dives; Documented experience in night diving, deep diving and underwater navigation, (100 logged dives required to become a PADI OWSI).
  • Diver certified for at least six months.
  • Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within previous 12 months.
  • Emergency First Response course Primary Care and Secondary Care Course (or equivalent training) completed within the last 24 months.

The IDC consists of three parts:

  1. Learning phase
  2. Development phase
  3. Evaluation phase
  1. Learning phase

This is where you learn all about the PADI system of education and the courses you can teach; the staff conducts 18 presentations on subjects ranging from Risk Management and Business of Diving, to presentations on all the core courses you are able to teach as an Instructor. We also teach you how to put together your own presentations – Knowledge development (classroom), Confined water (pool) and Open Water.

  1. Development phase

This is where we develop your presentation skills, again Classroom, Confined Water and Open Water to a level where you will be confident in giving these presentations not only in front of the examiner at the IE but also to your students. During the IDC we give you:

  1. A minimum of 5 Knowledge development topics to prepare and present, these topics can be from any of the courses you will be able to teach as an instructor (e.g. Open Water Course knowledge review 1 question 2).
  2. A minimum of 5 Confined Water skill presentations, these skills can be any skill you teach during any of the courses you can teach as an instructor
  3. A Minimum of 3 Open Water skill presentations, and again these skills can be any from any course you can teach as an instructor; this one is similar to the Confined water presentations mentioned above with subtle differences

After each presentation we will give you a thorough debriefing, giving advice on how to improve your presentations bringing you to a level that is expected of a Professional PADI Instructor. You will be amazed how quickly you get to the point where you can prepare and present professional level presentations with full confidence.

  1. Evaluation Phase

During all stages of the IDC we are constantly evaluating you, your professionalism, skill level, theory level, standards knowledge and presentation scores.

  1. Professionalism – We expect you from day 1 to start behaving and acting as you would expect a role model PADI Instructor to behave. The staff will be watching you at all times, think about your students, they learn not only from what you say but also what you do!
  2. Skill level – You learnt to demonstrate skills during your DM course now we expect you to go that little bit further and demonstrate your skills to an instructor level. During your Confined Water presentations you will be acting as an instructor and that means demonstrating your assigned skill to the rest of the class. In addition we ask you to complete the same 24 skills you did during your DM course again to demonstration quality, the good news is the passing score is the same however, be aware we probably will be a little stricter than your DM instructors.
  3. Theory Level – We don’t automatically teach theory during the IDC (Can be done if you sign up for the IDC plus add on) we expect your level of theory to be sufficient, if your theory level was good for your DM course then you will have no problem with IDC level theory! However be warned, on day one we give you an assessment exam so that we know, and more importantly, you know your level and any weaknesses.

If you find yourself below par on your theory then it’s even more work for you to do in the evenings! In addition to the assessment exam there is also an IDC theory exam (5 topics, 20 questions each topic) to pass which is given half way through the week (gives you time to study any areas you are weak on). To successfully complete the IDC and thus able to undertake the IE you will need to pass the IDC theory.

  1. Standards knowledge – Before the start of the IDC it is a good idea to make yourself familiar with your Instructor manual, we do go through the manual during the IDC and there is a 40 questions, open book, exam to pass during the IDC.

CID runs 4 IDCs a year, 2019 IDC start dates:

28 January

18 May

23 September

21 November

After becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will be able to teach the full range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster Course.

All CID IDC Candidates have the added option of enrolling in our special MSDT prep programme where you can complete 7 Speciality Instructor ratings, which not only gives you wider options in the courses you can teach but makes you that little bit more employable! Contact us for further details

PADI Instructor Exam (IE)

Many people fear the IE however if you’ve passed the IDC then there is no reason to fear the IE, you will be evaluated exactly the same way as the IDC, if anything the examiner will be easier on you!! And the passing scores are the same. You will be well prepared for the IE and Kev our Course Director will be there to support you and at the end when you receive that special certificate from the Examiner that says you have successfully passed the IE you will understand what we meant by saying IE stands for “Its Easy”.

There are 5 sections you need to pass on the IE:

  1. Exams – Theory, 5 subjects, 12 questions on each, 90 mins to complete all 60 questions, 75% pass mark, Standards exam, 50 questions, open book exam, 90 mins to complete the exam, 75% pass mark.
  2. Classroom Presentation – just the one presentation and the same passing score as the IDC.
  3. Confined Water – just the one presentation and the same passing score as the IDC. Plus you have to demonstrate just 5 skills to the same level as required from you during the IDC.
  4. Open Water Presentation – 2 Skills to present and same passing score as the IDC plus you have to give a Rescue demonstration (RD exercise 7).
  5. Professionalism required from you during the 2 day exam.

CIDs Pre-IDC Ten Top Tips

  1. Equipment – make sure all is in working order and there are no leaks, best to have your regulators serviced a few weeks before the start of the IDC. Check to see what the water temp will be where you do your IDC and have an appropriate exposure suit.

  2. Make sure you have all the equipment you need as an Instructor – (look in your Instructor manual under Equipment in General Standards and Procedures) in addition to normal diving equipment you will need: Compass, surface signaling devices – audible (whistle) and visual (SMB or old CD), dive computer and if yours doesn’t have a stopwatch facility then a watch (to time underwater skills). Plus you need a pocket mask (we have them here in the shop for sale).

  3. Make sure you have all your previous diving qualifications – (OW, AOW, RD, EFR and DM), bring your cards, or if you don’t have them, look up your diver number and date of qualification for that particular level on the PADI pro-site (access available for PADI DMs). It is especially important to bring any non-PADI qualifications with you and make sure your EFR or equivalent is in date (within 2 years).

  4. Professional liability Insurance – Check options for professional liability insurance which is needed once you have passed your IE and to become an Instructor in teaching status and make sure you have current medical insurance.

  5. Diving Medical – Make sure you diving medical is up to date (within 12months of the date of the IE).

  6. Practice, Practice, Practice! – Get in the water and practice your skills especially if it’s been a while since you last did them, concentrate on the more difficult ones – buoyancy skills, scuba and weights remove and replace, CESA. Don’t forget we offer skills workshops prior to the start of the IDC, contact us for details.

  7. PADI Instructor manual – Make sure you have a current PADI Instructor manual, if using a laptop, no problem you can down-load current one from PADI Pro-site. If hard copy and not current think about investing in a new one or at the very least down-load all the training bulletins from the date of your manual.

  8. GSP – Make yourself familiar with the layout of the Instructor manual and especially the General Standards and Procedures section.

  9. Study, Study, Study!! – Make sure you are comfortable with your theory especially Physics, Physiology and the RDP. Try and get hold of the old DM exams, these are of a similar level to those exams you will face in the IDC and IE. Once you have signed up for one of our IDCs we will send you theory notes and practice exams for you to be getting on with. Don’t forget we offer theory workshops prior to the start of the IDC, contact us for details.

  10. And Finally – Try and relax and rest before the start of the IDC.