• 17 days

  • Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)

  • Also become an Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRi)

  • PADI Instructor Crewpack available for 18,000 THB

  • Small groups & top quality instruction

  • Primo facilities; Modern classrooms, custom built training pools & 2 great dive boats

  • Option to continue with 1 month MSDT internship



There are few careers more rewarding than teaching scuba diving in a tropical environment such as Koh Tao. Hot sunny weather, great visibility and marine life, introducing people to the amazing underwater world and training them to become safe, competent divers. Or even shaping the dive professionals of tomorrow…..
With Simple Life’s PADI Instructor training this can become your reality.

At our base on Sairee Beach, Koh Tao, Thailand we run monthly PADI instructor development courses (PADI IDCs), giving you all the training and knowledge you need to sail through the PADI Instructor Examination. Plus we offer a number of continuing education programs to train you beyond PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, gaining speciality ratings to qualify as a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, or even IDC Staff Instructor.

To become a PADI Instructor, first you’ll need to make your PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). This two-week course is where you learn how to teach scuba diving. After that you’ll be examined by PADI’s external examiners to make sure you meet the required standard, in the 3 day PADI Instructor Examination.

Simple Life conducts monthly Koh Tao PADI IDC’s here on Koh Tao, guiding you through every step, ensuring you’re well prepared to sail through the PADI Instructor Examination. Training will allow you to become a competent PADI Instructor, putting you in a great position for gaining employment once you qualify.

Let’s take a look at the steps and what’s involved:


At Simple Life Divers, our PADI Instructor Development Course is a two-week program which teaches you how to teach scuba diving. Our main focus is on three areas;

  • Teaching scuba diving theory

  • Teaching scuba diving skills in confined water

  • Conducting classes in open water

This will be backed up with sessions concentrating on the standards which we need to work to as PADI Instructors.

At the end of the two-week program, we’ll have you performing to exacting standards, ready to enter PADI’s three-day external examination, after which you’ll be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor.

Here’s a look at the schedule of our 14 day IDC Koh Tao schedule:

Day 1:
The PADI System
Lunch Break
Introduction to Knowledge Development
Prepare Knowledge Development Presentation 1

Day 2:
Knowledge Development Presentation 1
Introduction to Confined Water Teaching
Prepare Confined Water session 1&2
Lunch Break
Confined Water Presentations 1&2
Skills Circuit
Home Work: Prepare Knowledge Development Presentation 2

Day 3:
Knowledge Development Presentation 2
PADI’s 4 E’s Workshop – Part 1
Lunch Break
Start Diving Lecture [DSDs, Skin Diving, Snorkeling, Children’s programs]
PADI Assistant Instructor Standards Exam 1

Day 4:
Introduction to Conducting Open Water Dives
PADI Assistant Instructor Theory Exam 1
Lunch Break
Open Water teaching presentation 1&2
Rescue Skills Workshop

Day 5:
Emergency First Response Instructor Course (EFRi)

Day 6:
Day off (or any remedial work)

Day 7:
Business of Diving Lecture
PADI Standards and Procedures 1&2
Lunch Break
Introduction to teaching the PADI Open Water course
Home Work: Prepare Confined Water presentation 3

Day 8:
Introduction to the PADI Adventures in Diving Course
Introduction to the PADI Rescue Diver Course
Lunch Break
Rescue Course Skills Circuit
Confined Water Presentation 3
Skills Circuit
Home Work: Prepare Prescriptive Teaching Presentation 3

Day 9:
Prescriptive Teaching Presentation 3
PADI’s 4 E’s Workshop – part 2
Lunch Break
How to Market Scuba Diving
Introduction to teaching PADI Specialty Courses (Project Aware, Peak Performance Buoyancy, Master Scuba Diver)
Home Work: Prepare Open Water Presentation 3&4

Day 10:
Risk Management Part 1&2
Lunch Break
Open Water presentations 3&4
Adventures in Diving Workshop
Swim Test
Homework: Prepare confined water presentation 4&5

Day 11:
Confined Water Presentation 4&5
Final skills circuit
Lunch Break
Prescriptive presentation 4
Introduction to the PADI Divemaster Course
Keep Diving Lecture (Diver Travel, clubs, scuba review program, Discover Local Diving, Master Scuba Diver, technical diving)

Day 12:
Open Water Presentations 5&6
Final Counseling and Recommendations

Day 13:
Mock Instructor Examination

Day 14:
Mock Instructor Examination


Following on from our 14 day Koh Tao PADI IDC you’ll be ready to enter the 3 day PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

This is an external examination conducted by staff from our regional PADI HQ in Australia. Over three days you’ll be examined to make sure you are able to teach scuba diving safely, working to PADI instructor standards.

The three day PADI IE usually proceeds as follows:

Day 1:
Pm: Orientation to the PADI instructor examination
Systems, standards and procedures examination exam (90 mins)
Dive Theory Exams

Day 2:
Am: Knowledge development presentations
Lunch break
Pm: Open Water Teaching Presentations

Day 3:
Am: Confined water teaching presentations
PADI Instructor Examination Closing ceremony and presentation


Here’s a breakdown of the costs involved in taking your PADI instructor training here on Koh Tao, Thailand. There are three expenses involved training to PADI Instructor – courses, fees and materials:

IDC Fee: £1037.87 (approx)
PADI Instructor Development Course, including Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) and lunches [14 days]: £1037.87

PADI Instructor Fees: £778.40  (approx)
There are a number of application and examination fees which must be paid directly to PADI (e.g. PADI IE Fee, PADI OWSI application fee, EFRI application fee).

PADI IDC Materials: £467.04 
For your own set of PADI Instructor Manuals & Materials you can purchase our IDC Crew pack for £467.04 baht.

Specifically, that will include:

  • PADI Guide to Teaching

  • Exam Booklets [Open Water, Rescue Diver, Divemaster]

  • PADI’s The Law of Diving Book

  • Teaching & Lesson Preparation Slates [Confined and Open Water teaching slates and cue cards,

  • Advanced Cue Cards, Rescue Diver Cue Cards, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Cue Cards]

  • Specialty Courses DVD

  • Hologram Decal

  • Instructor Candidate Information