with our IDC College

Our CDC (Career Development Center) has been selling SDI & PADI Dive instructor courses (*) for well over two decades. On a regular basis, we promote SDI & PADI IDCs (*) plus the prior training and dive experience necessary for admission to the diving instructor course level. We facilitate the strongest SDI & PADI diving Instructor courses of its kind with unique in-house job placement opportunities. Apart from the 20% ONLINE DISCOUNT on the course items, the SDI & PADI IDC includes:

  • 2 extra FREEstudy days at the end with the Course Director to prepare the SDI & PADI IE plus his support during the IE!
  • SDI & PADI IE PASS GUARANTEE! Our candidates have the highest instructor pass rates in our destinations. Still, we include FREE repetition of your SDI & PADI IDC (the Instructor Development Course part) in the very unlikely event you do not pass the SDI & PADI IE (**)
  • FREEdive gear use except for compasses, signal devices, and computers.
  • Two FREE all-inclusive all-day Dressel Divers excursions and two FREE Dressel Divers T-shirts!
  • FREE IDC PREP course and FREE O2 Provider course with the EFR Instructor course!
  • FREE additional course days! Our Dive Instructor programs are longer than standard to make them less intensive.

As an alternative to purchasing the program, we also offer a Dive Instructor Internship that includes all required dives, IDC course, materials, equipment use, lodging, meals, and much more for free!

(*) The PADI IDCs (dive instructor courses) are outsourced to a PADI CDC center of superb repute.

(**) Additional SDI & PADI IE FEES are not included.


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Dressel Divers IDC PREMIUM Packages

FREE Course Instructor Internship

The Dressel Divers PREMIUM packages are available for those missing prerequisite logged dives and courses to enter the SDI & PADI Instructor Courses (*).

PREMIUM packages include everything you may need to become a Diving Instructor. Start from any level even non diver  with our ZERO 2 HERO Platinum PREMIUM package. The following PREMIUM packages are available:

  • Platinum Premium Pack (zero 2 hero, from none diver to Dive Instructor)
  • Gold Premium Pack (from Open Water Diver level, or equivalent, to Dive Instructor)
  • Silver Premium Pack (from Advanced Diver level, or equivalent to Dive Instructor)
  • Bronze Premium Pack (from Rescue Diver level, or equivalent, to Dive Instructor)

All these packages are available as PREMIUM PLUS PACKS by including the MSDT PREP. level, see below. We also offer FREE NITROX where available if you have the certification or include it in your purchase.

Participants with little previous experience may not have attained the minimum 100 logged dives requirement for entry and will need additional dives set up. With our premium packages these missing DIVES ARE GIVEN FOR FREE.

The prerequisite courses or the SDI & PADI IDC (*) itself are also offered for free with internships including free lodging, meals, and much more!

(*) The PADI IDCs (dive instructor courses) are organized by a collaborating PADI CDC center.


Entry Requirements PADI InstructorTo be accepted into the Diving Instructor course (*), you must comply with the following (Dressel Divers offers all these courses):

  • 18 years old
  • A SDI & PADI Divemaster (or equivalent of another certifying agency or federation).
  • An EFR Primary and Secondary Care (or equivalent) certificate that was completed within the past 24 months.
  • At least 100 dives logged* and 6 months certified as a diver at the time of the dive instructor course evaluation.
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Our IDC packages are available for those missing any of these prerequisites. Alternatively, you can also apply for a Dressel Divers Internship that includes all prerequisites, lodging, meals and much more for free!

(*) The PADI IDCs (instructor courses) are organized by a collaborating PADI CDC center.

Dive Instructor Course CALENDARS

Calendars PADI Instructor dive

We promote dive instructor courses on almost monthly basis in several destinations!  The course takes between 2 and 3 weeks. For exact calendars please click here to consult our blog, where we publish the dates and destinations.

As soon as SDI & PADI makes available the evaluation dates for each year, we immediately publish our SDI & PADI IDC calendar  (*) for that year in our blog. Normally our IDC dates are very similar each year.

These SDI & PADI Instructor Development courses are FOLLOWED BY an optional but highly recommended MSDT PREP course.

(*) The PADI IDCs (instructor courses) are organized by a collaborating PADI CDC center.

IDC College ROOM & BOARD Options


Our SDI & PADI IDC (*) classroom sessions take place in hotel conference rooms and use the pools and dive center installations right inside resorts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico or Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Dive boats leave straight from the beach of these properties.

Both these areas are a great choice to complete your instructor course or IDC package, with a fantastic selection of restaurants, cafeterias, beach bars and night life for all budgets. They have hundreds of alternative hotels, aparthotels, hostels, bed and breakfast and apartment rental opportunities so everyone can find what they are looking for in line with their personal taste and budget.

Our Course Directors will help find the right hotel set up for you and can put you in contact with local real-estate agencies for the renting of apartments or studios. Dressel Divers itself is based in several luxury all-inclusive resorts along these coastlines (see our diving section) for which we can provide very competitive rates.

Our Course Directors will also inform you what the options are for meals during the IDC which range from our economic lunch box to our special IDC student hotel day pass rate. If you prefer you can also bring you own meal or sandwiches.

(*) The PADI IDCs (instructor courses) are organized by a collaborating PADI CDC center.


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My IDC. Paul Flower was my teacher and a fine one at that for my IDC. I had been interning for Dressel Divers for almost a […]

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During the IDC to prepare me for the PADI Instructor exam I could fully confirm the professionalism of our PADI Course Director (Cris Maffione) and the […]

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Today, I passed my IDC/IE through Dressel Divers at the Iberostar. I am so happy to be a Padi Scuba Instructor with Dressel Divers. It was […]

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College Photo Album

IDC in turquoise water!

Course season extends all year!
Average visibility: +35 meters (+115 feet)
Coldest water temp.: 78.8 ºF (26 ºC)
Warmest water temp.: 87.8ºF (31 ºC)

Course Destinations



As an SDI & PADI MSDT, you demonstrate to a dive employer that you have good experience in teaching diving and also can teach a range of specialty diver courses. This makes a dive center or resort more likely to offer you a position. The specialties we offer are:

Specialty Deep Specialty EANx Specialty Side Mount
Specialty Drift Specialty Boat Specialty Wreck

All IDC packages are available PREMIUM version INCLUDING THE MSDT PREP COURSE


SDI & PADI Instructor Crossover Courses

Professionals that already have attained the dive instructor level with another federation can join our program to crossover to SDI & PADI with the IDC and increase other job perspectives.

Probably 99 out of 100 dive shops in most dive destinations are SDI & PADI.  So opportunities for crossover graduates are plentiful in great tropical places.

The course also results cheaper because you do not need to do the Assistant Instructor part of the program. But you are welcome to REPEAT IT FOR FREE with us.

padi dive instructor courses


Once a Master Scuba Diver Trainer your next stop is our IDC Staff course to become an SDI & PADI STAFF Instructor so you can participate as assistant during instructor-level training courses.

During our STAFF Instructor course you overview the entire IDC and participate in evaluation training, role model teaching skills and dive theory knowledge.

Prerequisites: You must have an SDI & PADI MSDT certification. If you are not yet an MSDT this is not a problem. We can include this course before the IDC STAFF program.



Dressel Divers is proud to present Cris Maffione and Paul Flower both SDI & PADI PLATINUM COURSE DIRECTORS, DSAT TEC REC Instructor trainers and DSAT Trimix Instructor Trainers.

Together they run the Dressel Divers SDI & PADI CDC (Career Development Center) and our TEC departement from our SDI & PADI 5 star dive centers located in 28 hotels across 4 countries.

Our CDC training environment prepares you for professional life like no other. From day one you are in the real world of an international dive organization with over two decades of experience and recognition for excellence.

Course Directors Cris

Cris Maffione lives in Bavaro, Dominican Republic.

Course Directors Paul

Paul Flower lives in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.


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    The IDC theory part course is available with SDI & PADI eLearning. So are the the academic parts of the prerequisite courses included in the IDC packages.