What Is An IDC Centre?

What Is An IDC Centre?

What Is An IDC Centre?

You have probably heard us shouting about our achievement to be recognized as an IDC Centre recently but what exactly does being an IDC Centre mean?


PADI IDC Centres are dive centres which have been approved to teach the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) to professional divers who meet the qualifications. At the end of each course an Instructor Exam (IE) which takes place over 2 days is hosted by PADI Examiners in the nearest resort center with candidates able to qualify as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor upon successful completion.

Dive Centres have to demonstrate to PADI a commitment to  PADI standards and the highest levels of professionalism to become an IDC Centre. Not every dive centre can host instructor training courses.

A Course Director oversees the entire IDC for each IDC Centre. Although the Course Director must be present at the start of the course, they don’t have to be insitu at the Centre permanently (many dive centres will often fly in or “rent” a Course Director)


Here at Circle Divers we are pleased to have 2 permanent PADI Course Directors at our centres, Jilly in Sharm El Sheikh and Andi in Dahab. Between them Jilly and Andi can boast over 40 years of professional diving instructing to divers of all levels, from Open Water to Scuba Dive Instructor and beyond.

Circle Divers was awarded the status of PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Resort on 2/1/24 for both Sharm El Sheikh and Dahab centres. The first IDC will take place at the end of January with the IE exams held in mid February in Sharm el Sheikh and Dahab. For our full IDC schedule check out the IDC page on our website.

If you are interested in joining an IDC at Circle Divers or have any further questions please contact our reservations department who can put you in touch with the relevant Course Director.

Join us in the next exciting stage of the development of Circle Divers.