Frequently Asked Questions

When you invest a serious amount of money in an Instructor Development Course you need to make sure that you do the right choice. We know there are so many IDC Centres out there offering a range of courses and so it can be very confusing for you to choose which one is best for you. What we have tried to do for you is to show you what the Instructor course is like at Blue Season Bali. We have no doubt that our team of PADI Course Directors, Master Instructors and IDC Staff Instructors are some the best in Asia at teaching Instructor Development, but we want to make sure Blue Season Bali is right for you!

Here are a few points you might find useful to help you in your decision process:

Why Choose Blue Season Bali for your PADI IDC?

There are many options out there offering PADI IDC programs. We pride ourselves in offering excellent training in a fun atmosphere and we do believe in the quality of our programs.


We are a PADI Career Development Centre which is the highest possible rating within the dive industry. Our PADI CDC rating gives us the ability to provide the complete range of PADI educational courses available up to the PADI Instructor level and beyond. Being a CDC allows more flexibility for Instructor candidates.

Total Commitment

Blue Season Bali is proud to be committed 100% to your personal and professional development during your PADI IDC! Our commitment is to make you the best that you can be during your PADI Instructor Course. Our basic principle is that we will match your efforts so that you get out of the IDC twice as much as you put in. Blue Season Bali was recognised by PADI Asia-Pacific as the winner of the PADI Member Awards for Outstanding Dive Business. These are just simple examples of our dedication to your scuba diving career.

Experienced CDs

Our experienced PADI IDC team has developed and mentored hundreds of aspiring PADI professionals over the years. You want to attend your PADI IDC knowing you are getting the most professional and experienced instruction available in Indonesia today. Blue Season Bali have one dedicated PADI Course Director and one Master Instructor on staff giving you the best possible service and attention to detail.

Personal Attention

Blue Season Bali takes a unique approach to running its PADI IDC’s in Bali.  With our experienced PADI Course Directors and Master Instructors, our course ratios are always small, allowing our PADI IDC candidates to ask questions freely and get the personal attention they deserve.

Payment information

Once you know what program you are looking for, and you know how much it is going to cost you, the next step is to pay for the program. If you are undertaking the 28 day IDC special offer then you will need to pay up front in order to reserve your place.  For all other program we require a 25% deposit to confirm your place.  Payment can be done through Credit Card (PayPal) or bank transfers and we will send you the details for that once you are ready to commit.  “It was great doing the IDC with BSB as they all, from CD to the guys taking care of equipment and office, were very professional and fun and easy to work with. The prep, IDC and MSDT holds very high quality. I enjoyed it a lot and felt very confident when finally taking the IE! Thanks BSB! Daniel Holmberg – PADI Instructor #258448”


Once you have reserved your place on the Instructor Course we will then send you the required documentation.  We need this documentation as soon as possible so that we can make sure everything is ready for you.

The paperwork that we will send you is :

IDC booking information – we will need to know your flight details, room requirements and stuff like that.

What’s next?

Now we have the paperwork out of the way, plus your deposit, Blue Season Bali will put everything in place for you.  That means you will have airport pickups organizes, accommodation reserved and all your PADI materials and equipment needs will be dealt with.  Basically, you don’t have to stress at all.

IDC learning agreement – makes you aware of your and our responsibilities

IDC Preparation information – this helps you understand what you need to do before coming to Bali, such as studying your Divemaster theory, reviewing your knots, practicing your skills and more. Medical form – you will need a medical certificate for the IDC and IE so you can either do this in your home country or you do it in Bali.

PADI Materials

PADI Standards require that all IDC candidates have training manuals during their PADI Instructor course in Bali. IDC candidates will keep their training materials after the PADI IDC. You will also have access to the most up to date teaching materials available in the world today. When you sign up for your PADI Instructor Development Course in Bali, we ensure that you are receiving all of the required PADI course materials.


Blue Season Bali has unique facilities in Indonesia that combines a custom built dive pool with the most up to date digitally equipped PADI IDC classroom all in one location. Our on-site professional training facilities provide the IDC candidate with more comfort and time to focus on their Instructor Development and minimize stress throughout. Our training dive site is just a few minutes away from the dive center, saving precious time in order to make the most of your IDC!

How do I start?

There are a number of steps that you need to go through in order to get yourself signed up for our Instructor courses in Bali. The first thing you need to do is contact us.  We need to know a bit of information from you , such as :

  • Your name.
  • Your current level of certification.
  • The number of logged dives that you have.
  • When you plan to take the PADI IDC with us.
  • Which program you are interested in?  If you are not sure we can help you to work that out.
  • Is your first aid certification current (within the last 24 months)

PADI Instructor Course Prerequisites

There are a number of prerequisites that must be met, prior to any participation in a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) :

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must submit a medical statement verifying that you are fit for diving and signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Submit proof of CPR training within the last 24 months. The PADI EFR course fulfils this requirement.
  • You should be a renewed PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistant Instructor, or a current Instructor affiliated with another certification agency.
  • Prior to starting the IDC, you must have been a certified diver for a minimum of 6 months and logged at least 60 dives.
  • Prior to attending the IE, you must have been a certified diver for a minimum of 6 months and logged at least 100 dives (PADI CDC).
  • Prior to certification as a PADI Instructor, you must show you have completed a PADI EFR Instructor course.
  • You are required to provide photocopies of all previous non PADI diving certifications.

If you are looking for an instructor factory, you are looking in the wrong place!

We position ourselves as the providers of the best quality professional development services available. There are cheaper and faster ways to become a PADI instructor. If you are interested in a “wham-bam, here’s your instructor card” experience, we are definitely not for you. Our new 28 day PADI IDC special offer allows more time and experience during your PADI Instructor Development Course. That, is what we call real professional development.

PADI eLearning, do I need it?

The PADI Elearning for the IDC course is a good way to save valuable time during your course. Our 28 day IDC covers everything in the program so it is not mandatory, however for those on a time constraint this is a good way to get started. You can also do the Dive Theory online and save yourself some preparation and study time beforehand. Email us with your timeframe and we will let you know what are the best options for you!

PADI standard

It is a PADI standard that you have the following materials available during the IDC :

  • PADI Instructor Manual – download available for free from padi pros web site.
  • PADI Guide to Teaching
  • Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
  • Open Water Training Dive Lesson Planning Slate
  • Discover Scuba Diving Cue Cards
  • Open Water Diver Aquatic Cue Cards – Confined Water
  • Open Water Diver Aquatic Cue Cards – Open Water
  • Adventures in Diving Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Rescue Diver Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Divemaster Aquatic Cue Cards
  • Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exams
  • Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
  • Divemaster Final Exams Booklet
  • Digital Specialty Instructor Outlines CD – Rom
  • Positive Approach Selling DVD
  • Children and Scuba Diving
  • Law and the Diving Professional
  • Business of Diving
  • PADI Open Water Diver manual
  • PADI Adventures in Diving manual
  • PADI Rescue Diver manual
  • PADI Divemaster manual
  • PADI Encyclopaedia of recreational diving
  • PADI Diving Knowledge workbook
  • Items in Bold are included in the IDC CREW PACK for $695.00 and will be provided to you if you purchase the IDC crew pack from us.


You are required to have the other materials, such as your PADI open water manual, PADI Adventures in Diving manual, and PADI Rescue Diver manual with you during the IDC. Please bring them with you to Bali as we do not have library copies for you to use during the Instructor course. If you do not bring the materials with you then we will have to sell you the materials to use. During the IE the examiner will check that you have all the necessary PADI materials. If you already have many items then you will only need to purchase the items that you do not have. You can contact us for more information on these PADI materials.

Standard Equipment

Prior to starting your PADI IDC with Blue Season Bali you will need to ensure that you have all the necessary equipment. Below is a list of the required equipment; if you do not have this then please let us know and we can arrange rental equipment for you. If you do rent as an option this is fine as you can purchase any equipment that you decided not to bring when you get here.

1. During all open water training dives, each student diver, certified assistant and instructor must have :

  • fins, mask and snorkel
  • compressed gas cylinder and valve
  • buoyancy control device (BCD) (with tank mount or separate backpack) and low pressure inflator
  • regulator and alternate air source
  • submersible pressure gauge (monitoring device)
  • depth gauge (monitoring device)
  • weight system and weights (if necessary for neutral buoyancy)
  • adequate exposure protection appropriate for local diving conditions
  • at least one audible emergency surface signalling device (whistle, air horn, etc.)

2. During all open water training dives, instructors and certified assistants must also have a timing device, compass, knife/diver’s tool (except where prohibited by law or local regulations) and two surface signalling device – one audible (i.e., whistle, air horn, etc.) and one visual (inflatable surface tube, flare, signal mirror, etc.)
(Note: All the information above is from the current PADI General Standards and Procedures section of the PADI Instructor Manual.)
At Blue Season Bali we will supply you with tanks and weights throughout the course. If you wish to have equipment rental then please let us know and we will arrange for you. It’s a good idea to make sure you are familiar with your equipment prior to starting the Instructor course. At Blue Season Bali you can spend a week before the IDC going for dives and getting used to your equipment. This will give you a chance to work with our Instructors and brush up with your general diving skills.

Extra equipment

It is expected that during all confined water and open water presentations that you have the necessary scuba equipment. We also recommend that you have the following items of equipment with you in Bali :

  • underwater slate and pencil
  • pointing device
  • extra exposure protection, especially during June to October

Pro Essentials Equipment Package

The professional accessory package is a really useful package for new PADI professionals. This is just one package that we have available for our Instructor candidates at Blue Season Bali

  • Squeeze lock Steel knife
  • Suunto SK7 compass
  • Whistle
  • SMB
  • Reel
  • Small underwater slate


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