Instructor Development Philippines, the most comprehensive IDC program in the Philippines

Instructor Development Philippines is the only dual destination IDC program in the Philippines operating through 2 PADI 5 * CDC Dive Resorts.

Instructor Development Philippines is the only IDC program run by 4 multiple award winning Platinum and Silver in-house PADI Course Directors in the Philippines.

Our IDC program

Our dedicated IDC team consists of 4 Course Directors, 2 Master Instructors and 2 STAFF instructors ensuring that you have all the support and help you need throughout your IDC training. Our IDC program is designed to give you the time necessary to fully master all the components of the IDC and includes all the following:

What our IDC candidates say...

  • I looked into doing my IDC at countless dive resorts around the world, and now I literally couldn’t imagine doing it anywhere else than with IDP. What a wealth of knowledge, passion, experience and compassion their course directors and staff instructors are! Amazing mentors, not just teachers. Their facilities are second to none. I feel blessed for this experience. Thank you Gabby, Berlinda, Tim, Rae, Ulrika, Julia & Michael. Not to mention the other countless wonderful staff within both resorts.

    Jasmin Knight - IDC January 2018
    Dive Instructor, Lord Howe Island, Australia
  • 15 days of IDC was absolutely amazing with all these people. With all the supports from course directors, master instructors, staff instructors. I couldn’t thank more for all the unforgettable RUNAWAYS! There’s so much to learn and there’s so much fun.

    Joan Lee - IDC January 2018
    Marine Conservation Philippines
  • My biggest concern about this IDC was an English, but nobody gave up on me, my course directors, instructors and even my co-candidates were trying to help me to get this far. It was never easy to me, nothing was easy to someone who speaks English as a foreign language like me. However, thanks to their super strong teaching system, well organized schedule, high quality logistics support and pleasant atmosphere, I didn't give up. Tomorrow, my IE is going to begin. Now, I am feeling quite confident, such a big change looking back on my first day, What more can I say? I would like to give my 5 to IDP and best luck to my co-candidates.

    Beom Sang Cho - IDC November 2017
    PADI Instructor, Liquid Dive Dumaguete
  • The knowledgeable and highly professional team of course directors and staff instructors at IDP have put together an excellent IDC that will make you ready for the IE. It's tough and you’ll be expected to work hard during the IDC but it is fun and very rewarding. The facilities and staff at Liquid and Atmosphere are outstanding and I can only recommend anyone who is considering becoming a PADI instructor to do their IDC with IDP!

    Emil Oestergaard - IDC November 2017
    Freelance Instructor on board sailing boats, Philippines

Your PADI Course Directors

PADI Course Directors Gabrielle Holder, Tim Latimer,
Berlinda Koolen
and Tracy Chan have over 50 years’ experience in the diving industry. Together they are an amazingly dedicated team who will work with each candidate to ensure you successfully pass your PADI IDC. We know we're biased, but we think that they head up the best PADI Instructor Course in the Philippines.

We are the only IDC program in the Philippines that has 4 in-house Course Directors that work full time at their respective dive resorts, which means they are here for you before, during and after your IDC program. In 2018 Tim and Berlinda received the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating while Tracy managed to get to Silver Course Director since passing her CDTC in September.

We are also the only IDC program that is run through 2 PADI 5* CDC dive centers, which is the highest award given by PADI to any dive center worldwide.

Quite simply there is no other Instructor Development program available that can offer as much experience across two of the best dive resorts with 4 experienced Course Directors in the Philippines.

At Instructor Development Philippines you get to experience two of the country's leading 5* PADI Career Development Centers

5 Star Training in
5 Star PADI Career Development Centers

Liquid Dumaguete is a 5* PADI CDC Resort

Atmosphere Resorts and Spa is a 5* PADI CDC Resort

Through this dual collaboration of two respected and yet very different dive shops we are able to offer all IDC candidates a unique internship opportunity. Not only will you have a great IDC, but upon successful completion of your course you can choose to enroll in a 2-4 week working internship where you will be able to gain experience working in 2 PADI 5* CDC Dive Resorts.

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Live the dream - become a PADI Instructor


Pro level Courses

We have put over 143 candidates successfully through the PADI Instructor Development Course. In our PADI MSDT internship program we have trained over 665 instructor specialty certifications. We do not give false promises and guarantees; instead we simply prepare you for your IE and life as a PADI instructor.


With our multi-lingual dedicated IDC team we have you covered. We can conduct our programs in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Swedish, Dutch, German, French and Spanish. PADI materials and our IDC Touch products are also available in most languages.