PADI IDC Required materials

Being properly prepared for your instructor training course includes having the PADI IDC required materials. You don’t want to have to waste time and effort during the IDC searching for things you need to complete it. Below is a list of the PADI required materials as well as other things you will definitely need during the program to complete it and be prepared for the PADI IE and your future dive instructor career.

The PADI IDC required materials are:

– PADI Instructor Manual

– PADI’s Guide to Teaching

PADI IDC eLearning

– PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, Coral Reef Conservation and Project AWARE Specialty Course Instructor Guides

– PADI Skill Practice and Dive Planning Slate

– Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet

– Rescue Diver Final Exams booklet

– Divemaster Final Exams booklet

– Aquatic Cue Cards for Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and Discover Scuba Diving

– Skill Development Preparation slate

– Diving Knowledge Workbook or eRecord for Dive Theory Online

Your PADI IDC Crewpack includes PADI’s class-leading Instructor Development Course (IDC), on a new Digital platform, supporting the curriculum for 2020 and beyond. Includes all Digital presentations plus all the required, hard-copy slates.

The EFR Digital crewpack includes the eLearning and EFR Instructor Manuals

*- Not included are the eRDPML, RDP table and PADI student manuals for the student-level PADI courses such as Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster. You will need to bring your copies of the PADI eLearning or physical manuals for these courses to aid you in preparing presentations and participating in PADI system workshops.

For those of you doing PADI Specialty Instructor courses then the digital PADI Specialty instructor manuals will be available for download from your PADI eLearning section when you become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Do I need a laptop or tablet for the PADI IDC?

The short answer to this is yes. The PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC) is now very much eLearning based on your PADI Instructor Manual, PADI Guide to Teaching, and the digital presentations being completed online. There are also modules of the course where you will be learning digital certification processes and the PADI eLearning system.

While this is all possible from a mobile phone it is not at all practical. Having all of your PADI Materials available on a laptop or a good tablet can really assist you in being able to access your teaching materials quickly. For tablets, we would recommend Apple iPads at the higher end although it is possible to run the PADI materials from cheaper tablets such as the Kindle Fire.

You are spending a lot of money to become a PADI Instructor, and like it or not the way the world is going is to be more digitally orientated when it comes to educational materials. It is also eco-friendly and means that you don’t have to lug bags of heavy manuals around the world with you as a working instructor. A lightweight laptop or tablet is an excellent tool and really essential.

PADI Apps Required for the PADI IDC

As PADI professionals you will need to be familiar with all the tools available to you. On the IDC you will be using the PADI apps for tablets and smartphones to teach and source information. Make sure that you have downloaded all of the apps on your devices prior to the start of the IDC.

PADI Training App

PADI Training App

This is the PADI app for completing the PADI eLearning on. Students can download the course content so that it can be accessed when offline and complete their training anywhere on their mobile device.



This is the PADI app which contains your PADI diver eCards, your PADI digital logbook as well as PADI dive course information, and useful tools such as knot descriptions and rescue forms.

PADI Adventures App

PADI Adventures App

The PADI Adventures app allows divers to search for dive trips and courses around the world through the PADI Dive Center locator and PADI Travel. A useful tool for instructors to be able to demonstrate to their students how easy it is to find dive operations.