Divers hanging under a boat at Bunaken

IDC Courses in 2020

Kickstart your diving career in North Sulawesi

A flight of 3 hours from Singapore takes you to a dream destination for divers: the heart of the Coral Triangle. Our PADI 5★ Dive Resort is only 30 minutes from the airport and on the doorstep of the Bunaken National Marine Park.

In this beautiful environment, you take a course that is focused, with zero shortcuts, thus making you the kind of Divemaster or Instructor you want to be.

Also, our pizzas are delicious.

Planned IDC's for 2020:

  • March 2nd
  • May 4th
  • August 10th
  • October 5th
  • November 23rd

Why choose Thalassa for your IDC course?

An experienced Course Director

The Experience

Simone Gerritsen (#24831) has over 40 years of diving experience under her belt. Her teaching style is extremely focused on quality, so there will be no cutting corners.

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Soft corals and red-tooth triggerfish at Bunaken

The Location

There’s no better classroom than the Coral Triangle, with is stunning coral reefs and some of the world’s highest biodiversity. Diving here is simply wonderful.

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The exterior of a Hilltop Room

The Complete Package

Besides the courses, we offer complete packages that include affordable accommodation, discounts on leisure diving, and above all: an awesome experience.

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Course overview & pricing

We have put together a lot of different packages to help you decide which course most closely matches your ambition. There are different varieties and options:

  • Standard courses
  • Plus Packages, including accommodation against sharp discounts
  • Premium packages, either with or without accommodation

PADI Application fees

Please note that all the courses mentioned do not include:

  • PADI IDC application fee (280 AUD)
  • PADI IE fee (975 AUD)
  • PADI EFRI fee (193 AUD)
  • PADI Specialty Instructor fee (111 AUD per specialty)

Standard Courses

Divemaster

Rp 15,435,000

(€ 970)

Duration: 24 days

Includes:
  • Crew Pack

Instructor Development

Rp 19,000,000

(€ 1226)

Duration: 12 days

Includes:
  • Crew Pack

Instructor Development + EFRI

Rp 22,400,000

(€ 1445)

Duration: 12 days

Includes:
  • EFRI
  • Crew Pack

Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI)

Rp 4,600,000

(€ 297)

Duration: 2 days

Includes:
  • Instructor student materials

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

Rp 1,500,000

(€ 97)

Duration: 3 days

Includes:
  • Instructor student materials

Plus Packages including accommodation

Divemaster Plus

Rp 24,600,000

(€ 1.587)

Duration: 24 days

Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • 50% Discount on diving
  • Crew Pack

Instructor Development Plus

Rp 28,100,000

(€ 1.813)

Duration: 14 days

Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • 50% Discount on diving
  • Crew Pack

Instructor Development & EFRI Plus

Rp 32,200,000

(€ 2.077)

Duration: 14 days

Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • 50% Discount on diving
  • EFRI
  • Crew Pack

Emergency First Response Instructor Plus

Rp 5,900,000

(€ 381)

Duration: 2 days

Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Instructor student materials

Master Scuba Diver Trainer Plus

Rp 3,450,000

(€ 223)

Duration: 3 days

Includes:
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Instructor student materials

Premium Packages

The Premium Packages offer the most complete experience and come in two varieties: just all the courses or with full board accommodation. On top of that, you can get 50% off on all leisure diving and even unlimited diving for the Divemaster & IDC internship.

IDC Premium

Rp 26,400,000

(€ 1.703)

Duration: 22 days

Includes:
  • IDC Prep
  • IDC
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep (3x Specialty Instructor)​
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • 50% Discount on diving
  • Crew Pack

IDC Premium + Accommodation

Rp 43,300,000

(€ 2.794)

Duration: 22 days

Includes ALL of IDC Premium, PLUS:
  • 26 Nights accommodation
  • All meals

DM & IDC Internship Premium

Rp 37,600,000

(€ 2.426)

Duration: 45 days

Includes:
  • Divemaster
  • IDC Prep
  • IDC
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer Prep (3x Specialty Instructor)​
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • UNLIMITED diving
  • Crew Packs

DM & IDC Internship Premium + Accommodation

Rp 67,600,000

(€ 4.361)

Duration: 45 days

Includes ALL of DM & IDC Internship Premium, PLUS:
  • 50 Nights accommodation
  • All meals

Simone taught me more than I would have learned anywhere else. — working with other instructors in Australia made me realise that. The deep knowledge and training was incredible.

Selimah, Australia

Hi there!

My name is Simone. I was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and have been diving for over 40 years. I became a PADI Course Director in 1993, making me the first female Course Director in Europe at that time.

I’m also the managing owner of Thalassa Dive Resorts Indonesia, where I train local dive guides until they venture out into the world to pursue a career in diving.

I invite you to come to my beautiful resort, spend some quality time with us and ultimately get certified as an Instructor.

Will you join us?

PADI Course Director Simone Gerritsen

Simone Gerritsen

PADI Course Director #24831

Simone’s teaching is straight to the point and her methods ensure the material sticks in your head forever, because she is passionate about shaping divers properly.

Maja, Switzerland

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PADI Course Director Simone Gerritsen

Simone Gerritsen,
PADI Course Director​ #24831

PADI Divemaster

​Be a leader who mentors and motivates others. Gain dive knowledge, supervision abilities, and become a role model to divers around the world.​

Be a leader

Love scuba diving? Want to share it with others on a whole new level? Take the PADI Divemaster course and do what you love to do as a career. Scuba divers look up to divemasters because they are leaders who mentor and motivate others. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do.

The PADI Divemaster course is your first level of professional training. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you’ll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems. You’ll gain dive knowledge, management and supervision abilities so you become a role model to divers everywhere.

As a PADI Divemaster, you’ll lead others as you supervise scuba diving activities and assist with diver training. Whether you want to work at a faraway dive destination or close to home at a local dive shop, the adventure of a lifetime awaits you. PADI Divemasters are respected dive professionals who are aligned with the largest and most respected dive organization in the world – PADI.

Requirements

PADI Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. You also need to have:

  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • At least 40 logged dives to begin the course and 60 dives to earn certification.

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply – ask your PADI Instructor.

Academic

The PADI Divemaster course teaches you to be a leader and take charge of dive activities. Through knowledge development sessions, waterskills exercises and workshops, and hands-on practical assessment, you develop the skills to organize and direct a variety of scuba diving activities. Topics and practical workshops include:

  • The role and characteristics of the PADI Divemaster
  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • The business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba
  • Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Your instructor may also offer the PADI Deep Diver and Search and Recovery Diver specialty diver courses along with your divemaster training to help you meet all requirements and to broaden your abilities.

You may be able to get college credit for the Divemaster course – ask your instructor.​

Equipment

As a dive professional, you’ll want to have all your basic scuba equipment, including a dive computer, a dive knife, and at least two surface signaling devices. During practical skills exercises, like underwater mapping and search and recovery, you’ll use a compass, floats, marker buoys, lift bags and slates. Your PADI Instructor may suggest additional gear that will be useful throughout your diving career.

Getting Started

We can send you a link for Divemaster Online – PADI’s eLearning option – to start now. You can work through eight knowledge development sections using a web-based system that lets you learn at your own pace. You also have access to an online version of the Divemaster Manual for reference during and after the course.

Another option is to read the Divemaster Manual when you enroll in the course and get your Divemaster Crew-Pak, which also includes other reference materials – like the PADI Instructor Manual and The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – that you’ll need during the course.

Instructor Development Course

This is a two-part course – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Learn more than just enough (to pass the test)

Description

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with the possibilities of a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PROSM with an Instructor Development Course.

The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

Academic

Over a minimum of five days, but usually more, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.

Getting Started

When you have made your decission to do the course we will send you a link for the IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

You can also sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC. If you not feel sure about your theoretical knowledge, the IDC Prep course will give you hands-on knowledge presentations to help you prepare for your exam.

Emergency First Response Instructor

Teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines and learn how to present course content while encouraging student self-discovery.

Description

CPR and first aid are key skills that are important to everyone, not just scuba divers. As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you teach skills based on internationally recognized emergency care guidelines, and you can offer courses to anyone. The great thing about EFR courses is they make learning easy by providing a comfortable environment to practice emergency care skills. Your students finish the course feeling confident with their new skills and ready to help someone in need.

The only requirements are that you’re at least 18 years old and have Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months. An EFR Instructor rating is required to become a PADI Instructor, but you don’t have to wait until you’re ready to go pro. You can complete or refresh this training during your PADI Instructor training.

Academic

Your role as an EFR Instructor is to be a coach that creates a positive learning environment. Along with learning how to structure and organize EFR courses, you practice:

  • Presenting course content.
  • Encouraging self-discovery in students.
  • Evaluating student understanding and skill mastery during hands-on skills practice.
  • Managing effective scenario-based learning experiences.

You may be able to get college credit for the Emergency First Response Instructor course.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

The ultimate recreational diver rating. All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned five or more PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be a Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Description

The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. (Potential employers like this.) Being an MSDT signifies that you’ve got the experience and certifications to offer all the training a diver needs to become a Master Scuba Diver – the ultimate recreational diver rating.

All PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned at least five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications can be Master Scuba Diver Trainers. This rating is the next step up the professional ladder and is a prerequisite for IDC Staff Instructor as well as for many TecRec Instructor ratings.

Not there yet? Ask your PADI Course Director about a Master Scuba Diver Trainer prep course.

Academic

Your role as an EFR Instructor is to be a coach that creates a positive learning environment. Along with learning how to structure and organize EFR courses, you practice:

  • Presenting course content.
  • Encouraging self-discovery in students.
  • Evaluating student understanding and skill mastery during hands-on skills practice.
  • Managing effective scenario-based learning experiences.

You may be able to get college credit for the Emergency First Response Instructor course.