Become a PADI Scuba Instructor at Buddy Dive Academy

You are dreaming of a career in the dive industry. What better way to start than on the Caribbean island of Bonaire, shore diving capital of the world? As one of the best PADI professional dive training facilities worldwide, Buddy Dive Academy is the right place for you. We maintain very high standards in all levels of scuba education, which will help you succeed as a PADI Professional Instructor.

Buddy Dive Academy provides career oriented training to prepare dive professionals for employment in the dive industry. We are proud to be the only PADI Career Development Center (CDC) in the southern Caribbean. By consistently teaching PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC), we adhere to the highest level of standards to train our candidates. This level assures a 100% passing rate in the PADI Instructor Examination (IE) and success in your profession as PADI Instructor. As CDC we offer job placement in Bonaire and surrounding islands in the Caribbean.

If you are thinking of doing your PADI IDC in the Caribbean, Bonaire is the perfect place. Our island has beautiful reef systems, warm clear blue waters and year round perfect dive conditions. Our PADI CDC offers a wide variety of Go Pro Packages that can take you from Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, or Rescue Diver level all the way up to PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

Join Buddy Dive Resort during our upcoming Instructor Development Course. The best diving resort on Bonaire and the only PADI Career Development Center in South Caribbean.

We offer the best packages for your IDC. Our all inclusive IDC package price is $2,900 which includes accommodation at Buddy Dive Resort, daily breakfast and lunch, prep course, Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty instructor course, PADI Enriched Air(Nitrox) Specialty Instructor Course, examination fee,  and much more.

Are you ready to live the life that you’ve been dreaming of as a PADI Instructor? Would you like to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of divers?

IDC course

Program PADI IDC

Buddy Dive Academy Instructor candidates are successful because of our passion and devotion for diving and teaching. Our PADI IDC is a life changing experience. To guarantee first time passing rate on the Instructor Exam (IE) our PADI Instructor Development Course is a 9 day program plus an additional day for the Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor Course. Our PADI Course Director and Staff will provide 1-on-1 guidance and personal attention during the entire program.

EXTRA Workshop by our Dive Operations Manager

Buddy Dive Resort has been recognized as one of the most active and successful dive operations worldwide. Therefore, we believe that using our experience with the everyday logistics in our dive operation to teach this important component in our PADI Instructor Development Course will prepare our candidates to interact with diving activities and management in real life. With dive operations for: Diveshops, Dive Centers and  Diving Resorts, it will be a very valuable tool for their employability and development in the diving industry.

Buddy Dive Watersports team

idc course

FREE IDC Preparation Course

During the first days we start with the FREE preparation course to review and refresh all dive theory and skills that have to be mastered during the IDC. We review Physics, Physiology, Skills and Environment, the Recreational Dive Planner and Equipment; and all the 24 Scuba and skin diving skills circuit from the PADI Divemaster Course. We remediate as necessary, as we know from experience that IDC candidates might want to refresh or refine these skills.

Professional PADI IDC Dive Training

After the prep course, our IDC begins with the Instructor Development Course Orientation, paperwork and breakfast together to socialize and meet each other. However serious the course, we think diving as a scuba instructor should be fun and enjoyable. Therefore our IDC is relaxed, personal and stress-free. We train you to prepare and perform academic, confined and open water presentations consistent with the PADI IDC guidelines, performance requirements and standards.

The PADI IDC consists of two parts:

  • Assistant Instructor Program (AI), duration 4 days.
  • Open Water Scuba Instructor Program (OWSI), duration 5 days. Day 10 is dedicated to the EFR Instructor Course.

instructor development

Buddy Dive Academy delivers higher standards than required by PADI IDC curriculum and performances requirements. During your course in Bonaire, we offer the following workshops in addition to the PADI IDC requirements:

  • PADI Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent.
  • Descents.
  • Knots tying.
  • Lifting and rigging.
  • Retail shops sales and management.
  • Standards and procedures workshop.

We enhance our training with a FREE week of on-hand teaching PADI Courses with our experienced PADI Instructional staff.

PADI IDC at the best Diving Resort of Bonaire

Become a PADI professional in the Caribbean while diving at the best Diving Resort of Bonaire. Buddy Dive Academy gives you the best possible professional Dive Training and education. We inserted the most effective tools in our PADI IDC package to exponentially increase your professionalism and employability in the dive industry:

  • Free IDC Preparation Course.
  • Free PADI Enrich Air Nitrox Diver Course (if required).
  • Free PADI Enrich Air Nitrox Instructor Course.
  • Free week of On Hand teaching PADI Courses with our experienced PADI Instructional Staff.
  • Free online counseling and tutoring with our Course Director to help you with the 5 theory segments 2 weeks prior to your arrival.
  • Free Equipment rental.
  • Free Job placement, we will help you find the job of your dreams in Bonaire, other islands in the Caribbean or anywhere else in the world.

IDC course


  • PADI Divemaster or leadership level with another diver training organization.
  • 18 years or older.
  • 60 logged dives to start and 100 before attending to the IE.
  • Certified diver for six months.
  • Medical Clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months
  • Emergency First Responder Primary and Secondary Care course completion (or qualifying training within the last 24 months.

All inclusive IDC

$ 2.900

A 2-week all-inclusive package.


  • Shared accommodation at Buddy Dive Resort.
  • Daily breakfast and lunch.
  • Prep course.
  • PADI Instructor Development Course.
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Course.
  • PADI Enrich Air Specialty Instructor Course.
  • Dive Theory Workshops.
  • PADI Instructor Candidate Crew pack.
  • Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.
  • Emergency First Response, Instructor Application.
  • PADI Instructor Examination Fee.
  • PADI Instructor Application.
  • Unlimited Air or nitrox, before and after the program.
  • Free rental Equipment.
  • Online tutoring for the 5 theory subjects (one month prior the Program).
  • Buddy Dive T-shirt.

For more info, please contact our coursedirector Pepe Mastropaolo via







2019 IDC Dates

April / May

Prep course:
April 28th & 29th

April 30th to May 7th

Day off to prepare for examination:
May 8th

Instructor Examination:
May 9th & 10th


Prep course:
June 16th & 17th

June 18th to June 25th

Day off to prepare for examination:
June 26th

Instructor Examination:
June 27th & 28th


Prep course:
August 12th & 13th

August 14th to August 20th

Day off to prepare for examination:
August 21st

Instructor Examination:
August 22nd & 23rd


Prep course:
September 15th & 16th

September 17th to September 24th

Day off to prepare for examination:
September 25th

Instructor Examination:
September 26th & 27th


Prep course:
November 25th & 26th

November 27th to December 2nd

Day off to prepare for examination:
December 3rd & 4th

Instructor Examination:
December 5th & 6th