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 Advanced Open Water Diver or Rescue Diver level all the way up to PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer.

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.

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.

  • 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.

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.


  • 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.

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2018 IDC Dates


Prep Course:
November 25th & 26th

November 27th to December 4th

Days off to prepare for examination:
December 5th

Instructor Examination:
December 6th & 7th

2019 IDC Dates


Prep Course:
February 4th & 5th

February 6th to February 12th

Days off to prepare for examination:
February 13th

Instructor Examination:
February 14th & 15th


Prep Course:
April 28th & 29th

May 30st to May 7th

Days off to prepare for examination:
May 8th

Instructor Examination:
May 9th & 10th


Prep Course:
August 13th & 14th

August 14th to 20st

Days off to prepare for examination:
August 21nd

Instructor Examination:
August 22rd & 23th


Prep Course:
November 25th & 26th

November 27th to December 2nd

Days off to prepare for examination:
December 3rd & December 3th

Instructor Examination:
December 5th & 6th