Dive instructor course – your new career

Dive Instructors - IDC

฿ 38,000*

/ per course

18+ Age

10 Days

Nothing more challenging than a dive instructor course

A dive instructor course, or IDC, is the start of your new career. The I.D.D. instructor course is quality training, and what could be more fun to do such a thing on a sunny island in the tropics?

Why take your dive instructor course on Koh Tao?

Koh Tao is known as one of the best dive sites in Asia to take an instructor course. Currently, more than half of all diving certifications in Thailand are obtained on Koh Tao.

There is a vibrant diving industry so almost guaranteed work after your training!

Although backpackers are far from the only visitors anymore, there is still that unique, laid-back atmosphere that has made Koh Tao one of the most popular diving islands in the world.

Course Director Impian Divers

The course is taught by I.D.D / I.A.D.S course director & examiner: Robert Rhemrev, having over 23 years of teaching experience in the diving industry and 14 years in other fields.

His diving and knowledge experience coupled with a lot of passion and commitment to diving makes his dive instructor course one of the best of their kind, especially on Koh Tao.

Diving experience from your course director

Meanwhile, quite a few dive masters & dive instructors have been trained by him and his dive teams, who are now working all over the diving world.

Dive instructor course candidates
An instructor course aims to train a professionally oriented dive master to become a professional diving instructor.

The 10-day program is followed by an instructor’s exam.
You will be trained as being an I.D.D / I.A.D.S Open Water Scuba, Medical Trained, Oxygen & AED Provider Instructor with the following in addition:

  • Free preparation course
  • Free fun diving
  • Work internship to gain experience
Dive shop philosophy

A good instructor course is absolutely necessary to be fully prepared to teach in the real diving world.

The “Guarantee of Success” slogan of other dive centers is downright absurd, which basically means that they only prepare you to pass the instructors’ final exam.

As long as you do your best, prepare well and dare to ask questions, we are confident that you will successfully complete the course.


First, we evaluate your diving skills learned during your I.D.D dive master course. Next, you will be introduced to:

  • complete system of diving training
  • the latest business & marketing trends
  • overview of the diving industry
  • environmental issues and marine conservation projects
  • risk management
  • legal knowledge required for a professional diving instructor.
  • Minimum age 18;
  • Medical Trained or equivalent;
  • IDD or DAN AED & Oxygen Provider;
  • Proof of a minimum of 80 dives (excluding training dives);
  • Valid medical examination certificate (Fit to Dive)
  • Signed release of liability.
  • Great hands-on diving experience;
  • Great theoretical knowledge;
  • Good verbal ability and teaching skills;
  • A professional attitude and the right philosophy


  • Workbook
  • Digital Instructor books
  • Digital Standard & Procedures
  • all digital learning materials from:
    • Open Water to dive master
    • Medical; O2 and AED


We introduce you to teaching methods for classroom, pool and open water presentations.
Perfecting your rescue diving skills & skills demonstrations .

  • Course orientation
  • Risk Management
  • Modular education system
  • Preparation, skills and techniques
  • Positioning instructor and assistant
  • Attitude of the instructor
  • Diving industry overview
  • Continuing education
  • Dive accident statistics and analysis (DOSA)
  • Review
    • (theoretical lessons, pool and outdoor water lessons);
*Cost summary

There are two costs associated with the instructor course – namely the price for the course, and for registering membership at ‘t headquarters of I.D.D Netherlands

Instructor Course (includes Medical Trained, O2 & AED instructor)

Price: 38,000 ฿

Instructor cadre & certification application

Price: 4,000 ฿

Participants transferring from another training organization must purchase dive master training slates:

Price: 2,000 ฿

Examination diving instructor course

An examiner will assess whether you meet the required standards and norms to begin training students as a diving professional.
This final exam takes 2.5 days

During these days, your knowledge on the following topics will be evaluated:

  • Instructor Training Course;
  • Open Water Diver course;
  • Advanced Diver course;
  • Rescue Diver course;
  • Divemaster and Assistant Instructor course;
  • Standard and Procedures;
  • First Aid and CPR.
  • A professional attitude and the right philosophy

Internship option

Teaching a group of divers for the 1st time takes some getting used to.
Once you have completed the instructor course, we invite you to apply your skills with us.

Our internship program offers you to first spend some time team-teaching with the Impian Divers dive team. So going to help train students in shallow water and during open water dives .

As your self-confidence increases, organizationally everything will begin to run much more smoothly and then you can run your own courses on your own.

Continued options

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning to dive is done at a diving school. It is wise to choose a diving school affiliated with a reputable organization such as the IDD, SSI, NOB, NAUI or PADI.

Know that these organizations themselves do not have diving schools, but diving schools themselves choose from one of the many training systems.

Diving is not dangerous, even in Thailand, as long as you are properly trained by a recognized diving school and you continue to follow the basic rules. There are only 3 of them:

  • Always keep breathing
  • Do not take off too fast (10 m / minute)
  • And stay with your buddy

Diving or learning to dive during your vacation is an awesome experience. However, one of the things you have to watch out for here is diver’s disease (also called caisson disease or decompression sickness). This is caused by if you stay underwater too long and/or if you ascend to the surface too quickly after a dive.

Main reason for this diver’s illness is dehydration, poor physical condition, medication use or flying too fast after your last dive. So everything is easily prevented by: eA good training, good preparation, good dive planning, staying healthy and not flying for 24 hours after your last dive.

Diving for kids is a dream, but can become extra fun if you can dive together with your kids or as your whole family.

Impian Divers Tao is happy to help make that dream come true. For families with young children as well as families with teenagers, we think about customized solutions.

How about a diving course tailored exclusively to your family? Learn together, dive together and get your diving license together.

When to Thailand to dive is a common question. Logical when you fly 11,000 km with.

Thailand has a tropical climate and it is about 26 -30 degrees all year round. The best travel time is from December through June. Then there is little rain and lots of sunshine, exactly what you want when you are at the beach!

During the months of July and August there is a bit more wind and normally November is the rainy month here on Koh Tao.

Koh Tao is fine to visit all year round, but sometimes there is a chance of a daily tropical shower. The advantage of this is that everything is in bloom nicely and it is a little less hot!

However, for a diving course, it doesn’t matter. Wet we will get anyway!
There are dive sites all around Koh Tao, so we always find a sheltered spot for the shallow water exercises.

Sometimes visibility is a little less, but this can also occur during the dry season.

This is because the Gulf of Thailand is relatively shallow, and because of the heat, algae grow in abundance . A little wind (often around the turn of the moon) and visibility will be a little less for a while.

Please email us about what the weather is like. We ourselves do not like nice weather talk and we will give you an honest answer. However, as in the Netherlands: nothing remains as unpredictable as the weather.

We check the wind and rain daily on this website

All costs clearly listed for you in this list.

All other training certificates are equivalent for the required training levels.
The course requirements and minimum ages are based on the I.D.D. standards & procedures 2022

Please email us for information on SSI or PADI course prices and ages: booking@impian-divers.com

We of course offer the IDD as e-learning, easy as preparation. Actuell the course in Dutch, English and German, is available. If you would like to sign up for an e-learning course, please let us know at booking@impian-divers.com

Upon arrival Koh Tao is just a short walk away! You can find us very easily on the main street of Mae Haad.
Impian Divers can be found 50m after the Seven/11 on the left. You can find a map on our contact page.

Impian Divers focuses mainly on the Dutch and Belgian divers, who want to visit Koh Tao.

However, we are as international as any other diving school here on the island, as we give diving lessons in English, French, German and Thai. In other words, should you travel with non-Dutchman(s), everyone is more than welcome with us.