"Just completed my IDC through Sundive and can highly recommend them.The small group was great and course director Marc was awesome, he's very patient and has a great sense of humour. Marc made sure everyone was prepared for the IE exams (which we all passed).
The rest of the crew from Sundive were also very supportive and welcoming. Plus Byron Bay would be a hard location to beat!"​

G.M. Jan 2019




  • All training is conducted by Marc Sofer , our in-house award winning PADI Course Director. No fly in fly out educators!

  • Onsite (Byron Town Centre) discounted accommodation (for as long as you like!).

  • Unlimited Diving included at World renowned Julian Rocks Marine Park*.

  • 100% first time IE pass rate.

  • One of Lonely Planet's Top Ten Worldwide Dive Education Destinations.

  • Small group sizes -max 4 candidates for a truly personalised and thorough program.

  • Onsite training pool available for unlimited practice and training.

  • Additional workshops beyond the scope of a standard IDC to best prepare you to be an Instructor.

  • You get to hang out in Byron Bay!

  • Only 3 Km to our dive sites with multiple boats daily. Truly world class diving.

  • The complete system of PADI Diver Training, including distinctive specialties such as Shark Conservation.

  • Instructors and mentors with decades of experience and contacts throughout the industry all over the world, giving you unique opportunities as a dive professional through our Career Commitment Program.

  • Staff recognised by PADI with multiple certificates of excellence.

  • In-house equipment technician offering servicing and training.

  • Discounted prices for all equipment and further training, including Specialty Instructor, MSDT, Staff Instructor and Master Instructor courses and programs.

  • Did we mention that you get to hang out in Byron Bay?!?




Investment: $1650 

If required, additional costs are the EFR Instructor ($590) and  required materials ($1150).  Instructor Application fees and IE fees are paybale directly to PADI. 

Prerequisites: Certified as a PADI Divemaster, 18 years old, 60 logged dives, EFR Primary and Secondary Care training within 24 months, medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months

Total Duration: 9 days including the EFR Instructor Course plus an additional 2 days for the Instructor Exam.


When you take the step to become an Instructor, you want to ensure that you have the best training possible, maximising your success at the Instructor Examination (IE), reducing your stress throughout the process and preparing you to be the best Instructor you can be. Where you choose to train will dictate your future dive knowledge, skills, experience and employability. As with any career, professional development is paramount to your success and we provide an in-depth instructor development system that prepares you to reach for higher levels and shape the next generation of PADI Divers and Professionals.


The course itself is run over 8-10 days, with an additional day for any remedial work if necessary, creating a relaxed environment ideal for learning. During the IDC you will develop abilities to prepare academic, confined water, and open water teaching presentations. You also learn about the PADI system of education, how to develop good teaching techniques and various aspects of your new career as a dive professional, all while having as much fun as possible! At Sundive we have also added practical workshops during the IDC, such as CV Building, how to use the online PIC processing centre, using PADI Digital Products and a Descents Workshop to further improve your skills and knowledge and give you the best tools to become a great instructor. 


We hope that you will join us to start your adventure - where you choose to do your course should be somewhere you feel will give you the best possible opportunities and foundation for your new career. Whilst we’ve tried to give you an idea of what you will get as an IDC candidate at Sundive, the care, attention, quality and service that we put into all our courses is something you can only experience for yourself. 


2020 Course Dates

27th January to 4th Feb, IE on 4th and 5th

29th March to 6th April, IE 7th and 8th

7th June to 15th June, IE 17th and 18th

9th August to 17th August, IE 18th and 19st

4th October to 12th October, IE 13th and 14th

29th November to 7th December, IE 8th and 9th