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Some Scuba Diving Sites off Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Some Scuba Diving Sites off Puerto Vallarta Mexico

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THE MARIETAS ISLANDS A group of 3 islands, La Larga (long island), La Redonda (Round island) and La del Medio (Middle island). The Marietas Islands are located in the mouth of Bandera’s Bay a... Read more

Scuba Diving the Breat Barrier Reef off Port Douglas, Australia

Scuba Diving the Breat Barrier Reef off Port Douglas, Australia

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The Great Barrier Reef off the eastern coast of Australia is easily one of the most fascinating sites seen anywhere on the globe. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is the largest reef in the world and h... Read more

Planning a Dive Vacation

Planning a Dive Vacation

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Becoming a certified scuba diver is the first step in unlocking the door to an amazing world that only a small percentage of the earth's population will ever see. The ocean is the planet's last front... Read more

Who Else Wants to Go Scuba Diving in Fiji?

Who Else Wants to Go Scuba Diving in Fiji?

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Fiji is synonymous with scuba diving and for great reasons too. With over 300 small unique islands that are highly distinct from each other, Fiji holds an endless charm for scuba divers and sea explo... Read more

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

Our visit to Utopia Dive Village Resort on Utila Island in Honduras

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Since becoming on of our Dive Resort advertisers last year, Utopia Dive village Resort has been on our list of places to visit. If you like remote, quiet and relaxing places to visit and dive, you mu... Read more

Scuba Diving Cebu in the Philippines

Scuba Diving Cebu in the Philippines

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Scuba diving in the Philippines would not be complete without a visit to the coral reefs of Cebu. Up until recently the area was a marine reserve belonging to the administration of two of the largest... Read more

Scuba Diving with thescubadivingdirectory.com team in Honduras on the island of Roatan.

Scuba Diving with thescubadivingdirectory.com team in Honduras on the island of Roatan.

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We loved the only 2.5 hour direct flight from Houston to Central America and the  island of Roatan, and love the nice locals as well as all the xpats of Americans, English, Italians and even Sou... Read more

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

Diving the Bunaken National Marine Park

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  The Bunaken National Marine Park was established in 1991 and is among the first of Indonesia's growing system of marine parks. The park has a surface area of 89,065 hectares, 97% of which is o... Read more

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

Scuba Diving around Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef

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Diving in the North Queensland area of the Great Barrier Reef is an experience that will allow you to boast that you have dived the world's largest reef system. Scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef is... Read more

Dahab International Festival May 14th-20th 2011

Dahab International Festival May 14th-20th 2011

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Dahab Festival 2011 Only days left till the Dahab International Festival from the 14th - 20st of May 2011. Planned to be Dahab's greatest celebration ever of all the things we love to do in Dahab. ... Read more

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

Red Sea Scuba Diving Destination El Gouna - Scuba Diving In El Gouna

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El Gouna is a great divers' destination in the Red Sea Riviera. For new divers, heated pools and calm local reefs provide an excellent start to your diving experience. For more experienced divers, El... Read more

Paddleboarding and Scuba Diving the Caribbean in Roatan And Utila Honduras

Paddleboarding and Scuba Diving the Caribbean in Roatan And Utila Honduras

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  I recently had the opportunity of paddleboarding the beautiful waters of Honduras. While residing on the islands of Roatan and Utila for six months, I ate, drank and slept scuba diving. And wh... Read more

Divers blow amazing rings of air in spectacular underwater competition

Divers blow amazing rings of air in spectacular underwater competition

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These breathtaking pictures capture divers blowing beautiful bubbles - at a bizarre underwater competition. They were taken at the first ever King Of The Bubble contest, which requires contestants to... Read more

Scuba Diving in Fiji.

Scuba Diving in Fiji.

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FIJI diving stats: Great for: Large animals and non-diving activitiesNot so great for: WrecksDepth: 5 - 40mVisibility: 5 - 35mCurrents: Usually gentle but occasionally strongSurface Conditions: Can b... Read more

Experts Called in After Shark Attack Causes Fatality in Sharm El-Sheikh

Experts Called in After Shark Attack Causes Fatality in Sharm El-Sheikh

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Egyptian authorities have called in an international team of shark experts to "assess and advise on the best course of action" after the Red Sea resort of Sharm el- Sheikh experienced five shark att... Read more

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

Important Steps to Avoid Decompression Sickness...or The Bends.

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Decompression illness is one of the leading concerns if you’re a diver, with the sickness a major risk for scuba divers. The severity of decompression sickness can range from light headedness a... Read more

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

Destination Hurghada on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving In Hurghada

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Hurghada, along with Sharm el Sheikh, is where it all started. These where the first two destinations of the nearly 20-years old diving history of the Red Sea. Diving in Hurghada needs no introductio... Read more

Scuba Diving Hurghada on the Red Sea

Scuba Diving Hurghada on the Red Sea

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The best time to come out to the Red Sea area of Hurghada is during the months from March to September. Diving conditions are perfect here during this period, although July and August can get oppress... Read more

Scuba Diving Lombok and Gili Islands off Bali in Indonesia

Scuba Diving Lombok and Gili Islands off Bali in Indonesia

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Lombok is an island located east of Bali and accessible by air, fast boat or public ferry.The simple pleasure of sunshine, white sandy beaches in quieter settings than Bali, unique culture, stunning ... Read more

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

Greek Dive Spots - Scuba Diving with the Gods in Crete

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Greece, and certainly Crete, is surrounded with an air of ancient mystery and classic history. The birthplace of Zeus, and said to be Goddess Kalypso’s Lost Kingdom, the island is a huge attrac... Read more

Shark Conservation Act Signed into Law to Curb Cruel Shark Finning

Shark Conservation Act Signed into Law to Curb Cruel Shark Finning

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WASHINGTON (Jan. 5, 2011) — Humane Society International, The Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund applaud President Barack Obama for signing an important... Read more

What is a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)?

What is a Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)?

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When you go scuba diving it can be frustrating when, for instance, you visit a wreck and find yourself floating down to the sea bed. A shipwreck often sits on the sea bead floor but some of the more ... Read more

Scuba Diving the Beauty of Bunaken in Indonesia!!!

Scuba Diving the Beauty of Bunaken in Indonesia!!!

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Beauty is being able to Scuba Dive along with other creatures of the sea , moving to the rhythm of the waves? In the Bunaken Marine Park, you will encounter that beauty, and you can also get a glimps... Read more

Five Best Scuba Diving Spots In The Canary Islands

Five Best Scuba Diving Spots In The Canary Islands

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Dive Holidays come only a few days a year. So if the opportunity presents itself, one should take advantage and plan a getaway to remember. It is particularly enticing to see pristine waters and pow... Read more

Shark fishing banned in Mexican waters

Shark fishing banned in Mexican waters

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The National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) decided to ban the fishing of all shark species in federal waters on both coasts in order to contribute to the conservation of the res... Read more

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

Coral Bay Diving – The Ningaloo Reef - Australia’s Forgotten Reef

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If you’re thinking of heading out to Australia for some of the best scuba diving in the world then you’re probably already thinking of the Great Barrier Reef. However, Western Australia h... Read more

Scuba Diving the Canary Islands of Spain

Scuba Diving the Canary Islands of Spain

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If you want to visit one of the many great scuba diving locations off the coast of Africa then the Canary Islands are home to many great scuba diving sites, Dive centers and Dive resorts. Here you wil... Read more

Top 5 Dive Sites in Khao Lak, Thailand

Top 5 Dive Sites in Khao Lak, Thailand

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Thailand has long been regarded as having some of the world’s best diving spots and Khao Lak – a resort town north of the more famous Phuket Island – is no exception.The Khao Lak co... Read more

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

Scuba Diving the Sha’ab Abu Nuhas Reef in the Red Sea

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Sha’ab Abu Nuhas is a coral reef northwest of Shadwan Island in the northern Red Sea. It is a navigation hazard because it projects into the shipping channel, as evidenced by the (at least) 7 s... Read more

Scuba Diver left fighting for life after being hit by propeller while diving in Egypt.

Scuba Diver left fighting for life after being hit by propeller while diving in Egypt.

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Imagine fighting for your life after being sucked into a boat propeller. On a scuba diving holiday in Egypt, Maurice Abrahams, suffered horrific injuries in this exact horrific situation – and ... Read more

Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

Scuba Diving beautiful New Zealand

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There are many dive centers in New Zealand as this country is perfectly positioned to see a number of wonderful rugged coastlines covering its two islands of the South and the North.  Dive s... Read more

Scuba Diving in Aruba, Dutch Antilles

Scuba Diving in Aruba, Dutch Antilles

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One of the famous so called ABC islands is the small Caribbean island of Aruba together with Bonaire and Curacao. It is situated about 15 miles off the shorelines of Venezuela. It is relatively easy ... Read more

Snorkeling – An Ideal Alternative to Scuba Diving

Snorkeling – An Ideal Alternative to Scuba Diving

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If you’re a keen scuba diver then you’ll know that nothing quite compares to the feeling of immersing yourself into the underwater realm. However, there are times when you might not be ab... Read more

Scuba Diving In beautiful Panama

Scuba Diving In beautiful Panama

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If you are in search to experience and scuba dive a tropical paradise, then keep your eyes open for special offers to Panama. Whether you just have three to four days, or entire weeks of vacation, th... Read more

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

Dahab on the Red Sea - Scuba Diving Destination

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Dahab, the famous town of the Red Sea Riviera, is a great diving holiday destination for the experienced diver and for someone wanting to obtain their scuba diving certification. World-famous dive si... Read more

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Jan 29
2013

Choosing a Dive Center to do your IDC (Instructor Development Course)

Posted by: sddiver96

sddiver96

When you take your PADI Instructor Development Course you will find it is made up of two parts; the Assistant Instructor Course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course. Once these are completed you can then gain your entry into the PADI Instructor Development Course. But which dive center should you undertake your scuba diving IDC?

First you need to seek out how much experience the dive center has under its belt. Are they simply a start up, or have they had several years of experience in holding Instructor Development Course programs. Also find out if this is the right IDC course for you.


"Where to do my IDC?"

Before you go traveling off to a dive center and complete your Instructor Development Course, you should first find out if the dive center is holding an IDC course at the time you may be visiting. Remember, dive centers would almost certainly have specific dates for holding Instructor Development Courses and will not be holding them every day of the year.
Some of the best ID courses are held in the UK and Egypt. The Egyptian courses are favored by many European scuba divers as the waters around the Red Sea are very warm and clear, unlike around Britain where you'll find many strong currents and cloudy, cool seas.
Talk to other divers around the world and try to join scuba forums where fellow divers regularly go online. Here you can pick up a number of tips and hints as to the best place to take your Instructor Development Course.


Those living in Asia may want to check out the many facilities in Bali, where there are lots of warm waters and professional scuba diving centers offering IDC programs. Also make sure all the equipment is available at the dive center when considering where to do your IDC. Does the center have all the right cylinders and body wear, and do they charge the right fees?

If you do go onto forums online, ask other scuba divers about reputation. Unlike restaurants and hotels that have many ratings from previous visitors, many scuba diving centers are without any sort of rating system, so it might be a good idea to ask around those scuba divers who have had experience and first hand knowledge surrounding each center. 

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