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PADI Pro Course at Ban's Diving Koh Tao



Taking the Ban’s Instructor Development Course will truly unlock doors to travel the world, work abroad and train others to be ambassadors for our oceans. The IDC course is engaging, fun and hard work and when you’re finished the rewards are there!

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you’ll be able to teach

  • PADI Scuba Diver/Open Water Diver
  • PADI Adventure Diver/Advanced Open Water Diver
  • PADI Rescue Diver
  • PADI Divemaster
  • PADI Junior Divemaster
  • PADI Advanced Snorkeler (Skin Diver)
  • PADI Discover Scuba Diving
  • PADI Seal Team and Bubblemaker
  • PADI ReActivate and Discover Local Diving
  • PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • PADI AWARE Specialty
  • AWARE Coral Reef Conservation

Why choose us?

You will be learning from a team of award-winning Platinum PADI Course Directors who have been dedicated to professional level diver education for decades. Ban’s has some of the most impressive IDC facilities in the world. These include four crystal clear training pools, a fleet of boats taking you to the best sites around Koh Tao and a dedicated IDC Hub. Plus, with well over 250,000 student certifications, Ban’s offer the highest chance to further your career as a PADI instructor.

Our Award winning PADI Course Directors.

Ban’s team of award winning and Platinum PADI Course Directors are some of the highest qualified and experienced in the world. Together Tim Hunt, Monique Richards and Natalie Hunt have more than 65 years of diver training between them.

Meet the team:


Tim Hunt – Tim, originally from Canada, has been a PADI Course Director for 15 years and has taught in Thailand, Grand Cayman and North America. Having worked directly for PADI as a Territory Director, Tim has been able to make connections with industry leaders, dive professionals and PADI dive centres across Asia Pacific and is excited to share these unique experiences with Ban’s IDC candidates. As a PADI Examiner, Tim is certainly up-to-date with training standards, quality management and teaching approaches for professional level divers.


Monique Richards – Monique has been a PADI Instructor since 2002.  She has dived and worked in exotic locations which include Thailand, Egypt, Australia, India, Greece, Malaysia, Fiji and Mexico. Beyond her experience in diver training, Monique brings a wealth of knowledge with respect to dive retail, sales and resort management.

Noteably, Monique is passionate about the underwater environment and is part of a team (which includes Tim and Natalie) of marine conservationists who regularly transplant and monitor corals as part of an underwater reef conservation project. She is also one of our IDC LIVE online instructors, regularly teaching the IDC curriculum to candidates all around the globe.


Natalie Hunt – Natalie, originally from Australia, is one of the most experienced PADI Course Directors in the world.  With 23 years of teaching diving, her knowledge and entertaining approach to diver education will keep you hooked and wanting to learn more.  In addition, she enjoys the challenge of planning and executing tec dives, sidemount dives and self-reliant dives.

Natalie is truly a global citizen having dived and worked in Thailand, Grand Cayman, British Virgin Islands, Egypt, Canada and Australia. She currently manages Assava Dive Resort and teaches IDCs but loves to keep her hand in teaching beginner courses too. She is one of the most inspired, motivated and active dive instructors on the planet!

The most flexible IDC schedule in the world.

We have scheduled two IDC options for you to choose from. Perfect if you have limited vacation time from work.
The first is the more traditional 14 day IDC. This will include classroom workshops in the morning, followed by in-water work in the afternoons (schedule may change)

The second is a completely unique schedule, exclusive to our Course Directors. Complete half your IDC online at home, and half in person at Ban’s. The online sessions run twice per month over 7 consecutive days, 3 hours per day. Once you have completed the IDC online, you will just need 8 days in-water at Ban’s to finish. The in-water section will take place during the 8 days prior to any IE.

The IDC is two courses in one.

The IDC consists of two courses combined – Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor. It is designed to introduce techniques for teaching in a classroom, a confined water environment and also in open water. You will practice more advanced dive theory, as well as perfect the demonstration quality scuba skills you first mastered on your PADI Divemaster course. In addition, at Ban’s, we schedule time during the IDC program for Emergency First Response Instructor Training and include Oxygen Provider Instructor Training.

You will be introduced to the entire PADI system of diver education as well as the latest Business & Marketing trends in the industry. We will, also look at environmental concerns and make sure you understand the standards and risk management knowledge necessary for a qualified PADI Scuba Diving Instructor.

On completion of the IDC, PADI’s external examiners will make sure you meet the required standard, in the 2 day PADI Instructor Examination (IE).

Download full schedule and info pack HERE

PADI IDC Prerequisites

  • Hold a PADI Divemaster or Assistant Dive Instructor qualification with current membership of PADI, or an equivalent leadership level certification with another training organization
  • Have proof of 60 logged dives (100 logged dives to go through to the IE)
  • Have medical clearance of fitness to dive, signed by a doctor within the past 12 months
  • Hold proof of first aid/cardio-pulmonary resuscitation training within the last 24 months
  • Have been a certified diver (Open Water Diver course or equivalent) for at least six months
  • Be at least 18 years old

To join an IE, in addition to the above you must have proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives and have successfully completed the Dive Instructor Development Course (IDC)

PADI IDC Course Cost: 41,900 ฿

(all inclusive of breakdown below)
Included in the price:

  • IDC & EFR Instructor Training
  • Free Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Training
  • Free lunch every day
  • All equipment rental
  • Pass guaranteed
  • IDC T-shirt

PADI IDC Material Costs: 25,000 ฿

(all inclusive of breakdown below)

Digital Instructor Crew Pack – 21,500 ฿
EFR Instructor materials – 3,500 ฿

IDC Crewpack includes: IDC eLearning, PADI’s Guide to Teaching, Open Water Prescriptive Lesson Guides, Peak Performance Buoyancy, PADI AWARE and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation Instructor Guides, Aquatic cue cards for Open Water, Advanced, Rescue and Divemaster courses. Plus the famous PADI Ruck Sack)

PADI 2024 Fees

(all inclusive of breakdown below paid to PADI directly)

PADI Instructor Exam – $1120 AUD
PADI Instructor Application – $331 AUD
EFR Instructor Application – $228 AUD
(O2 Provider Instructor Application additional $131 AUD if required)

PADI Pro Course at Ban's Diving Koh Tao

BAN’S IDC Dates 2024

DATES 2024
Jan 9-14Jan 15-22Jan 23-24
Feb 6-11Feb 12-19Feb 20-21
Mar 5-10Mar 11-18Mar 19-20
Apr 9-14Apr 15-22Apr 23-24
May 7-12May 13-20May 21-22
Jun 11-16Jun 17-24Jun 25-26
Jul 9-14Jul 15-22Jul 23-24
Aug 6-11Aug 12-19Aug 20-21
Sep 10-15Sep 16-23Sep 24-25
Oct 8-13Oct 14-21Oct 22-23
Nov 12-17Nov 18-25Nov 26-27
Dec 3-8Dec 9-16Dec 17-18


  • Nick Davis

    We were taught everything you need to know to become an Instructor, and more. The Course Directors Monique and Natalie spent extra time in the evenings helping us with Dive Theory, so that our Instructor exams seemed easy.

    24/02/2020 at 1:10 pm
  • Rebecca

    The Bans Pro Dive team are amazing trainers. They are patient and calm and provide an in-depth course that both reviews the dive master programme but leaves ample time to learn all the IDC teaching skills. You leave confident you can teach others from the moment you pass your exams.

    04/03/2020 at 3:48 pm
  • Sachio Yoshida

    I would like to take a PADI pro course for Open Water Scuba Instructor. I have a certificate of Assistant Instructor for PADI. I have a limited schedule from 10th to 18th Apr. Please tell me if it is possible and fee of accomodation and training cource.

    14/02/2021 at 4:50 pm
  • Nicole

    Team are very strong. Nice experience and nice people.

    15/04/2021 at 2:59 am
  • Romain Telliez

    Can we do à padi idc in french at your place ?
    Thanks in advance

    30/01/2022 at 10:49 pm
  • Sarasa Mikata

    Hello, I’m Sara from Japan.
    I worked for Mori a bit in 2020 and I’m planning to take IDC course in April in next year.
    Thank you.

    Best regards

    21/07/2023 at 9:25 pm
  • Juan

    Hello , , Im padi dive master and I want to do the IDC , is any chance to get the course in Spanish ?

    21/11/2023 at 2:57 am
  • Johno

    Hi Tim. I did my DM course with you in 2008, Tom was the DM instructor back then. Som did my Rescue course. Do i still get free diving if I come back for a holiday?

    15/04/2024 at 8:57 pm
  • Natalia Rodriguez

    Hello! I’m Natalia and I looking for more information about the IDC course. I did my DM training in 2019

    22/04/2024 at 9:11 am

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