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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: 21,500 ฿

(all inclusive of breakdown below)

Digital Instructor Crew Pack – 18,500 ฿
EFR Instructor materials – 3000 ฿

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 2023 Fees 1,582 $AUD

(all inclusive of breakdown below paid to PADI directly)

PADI Instructor Exam – $1055 AUD
PADI Instructor Application – $312 AUD
EFR Instructor Application – $215 AUD
(O2 Provider Instructor Application additional $123 AUD if required)

PADI Pro Course at Ban's Diving Koh Tao

BAN’S IDC Dates 2023

AI (Assistant Instructor)Jan 10th - 15thFeb 7th - 12thMar 7th - 12thApril 4th - 9thMay 2nd - 7thJune 6th - 11th
Day off (Remedial Training) Jan 16thFeb 13thMar 13thApril 10thMay 8thJune 12th
EFRI Jan 17thFeb 14th - Mar 14thApril 11thMay 9thJune 13th
OWSIJan 18th - 20th Feb 15th - 17thMar 15th - 17thApril 12th - 14thMay 10th - 12thJune 14th - 16th
MOCK IEJan 21st and 22nd Feb 18th - 19thMar 18th - 19thApril 15th - 16thMay 13th-14thJune 17th - 18th
Day off (Remedial Training)Jan 23rd Feb 20thMar 20thApr 17thMay 15thJune 19th
IE Instructor Exams Jan 24th - 25th Feb 21st and 22ndMar 21st and 22ndApr 18th and 19thMay 16th and 17thJun 20th and 21st
Day off Jan 26thFeb 23rdMar 23rdApril 20thMay 18thJune 22nd
Specialty Instructor Jan 27thFeb 24thMar 24thApril 21stMay 19thJune 23rd
AI (Assistant Instructor)July 4th - 9thAug 1st - 6thSep 5th - 10thOct 3rd - 8thNov 7th - 12thDec 5th - 10th
Day off (Remedial Training)July 10thAug 7thSep 11thOct 9thNov 13thDec 11th
EFRI July 11th Aug 8thSep 12thOct 10thNov 14thDec 12th
OWSIJuly 12th -14thAug 9th - 11thSep 13th - 15thOct 11th - 13thNov 15th - 17thDec 13th - 15th
MOCK IEJuly 15th -16thAig 12th - 13thSep 16th - 17thOct 14th - 15th Nov 18th - 19thDec 16th - 17th
Day off (Remedial Training)July 17th Aug 14thSep 18thOct 16thNov 20thDec 18th
IE Instructor ExamsJuly 18th - 19thAug 15th and 16thSep 19th and 20thOct 17th and 18thNov 21st and 22ndDec 19th and 20th
Day off July 20thAug 17thSep 21stOct 19thNov 23rdDec 21st
Specialty InstructorJuly 21stAug 18thSep 22ndOct 20thNov 24thDec 22nd


  • 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
  • John

    Was very very very nice

    12/03/2020 at 12:51 am
  • 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

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