Become a PADI Divemaster / Instructor in Mayan Riviera or Cozumel – Mexico

Since 7 September 2021 to 25 September 2021





Welcome to our PADI GoPRO – IDC !

Do you want to change your lifestyle? Do you want to escape from stress and routine of regular 9am to 5pm – office style work? Do you want to become a PADI Instructor?

First of all, CONGRATULATIONS for considering PADI for your professional dive training. PADI is, in my opinion, by far the largest dive training agency in the world!
We also want to THANK YOU for your interest into our PADI GoPRO programs / Instructor Development Training Course!

The GoPRO Program and/or IDC is your gateway for building a successful career doing what we love: diving, travelling and meeting new cultures! Choosing learning environment is the first step.
It is normal having many questions before take the decision; please see below some common inquiries. I will be glad to assist you in any way I can, so please do feel free to contact me directly using or OR by skype: saldunbides.

# When is the best season to come to MEXICO?
Diving in Mexico means discovering a uniquely diverse mix of tropical marine life. You may find shoals of fish in open water or sheltering in coral covered undercuts in coral reef walls alongside lazily hovering in and around some local shipwrecks. Yucatan and Cozumel Island are locations designed to bring fascinating experiences and discoveries to all tourists and watersports lovers with plenty of night life, shopping, and activity opportunities. It is a peaceful country with a “No Stress” atmosphere and friendly people. Its location is relatively close to USA and Latin America with reasonable offers and costs to fly over here. There is also opportunity to enjoy unique beauties as well as enjoying other outdoor activities like surfing, kitesurfing, fishing, and snorkeling. We must also mention it is a “winter free” country. During the winter (November-February) bull sharks are around and we also organize the world-famous bull shark diving, also occasionally sting and eagle rays, eel morays, different species of turtles, nurse, hammerheads and tiger sharks and large shoals of fish are year-round attractions. During summer (June – November) is the season for the Sail Fish Safari and Snorkeling with Whale Sharks in Holbox Island. The underwater world of Yucatan and Cozumel also offers the worldwide famous CENOTES, hundreds of cave dive system possibilities, deep walls and some shipwrecks and tremendous abundance and variety of marine life.
# How big will my IDC class be?

We are always aiming at giving our candidates the best possible experience and that includes small groups of usually maximum 8 candidates per Course Director / IDC Staff, which ensures you get the personal service
# Is the Specialty Instructor Training Courses available after my IDC/IE?

YES!!! Being able to teach specialty courses gives you the chance to pursue your own interests and makes you more employable. We offer wide range of specialties, including the 6 most popular Deep diver, Drift diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air Diver (MUST be EANx diver prior the course starts), Night diver and Wreck diver in our MSDT Preparation.

The PADI Specialty Sidemount diver have different prices and extra costs and are taught on demand afterwards.

Our Master SCUBA Diver Trainer Preparation Program is designed to be totally flexible and run alongside your OPTIONAL three-week internship and includes the chance to earn your first student certifications (no minimum certifications guaranteed). MSDT Preparation includes SIX PADI Specialty Instructor Training Courses and their appropriate dives (Deep, Drift diver, Emergency Oxygen Provider, Enriched Air, Night Diver and Wreck diver).
You can apply to PADI to become a MSDT Instructor once you have attained 25 student certifications at any level. The main benefit to you as a PADI Instructor is that you can vary your work from teaching “main-spine” core courses and programs and earn more teaching commissions. Specialty Diver certifications are essential if you intend to become a DSAT Tec Deep Instructor or PADI Master Instructor/Course Director.

Many employers insist on MSDT as a minimum rating in order to be considered for a job position. If taught by a PADI Course Director, you may begin certifying specialty divers immediately after paying to PADI the Specialty Instructor processing fees and receive the authorization from your PADI office, rather than waiting until you have certified 25 divers first. PADI application fees are also MUCH cheaper if you attend specialty courses with a PADI Course Director. Additionally, only 10 logged specialty dives are required per rating, rather than 20.

Once you pass the IE you will be qualified to teach all core PADI courses (e.g. Discover SCUBA Diving, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and Divemaster) as well as the following specialties: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation. These three specialties do not count towards the five required for MSDT.

Note that each Specialty Instructor Application incurs a further one-off fee to PADI.
Your annual PADI fees DO NOT increase with the number of specialties you are authorized to teach or whether you are MSDT or IDCS.

# What will I have to pay for?

We want to give you the best available deal FOR YOUR REQUIRED PADI IDC materials.
If you may have any questions about what materials are required, please just let us know as well if you prefer the IDC e-Learning option.
There are other fees that you will need to pay directly to PADI (by credit card or wire transfer) and not to us. This includes the IE fee, IDC fee and EFRI fee Applications. Also the Specialty Instructor application fee for those attending the Specialty Instructor/MSDT preparation option.

# Equipment Needed:
Complete SCUBA Equipment plus PADI requires you to have the following additional equipment: dive computer, snorkel; whistle and underwater sound device; compass; dive knife; Surface Marker Buoy; reel OR spool and watch or timing device with seconds displayed as some skills are precisely 30 or 60 seconds (a dive computer is OK only if one can see seconds in dive mode or if dive mode can be disabled, otherwise a cheap waterproof watch is fine). If you do not want to bring your equipment, you can rent this from us. The rental cost is 100 US dollars extra to use during your IDC and includes BCD, regulators, wetsuit, mask, dive computer, snorkel, and fins.

# What is the investment in the PADI Required Materials:

IDC REQUIRED MATERIALS ** (Prices in US Dollars)
PADI IDC eLearning Digital Crew Pack – U$559 + shipping to your country
EFR Instructor Manual – U$ 159 + shipping to your country

# What PADI EMEA fees should I pay and WHEN?

Instructor Examination – I.E. Fee – U$715
IDC Application Fee – U$199
EFR Instructor Fee – U$129
Specialty Instructor Fee (CD Trained) per EACH – U$74
Project AWARE card donation – U$20

• These PADI fees mentioned above will be paid after you succeed your IDC and be enrolled the I.E. – Instructor Examination by credit card or wire transfer.

# How do I get to Playa del Carmen?

It’s really easy! Cancun Airport is one of the main touristic Mexican destinations and has an international airport (CUN). We can arrange private transfers from CANCUN airport to Playa del CARMEN, if you wish for U$ 94 both ways. There is also a special shuttle bus service in the airport, and it costs around U$ 15 one way.

# What language will my IDC be?

The IDC itself will be taught in English, but we do have multilingual IDC Staff available in the following languages: Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

# Can I have my PADI required materials in my own language?

YES. Please, check language availability for the EFR Instructor manual binder.

# What else I should know?

Medical Clearance
You will need to have a current, unqualified medical certificate completed and signed by an independent doctor, confirming they find NO conditions they consider incompatible with diving. I would strongly recommend that you obtain this before you come and e-mail it to me for verification. Please find attached the current version of the preferred format in English. We are happy to send you this in another language if you wish. It must be completed no more than 12 months prior to the final day of your IE.

Prerequisite certifications:

I need you send me copies of:
# Open Water or equivalent (must be at least 6 months old);
# Advanced Diver or equivalent;
# Rescue or equivalent
# EFR Primary Care (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation—CPR) & Secondary Care (First Aid) or equivalent valid within 24 months;
#Leadership level – Divemaster;
# Proof of 90 logged dives to start IDC and 100 to attend the I.E.;

Dive Theory Exams

The IDC/Instructor Examination has a Dive Theory Exams segment. My preferred resource for you to prepare with before your arrival is PADI’s Diving Knowledge Workbook, which is in the PADI IDC eLearning Digital Crew-pack. This contains a chapter for each topic, being Physics, Physiology, Equipment, Skills & the Environment and Decompression Theory & the PADI Recreational Dive Planner (RDP).
Each chapter consists of questions with worked answers. PADI’s Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving is excellent to dip into for further information and is shipped with the PADI Divemaster Crew-pack. You must possess an original RDP table and electronic multilevel eRDPml, together with both Instructions for Use booklets, which again contain worked examples.
If you have a learning disability and have a letter documenting this from your doctor (or psychologist), then you will be allowed 50% extra time to complete your written exams.
Please note that, apart from our pre-IDC preparation days, dive theory is NOT taught as part of the PADI IDC – though it’s thoroughly reviewed. If you took the new curriculum or maybe it was a long time since you took the old Divemaster course, we can give you some tips and suggestions to enable you to study and get your theory reviewed before the IDC.

General useful information

Please bring some passport style photos with you (no hat, dark glasses or SCUBA mask and not underwater).
You will need a LAPTOP computer, amongst other things, to read digital versions of the PADI Instructor Manual, EFR Instructor Manual and PADI’s Guide to Teaching, which are necessary for the PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Examination, one of your IE segments. I DO NOT recommend a tablet, but it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you!

Please send me a copy/proof of a logbook page documenting you have done at least 90 dives (must have completed 100 logged dives prior the PADI I.E.) as this is also a prerequisite. It’s also required a MEDICAL CLEARENCE Certificate for SCUBA DIVING signed by a Physician valid for 12 months.

Another great tip is starting your studies well in advance. I strongly advise you DIVE THEORY online (question on purchasing, just contact me), The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving along with The Diving Knowledge workbook AND remake all OLD Divemaster Course (prior 2009) exams. You have another benefit Pro Dive International offers you: THE STUDENTS PORTAL. Please go to and log in the students portal link, then use the password Amsterdam .

I hope that this answers many of your questions, but of course if you need any more information to be able to consider things properly, then just drop me an email. I am here to answer any questions you may have, however seemingly insignificant, so you arrive as prepared and therefore as much confident as possible.

Best of Success!!!

Leo Saldunbides
PADI Course Director 184808

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