PADI IDC Training Thailand: PADI Diving Instructor Development Courses

Our purpose built PADI 5*IDC & TecRec Rebreather Centre complete with scuba diving training pools and computerised classrooms.

We conduct all our courses, both professional and recreational levels, at our PADI 5* IDC Training Centre. This is PADI 5* Instructor Development Centre (IDC) & TecRec Centre Indepth Dive Centre S-36108. The IDC Training centre was built and designed specifically by divers to cater for divers and their special needs.

In 2009 Chris, owner of Indepth, decided it was time to stop running his IDC program through other dive centres. This was because he was tired of working with people who he didn’t really feel understood how PADI Courses should be taught. Nor did they invest enough time, money or effort making the quality Training facilities we expect at the top levels of the Diving Industry.

So in 2009 Chris and his diving Wife bought a building and promptly demolished most of it. We knocked down every wall, took off the the roof, ripped out all the electrics, smashed all the tiles and re-plumbed the building. We really do mean we demolished everything and quite literally rebuilt the entire building. This included adding half a floor which was originally “open plan.” We also built an equipment room onto the back of the building. We wanted to create the “perfect” IDC Training Instructional facility. One in which Chris would have liked to be studying and working in when he took his own PADI IDC. As well as his other PADI scuba diving & Poseidon Rebreather Courses.

Indepth Dive Centre is entered either from the front of the building through Retail or through the door on the side of the building. The side entrance is in fact the correct entrance to the IDC Training Centre. On the ground floor are lockers for for students to lock up anything they wish to. We also have drying racks for dive equipment and Rebreathers. There is a work bench and the equipment room where we store all our rental equipment and customers equipment. The Poseidon Rebreathers are usually on the ground floor either on display in the shop or boxed up.

Moving upstairs you will find the main Indepth IDC classroom. This is complete with LCD projectors, computers and huge glass wall which acts as a whiteboard as well as to project onto. We built the speakers into the ceiling and there are international sockets just about everywhere. The classroom is fitted with nice of white desks and comfy chairs.

The second classroom is set up in a very deliberately a different style. This is complete with sofa style furnishings and coffee table and huge flat screen TV. The Instructor just plugs his notebook in and off we go!

At the time of writing the very top floor is in the process of being turned into a Rebreather CCR and Tec Diving dedicated floor!
Between the classrooms is social area. This has a full size fridge for students to use for drinks and snacks. For example if you like fresh milk in your coffee then go buy some fresh milk and put it in the fridge! If you like drinking cold coke but a large bottle and stick it in the fridge. Beer has also been known to live in the fridge during IDCs for evening study "refreshment". There is also cold and hot water, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and so on.

And last but not least is the balcony which makes up the entire equipment room roof. This is where students can get some fresh air during class breaks or a cigarette for those who don’t like the fresh air.

We use two pools both purpose built for scuba diver training. The first is two minutes’ walk from the Training Centre. This pool has a vertical wall of 3m which is great for training students realistically. Especially skills like ascents and descents, equalizing, neutral buoyancy exercises like hovering etc. These can be difficult in the usual 1.8-2m deep pools or less normally found in Phuket and Thailand.

The second pool we use it around 10 minutes’ drive away. However it is very, very big, crystal clear and complete with a superb 5m vertical drop off! This is absolutely perfect for Phuket Rebreather training dives as well as IDC Training and all regular diving classes. The facilities include showers, changing rooms, drinking water, and large aircon room. As we pay by the day to use this pool they also serve us lunch which is cooked onsite.

For IDC Training this is a perfect pool for PADI Open Water Course presentations. It also allows realistic practice of Rescue Diver exercises! Especially skills with underwater approaches and assignments like rigging lift bags from the Search and Recovery Course. All of which are Open Water skills which you can expect at the IE.

This pool is just AWESOME for Rebreather Training Dives!

Tanks, compressor and EANx blending station are located in a building next to IDC Training center. This is run by a Thai company dedicated to tank filling, servicing and equipment repair. This helps ensure the peace and quiet you want for your training with no compressor running in the background.