e-IDC with Xclusive IDCs – Leo Saldunbides – PADI Course Director

Hi!

Thank you for your interest in our professional PADI Instructor Development Center! I am Leo Saldunbides – PADI Course Director working in partnership with some of the renowned PADI 5 star IDC centers in the Mayan Riviera – Mexico & Curacao Island.

Please, after reading all the information thoroughly below and let me know if you have any questions. You can contact me directly via WhatsApp message (+55 21 9 9707-6963 / +52 984 207-7169) or Skype (saldunbides). 

Deciding where to do your IDC is an important step, and choosing which Course Director and facility is right for you can be difficult. 

Choosing a top-quality training center is not easy. We realize that you have choices. We stand for QUALITY, DIVERSITY & COMMITMENT. With a DIVE CAREER HISTORY of over 23 years and still improving, we do listen to your dive career goals!
That’s why our PADI Instructor Development Courses and PADI GoPRO courses, are considered one of the premier training courses in the Caribbean.
It is all about asking yourself the right questions…. I will set out below some information about us and our training programs, which I hope you will find helpful at this stage. It is a lot of information, and I hope it answers most of your questions.  

Turn your passion into a profession by joining the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)! As a PADI Instructor, you’ll experience a host of benefits, both personally and professionally:

  1. Enhanced Communication Skills: The IDC hones your ability to express ideas confidently, making you a better public speaker.
  2. Teaching Expertise: Learn how to organize and present information effectively, conduct skill development sessions, and manage open water dive training.
  3. Networking Opportunities: The IDC provides a platform to connect with fascinating individuals. Divers who complete Divemaster or IDC courses build strong bonds and share unique experiences.
  4. Global Career Prospects: PADI Dive Instructors are highly sought-after worldwide. Explore job opportunities across various countries through the PADI Pros Site.
  5. Personal Growth: Teaching diving not only lets you share your passion but also allows you to impact people’s lives positively.
  6. Marine Conservation: As a PADI Pro, contribute to vital marine conservation efforts.

Embark on a rewarding journey as a PADI Instructor. If you’re enthusiastic about diving and eager to inspire others, this could be the perfect path for you! 🌊🤿

Who are we?

Leo Saldunbides is an experienced PADI Course Director & DSAT TEC Sidemount Instructor Trainer with over nine thousand dives on his belt and over 2500 PADI-certified students and GoPRO candidates around the globe, from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the cold waters of Europe. Therefore, I have been awarded by PADI International for many years in a row. These award ratings are given only to those PADI instructor trainers that provide the highest level of quality in professional-level diver training, and the best track record for succeeding as an instructor.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)

  1. What is the PADI IDC? The PADI IDC, or Instructor Development Course, is a comprehensive training program designed to prepare individuals to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. It equips you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and teaching techniques to lead and certify new divers.

  2. Who can participate in the IDC? Anyone who holds a PADI Divemaster certification (or an equivalent qualification from another agency) and has met the prerequisites can enroll in the IDC. Passionate divers looking to turn their love for the underwater world into a rewarding career often choose this path.

  3. What does the IDC cover? The IDC covers a wide range of topics, including dive theory, teaching methods, risk management, and practical skills. It consists of eLearning, ONLINE classroom sessions with a PADI Course Director / IDC Staff via an online platform, confined water training, and open water scenarios. You’ll also learn how to conduct PADI courses and assist with student divers.

  4. How long does the IDC take? The duration varies, but a typical IDC lasts around 14 to 15 days. This includes the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. After completing the IDC, you’ll take the Instructor Examination (IE) to become a certified PADI Instructor.

  5. What are the benefits of becoming a PADI Instructor?

    • Global Opportunities: PADI Dive Instructors are in demand worldwide. Explore job prospects in various countries.
    • Personal Growth: Teaching diving allows you to share your passion and positively impact others.
    • Networking: Connect with fellow divers and build lasting relationships.
    • Marine Conservation: As a PADI Pro, contribute to vital conservation efforts.
  6. Is the IDC challenging? Yes, it can be intense, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. You’ll gain confidence, improve your skills, and become part of a supportive diving community.

  7. How do I get started? Contact US NOW! If you meet the IDC prerequisites, you can start your PADI IDC eLearning “RIGHT NOW”! Check below our  upcoming IDC dates and locations. Prepare yourself IN ADVANCE! We will MENTOR you ONLINE by reviewing dive theory and PADI Standards! Also we strongly reccommend you practicing your diving skills. Then, dive into the IDC and embark on an exciting journey under our guidance toward becoming a PADI Instructor! 🌊🤿

IDC Calendar 2024

BEST PADI IDC ONLINE
IDC ISLA MUJERES MEXICO
PADI IDC IN CURACAO

LOCATION

IDC Practical Part

MSDT Preparation + optional  3 weeks internship 

I.E.

IDC online Part

ISLA MUJERES

 Mexico

MARCH 04-13

MARCH 18-21

MARCH 15-17 

FEBRUARY 19-27 

THE DIVE BUS 

Curacao

APRIL 18-26

APRIL 30 – MAY 3

APRIL 28-29

APRIL 3-10

ISLA MUJERES

 Mexico

 JULY 01 – 10

 JULY 15-18

 JULY 12-14

JUNE 17 – 25

ISLA MUJERES

 Mexico

SEPTEMBER 10-19

SEPTEMBER 23-26

SEPTEMBER 20-22

AUGUST 26 – SEPTEMBER 03

PENDING CONFIRMATION

OCTOBER 23- 31 

NOVEMBER 04-08

NOVEMBER 02-03

KL

OCTOBER 16-22 

THE DIVE BUS 

Curacao

NOVEMBER 29  DECEMBER 07

DECEMBER 11-14

DECEMBER 9-10

NOVEMBER 11-19

   

 

 
BEST PADI IDC ONLINE
IDC ISLA MUJERES MEXICO
PADI IDC IN CURACAO

Previous GoPRO candidates testimonials

I recently completed my IDC and IE this May (2022) through PADI Course Director Leo Saldunbides and wanted to share my experience with others. The IDC course is very intense and requires a lot of commitment of your time and energy. You need to be self-motivated and disciplined with good time management to make it through the program successfully. For us, a usual day was between 10-12 hours at school and then a few hours self theory study at home or preparing presentations for the next day. Days off were usually also used to get up to the neccesary theory level. There isn't much time for anything else that isn't diving related so make sure you're personally in a good head space where you can apply yourself fully. The rewards later are more than worth it. The IE itself was not as hard or scary as expected, although you will not be eligible to take the IE without showing readiness in all areas of IDC study. The IE seeming not so hard or scary was mostly due to having a thorough and diligent Course Director teaching and preparing us to a level greater than what is required as just a passing grade at IE. Leo Saldunbides was a great fit for me personally as Course Director. He's vastly knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and entertaining and this was really a great benefit during long hours studying in the classroom. He also offered certain additions to the course that other CD's may not such as a trip to a hyperbaric chamber, sidemount demo and a Bonassi resort equipment technician workshop after IE. All useful skills to know to an aspiring PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Leo was a great mentor and I would highly recommend working with him. I learned a lot from him and consider him a friend as much as a boss/educator. I also completed MSDT training on Cozumel after IE with Leo and other students from our course, which was a great experience and provided me with several important specialties to make me more employable within the dive industry as well as important first experiences leading dives in open water.
DANIEL GREGORY IDC MAY 2022
Daniel Gregory
IDC MEXICO - MAY 2022
First of all I would like to say Big Thank You to our course director Leo Saldunbides! He is high professional and one of the best teachers I ever met in my life! He shared with us all his unique knowledge and skills that will help us to become a successful dive instructors in the future! We have been studying a lot, but in a same time we had a lot of fun! We did a wonderful trip to Cozumel island where they have several dive centers and we have visited cenotes! What a Unique experience! Thank you Leo! I'm very happy that I choose to do my IDC and MSDT with you! I will always remember this amazing time. I not only received knowledge and a diploma, but also met very good people who became my friends!
DENY LETUNOV IDC JAN 2021
Denys Letunov
IDC MEXICO - JAN 2021
Leo, this has been a long time coming. You are simply the best instructor/ course director I ever had. Top guy, mentor, friend, instructor. Always willing to push the extra mile for his students. Especially me, Hahah physics and physiology. But glad I pushed through. I would be the OWSI I am today if it wasn't for you. If it ain't broken, don't fix it right. I would be your wingman any day of the week. From the first day that we met, me waiting outside your office, waiting to talk to you about doing the open water course. I knew by that long conversation we had I wanted to be just like you. That is skill wise off course. But right then and there you and your passion motivated me to become the best I could be. From DSD till OWSI and beyond. I'll always come back to you for further training. More then just my instructor. You are my friend!
BREANY SILVA IDC CAPE VERDE 2018
Breany Silva
IDC CAPE VERDE 2018
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