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PADI Dive Instructor


PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

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Starting at

$ 2085 USD

IDC + MSDT excl. PADI FEES & PADI Materials

PADI IDC in Costa Rica

Rated as one of the best in Central America our PADI Career Development Program has been the starting point for hundreds of dive professionals from around the world for over 20 years !

Included with our IDC:

  • 14 Training days

  • EFR Instructor Course

  • MSDT with 5 Instructor specialties

  • Enriched Air Instructor

  • PADI Shark AWARE Specialty Instructor

  • Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor

  • FREE Deep Specialty Instructor

  • FREE Fish ID Specialty Instructor

  • Discount on shop retail

  • FREE T-shirt

  • DIVE for LIFE Membership

IDC Schedule

IDC Dates & Costs

All Instructor candidates are taught by our PADI Platinum Course Director and then evaluated by external examiners from PADI at a formal Instructor Examination.


Here in Costa Rica, we offer 5 Instructor Development Courses (IDC) per year. The dates of these IDCs coincide with the dates of the PADI Instructor Examination (IE).


Additional dates can be offered if there is enough interest, please contact us for more details. You find our prices HERE.

IDC Schedule 2024

IDC COURSE : APR 11 & IE : APR 25 / 26
IDC COURSE : JUN 13 & IE : JUN 28 / 29

IDC COURSE : AUG 29 & IE : SEP 12 / 13

IDC COURSE : NOV 22 & IE : DEC 7 / 8

  • Why Rich Coast Diving ?
    Rich Coast Diving will help you begin your Dream Career as a PADI Professional. Our PRO Courses have been the starting point for hundreds of professionals from around the world. Rich Coast Diving takes pride in the quality and the professionalism of our teaching methods. But also the fun during our courses. Read testimonials of those who have been here recently.
  • How do I get There ?
    Rich Coast Diving is located in the small town of Playas del Coco. You can either fly to the capital of Costa Rica named San Jose (SJO Int'l Airport) and take a shuttle bus to Playas del Coco (5 hours). We can recommend the Interbus shuttle company. For bookings go to Or you can fly to Liberia (Daniel Oduber Int'l Airport) which is less then 40 min from Playas del Coco and from this airport we can arrange your pickup ($50 USD one way).
  • Accomodation
    For our PRO Candidates we have several accomodation options. Contact us for prices and availability.
  • What do I need to Bring ?
    We highly recommend that you bring your own equipment. If you do not own your own set of equipment yet, you can buy your personal set at our dive shop at a discounted rate or rent it (for divemaster internship only). As a future PADI professional the following items are mandatory and you cannot start you course without them ! We do sell all items with a 20% discount for our PRO participants if you can not bring them from your home country. As per Instructor Manual you need a dive computer, DSMB, compass, knife / divers tool, sound device (wisle).
  • What is the best time of the Year for the IDC in Costa Rica ?
    During the IDC you will spend most of your time in the classroom attending seminars, workshops and presentations. Then there are several pool sessions and a few training dives in the ocean. All of our training dive sites are conveniently located within 15 minutes away. We have access to great training dive sites with shallow and deep water. Conditions underwater can change from day to day but generally the water temperature ranges from 26 - 28 Celcius. So a 3 mm shorty wetsuit will be sufficient to keep you warm.
  • What is your cancellation policy ?
    You may cancel your reservation by written confirmation to up to 14 days before the start of your PRO course and you will receive a full refund. But in case of cancellation with notification within 14 days prior to arrival, your deposit will not be fully refunded (50% of your activities and 100% of the accommodation). Ofcourse we do understand that unexpected circumstances may happen and we can reschedule your course for free up to 14 days before the starting date. However payments made for accommodation reservations will not be refunded.
  • Course Price & PADI / EFR Fees
    Becoming a PADI Pro is not cheap but definitely worth it and we want to make sure that you can plan your budget accordingly by understanding all the costs and fees. You find an overview of the prices and fees on our price list. Do not hesitate to contact us for any questions or concerns you have regarding the costs of the PRO Courses and additional PADI and EFR fees. In short: ​ First there is the cost of the course for the training we provide you to become a PADI Professional. The cost of the course will be paid directly to Rich Coast Diving. Besides the cost of the course there are additional "PADI fees" which will be paid by credit card at the end of the training directly to PADI. As a PADI professional you will have to pay PADI initially to apply to become a member, as well as pay annual membership fees to retain your teaching status with them. ​ For the IDC candidates there are the EFR instructor fees and EFR annual fees. ​ Since PADI and EFR fees change annually please contact us for the latest update on fees.
  • How do I pay ?
    We are flexible and offer different payment options for you comfort. Please contact us for the details. Please note that bank and transfer fees are to be paid by the customer. On arrival you can settle your final payments by credit card or payment in cash (USD/EUR/CRC).

Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)


When you successfully complete the IDC, the next step is to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT). The PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating sets you apart as a dive instructor who takes continuing education seriously and is committed to teaching a variety of courses. Which makes you more valuable in the job market.


Once you are certified in 5 Instructor specialties you can start teaching and after reaching 25 Specialty certifications (in any level) you can apply for the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating directly with PADI.


We include the MSDT preparation directly after completing the IDC as it only takes 2 days. We include 3 Instructor specialties with your IDC.

  • PADI Shark AWARE

  • Oxygen Provider

  • Enriched Air Specialty Instructor


And we added 2 FREE Instructor Specialties to be able to apply for the MSDT rating. 


  • Deep 

  • Fish ID


We offer a very broad range of PADI Specialty Instructor courses depending on your interests. If you want to book them individually the PADI Specialty Instructor courses start at $150 USD per Specialty. And the application that you pay to PADI to become a Specialty instructor is $85 USD per Specialty course.

Don't Miss Out on a Career of a Lifetime

Instructor Intenship
3 Month training program including IDC, EFRI & MSDT

Rich Coast Diving developed a special Instructor Internship program for those who need more help and want to gain more on-the-job experience before starting their first dive instructor job.

This unique  internship will help you gain the confidence you need to start your career as a dive instructor. The total program takes 3 months and starts one month before the IDC starting date.


The first month you will work as a divemaster which means you will assist on PADI courses and assist guiding certified  divers. During the first month we also help you to prepare for the IDC and get your knowledge and skills up to date. After the IDC and MSDT Preperation you will shadow our instructors and assist with teaching courses before you start teaching your own students. 


This way you get the experience you need on how to organize, schedule and teach beginner to advance and specialty courses. During this period we will help you find your next job and start your dream career and life.

The price of the instructor internship ($600 USD) is additional to the costs of the IDC.


The following is included :

  • 2 month experience internship (1 month before and 1 month after the IDC)

  • IDC preparation before the IDC, EFRI and MSDT.

  • Gain teaching experience while shadowing our experienced instructors

  • Equipment maintenance experience workshop

  • Career development & assistance on job placement & CV writing

Professional Dive Internship in Costa Rica
PADI Dive Instructor


Our friendly and knowledgeable Course Directors and Instructors are waiting to hear from you with any questions that you may have.

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