IDC In Sicily

GO PRO! Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in Taormina, Sicily, Italy!

Ever thought about teaching people about your passion? Want to teach people how to dive? Then it’s time to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Being a PADI Dive Instructor is a great career. Dive Careers Europe gives to the chance to make it a reality.

Our IDC dates for 2024 :

Sicily/Taormina IDC: 04th – 17th May IE: 18th – 19th May
Sicily/Taormina IDC: 02th – 15th October IE: 16th – 17th October
Sicily/Ustica IDC: 23th Oct – 5th November IE: 6th – 7th November TBC
Dive Careers Europe is created in cooperation with Sea Spirit Diving Resort and Getting your instructor certification with Dive Careers Europe will give you the opportunity to work all around the world! The IDC will be conducted by the Dive-Careers-Europe Team, existing of PADI Platinum Course Director Carmelo Sgroi (Owner of Sea Spirit Diving Resort) and PADI IDC Staff Instructor Cilla Lentz. The schedule of the IDC (Instructor Development Course) will look like the following:

The pre-IDC: This is the time to get an idea about your demonstration skills and your knowledge about the dive-theory. Together we will look what you already know about the different topics of the dive theory: Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Equipment, Skills, and Environment. We will also have a look at the PADI General Standards & Procedures. In the water we will do a Skill Circuit which includes all the demonstration skills of the Open Water Diver Course. It’s also a great time to get to know each other!

Our Pre-IDC in Taormina, Sicily, will give you that extra experience before you start the IDC. It focuses on parts of different PADI Courses while assisting an experienced PADI Instructor. You will also get the chance to practise and develop your  demonstration skills by completing your training with one of the most vibrant and successful dive centres in the world.

The Pre-IDC in Sicily starts in the beginning of May and beginning of October at Sea Spirit Diving Resort. This is truly the best way to prepare yourself for the IDC.

Now it really starts! For 10 days we will be focused on everything you need to know and learn to become the best dive instructor you can be. We will be practising Academic Presentations, so you know how to teach in the classroom. Furthermore, we will spend a lot of time in the water, doing Confined Water Presentations and Open Water Presentations. We will teach you the course structure so you can teach your students in the best possible way. We will repeat all the presentations several times and each time you will be evaluated by our Course Director. Another important part of the IDC is the PADI Instructor Manual where all the standards are explained. As an instructor you will use this manual to organise your courses, and therefore we will teach you how to use it in the ideal way, and how to find the right information with ease.

After the IDC, you will be ready for the PADI Instructor Examination. During 2 days, PADI Examiners will evaluate all the presentations we have been practising during the IDC. Additionally, you will complete a Theory Exam (Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Skills and Environment and Equipment) and the General Standards & Procedures Exam.

During the IDC, we will also do the Emergency First Responder Instructor Course. This is a big plus in your career because with this certification you are able to teach EFR to your students before they do the Rescue Course.

The requirements are that you need to be already certified as a Dive Master (or equivalent) and have at least 60 logged dives (100 before you reach the Instructor Exam). Additionally, you must have been certified as a diver (Open Water or equivalent) for at least 6 months. You must have proof of CPR and First Aid training within the last 12 months, be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Why should you choose to do your PADI Instructor Development Course in Taormina, Sicily? Because your IDC with Carmelo Sgroi will lead to numerous advantages! The course is conducted in an international setting, creating abundant future opportunities, as well as an unforgettable experience on one of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean Sea!

The IDC will be conducted by PADI Platinum Course Director Carmelo Sgroi from Carmelo is the owner of Sea Spirit. He has plentiful experience in teaching diving on a professional level, leading the PADI Divemaster Program at Sea Spirit in Taormina and assisting Mark Soworka for years during the IDCs on Koh Tao and Sicily. Besides being an experienced recreational diver, he is also a PADI Tec Instructor, which will aid to further your knowledge about scuba diving. Together with Cilla Lentz (PADI IDC Staff Instructor) they can teach the IDC in three languages: English, Italian and Dutch. Also they will bring their experience of the local area into the IDC so you will get the best possible information and experience from a range of perspectives.

This IDC will be organized by us in Taormina. At Sea Spirit we guarantee a high level of service, by providing a large classroom in the UNAhotel Naxos Beach for academic presentations, an Olympic swimming pool for the confined water sessions, a dedicated 8-meter Zodiac during the IDC during the open water session. As a bonus, the open water sessions will be held at the famous Isola Bella Marine Park in Taormina where together we can discover the underwater world of the Mediterranean Sea!

Of course last but not least, you will be doing your IDC in SICILY! – The island of sunshine, fascinating nature, a wealth of history and the finest food in the world!

Dive Careers Europe allows you access to a network of successful dive centres, through one of Mark Soworka’s Dive Instructor internships. The PADI Instructor Development Program is developed by Mark Soworka, one of the most successful instructor trainers, and guarantees you a 100% success for the instructor exam.

Dive Careers Europe gives you the opportunity to work around the world through our network in: Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and Italy. For more worldwide opportunities to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, have a look at the dates of the other IDCs, organized by

When signing up for the IDC, you will be personally guided by one of our PADI Course Directors or PADI IDC Staff Instructors for all your questions and help with organizing your IDC the best way possible.

Also crossovers to PADI are possible!

Dive Careers Europe also helps you to find suitable accommodation during the Instructor Development Internship and the IDC.

Want to continue your education and start to travel around the world? Look for our possibilities at the Master Scuba Diver Trainer!

For more information please contact us at:

IDC Taormina 2022

The IDC – preparation: free

IDC + EFR Instructor: €1780 (all PADI materials included, excl. PADI fees).

IDC + EFR Instructor Cross-over €1480 (all PADI materials included, excl. PADI fees). Only valid when passed the entry-exam to enter the IDC Cross-over: Theory (Physics, Physiology, RDP, Equipment, Environment), 12 Questions per theme (score 75% to pass) and PADI Standard & Procedures 50 Questions (score 75% to pass).

All fees (including the one to participate to the IE) must be paid directly to PADI

PADI fees:      – PADI Instructor Exam: €675 excl. VAT (VAT: 22%)
                        – Instructor fee (IDC): €195 excl. VAT (VAT: 20%)
                        – EFR Instructor: €121 excl. VAT (VAT: 20%)

One specialty is included in the price: ‘O2 Emergency Provider’, for other specialties, the price is €99.00 + €46 excl. VAT PADI fees. With 5 specialties and 25 PADI certifications it can be requested directly from PADI to become MSDT.  

A SCUBAPRO Equipment Workshop and Marine Reef Ecology Resource Management Seminar are added as an extra to the IDC Program for free.  

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Our dive resort in Taormina, Sicily has all comforts, we have an Olympic pool of 50 meters for demonstrations of confined water with bathrooms and showers, a conference room for academic presentations, 1 diving boat and 1 diving zodiac and an 8-seats minibus for transfers. 

See the video of one of our IDCs in Sicily: