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Pocna 5 star IDC center


The Instructor Development Course is where your journey in a dream job and lifestyle starts! Join our unrivaled development program and live your dream!


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*PADI eLearning is purchased separately if your course requires it. See booking information for full details.

Full Course Information

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Unrivaled Professional Training

At Pocna Dive Center, we pride ourselves on providing the highest quality professional dive training to equip you with the skills and confidence necessary to excel as a PADI Instructor. Our commitment to excellence includes:

  1. An extended program that includes EFR Instructor, three Specialty Instructor courses, equipment maintenance and compressor use workshop, to make you a more prepared professional that can fully function in the industry just after the course.

  2. Active participation in a Shark Conservation and Local Community Support Program in which you'll be involved during your course.

  3. Job placement assistance.

  4. Flexible schedule divided into own study, web conferences, and practical sessions.

  5. Accommodation in Selina’s shared dorm for the whole course duration is included in the price.

  6. Small Groups: We ensure an intimate learning environment with personalized attention and support.

  7. A team composed of 3 Course Directors with more than 60 years of combined experience.

  8. Optimal Learning Environment: Our facility is designed to provide the best learning experience, with a pool specifically designed for dive training and our own boats for the open water training sessions.

  9. Latest PADI Materials and Techniques: Stay up-to-date with the most current PADI materials, ensuring your qualifications are recognized by top dive centers worldwide.

Course structure

Our meticulously structured IDC covers all the essential aspects of professional dive instruction, divided into several modules:

  • eLearning: you’ll start the course studying on your own before arrival, in the comfort of your preferred environment and at your own pace, for a better learning experience;

  • Distance learning (8 days): most of the theory presentations are now given through online video conferences, reducing the stay in Isla Mujeres and the related travel costs. It includes one extra day for the dive theory review.

  • Practical session (11 days) including:

    • Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI) Program (1 day): Learn how to teach vital first aid and CPR skills, earning your EFR Instructor certification.

    • Shark Conservation Program including Aware Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor Certification.

    • Extras specialties instructor courses: Emergency Oxygen Provider and Enriched Air Nitrox.

    • Equipment maintenance workshop in collaboration with Bonassi Dive Gear.

    • Compressor use and basic maintenance workshop.

    • Academic Teaching Workshops: Participate in workshops designed to refine your academic presentation skills using the Prescriptive Teaching method.

    • Confined Water Teaching: Learn how to prepare and conduct confined water presentations, covering briefing, demonstration, problem-solving, group control, and debriefing.

    • Open Water Teaching: Focus on open water presentations, giving at least two open water presentations and demonstrating a minimum of two skills in each session.

    • Water Skills Development: Practice the 24 skills from the Divemaster skill circuit and refine your rescue skills in a Rescue Workshop.

    • Special dry and wet workshops: To give you a better understanding of how to teach complex skills such as lift-bag exercises, rescue skills, and many more.

    • Optional MSDT preparation after Instructor Examination (3 days) - INCLUDED IN THE PLATINUM PACKAGE

IDC calendar 2024

Check here the dates of our upcoming IDCs:

Distance learning

Practical part

Instructor Examination (in Playa del Carmen)

MSDT preparation


June 17 to 26

July 01 to 11

July 12 to 14

July 15 to 18


Aug 26 to Sept 03

Sept 09 to 19

Sept 20 to 22

Sept 23 to 26


Nov 11 to 19

Nov 25 to Dec 05

Dec 06 to 08

Dec 09 to 12

You can also consider the option to take each section separately (i.e. distance learning in Aug/Sep and practical in Nov/Dec). This allows you to have longer time to study, to repeat any of the presentations if you feel you need to, and also to split the payment over longer periods. Just keep in mind that you have to complete all segments within 12 months.

What else to expect

As you embark on your PADI IDC journey with Pocna Dive Center, you'll also have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking beauty of Isla Mujeres. This tropical paradise is home to some of the world's most stunning marine environments, making it the ideal location for your professional dive training.

  • Pristine Dive Sites: Isla Mujeres boasts around 30 dive sites featuring vibrant coral reefs, fascinating wrecks, and unique marine species.

  • Exceptional Marine Life Encounters: Swim with eagle rays and sharks, observe colorful reef fish and rare critters and enjoy unforgettable underwater experiences.

  • Commitment to Conservation: Pocna Dive Center is dedicated to preserving Isla Mujeres’ marine ecosystems, and as a PADI Instructor, you'll play a vital role in promoting responsible diving practices.

  • Cultural Immersion: Discover the Riviera Maya’s rich cultural heritage and learn about local customs, history, and traditions.

Take the Plunge with Pocna Dive Center

Are you ready to transform your passion for scuba diving into an extraordinary career that allows you to share the wonders of the underwater world with others? Then take the plunge with Pocna Dive Center, Isla Mujeres' Premier PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, and experience the unparalleled training, support, and adventure that awaits you.

Join our next PADI Instructor Development Course and start your journey to becoming a highly skilled and sought-after PADI Instructor. 

Don't wait any longer – dive into your dream career with Pocna Dive Center and become a PADI Instructor in the stunning paradise of Isla Mujeres. We look forward to guiding you through this exciting and transformative experience.

What’s included

  • Aware Shark Conservation Specialty Instructor Course

  • Enriched Air Nitrox and Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor Course.

  • Equipment maintenance workshop in collaboration with Bonassi Dive Gear.

  • Compressor use and basic maintenance workshop.

  • Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) course.

  • MSDT preparation (PLATINUM package only)

  • Before the course commences, a one-day PADI IDC prep course delivered via web conference is included free of charge.

  • PADI’s eLearning allows you to study independently before class. This saves classroom time, allowing more time to focus on your instructor skills. We recommend starting as early as possible to give you the greatest advantage.

  • Besides the Diving Knowledge Workbook included in your eLearning, you can refer to our IDC blogs to review physics, physiology, dive skills and the environment, equipment, and decompression theory. Our free IDC blogs also include exam questions with answers and explanations. You can prepare for your IDC exams well in advance.

  • Accommodation in Selina’s shared dorms.

  • Special discounted rates on equipment purchases in our shop.

What’s NOT included

  • Dive equipment rental - special rates apply for Instructor candidates.

  • Transportation to and the accommodation in Playa del Carmen for the Instructor Examination.

  • PADI fees - to be paid directly to PADI prior of your I.E.


1. PADI Divemaster
• an instructor member in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognized recreational diver training organization.*
• have a leadership-level certification in good standing (renewed or eligible to renew) with another recognized recreational diver training organization;* 60 logged dives; documented experience in night diving, deep diving, and underwater navigation.
2. 18 years old
3. Medical clearance attesting to dive fitness signed by a physician within the previous 12 months, and have had no medical condition changes.
4. Certified diver for at least six months.
5. Completed the EFR Primary and Secondary Care course, or other qualifying training, within the last 24 months. Note: Emergency First Response Instructor (or qualifying rating) is required for Open Water Scuba Instructor certification.
6. If not a PADI Divemaster, successfully complete the PADI Divemaster course diver rescue skills assessment.
7. Documentation of any non-PADI qualifying entry-level, advanced, rescue, and leadership level certifications* as required

*Contact us with questions about eligibility or for more information.

Booking Scuba Diving Courses

Step 1

Purchase eLearning



The eLearning for this course is provided by Pocna Dive Center at participation confirmation

Step 2

Book The Course



Now you know which course you want to complete, you need to book your time with one of our instructors.

We recommed that you complete your eLearning before your course start date.

Click the Book Now to see our booking page and to check availability.

Step 3

Plan Your Trip

Aside from what you already have planned, there are plenty of other exciting activities to explore on Isla Mujeres.

If you need assistance, our team is more than happy to help you plan your itinerary and make the most out of your stay.

We help you with accommodation and transport too, just check out the link below.

Step 4

Connect With Us


Our social media team or on hand to answer your questions and keep you up to date with the latest news and information.


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Get More With Packages

Bundle courses together for bigger savings!

Take a look at our range of ready made packages that  make it easy to achieve your diving goals at the best possible rate. Depending on your level and what you want to achive, we can get you from PADI Open Water diver right through to a Scuba Diver Master Trainer, an honorific indicating that you have experience in teaching.

All our packages can be tailored to suit the time of your stay and combined with accommodation.

If you don't see a package that meets your requirements, get in touch with our team and let us know what you are looking for.

Why Choose Us

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Support 7 Days a Week From 7:30am to 9pm

We're dedicated to providing our customers with the highest level of support.  At the heart of everything we do is a commitment to outstanding customer service. Our friendly bilingual team is always available to answer your questions about our tours and courses, so don't hesitate to get in touch and we will respond as quickly as possible to answer any questions you might have.


High-Quality Equipment & Facilities

Scuba diving equipment allows you to visit the underwater world by making it possible to breathe, see, and move comfortably while below the surface. It is important that all our equipment including our compressors are fully maintained and regularly checked for both your comfort and your safety. We want to make sure that you are fully comfortable and confident with our equipment. To help, we offer opportunities to practice in our on-site pool, or we provide refresher classes for experienced divers who haven't been in the ocean for a while.

environmentally conscious

Environmental Responsibility

At our center, we take this responsibility seriously. We are proud members of Green Finns and PADI Aware ambassadors. In addition, we collaborate with the Saving Our Sharks Foundation and run our own Ambassadors Del Mar initiative. This initiative is focused on providing children and fishermen on the island with the opportunity to learn about conservation and diving.