PADI Course Director

PADI Course Director Training Course

A PADI Course Director is an instructor trainer who conducts PADI Instructor Development Courses and other instructor-level training. A PADI Course Director holds the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving. They are among the dive industry’s most influential opinion leaders and role models. Those who join this elite group of professionals pass through a stringent screening process that examines their experience and training just to get into the competitive and demanding Course Director Training Course (CDTC).

PADI Course Director

Camille holds the PADI Course Director rating since April 2003. He participated in the CDTC in Kota Kinabulu, Malaysia. Here he received his training from PADI staff.

 Currently Camille teaches on Koh Lanta and Khao Lak in Thailand and on Malapascua in the Philippines.

In the beginning of 2020 Camille has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Course Director rating by PADI. For the thirteenth time! Last year he received the Gold PADI Course Director rating. Before that he received for twelve consecutive years running the Platinum Course Director rating. This is the highest rating a PADI Course Director can achieve. Camille is one of the few Course Directors worldwide who has received this rating straight from the beginning when PADI inaugurated this rating. 

In 2009 Camille also received the PADI Award for Instructor Development and he has received well over a dozen 'Certificates of recognition for Excellence' from PADI, reviews written by his former students.

Check his testimonials page, all written by his former students here.

New PADI Course Directors who gained experience as IDCS Instructors by working with Camille during his IDC programs include; Craig Allery in Hong Kong. Ernst van der Poll in Costa Rica. Jean-François Joly in Canada. Chris Azab in Egypt. Richard Reardon, Kevin Black, Il-Do Kim, Paul Meredith and Ann Gammage in Thailand. Imad Khasfeh in United Arab Emirates and Lebanon. Christophe Condé in the Seychelles. Johan Blixt and Sue Gibbins in the Philippines. Sander Buis and Joeri van Hal in Indonesia and Allen Rivera who lives and works in South Korea. 

Aspiring and hopefully soon to be PADI Course Directors who trained with Camille, by either staffing or having completed their IDCS Instructor course, are applying each year for a spot in PADI's Course Director Training Courses.

The PADI Course Director rating is the equivalent of having a postgraduate degree in scuba diving instruction, there is not a more prestigious level of certification within the dive industry.

 Ask Camille for more information on special custom made packages. Firstly, to help you become a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. Secondly, become a PADI Master Instructor. Most importantly, become a PADI Course Director. One way is by staffing during his IDC programs. You will get involved in the teaching and evaluation aspects of an IDC and get help with your CDTC application. A great way to prepare yourself in a helpful and relaxed manner for your own CDTC course.

PADI Course Director

What You Learn

During the PADI CDTC, you learn how to conduct PADI Instructor Development programs and gain experience in developing scuba educators. The PADI CDTC is conducted by PADI Office Staff.

What You Can Teach

After successful completion of the PADI CDTC you can teach the following PADI courses and programs:

• PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDCs) and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) programs

• PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses

• PADI Status Updates

• After certification as a PADI Specialty instructor Trainer, you can also teach PADI Specialty Instructor Courses

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education.

The Prerequisites for This Course

To take this course, you must:

• Be a renewed, teaching status PADI Master Instructor for at least the past six months

• Have no verified Quality Assurance complaints for at least the past 12 months

• Conduct all PADI certification courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual for at least the past 12 months.

• Exclusively use the complete PADI System of diver education including all appropriate PADI training materials for at least the past 12 months.

• Certified as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor

• Have staffed at least two complete IDCs after being certified as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor

• Certified as a current Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer

• Experience working with a PADI dive shop or resort

• Have a minimum of 250 logged dives

• Meet all other requirements as specified by PADI at the time of application