PADI IDC Khao Lak or PADI Instructor Development Courses in Khao Lak

IDC Khao Lak

Camille Lemmens welcomes you to PADI IDC Khao Lak at the Andaman Sea’s tropical beach resort of Khao Lak in Thailand to participate in one of his popular PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) courses or packages in conjunction with PADI 5 Star IDC Center Sea Dragon in Khao Lak.


Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 25th March 2019 

Followed by a program starting 22nd October 2019

See full IDC Schedule for 2018 and 2019 


 During the recent PADI Instructor Examination (IE) in Khao Lak in Thailand, held from 3rd to 4th November 2018, Camille's candidates from the October 2018 IDC in Khao Lak, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Resort 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, completed the PADI IE very successfully. Once more it was an international affair with candidates coming from Scotland and Germany and staff from the UK and the Netherlands

  Congratulations and good luck to all of you in your PADI Instructor careers. 

    PADI Examiner was Brendon Sing

    From left to right in the back: Iain (PADI OWSI), Brendon (PADI Examiner), Christian (PADI OWSI) and Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director)

Ed who staffed is not in the picture



Participating in a PADI IDC in Khao Lak will give you direct access to one of the best dive locations in Thailand; The Similan islands. Before or after your IDC you can sign up for a live aboard trip or day trips to the Similans or sign up for a Northern loop live aboard which includes Surin islands and Richelieu rock!

Khao Lak has also a couple of excellent local dive sites to offer that keep you captivated with lots of macro stuff to discover. This includes three different wreck dive sites and day trips to Richelieu Rock.

Check my dive blog for a report of a live aboard trip to the Similan Islands or reports from a Northern trip which includes Richelieu Rock, Koh Surin and Koh Tachai.

PADI 5* IDC Center 'Sea Dragon' operates two live aboard boats and a couple of long tail boats for the day trips to the local dive sites during the dive season in Khao Lak.






The town of Khao Lak is very laid back and there are plenty of resorts dotted along the long stretches of pristine beaches around Khao Lak in all price classes. The town itself has an excellent choice of restaurants and a few relaxed bars to wind down after a day on the beach. Snorkel trips and plenty of other day trips locations are available as well, like a trip to James Bond island. Have a look at my blog for some impressions of Khao Lak.

Due to seasonal reasons we don’t offer packages starting at Open Water diver level at IDC Khao Lak.








We run our IDC Khao Lak program in an air conditioned classroom at Sea Dragon's main shop, the facilities include computer based training aids and internet services are available. There's a pool on site as well.







Our IDC consists of two parts the Assistant Instructor Course (AI), the Open Water Scuba Instructor program (OWSI) and the Emergency First Responder Instructor course (EFRI). We conduct the IDC over 10 days including the EFR Instructor course, in a relaxed resort setting, with the days starting around 8.30am and ending around 5.00 pm. During the program our staff will be on hand to offer you all the support that you need allowing you to relax, making the learning experience easier and certainly more fun.

Successfully completing the IDC program qualifies you to attend the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). The PADI IE is an evaluative program that tests your teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, and understanding of the PADI system.

The IDC Khao Lak includes; 10 days with lunches, tanks, weights and boat fees during the IDC and tanks and weights during the PADI IE.

For your arrival in Khao Lak, we are pleased to arrange for transfer to your resort and provide information on the local area. Transfers from Phuket airport to Khao Lak can be arranged for and cost around 1.400,-THB.