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. Come and participate in one of his popular PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) courses or packages. This is in conjunction with PADI 5 Star IDC Center Sea Dragon in Khao Lak.


Next PADI IDC in Khao Lak starts 20th October 2020 

For this IDC we include free accommodation in a shared a/c dorm room for 14 days. Covering all of the IDC and the PADI IE. We also offer a special deal on the IDC course fee. Ask for details! There's also the option to complete the IDC presentations online with me. This is currently allowed by PADI until 31st December 2020.

Followed by programs in 2021. The schedule is still to be confirmed.

See full IDC Schedule for 2020


 During the recent PADI Instructor Examination (IE) on Koh Samui in Thailand, held from 2nd and 3rd July 2020, Camille's candidates from the June 2020 IDC online and live on Koh Samui, in conjunction with PADI 5* IDC Resort 'Sea Dragon' in Khao Lak, completed the PADI IE very successful. Due to Covid19, the live part of this IDC was held on Koh Samui. Once more it was an international affair with candidates coming from China and France and staff from the the UK, Germany and the Netherlands

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

    PADI Examiner was Guy Corsellis

    From left to right in the back: Guy (PADI Examiner), Jia (PADI OWSI), Camille (Platinum PADI Course Director), Chloe (PADI OWSI) and Chris (PADI OWSI)



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.