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PADI Instructor Development Course in Utila, Caribbean

Utila is an Island in Honduras in the Caribbean. It's surrounded by blue, warm waters, reefs and has diving and training opportunities year round!

Our Instructor Development program in Utila runs every month and because of the high influx of recreational students, extended internship and job opportunities are always available. One of our Course Directors, Nick Derutter is also the author of "Career in SCUBA", the definitve guide book to making your diving career a success.


Are you ready for the pirate life in an authentic castaway island location with high end facilities in one of the Americas' leading SCUBA training facilities? With a hyperbaric chamber, a resort and a Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center onsite, the Bay Islands College of Diving is a premier PADI Career Development Center that offers so much more than just SCUBA Instructor training.

Our PADI Instructor Developement Course, IDC in Utila is offered monthly and very popular because of the state of the art facilities and the close proximity of a variation of dive sites. The island of Utila is a safe and very affordable location and we can absolutely help you getting there for your training. It's a two hour flight from Houston or Miami and one of the best kept secrets in the Caribbean.



To partake in our PADI Instructor course in Utila, you need to be a certified diver (most agencies qualify) for at least six months, PADI Divemaster, CPR/First Aid certified and have a minimum of 100 logged dives. Any qualifications missing? We do offer multi-course packages tailored to your needs. More information below.



Utila has an abundance of marine life and for those who have an interest in marine biology, we have a marine research center onsite. Utila is also frequented by whale sharks year round (a bit of luck is needed tho) as well as dolphins, eagle rays etc.


Being a PADI TecRec center, the College of Diving not only offer PADI Instructor training but also technical diving courses at the diver and instructor level. The steep walls on Utila's North side offer excellent training spots to responsibly extend your range.

Because we run courses year round, plenty of team-teaching internship opportunities are available and jobs can be found locally. 


2099 USD plus 1150 USD PADI fees.


- All PADI materials required

- EFR Instructor training
- Language support in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and Dutch

- Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor

- Hyperbaric chamber orientation and dry-dive

- Sidemount and Fullface mask try-dives

- PADI Digital materials workshop

- Resume building and job placement

- Lifelong Career Assistance

2024 PADI IDC in Utila DATES:

January 2 - 17

February 5 - 21

March 4 - 20

April 2 - 17

April 30 - May 15

June 4 -19

July 2 - 17

August 5 - 21

September 3 - 18

October 1 - 16

November 4 - 20

December 3 - 18

Free IDC prep starts one day before the start date, for MSDT add a minimum of 5 days after the last day.

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is an underwater filmmaker, photographer and 9-time consecutive winner of the PADI Platinum Trainer award. While others promise "you'll never have to work a day in your life" or "an endless summer on the beach" Nick takes a professional approach to crafting careers in SCUBA that actually work and are sustainable. Text him your questions!



The program takes 14 days, which is much slower than the industry average but allows us to include some extra workshops and practice time beyond what is required. Next to the Emergency First Response Instructor Training, we've also added the Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor Training course, a workshop on PADI's digital teaching tools, a resume building workshop, fullface mask and sidemount diver try-dives and, perhaps most important of all, extra practice time with an emphasis on real-world application.


All the required PADI Instructor course materials are included, as well is equipment rental if you do not yet own your own SCUBA gear or if your travel arrangements don't allow you to bring it.


Upon arrival, you can also enjoy five nights of complimentary dorm style accommodation, while we help you find a place for your stay. Apartments are always available locally and you can expect to spend around 200-250 USD per month and live walking distance from the dive center.


Because adequate experience is important to us, we also include complimentary, unlimited diving (boat space permitting, of course)


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