Published May 5, 2022 | Courses, Diving, IDC, Nusa Lembongan

Mushroom beach Nusa Lembongan


The things to consider before taking your IDC on a paradise island like Nusa Lembongan! One thing we can agree on is that your love for scuba diving brought you here.

Are you already a divemaster and looking to take the next step on the professional ladder to become a dive instructor? Or are you already a dive instructor and want to develop your dive career as an IDC STAFF Instructor?

Either way, you want to consider a few essential things before choosing your PADI IDC centre.

We hope you find some clarity in choosing your IDC in Nusa Lembongan by reading this.

We are proud to offer our famous #IDCWithKim instructor development course with PADI Course Director Kim at Scuba Centre Asia Lembongan.


Motivations and reasons

So the first question you should ask yourself (and we want to know, too) is why?

Why do you want to do your IDC? What will it mean to you?

We have seen many people walk through our door to take on the IDC for different reasons.

We can list the benefits, but you probably have your motivation and reasons for the right reasons.


Benefits of completing your IDC

  • The PADI Instructor qualification is globally recognised. It’s a passport in itself to be eligible for work opportunities globally.
  • Enable you to take the step from divemaster and assist to instructor and teaching.
  • Personal development as a scuba diving instructor.
  • Learn different ways of teaching.
  • You are improving and developing your diving skills and knowledge.
  • Make yourself more desirable to potential employers.
  • Increase your earning potential.
  • Turn your passion into a career!


PADI dive career

PADI flowchart of all the different levels


Picking a location for your IDC

Picking a location for your IDC is entirely subjective, as everyone has different preferences.

Some people prefer convenient locations over going to a new place that may be further away. Some prefer to dive in warm tropical waters; others don’t mind colder waters.

Many locations worldwide are famous for the scuba diving sites they offer. The dive sites here at Nusa Penida and Lembongan are famous for diving with manta rays daily and the Mola, the Ocean Sunfish in mola season! The location is not only about the dive sites. The PADI IDC Dive centre or resort plays the most significant role in choosing your dive instructor course location.

Ask yourself what you want to gain from the PADI IDC Dive centre or resort you choose? Do you want to have a more personal approach, or do you want to be part of the biggest IDC? Ask yourself what you look for in the Course Director? Do you want the Course Director to be a freelance person that shows up for an IDC whenever the IDC centre runs a dive instructor course? Or do you want a Course Director that is part of the organisation? Do you want to have a dedicated, passionate Course Director or someone that leaves a lot of work to an assistant staff instructor or others? Etc. What kind of personality of the IDC dive centre and PADI Course Director are you looking for?

You have to think of all the necessary questions before choosing your IDC location. Remember that you learn the same material no matter where you do a PADI IDC. The difference is how the PADI Course Director and IDC Dive centre or resort are passionate about the dive instructor course!


Dive sites nusa lembongan and penida


Why Nusa Lembongan?

What is the reason? The island of Nusa Lembongan is famous for its scuba diving sites, as we said before.

Most of the year, it has warm tropical (27-30°C) and colder (16-27°C) between July and September.

The island is famous for its dive sites, Manta Bay and Manta Point, to see manta rays. Also, when the water temperature drops, you have a chance to see the famous Mola-Mola Sunfish fish. Two reasons alone why we know Nusa Lembongan is an excellent choice.

It also has a very established scuba diving community. Having this community around is excellent for networking and socialising with like-minded people.

The IDC takes commitment and hard work! So it’s nice to have plenty of sunshine, beautiful beaches, and warmer waters to help you relax after a hard day’s work.


IDC in Nusa Lembongan with Kim


IDC group size

Group size is an essential but sometimes overlooked aspect of taking on your IDC.  Everyone has a different preference for group size, and there is no right or wrong. Completely subjective.

Some students are happy to be part of large groups at bigger dive shops. Other students prefer smaller groups at medium to small-sized dive shops.

The material you learn is the same, and the tests you sit are the same. But both offer very different feels.

Larger groups may offer the chance to socialise with larger groups of divers. One on one time with your IDC instructor may be more limited as they have more students to work with.

Smaller groups offer the chance for the IDC instructor to spend more 1 on 1 time with you, as they aren’t spread as thin.

So if you need and want extra time to run through skills or theory knowledge, a smaller dive shop could be right for you!

You also feel a part of the family by the time you leave with smaller dive shops.

The question is, what is more important to you? Size does matter sometimes.


What’s included in your IDC?

You will want to find out what’s included as part of the IDC program you choose.

Some IDC programs will only offer the course; other dive centres include accommodation. Few will offer accommodation as well as daily meals during course hours. TIP: DO NOT GO FOR THE CHEAPEST OPTION.

If you are cost-conscious and want to maximise what you receive for your money, it is worth asking.

Our #IDCWithKim at Scuba Center Asia comes inclusive of accommodation and lunches. Plus the EFR Instructor rating and the AWARE course instructor ratings. At the dive centre, you find everything under one roof! A big, deep pool on-site, designed to accommodate all skills related to the IDC, a BBQ area, different lounge areas, an airconditioned IDC classroom, and a bar (sometimes also important, especially after all that hard work), and a dedicated boat for the IDC.


Upcoming 2022 #IDCWithKim dates

The IDC dates for 2022 are:

  • 24th of June
  • 23rd of September
  • 21st of November

We have limited spaces on our #IDCWithKim so get in touch today for more information.


celebration after succesfull idc and ie nusa lembongan


We hope the above has helped to shed some light on considerations before booking your IDC. Professional development is amazing, especially when your motivations lay in the right place.  If you want to know more about our #IDCWithKim, get in touch with us here for more information.