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Diving in the Reef

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Our High-Quality PADI Instructor Development Course runs monthly and includes:

✔ Language Support in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch

✔ Most experienced team in the region

✔ Hyperbaric Chamber orientation

✔ Job Placement Assistance

✔ Extended Duration of 16 days

✔ Small group sizes

The complete course costs $2099 USD (plus $1288 USD PADI fees)

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Instructor Development Course

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Platinum Trainers

Three Award wnning PADI Platinum Course Directors

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Job Placement

80% of graduates are employed within two months

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Unlimited Diving

Free unlimited diving with professional courses

May 2024
April 30 - May 12
13 - 15
17 - 21
April 29 - May 12
June 2024
4 - 16
17 - 19
21 - 25
3 - 16
July 2024
2 - 14
15 - 17
19 - 23
1 - 14
August 2024
5 - 18
19 - 21
23 - 27
4 - 18
September 2024
3 - 15
16 - 18
20 - 24
2 - 15
October 2024
1 - 13
14 - 16
18 - 22
Sept 30 - Oct 13
November 2024
4 - 17
18 - 20
22 - 26
3 - 17
December 2024
3 - 15
16 - 18
20 - 24
2 - 15
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Why should I do my IDC in Utila with COLLEGE OF DIVING?

We are a PADI 5 Star Career Development Center, a title we've been awarded for offering the very best in professional training. Above all, this shows in our PADI Instructor Development Course. For example, besides the basic PADI curriculum, during your IDC you will benefit from:

  • IDC e-learning immediately upon registration

  • Free IDC prep course before the start of the program

  • Free diving for life

  • Resume building and job placement with life long career assistance

  • Life long discounts on dive travel and equipment

  • PADI 5 Star Career Development Center with over 25 years of experience

  • PADI TecRec Center with the only Tec and Trimix Instructor Trainers in the region

  • Onsite NGO Marine Research center

  • 3 Multi-award-winning PADI Platinum Course Directors

  • The most experienced IDC Staff team in the Caribbean

  • Language support in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Dutch

  • Only hyperbaric chamber in the region. 

  • Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor training included

  • Fullface mask, sidemount, tec and photography try-dives

In addition, we’ve implemented all of PADI’s latest digital tools into our IDC and have created our own support materials. For example, extra demonstration videos, dive theory study materials, presentation examples, resume samples and skills videos. These materials were made by us and are available to you for free on phone, laptop or tablet.

Your Instructor training in Utila will be a mixture of classroom presentations, confined water training as well as boat dives and shore dives and counseling for your future career. In conclusion, you won’t just be ready to pass the Instructor Exam. You’ll be 200% prepared to work in the REAL world.

Our three PADI Course Directors have been awarded the PADI PLATINUM Course Director award. In other words, they are actively and continuously involved in high-end PADI Instructor training and have been recognized for it. Therefore, you’ll be in extremely good hands. Beware of dive centers claiming to be the “only ones” to hold these titles. Prevent being scammed by reaching out directly and taking the time to talk to your potential trainers. Use the contact form above and one of our trainers will take the time to speak with you directly about your plans.

80% of our graduates are employed within two months after graduating

Why should I do my IDC in Utila with COLLEGE OF DIVING?

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Nick Derutter

PADI Platinum Course Director

Trimix Instructor Trainer

Nick runs PADI Instructor courses regularly, as well as Technical Diving Instructor courses. In the meantime he is also on stand-by as an operator for the local Hyperbaric Chamber. Because it's important to be well-rounded and to dive for fun, Nick also organizes dive travel with our alumni and is a professional underwater filmmaker. He is also a SCUBAPRO Ambassador.

Nick worte the book "Career in SCUBA" which is available right here.

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Renata Bonfa

PADI Platinum Course Director

Renata was born in Brazil but has spent most of her life in Spain. She is perfectly trilingual Spanish, Portuguese and English, which is great if you're looking for IDC guidance in your native language!

Renata has worked in South East Asia, Indonesia, Thailand and in Egypt and Spain. She now guides our world-class  Divemaster and IDC programs and being a fantastic role model for every future instructor that passes throught the College of Diving.

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Stephen Aynsley

PADI Platinum Course Director

Stephen got into SCUBA Instruction after serving his country in the Royal Marines. He has dived the seas of Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cyprus and England and decided to pass on his knowledge of diving instruction through the College of Diving.

His graduates love his relentless dedication and with his 100% pass rate, we’re very proud to have him on the team!

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Start your career as a SCUBA instructor under the guidance of experienced instructors and our two PADI Platinum rated Course Directors. No other dive center in the region packs this much in-house experience and recognition.

  • PADI Five Start Career Development Center award

  • Awarded the PADI ECO CENTER Award for efforts in conservation

  • 100% AWARE Dive Center

  • The only DAN (Divers Alert Network) medical facilty

  • Offering scholarschips for underprivileged local youth

  • Only TecRec awarded center who can offer Technical Diving Instructor Training courses

  • Preferred partner of the Whale Shark & Oceanic Research Center NGO

  • Multiple time Gold Palm Resort winner

  • Authorized ScubaPro, Aqualung and OTS service center


The College of Diving is the defining Professional SCUBA facility . This includes a high-end designated conference room for IDCs. In addition we host the only hyperbaric chamber and trauma center on the island and we have large and comfortable dive boats. On top of that, we host an on-site NGO Marine research center ( and well-maintained equipment. additionally, we also have a great team of experienced dive professionals that you will be mingling with and observe in action. Moreover, all our staff has been trained in-house and hired from within!

Bay Islands College of Diving has over 30 years of experience with Instructor Development and has trained thousands of Professional divers who now enjoy successful careers all over the world in dive centers, resorts, liveaboards etc. Having done your training with us, will tell potential employers that you mean business! The College of Diving also holds the prestigious PADI Five Star Career Development Center rating. This is awarded only to those dive centers who truly engage in professional training of dive instructors and beyond.

Besides, next to recognition for excellence and exceeding expectations for many consecutive years, we are also Utila’s first 1PADI ECO Center and won the PADI Green Star award for our environmental practices. We are also affiliated with the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center. Marine Conservation internships are available. We have also engineered our IDC to go above and beyond any other facility in the Americas.

College of Diving
3 Platinum Course Directors
IDC support in 6 languages
Hyperbaric Chamber
PADI ECO center
Tec Instructor Trainer Program
100% IE pass rate
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