Turn the dream into reality!

Have you ever watched your PADI Instructor or Divemaster and thought, would that be a great job? Would you like to dive your way round the world? Becoming a PADI professional gives you the opportunity to work at home or in the hundreds of PADI dive centres and resorts around the world. Why not train to become a diving instructor in the warm tropical waters of Vanuatu?

Big Blue is Vanuatu's only PADI 5 star Instructor Development Centre. We are the only centre to run IDCs in Vanuatu and one of only a handful in the South Pacific.


This year we really pleased to have PADI Platinum Course Director Mick Wheatley (CD-111768) coming to run the IDC. Mick has been diving since he was 15 and has been working in the dive industry since 1997. He is also a PADI Tec Rec and EFR Instructor Trainer and holds numerous specialty instructor trainer ratings. Mick has taught thousands of divers at all levels from Scuba diver right through to IDC Staff and helped many of them to prepare for their own journey to the Course Director Training Course. Mick has hundreds of Instructor certifications to his name and the one of the most respected PADI Course Directors in Australia. He owns and manages Brisbane Dive Academy where he runs several IDCs every. He has also taught IDC’s overseas including in PNG and Bali. With 19 years teaching experience a wealth of knowledge and a philosophy that his students are a direct reflection on him, Mick ensures that you know what you are doing before heading to the IE. Mick has been recognised by PADI for excellence in teaching and is always willing to go that extra mile for students to ensure that they have a great time and a valuable experience.

PADI diveaster is the first rung on the ladder and allows you how to organise and lead dives. PADI Open Water Instructor is the entry level for PADI instructors and to achieve this qualifiction you attend a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) which teaches you how to teach people to dive. It is our intention at Big Blue to help you, not just pass the exams, but to achieve your ambition to become a sucessful PADI Professional.

Our Divemaster Programs give you the opportunity to work alongside our international and highly experienced team and gives you hands on experience of working in a PADI 5 star IDC centre which will assist you greatly when you decide to undertake the PADI IDC.

Learning to dive in Vanuatu

During the PADI Instructor Development course, you will learn about the PADI System of diver education, standards and procedures, effective academic teaching presentations, teaching in confined water, conducting open water training dives and other related topics. It also helps to further develop your leadership abilities to the instructor level and will ensure that you are able to effectively teach and organize PADI dive courses.

PADI Instructor teaching scuba diving in Vanuatu at Big Blue

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor you can conduct the entire range of PADI experience programs and PADI dive courses, from PADI Open Water Diver through to PADI Divemaster but in order to teach Specialty courses and Emergency First Response courses, you will be required to undertake further training.

As a PADI Instructor, the world of diving opens up into a whole new opportunity where you can show people how amazing our underwater world can be. PADI is the most recognised scuba training system in the world and the PADI Open water Scuba Instructor qualification opens doors to a successful career in diving. It can all be yours once you GoPro with Big Blue Vanuatu.


Become a PADI Professional with Big Blue Vanuatu...

We run Instructor Development Courses regularly

The next course is 7th to 15th May 2016 with the PADI IE on the 17th / 18th May.

Email us for the all the details.

We can run a PADI Divemaster course at any time. It takes an absoute minimum of 2 weeks but can take as long as necessary to ensure you have acquired the skills. You can do it part time over several months too. Just let us know when you are here and we can work out a suitable program for you.

Instructor development centre

We run Instructor Development Courses regularly

These are the sucessful candidtes from 2013

Sucessful PADI IDC in Vanuatu

This is brand new PADI Instructor JP (the one in the white T-shirt) with his first Open water students after our IDC course in 2014

First Open Water students for new PADI Instructor JP


Big Blue Scuba Diving Team

Big Blue has the biggest team of PADI proffessionals in Vanuatu and most of our Divemasters and Instructor are trainined in-house. We have also trained Instructors for the other dive resorts in Vanuatu

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