PADI Instructor Development Course with Academy of Scuba

Become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor in Melbourne!

Are you looking to do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Academy of Scuba is a PADI 5 Star IDC Instructor Development Centre, with a reputation for producing top quality instructors who go on to teach in the Victorian dive industry as well as overseas. The AOS Team is captained by PADI Course Director, Kat Vcelka. We will ensure that in the IDC course you are given the tools to properly prepare you to become the best scuba instructor you can be. Moreover, we will ensure that you get the real-world experience that you need. That means, you won’t just pass the exam, but you will become a great instructor who is employable in a competitive industry.

Want to start your own lucrative dive business without the outlay?  Enquire about our Instructor HUB.


Part Time: Evenings on Zoom (from 09-13 to 09-21) – In person (from 09-23 to 10-01)
Full Time: (from 09-23 to 10-01)

The IDC is around 7-10 days, 3-4 days are in a classroom doing presentations. If you can’t do the full course in person, we have a part-time option for those who work and can’t make time to train in their passion. In the part-time course, you´ll do the presentations via Zoom and come in person just for the practical part.

Why Become an Instructor?

  • Transform lives: yours and those around you.
  • Friendships for life: make connections with amazing people, who will change your life.
  • Opportunities across the globe: travelling is amazing when you’re an instructor.
  • Improve your dive skill: by teaching, you learn.
  • Further development: water comfort, skills and situational awareness are all increased.
  • Personal development: improve your confidence, leadership and communication skills.
  • Learn how to teach: one of the most helpful skills in life, whether you’re diving or not.
  • Turn a hobby into a profession: get paid to do something you love – why not?!     

Your Course Director

Kat has been working as a PADI Instructor since 2004. A 36 year old mother of 3 and owner of Academy of Scuba, she has followed her passion for diving and changing peoples lives over the years.

“My goal, in everything I do, is to make the best divers and now Dive Professionals. Everyone learns in their own individual way. My courses, and approach to teaching reflect this, ensuring everyone gets the best out of their training. More importantly, my vast experience in teaching, and my high standard in instruction, will ensure that you will be one of the very best PADI Instructors in the dive industry. Please contact me for any more information. I look forward to helping you change lives soon.”


Kat Vcelka – PADI Course Director #483447

Kat’s Story

To me, teaching people to scuba dive has always been something special and a great privilege. I take great pride in being able to share my passion with others and provide them with opportunities for life changing experiences by introducing them to the underwater world. I have had personally countless experiences of awe, beauty and amazement underwater. The heart warming feeling of introducing and sharing these experiences with other people is something only a passionate Dive Instructor can relate to.  Over many years of teaching Open Water, Advanced courses and Specialties, I commenced teaching Divemaster courses, which gave me a new aspect to Dive Instruction. Now I had an opportunity to teach others to start passing on their own passion for scuba diving and leading.

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every course and as a result realised the next step was professional training. Completing my Staff Instructors course I could now teach Divemasters to become Assistant Instructors and also help them prepare for the PADI Instructors exam. This was a new level of job satisfaction for me. My passion lies in all levels of diving, however becoming a PADI Course Director in 2014 has given me the opportunity to further contribute in enhancing peoples lives. The feeling that you get when you introduce people to our beautiful underwater world is so unique. At the end of the day you change peoples lives for the better, which is amazing.” – Kat Vcelka


The AOS Team

Academy of Scuba is lucky to have some of the best dive professionals in the business.

Interested in who will be teaching you to scuba dive? Check out our team here!