BOO! It's that time of year folks. The rain sets in, the swell picks up and visibility is non existent. So we've ended our dive season. From all the team at divehoian.com thank you for coming out in 2017. We've had a blast. Stay tuned though. We have 2017 highlights and wet season updates coming. Diving should kick off Feb/March 2018. So start your holiday planning now. In the meantime, we are grabbing our boards and surfing the six foot swell on the beach. Cheers and thanks for a great year of fun. Steve, Tuyet and the team. ...

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Hoi An Diving Center, Blue Coral Diving, PADI Dive Center

Vietnam PADI IDC

Who should take this course?

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor with Hoi An Diving Center’s Vietnam PADI IDC Program. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

Are you ready to join the ranks of the dedicated professionals who teach the world’s most progressive and popular scuba diver education programs? Then Go PRO with Hoi An Diving Center’s Vietnam PADI IDC Program.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) is made up of two parts – the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

Dive professionals who hold an instructor rating with another diver training organization may be eligible to enroll directly in the OWSI program. This recognizes prior instructor training and provides a path to become a PADI Instructor.

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months

You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

What will you learn?

Over a minimum of five days, but usually more like seven, the IDC teaches you to conduct all PADI core courses. You’ll be able to organize and present information, conduct skill development sessions and control open water dives. Basically, you become a better public speaker and get really good at demonstrating skills while watching out for student diver safety. Key topics include:

  • PADI Standards and Procedures for courses you can teach with in water workshops
  • Learning, Instruction and the PADI System
  • Risk Management and Diver Safety
  • The Business of Diving and your role as an instructor
  • Marketing Diving and Sales Counseling

You may be able to get college credit or the Assistant Instructor course and Instructor Development Course.

How can you start learning now?

Register for IDC Online – PADI’s eLearning option that lets you study independently at your own pace before class. There are nine interactive knowledge development sections. Prestudy online saves classroom time, which allows more time for practicing the skills that distinguish you as a PADI Instructor.

Also, sign up for Dive Theory Online, if you haven’t already completed it or it’s been more than a year since you went through it. The program is a straightforward review of dive physics, physiology, skills, equipment and environment, plus using the Recreational Dive Planner (RDP). By successfully completing Dive Theory Online, you can get credit for the dive theory exam requirement during your IDC.

Visit a PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center or Resort to ask about an IDC.

Also, view the Instructor Development Calendar.

What’s an IE?

An Instructor Examination (IE) is a two-day evaluative program that tests an instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive theory knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, and attitude and professionalism. PADI IEs are standardized and conducted by specially trained PADI Instructor Examiners. The IE location, testing environment and examination sessions are organized to be as objective as possible to fairly and consistently evaluate a candidate’s abilities. Only those who meet the IE performance requirements earn the respected PADI Instructor certification. There is a fee for attending an IE.

View the Instructor Examination Calendar.

Learn More

See what PADI Pros have to say about living the dream.

Next Step

Become a PADI Instructor:

  • Register for IDC Onlineand start learning right away.
  • Enroll in a PADI IDC, Assistant Instructor course or OWSI program at your PADI Five Star Instructor Development Center or Resort.
  • Browse the PADI Course Catalog.
  • Download a Medical Statement and Questionnaire (pdf).

Stop by Hoi An Diving Center in historical Hoi An, Vietnam for more information about our Vietnam PADI IDC Program or any other PADI Courses or Training in Hoi An.

You can also check us out on our Facebook page.

Hoi An Diving Center Price List

Fun Dives (license required)

1 tank dive………..1,150,000 VND

2 tank dive……….1, 800,000 VND

Discover Scuba Diving (no license required)

1 dive……….1,250,000 VND

2 dives……..1,900,000 VND


2 sites………950,000 VND

Diving, Ong Beach, Cham Islands, Hoi An, Vietnam


From 8:00 am – Pick-up from hotel in Hoi An

8:45 am – Depart Cua Dai Harbour for Cham Islands

10:00 am – Arrive at first dive and snorkel site

11:30 am – Arrive at second site

1:00 pm – Arrive at Ong Beach on Cham Island for Vietnamese seafood lunch (vegetarian option available upon request). Time to relax, sunbathe and swim before the departure back to the mainland.

5:00 pm – Arrive back at hotel in Hoi An.

All prices include equipment hire, transfers, free tea and coffee on the boat, dive guide, instructor, seafood lunch, and all government taxes.

Have fun and be safe with Hoi An Diving Center!

PADI courses prices can be found on the PADI Courses page.

Private speed boat diving available on request (with a maximum number of diving guests).

If you want to add a night under the stars at Ong Beach, please inquire about camping prices.


Hoi An Scuba Dive Sites

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Hoi An Scuba Dive Sites

Do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions about our daily scuba dive trips, Hoi An scuba dive sites or if you have any other questions.

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Hoi An Snorkelling Trips

Blue Coral Diving | PADI Dive Center Hoi An Vietnam | Hoi An Snorkelling TripsHoi An Snorkelling Trips

Not a diver or don’t have time for a dive right now ? No problem at all – Hoi An snorkelling trips provide a great compromise between lying and roasting in the sun and observing Cham Islands’ sea creatures. With just a mask, a snorkel and a pair of fins (life vests are also available), you can explore the realms of the underwater world.

Our Hoi An Snorkelling Trips includes transfer to and from your hotel in Hoi An, all equipment, free tea, coffee and water whilst on board, seafood lunch on Ong Beach Cham Island (vegetarian options upon request), and all government taxes.

For prices, please click here.

Stop by Hoi An Diving Center in historical Hoi An, Vietnam for more information about our snorkelling trips  and any of our  PADI Courses.

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Hoi An Diving and Snorkelling Trips

Hoi An Diving and Snorkelling Trips

Welcome to Hoi An Diving Centre (Blue Coral Diving)

At Hoi An Diving Center, a five star PADI Dive Center, we offer diving and snorkelling trips to the beautiful islands of Cua Loa Cham just off the coast of Hoi An, some 25 nautical miles by boat. There are seven islands, including the main island of Hon Loa. We tend to dive and snorkel around three of the smaller islands – Hon Mo, Hon Dai, and Hon Tai. There is also Ranh Manh, the sunken island. This is for experienced divers only! Click on our dive site map for more details.

We offer all courses from Open Water to Divemaster, including Specialties. Click on our PADI Courses page for more information.

For Hoi An diving and snorkelling tour prices, please click here.

For more information about our snorkelling trips, fun dives or PADI Training Courses in Hoi An, please do not hesitate to contact Hoi An Diving Center.

You can also check us out on our Facebook page.

Bienvenue chez Hoi An Diving Center

Avec Hoi An Diving Center, nous vous offrons des excursions de plongée ou PMT (palmes, masque, tuba) dans les îles magnifiques de Cua Loa Cham. Près de la côte de Hoi An, à seulement 25 miles nautiques en bateau. L’île principale de Cham est bordée de sept îles. Nous avons l’habitude de plonger autour des trois plus petites îles (Hon Mo, Hon Dai & Hon Tai). Il y a également Ranh Manh, l’île engloutie. Pour les plongeurs seulement! Cliquez sur notre carte des sites pour plus de détails.

En tant que Centre de plongée 5 Star PADI, nous proposons tous les cours de l’Open Water à Divemaster, ainsi que des cours de Spécialités. Nos instructeurs peuvent enseigner en français. Cliquez sur notre page PADI Courses pour plus d’informations.

Si vous souhaitez en savoir plus sur les prix, cliquez ici.

Pour plus d’informations sur nos sorties plongée, PMT ou cours de formation PADI, à Hoi An, n’hésitez pas à contacter Hoi An Diving Center.

Willkommen bei Hoi An Diving Center

Hoi An Diving Center bietet, Tauch- und Schnorchelausflüge zu den wunderschönen Inseln Cua Loa Cham, an. Diese liegen direkt vor der Küste von Hoi An, nur etwa 25 Seemeilen mit dem Boot entfernt. Es ist eine Inselgruppe von 7 Inseln. Die Hauptinsel ist Cham. Wir tauchen und schnorcheln generell um 3 der Inseln. Hon Mo, Hon Giai und Hon Tai. Zudem gibt es auch Ranh Manh, welches eine Unterwasserinsel ist, diese ist jedoch nur für Taucher geeignet. Klicken Sie auf Tauchplätze für weitere Details.

Als PADI 5 Star Tauchunternehmen bieten wir alle Kurse, vom Open Water bis zum Divemaster und Spezialitäten, an. Klicken Sie auf unsere Seite PADI Kurse für weitere Informationen.

Für Preise unserer Tauch- und Schnorchelausflüge klicken Sie bitte hier.

Für weitere Informationen bezüglich unserer Schnorchelausflüge, Tauchgänge oder PADI Kurse in Hoi An, zögern Sie nicht, Hoi An Diving Center zu kontaktieren.

Benvenuti da Blue Coral Diving

Hoi An Diving Center offre delle escursioni di snorkeling e immersioni subacquee alle isole meravigliose di Cua Loa Cham. Davanti alla costa di Hoi An, a soli 25 miglia marino con la barca. L’isola principale Cham è circondata da 7 isole. Di abitudine ci immergiamo intorno a 3 piccole isole, Hon Mo, Hon Giai, Hon Tai. C’è anche Ranh Manh, un isola sommersa. Per i subacquei solamente! Cliccare su Sites per ulteriori informazioni.

Come centro 5 Satr PADI offriamo dei corsi da Open Water fino al Divemaster e delle Specialità. Clicca sul pagina PADI Corsi per maggiori informazioni.

Se desidera degli informazioni di prezzo per lo snorkeling e le immersioni subacquee clicca qui.

Per ulteriori informazioni riguardo lo snorkeling, l’immersione subacquee o per dei corsi, non esitate di contattare Hoi An Diving Center.

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Hoi An Diving Center Staff

While we employ many talented and passionate professionals, the most important part of our team is our dive boat Jennifer, named after Steve’s daughter.  The specially-constructed vessel was built from sturdy teak and mahogany and based on the design of traditional Vietnamese fishing boats. Outfitted with everything needed for a good day’s dive, including a sunbathing deck, it is our pride and joy.

Built on Cam Kim island just outside of Hoi An, she is 18m long, 4.4m wide, and 5.5m high. The maximum capacity is 50 people. She was launched in March 2009 and has a newly installed, state-of-the-art diesel engine.

The Hoi An Diving Center staff is made up of PADI professionals. We only employ diving instructors and divemasters with loads of experience and knowledge. This year’s team is no exception!

We strive to provide you with the best possible training and the best day’s diving you can get here in beautiful Hoi An. The crew is made up of Vietnamese professionals and other divers from around the world.

The team will do almost anything to keep you happy and make sure you enjoy yourself on and off the boat. Ask them for something and they will provide!!!

Steve Reid, owner of Hoi An Diving, Blue Coral Group

Steve, the boss, cut his teeth as a manager of another dive company, Rainbow Divers, and decided to go it on his own. With blood, sweat and tears, Hoi An Diving Center was born.

Known to some as the ‘Ginger Panda’, Steve has been diving for 25 years and is an IDC Staff Instructor with PADI.

From: England, sunny Southport and many other places.


Hoang, Staff Instructor, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral DivingHoang, the Assistant Manager, started diving at 16 in Nha Trang. His elder brother is a PADI instructor and encouraged him to dive as much as possible. With over 12,000 dives, Hoang is now a PADI IDC Staff Instructor. A qualified English teacher and amateur chef, he has quickly become a valued member of the Hoi An Diving Center family.

From: Nha Trang City



Minh, boat captain at Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral DivingCaptain Minh comes from a seafaring family and has been a boat captain since he was 18. He is the only boat captain in Vietnam who is also a PADI Rescue Diver and EFR-certified. He never stops smiling.

Place of birth: An Bang City, Hoi An




Phap, dive master, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral DivingPhap, the youngest member of the team, started off as the Hoi An Dive Center boat boy. Having learned English from Hoang, Phap is now a PADI Divemaster with thousands of dives under his belt and an eye for rare under sea creatures.

From: An Bang City, Hoi An




Thanh, dive master, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral Diving

Thanh is another long-time member of the Hoi An Diving Center crew. She is a PADI Divemaster, as well as a black-belt Taekwondo star. She loves music and messing around, but her favourite thing to do is play with her dog Eryc (named after her favourite nudibranch). Eagle-eyed, Thanh’s specialty is spotting frog fishes.

From: Nha Trang City



Canh, Hoi An Diving Center, Blue Coral Diving

Canh is the boat boy and another resident joker. He helps customers into and out of their gear, keeps the drinks chest stocked, organises gear and does a little bit of everything. He can fix anything on the boat and is very serious about keeping everything ship-shape.

From: Hoi An




Ruairi, dive instructor at Hoi An Dive Centre, Blue Coral DivingRuairí got his open water certificate at the tender age of 12 and hasn’t stopped exploring the deep blue since. He attained PADI Master Scuba Instructor status in 2013 in Phu Quoc, in the south of Vietnam. Since then he has dived in Israel, Honduras, and in the cold Atlantic off the coast of Ireland.

From: Dublin, Ireland



Dan, dive master, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral DivingDan completed his PADI Divemaster certification in 2003 at the Great Barrier Reef. He loves the serenity and healthy lifestyle diving provides. Friendly and good-natured, he can help any anxious diver find their fins. Known as “Spice Boy” for his ability to devour chilies, he also likes to zen out and relax with friends.

From: Queensland, Australia



Ross, dive master, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral DivingRoss has lived in Asia for the past four years, spending the last two years diving and completing his Divemaster course in Nha Trang. Besides bearing a striking likeness to Jason Statham, Ross is also into fitness and can be found at the gym or on his bicycle when he’s not in his fins.

From: France and Britain.



Maria, snorkel master, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral Diving

Maria is the snorkel master on the dive boat, and is responsible for taking good care of all of our snorkelling customers. She also has her Advanced Open Water certification. A fan of dancing, reggaeton, and a good joke, she is always ready to answer any questions with her mega-watt smile.

From: Chile

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Hugh, Dive Instructor, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral DivingHugh is half of a husband-and-wife scuba team with Deb.  Formerly a co-manager of a dive shop in Sumatra, he has dived around the world. A PADI-certified instructor, customers can avail of his keen knowledge and experience. They definitely won’t lose him underwater in his neon-green wetsuit!

From: New Zealand



Deb, instructor, Hoi An Dive Center, Blue Coral Diving

Deb came to Hoi An Dive Center after a stint co-managing a dive shop in Sumatra with her partner in crime, Hugh. Always up for a laugh, Deb is a certified instructor with a talent for finding banded shrimp and other undersea creatures.. She is great guide who is good with new and experienced divers

From: New Zealand



Mark, Blue Coral Diving, Hoi An Dive CenterMark lifts tanks, helps guests, smiles constantly and helps the boat run smoothly. A divemaster-in-training, he also has experience as a commercial diver, repairing and cleaning boats. He is always up for a conversation, a cup of coffee or a glass of beer.

From: Australia

Kurt, diving instructor, Hoi An Diving Center, Blue Coral DivingKurt is a certified diving instructor, and has taught at dive centers around the world. He and his partner Keryn have also travelled extensively through Asia. Ask him for his expertise in diving or some advice about further travels on in this beautiful continent.

From: Australia

PADI Divemaster Course

PADI Divemaster Course

Blue Coral Diving | Professional PADI Dive Centre in Hoi An Vietnam | DivemasterLooking for the first step in working with scuba as a career? Your adventure into the professional levels of recreational scuba diving begins with the PADI Divemaster program. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, in this program you expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills to the professional level. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities, qualifying you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers. PADI Divemaster is the prerequisite certification for both the PADI Assistant Instructor and PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certifications.

What You Learn

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba. You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.

Get a Life as a PADI Divemaster and scuba dive for work anywhere in the world!

What You Can Teach
Blue Coral Diving | Professional PADI Dive Centre in Hoi An Vietnam | TeachingAfter becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
  • When the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent, a Divemaster can remain with other student divers (with an individual student or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team Skin Diver Specialist AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

At a glance, compare what you can teach when you continue your professional diver education. Expand your scuba diving knowledge and experience as a PADI Divemaster

The Scuba Gear You Use

  • You use all the basic scuba equipment and some scuba accessories such as a dive slate, dive knife, compass, dive watch, etc.
  • It is highly recommended that you own all of your own scuba equipment, as familiarity with personal gear improves general scuba diving skills. You can find most everything at your local dive shop

The Learning Materials You Need

Blue Coral Diving | Professional PADI Dive Centre in Hoi An Vietnam | DM CrewpacThe PADI Divemaster crewpak includes everything you’ll need to start the PADI Divemaster program. The complete set of materials includes:

  • The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving – a comprehensive overview of diving physics, physiology, and equipment.
  • The Diving Knowledge Workbook – a self-study guide used in preparation for the Divemaster and Instructor exams.
  • Divemaster slates
  • PADI Divemaster Manual
  • CD-ROM with instructor outlines for Divemaster-conducted programs (exclusive item not available for purchase separately)


To take this course, you must be:

  • 18 years old
  • A PADI Advanced Open Water Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • A PADI Rescue Diver (or qualifying certification from another training organization)
  • An Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (or qualifying first aid and CPR training from another organization) course completion within the past 24 months.
  • Have at least 20 dives to begin the course and 60 for certification
  • Be fit for diving and submit a Medical Statement (PDF) signed by a physician within the last 12 months.

Other Courses That Will Prepare You for Success as a PADI Divemaster

Blue Coral Diving | Professional PADI Dive Centre in Hoi An Vietnam | DivemasterContinue your scuba education to become a more successful PADI Divemaster. Here are some suggestions for other PADI courses that will help make you more successful as a PADI Divemaster:

  • Boat Diver
  • Coral Reef Conservation
  • Digital Underwater Photographer
  • Emergency First Response Instructor
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • Enriched Air Diver (You can even sign up for the PADI Enriched Air Course Online!)
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Night Diver
  • Peak Performance Buoyancy
  • Underwater Naturalist
  • Underwater Navigation

Stop by Hoi An Diving Center in Historical Hoi An, Vietnam for more information about PADI Divemaster Course, DM Internship Programs, or any other PADI Courses or Training in Hoi An.

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