PADI Scuba Diving Instructor - Dive Resort - Andaman Islands
Barefoot Scuba Why Us
Why Us
Planning to become a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor? To give the best start to your dive carreer, the choice of your IDC center and your trainers is most important.
At Barefoot Scuba, the first and only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Resort in the Andaman Islands we believe that quality matters and we offer you the finest PADI professional training in India. Our goal is to give you the best chances of employment, anywhere in the world. Your success is a result of our commitment to high-quality courses, as well as our dedication to preparing the candidate for teaching in real life conditions.
PADI is by far is the largest dive association in the world and PADI Instructors have many advantages over instructors from other organizations. Not only will you have greater job opportunities, since PADI represents more than 85% of the dive centers worldwide, but you will benefit from the following: great member support, frequent updates on teaching materials and methods, training material available in many languages, internationally recognized standard of quality and safety.
Barefoot Scuba offers:
  • Your IDC and IE on the beautiful island of Havelock.
  • Tuition in English with translator help in French, Hindi, Marathi, German, Spanish, Dutch, Indonesian as needed.
  • Guaranteed group size of no more than 4 candidates per PADI Instructor Trainer.
  • ALL the required PADI materials
  • IE Success Guarantee - Our next IDC is complimentary at Barefoot Scuba in the unlikely event you are unsuccessful with any segment of the IE.
  • All tanks, weights, belts, specialty equipment and accessories for the entire IDC.
  • PADI Course Director and staff to provide full support during your IDC. Comprehensive PADI library, additional study and support materials, free of charge, designed to aid your learning development.
  • Should you need more dives to comply with IDC PADI pre-requisite, we are happy to extend a special rate of Rs. 1500 per dive on our confirmed trips.
  • Assistance with the required transfers through our travel agency, which is the largest of its kind in the Andaman Islands.
  • NO hidden fees! We will provide you with a written offer before you commit to an IDC with us.
The Team

Thien’s first view of the underwater world was through an old swimming goggle on a pristine reef off the Refugee Camp at Pulau Bidong, Malaysia in 1980. As a 10 years old political refugee awaiting UNICEF to decide his future, little did he know that first glimpse under the sea will be a part of his life’s passion
Born in the former country of South Viet Nam, Thien escaped with his family among the “Boat People” to Malaysia in 1980. He immigrated to the US in 1981 and grew up in California where he lived until 2001. A graduate of University of California at Santa Barbara, Thien’s previous professional life has been as a Store Manager for Gap Inc. and Business Development Manager for E-greetings Network Inc.

Graduated from PADI Head Quarter in California, Thien was very active as a full-time IDC Staff Instructor at Dive Asia PADI CDC. By the summer of his 2004 PADI CDTC, he had worked in 25 IDC programs (training over 300 candidates alongside the late PADI legendary Course Director, Bjorn Tackman) before becoming a PADI Course Director. Prior to making Scuba Diving his daily lifestyle, Thien was very active in the outdoors with mountain biking, running marathons, stumbling through triathlons, and had fallen off his skis quite often while searching for that ultimate “adrenaline rush.”

Language spoken: English, Hindi, Telugu
Logged dives: 3,000+
Total certifications: 600+

You will find a short description for a number of the courses we offer below. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require more information. We are more than happy to offer friendly and professional advice to future PADI professionals.
PADI Dive Master (DM)
First professional step in the recreationnal dive industry, a Divemaster can assist instructors during training courses or independently guide certified divers, conduct snorkeling, discover scuba diving and refresher programs.
Our philosophy for DM training is to allow you to experience how a dive centre operates on a day-to-day basis, by helping our instructors train real students in their courses.
You can choose the appropriate Divemaster option based on your experience level : course only for experienced divers or internship for divers wanting to get more experience before their training.
IDC Prep
An invaluable workshop to ensure that your theoretical knowledge and skills are exemplary.
Practice exams will be conducted on the first day. It is important to understand that no theory will be taught during your IDC.
On the second day, we will focus on skills demonstrations in confined water.
The IDC Prep is optional. However, it is highly recommended, if it has been a while since your Divemaster’s training.
Assistant Instructor (AI)
Prerequisite : PADI Divemaster or equivalent
The PADI Assistant Instructor Course is the first part of the IDC. Scheduled over 4 days, it can be conducted anytime of the year. This is an excellent preparation for the full IDC and makes you more employable than a Divemaster.
The AI rating will allow you teach the academic portions of all PADI courses as well as the Peak Performance Buoyancy and Project Aware Specialty courses. Assistant Instructors can conduct on their own the PADI Bubblemaker, Seal team and Discover Scuba Diving programs.
Emergency First Response Instructor
Prerequisite : Being EFR certified or equivalent in the last 24 months
Being a first aid instructor is a mandatory prerequisite to become PADI OWSI. Our Emergency First Response Instructor Course is a relaxed two half-days program. Primary and secondary care are covered together with Care for Children, and Automated External Defibrillator use.
As EFR is a non diving course, you can teach it to anyone like your friends and family!
Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)- Crossover program
Prerequisite : PADI Assistant Instructor or Instructor from other organizations
If you are an PADI Assistant Instructor or Instructor from other training organizations wanting to cross - over to the PADI System of diver education, this is the course for you.
The OWSI course is conducted over 6 days following the AI portion.
PADI Specialty Instructor and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)
Prerequisite : PADI OWSI
Choose from an extensive list that includes Deep, Enriched Air, Navigation, Search & Recovery, Night, Digital Underwater Photography, Fish Identification, Shark AWARE and emergency O2 provider. Earning PADI Specialty Instructor ratings allows you to teach a wide array of exciting courses in special interest areas.
O2 provider and Enriched air Instructor specialties do not require dives. To become an EANX instructor, you must be a certified enriched Air Diver and have a minimum of 10 logged dives on Enriched Air.
The MSDT, Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating is the first step of your Instructor continuing education.
You will reach this level by obtaining 5 specialty instructor ratings and by issuing at least 25 diving certifications.
IDC Staff Instructor
Prerequisite : PADI MSDT
IDC Staff Instructors work with Course Directors as important team members in the instructor training process. As a Staff Instructor you may assist IDC programs and teach the PADI Assistant instructor Course.
Our IDC Staff Course gives you at least two full - days with the Course Director prior to an IDC, then you'll take part in a complete IDC program.
Even if you don't have the goal of becoming a Course Director, the Staff Course will give you a real "vitamin injection" in your existing teaching techniques.
Instructor Exam (IE)
The PADI Instructor Examination (IE) is the final step to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. This 2 days program is conducted by staff members of PADI International, and not by your course directors. This ensures impartiality and fairness during the testing process.
The IE comprises four sections :
Section 1
Diving Theory - closed - book examination with a passing score of 75% or higher on each the following subjects:
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Equipment
  • General Skills and Environment
  • Recreational Dive Planner
  • Decompression theory
PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures - open - book examination with a passing score of 75% or higher.
Section 2
Confined Water – Briefing, demonstration, evaluation and debriefing of one skill from the Open Water or Rescue Course to fellow candidates acting as students.
Skill Evaluation Circuit – Demonstration of five skills from the PADI Open Water Course.
Section 3
Knowledge Development Presentation – A sample teaching presentation lasting between 5 - 10 minutes. Specific assignments are made before the program.
Section 4
Open Water: Briefing, evaluation and debriefing two skills from any PADI course to fellow candidates acting as students.
Open Water Rescue Examination: Response, recovery, resuscitation, transport and equipment removal of a diver simulating unconsciousness on the surface.
To complete the IE, you must successfully clear all four sections with a minimum passing score. If failing in one or two sections, then the candidate must attend another IE and complete only that section.
Paid Instructor Examination

Paid Instructor Examination
Why spend a day in the classroom doing the theory segment of your diving course, when you can be lazing on our beautiful beach? Enrol now in Barefoot Scuba's E Learning program and complete the theory online at your convenience in the comfort of your home. Through E -Learning, we offer you the opportunity to do the following courses:
  • PADI Open Water Course
  • PADI Advanced Open Water Course
  • PADI Enriched Air/ Nitrox Course
  • Instructor Development Course