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Why Choose Sugar Land Dive Center?

PADI 5 Star IDC Sugar Land Dive Center

Take your PADI Instructor Development Course with Sugar Land Dive Center  Serving Houston, Katy, Pearland and all surrounding areas we are one of the fastest growing and most talked about Dive Centers in Texas.  As an award winning PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center we continue to be the choice for forward thinking future dive professionals wanting to build successful dive industry careers.

Under the direction of PADI Platinum honored Course Directors Phillip Hetherington and Tim Palmer and their highly recognized team of PADI professionals Sugar Land Dive Center offers a full slate of professional courses on a regular basis.

What makes us different?
  • Year-round training featuring monthly PADI Instructor Development Courses (IDC)
  • Small class sizes.  Maximum of six candidates per IDC
  • Flexible schedules including night and weekend programs
  • Quality real life training including industry specific clinics
    • PADI On Line Processing Center Clinic
    • PADI Digital Products Clinic
    • EVE specific software clinics
  • Bi-Lingual Instructors on staff - Spanish and Chinese
  • Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) Program with a wide range of Specialty Instructor Courses to choose from
  • PADI IDC Staff Instructor Programs offered with every IDC
  • Option of completing your PADI IDC and IE on vacation with our affiliates in Cozumel, Mexico and Roatan, Honduras
  • Housing available
  • Job placement assisitance
  • Financing available
Compare the difference.  All our IDC's Include:
  • IDC Online
  • IDC Crewpac
  • IDC Prep Course
  • PADI Digital Product Suite.  Includes all 8 of the PADI Touch products:
    • PADI Open Water Touch
    • PADI AOW Touch
    • PADI Rescue Diver Touch 
    • Enriched Air Nitrox Touch
    • PADI ReActivate Touch
    • PADI Freediver Touch
    • eRDPML Touch 
    • Equipment Touch
  • Free Emergency Oxygen Provider Specialty Instructor Course

Our Promise to You:

Our promise to you is simple.  We promise to provide the best training possible.  When you complete your PADI IDC with us we guarantee you will pass your PADI Instructor Exam (IE)  or you can come back and participate in another IDC at no additional cost.  (PADI fees not included.)

Our goal is for you to become a successful PADI Dive Professional


Meet Your Team

PADI Course Director Phillip Hetherington

PADI Platinum Course Director Phillip Hetherington

Phillip Hetherington PADI Platinum Course Director Award 2018 Phillip Hetherington PADI Elite Instructor Award

Between Texas and Roatan, Honduras, Phillip taught over thirteen PADI IDC's in 2017.  From these IDC's he helped numerous individuals acheive their dream of becoming PADI Instructors who are now teaching in such far flung locations as Hawaii, Grand Cayman, Malaysia and Indonesia.  Phillip also tfound time to teach Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver courses as well as conducting Discover Scuba Diving experiences.

PADI Course Director Tim Palmer

PADI Course Director Tim Palmer

Tim has conducted dive traing, C.P.R classes and Instructor Development in the muddy laskes and rivers of Arizona, Texas, and even a few time in Hawaii.  Tim has conducted programs in Micronesia, Hawaii, Soloman Islands, Marshall Islands, Honduras and both coasts of Mexico.  Additional Tim has supervised dive training on live aboard vessels in California, Hawai, the Galapagos Islands and the Soccorro Islands.  Wherever you may to choose to work in recreational scuba, Tim will provide you with real world experience.

IDC Staff Instructor Kendal Larson 

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Kendal Larson

Photographer, Scuba Instructor, Explorer.  These are just a few of the terms used to describe Kendal.  Actively involved in both our Divemaster and IDC programs Kendal is an integral part of our professional development team.    An experienced trip leader and guide Kendal will jump on a boat or plane at the drop of a hat to start the next adventure.  As the resident photography expert Kendal will also teach how to reach your potential behind the lens.











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