You had enough of your office job? Your boss approved your sabbatical? Get out of the office and descend into the amazing underwater world!

Make your dreams come true and turn your passion into a career – become a PADI Instructor.

  • Come to Dahab and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle of the village and its people
  • Change the quality of your life for the better
  • Become fit and healthy with the diving lifestyle
  • Be part of our diving family
  • Work where others go on holiday

Use your sabbatical and train to be a PADI Instructor which will enable you to work anywhere in the world. Even if you haven’t been diving for that long – anything is possible!

About Myself - Marlies Lang

My name is Marlies Lang and I found my love for diving in 1995.

For me diving isn’t work – diving is my PASSION!

I am working as a PADI Instructor since 2003 and trained to be a Course Director in 2011. Since 2005 I’ve been working at Sea Dancer Dive Center in Egypt. I’ve been involved in training over 1000 PADI Instructors. I love to pass on my experience and passion – the only way to do so is by being in the classroom and underwater myself. I am the one who trains you to become an instructor, not a Staff Instructor – a very important feature of my IDC.

Experienced Course Director

Make the most out of my longtime experience, my knowledge and my passion for diving.

Worldwide contacts

I can help with your job placement with my contacts to different dive centers in the world.

Extreme high standards

After successfully completing your IDC you are able to teach PADI courses anywhere in the world.

International training

My IDCs are held in english and german.

The sun and the sea

There is no better place to complete your instructor training! Come and enjoy the sun and the warm crystal clear waters of Dahab.

Serious training with fun

Professionalism and safety is always my number one priority, but never without FUN.

A brief overview of my contacts and work places

I have worked in quite a few places around the world and can provide you with hints and tips as well as contacts to dive centers for your future life as an instructor.

  • Australia: Great Barrier Reef, Christmas Island
  • Croatia: Cres
  • Egypt: Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada, El Quesier and Dive Safari Boats (northern and southern routes)
  • Greece: Lesvos, Lemnos, Amorgos
  • Indonesia: Bunaken, Lembeh Strait, Bali, Lembongan, Lombok, Sanur
  • Italy: Elba
  • Malaysia: Borneo, Semporna, Mabul, Tioman Island
  • Malidives: North Ari Atoll
  • Malta: Gozo
  • Mexico: Yucatan
  • New Zealand: north and south island
  • Tanzania: Pemba Island, Zanzibar Island
  • Thailand: everywhere

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Dive Center: Sea Dancer Dahab

We have a palmtree growing through our classroom and the sea is only a few steps away

Since 2005 I am a part of the Sea Dancer Dive Center family in Dahab.

With being a 5* IDC Center we can offer an even higher standard than most other dive centers. On top of that most of our staff are trained as PADI Staff Instructors – which makes us a very experienced team.

So you can expect highly professional training during your instructor training as well as a real fun team that works together in these relaxed surroundings. Enjoy the sun, the amazing underwater reefs and the crystal clear waters of Dahab directly outside our dive center.

There is also a palm tree growing through our sundeck upstairs where you can soak up the sun and relax between dives.

Come and join us to be part of our Sea Dancer family.


"The rating of a PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center is only given to advanced PADI dive centers that offer a whole range of diver training, choice of equipment and a high level of experience. To be qualified as a PADI 5 Star IDC center a high level of standards have to be met. These special dive centers are also highly involved in environmental friendly projects such as Project AWARE beach and underwater cleanups and general environmental education in diver training. (...)" (Quelle: PADI)


A tiny paradise in Egypt

Dahab has something magical: if you discover it once you have to always come back. I fell in love with this amazing Egyptian village in 2002 and am living here since with my husband, our son and our pets.

Dahab has a welcoming and very friendly atmosphere. Everybody gets along here – locals, expats, tourists, cats and dogs – everyone accepts everybody for what they are and let them enjoy the sun and the sea. The promenade offers hours of fun - enjoying the sea, hanging out all day in restaurants, playing back gammon or checking out the shops for souveniers.

The colourful underwater world is unique and amazing but there is also a lot to discover above water. Join a Bedouin dinner in the desert, try kitesurfing in the lagoon or go horseriding along the stunning coast.

There is a whole range of accomodation close to the dive center and the transfer from Sharm el Sheikh airport takes 1 hour.

  • Only 1 hour away from the airport in Sharm el Sheikh
  • Inexpensive and comfortable accomodation
  • We can guarantee sunshine & lots of activities
  • Warmth, hospitality, a relaxed and positive atmosphere

I’m happy to help you with any organisation of accomodation and transfer.
Contact me.


EFRI, IDC & MSDT prep.

Diving courses

Our training to be a PADI instructor constist of 3 parts. The Emergency First Response Instructor course (EFRI), the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) – combining the Assistant Instructor course (AI) with the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) – and the Instructor Examination (IE).

The EFR Instructor is a prerequiste to become a PADI instructor.

The Emergency First Response Instructor Course is a one day course.

Depending on the IDC group we can schedule it at the beginning, middle or at the end of the IDC. During your Emergency First Response Instructor course you will update your knowledge to the latest CPR, Primary and Secondary care skills using an infant, junior and adult mannequin as well as an Automated External Defibrillator training unit while giving classroom presentations and hands on practical sessions.

To become a PADI instructor you have to pass the 11 day IDC training followed by a two day exam.

During the course you will learn how to teach PADI courses safe and effectively which enables you to work anywhere in the world after you pass your exam.

The Instructor Development Course is - as the name already suggests - a devolpment course. After each presentation – either in the water or in the classroom – we will evaluate your performance and help you improve your teaching skills. You will also learn from the other IDC candidates while playing students for your colleagues. At the end of the IDC you will be more than ready to go and pass the Instructor Exam.

To make it easier for you to get a job after you certify as a PADI instructor we include the Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) preperation into our IDC training.

This means you will be trained to be an instructor in 5 specialties and are able to teach these as soon as you are certified as a PADI Instructor.

The specialties you can choose from are: Boat, Deep, Dive Against Debris, Drift, Diver Propulsion Vehicle, Drysuit, Naturalist, Night, Nitrox,Sidemount, Digital Underwater Imaging

Schedule 2017 & 2018

We normally start with the one day EFR Instructor course, followed by the 11 day IDC and then the 2 day PADI Instructor Exam (IE).


My prices for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor training are well arranged and clear so you can keep track of your costs during your Dive-Sabbatical-Adventures.