HOW TO BECOME A SCUBA INSTRUCTOR
Imagine the beach as your office, your scuba equipment your tools, and marine life your co-workers. Imagine being able to travel, dive, meeting great people all around the globe, having fun and making money of it. If this hard lifestyle doesn’t put you away, keep on reading.
Anyone who can dive and enjoys working with people can easily become a scuba instructor. As PADI is the world leader scuba diving organization Ill introduce the PADI Scuba Instructor Course here.
PADI Scuba Instructor Course prerequisites:
1. Be at least 18 years old
2. Logged at least 60 dives, among which are Night Dive, Deep Dive, and Navigation Dive.
3. In order to participate in the PADI Scuba instructor Exam you must complete and log at least 100 dives.
4. A PADI Divemaster or PADI Assistant Instructor qualification, or be an instructor with other training organizations for at least 6 month.
5. Be a certified Emergency first responder Instructor and hold a valid
24 month proof of CPR and 1st aid training.
6. Hold a medical statement signed by a physician with the last 12 months.
Can I Become a PADI Scuba Instructor straight after my PADI Divemaster course?
-As long as you meet the prerequisites for enrolling in the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course you can participate in it. its actually pretty common to aim straight to the Scuba Instructor certification. When choosing a dive center for your Divemaster Course its recommended though not a requirment to pick a 5 star PADI Dive Center where you can continue your education right after your DM course with the Instructors you know and trust.
There are some pros and cons in choosing to head directly to the Scuba Instructor rating:
+ Most of the skills and knowledge mastered at the Divemaster course are vital for Scuba Instructor course too. Some of that knowledge unfortunately doesn’t last forever in our heads, and some prefer using it, as it is still fresh and advance to the Scuba Instructor course.
-You gain a lot of valuable irreplaceable knowledge by working with people, solving problems, communicating and so on. Unless you feel really comfortable with costumers and teaching after the Divemaster course, get some experience first, and then move on to the next level.
The PADI Scuba Instructor Course:
The PADI Scuba Instructor Course consists of two separate parts, which can be taken separately or combined.
Part 1: PADI Assistant Instructor Course (Minimum 3 days)
-As you’ve learned and mastered all relevant scuba theory at the PADI Divemaster course, you’ll only review and test your knowledge on this course.
– Here you learn how to conduct and organize confined water trainings, deliver presentations, and brush on your rescue skills.
Part 2: PADI Scuba Instructor Development Course (Minimum 4 days)
-While further practicing the skills learned on the Assistant instructor course portion, you’d be introduced to the business of diving, legal issues, review all PADI courses you’d be able to teach and more.
Completing both parts of the Scuba Instructor Development Course- PADI IDC is easy and very common. Completing only the 1st part and earning some experience in delivering presentations and conducting PADI programs helps a lot in building your instructor character and confidence prior to taking the Open Water Scuba Instructor Exam.
Open Water Scuba Instructor Exam:
A two days program testing your dive theory and the dive system knowledge, presentation level, dive skills demonstration level, and rescue skills.