Professional Level Ratings
* at least 3 weeks
Assistant Instructor Course
* at least 10 days
Instructor Development Course (IDC)
* at least 10 days
Divemaster is the first professional level diver. Divemasters are a critical component to safe, fun diving. If you have an interest in teaching and helping others discover the wonders of blowing bubbles under water, then Divemaster is for you!
As a Divemaster, you are able to assist Instructors during the teaching of courses and you are able to independently lead some activities like the ReActivate program. You will also be able to lead various training dives under the supervision of the Instructor.
As a Divemaster, you will be a leader that students look up to and emulate in their diving, so developing superior diving knowledge and skills is a top goal of the program.
The Assistant Instructors (AI) picks up on the training from the Divemaster program and leads into the fully developed SCUBA Instructor by furthering the knowledge and teaching abilities of the Divemaster so that they can better assist divers in training. They help out by teaching surface skills in the open water and teaching open water students in the pool.
As an AI, you'll be working with instructors to create new divers with a passion for diving! You'll be able to independently lead programs like Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE, and evaluate Dive Flexible Skills at the Surface.
Open Water Scuba Instructors (OWSI) teach all levels of students, including Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, and Divemasters.
As an OWSI, you'll be able to teach anywhere in the world, using the PADI system. Completing an Instructor Development Course (IDC) will enable you to sit for the Instructor Examination (IE) hosted by PADI. This is the final step to become a fully-certified, independent PADI Instructor.
From here you can gain additional certifications in specialties and gain your Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) recognition.