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Pro Diver Course Planner:

There are many different diving and non-diving courses from which to choose, but which ones do you take to get you where you want to go? Read the questions below to learn about some of the different paths you could follow to get from your current level of certification to the professional level that interests you most. In each example, a base path is shown as well as other career broadening opportunities. In most cases, in order to remain competitive, the modern diving professional needs to show that they have a broad experience in different areas of the dive industry, not just meet the minimum.

If you have additional questions, please contact us so we can help you select the best path to meet your goals.

Do you want to work at a shop, boat, or resort assisting divers or instructors?

Consider becoming a Divemaster:

Divemasters are employed in many aspects of the diver industry. From leading certified divers, to working on boats, to assisting instructors, the divemaster must master many skills.

Required Courses to Start Divemaster:

Additional Requirements to Start:
  • At least 18 years old.
  • At least 40 logged dives.
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.
Some Recommended Courses to Make You a Better Divemaster:

In order to be more employable, a divemaster must normally obtain additional certifications. Here are some of the more common ones. Additionally, many divemasters are also Open Water Scuba Instructors. An OWSI who becomes certified to teach these and other specialties is a valuable asset to any dive operation.

       

Please contact us for further information.

Do you want to teach people how to dive?

Consider becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor:

An Open Water Scuba Instructor is the staring certification needed to train divers. All of the other instructor level certifications are built off of the knowledge you gain in this course. An OWSI can certify Open Water Divers, Advanced Open Water Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters, Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers, teach the Project AWARE Specialty course, the Coral Reef Conservation Specialty course, and the Emergency First Response courses (if an EFRI also).

Required Courses to Start the Open Water Scuba Instructor Course (IDC):

Additional Requirements to Start:
  • At least 18 years old.
  • At least 60 logged dives. These dives must show experence with diving at night, greater than 60', and conducting underwater navigation.
  • Be a certified diver for at least six months.
  • Medically evaluated and cleared for diving by a physician within 12 months.
Some Recommended Courses to Make You a Better Open Water Scuba Instructor:

An Open Water Scuba Instructor can conduct core courses, but in many regions additional training is still highly prefered. Here are some of the more common courses other OWSIs have wanted.

There are many speciality courses from which to choose. A list can be found on this page: Speciality Instructor. If you have questions, please contact us so we can help you select the best courses to meet your goals.

       

Note: As an OWSI, if you can teach five specialities and have issued 25 certifications, you can submit your application for Master Scuba Diver Trainer. Please contact us for the details on how to do this.

Do you want to recover evidence and victims from the water as a first responder?

Consider taking the series of public safety courses and become a Public Safety Diver:

Public Safety Diving training is rapidly becoming a requirement for membership on a first responder dive team. Law enforcement, fire, and emergency response teams respond to recover evidence or victims in the water. These dive sites are often hazardous and demanding for divers. Training helps mitigate this risk and improves the efficiency of a first responder dive operation. Below are a recommended series of courses to help you improve your public safety diving skills and knowledge.

Recommended Courses to Train You as a Public Safety Professional:

Additional Information About These Courses:
  • PSD: This course focuses on conducting public safety rescues. The public safety dive environment is inherently more hazardous, having trained public safety rescue divers on site reduces this risk.
  • UCI: This course focuses on recovering evidence and victims. You will learn basic techniques to locate weapons, victims, vehicles, and more. Once located, you will apply techniques to document, preserve, and surface these items.
  • MUCI: This series of shorter courses teach you advanced techniques to locate and recover evidence and victims. These courses focus on vehicle recovery, advanced victim recovery techniques, metal detector use, and advanced evidence recoveries.
Some Additional Recommended Courses to Make You a Better Public Safety Diver:

Public Safety Divers often must dive at sites with hazardous or difficult conditions. Taking a broad selection of courses will help you improve your dive skills and make it easier ans safer for you to conduct these dives. Here are some of the more common courses other Public Safety Divers have wanted.

If you have questions, please contact us so we can help you select the best courses to meet your goals.

       

Note: Additional requirements are needed to become a Public Safety Diving Instructor. Please contact us for the details on how to do this.

Do you want to blend gases for diving or clean and service cylinders?

Consider becoming a Dive Industry Technician:

Dive centers around the world need trained, qualified individuals to blend gases and service cylinders. Few divers understand the work needed to maintain the equipment they use to dive. Cylinders used to blend gas, as well as their valves need to be periodically inspected, serviced and cleaned. Preparing enriched air blends and trimixes is a mix of art and science. Skilled technicians are needed to accurately prepare them.

Recommended Courses to Train You as a Dive Technicians:

Additional Information About These Courses:
  • Trimix Gas Blender: This course focuses on blending gas and cleaning cylinders. When you complete this course, you will know how to bleand enriched air and trimixes. As well, you will learn how to clean cylinders and valves to be used in high oxygen environments.
  • Cylinder Inspector: This series of courses focuses on the care and maintenance of cylinders. In the core course you will learn about cylinders and how to properly inspect them. Next you will learn about how to maintain cylinder valves. You will learn more about oxygen cleaning diving equipment. Finally, you will learn about conducting eddy current testing.
Some Additional Recommended Courses to Make You a Better Dive Technician:

In addition to taking classes on regulator repair and servicing, consider taking those listed below.

If you have questions, please contact us so we can help you select the best courses to meet your goals.

 

Note: Additional requirements are needed to become an instructor in technician course. Please contact us for the details on how to do this.

Do you want to learn how to train instructors?

Consider becoming an IDC Staff Instructor:

As an senior instructor, you have developed a solid diving background and accumulated years of experence. It is time to pass that knowledge and experience on to beginning instructors. In this course you will learn techniques to help train instructor candidates and independently certify Assistant Instructors.

Required Courses to Start the IDC Staff Instructor Course:

Additional Requirements to Start:
  • Emergency First Response Instructor.
  • At least 100 logged dives.
  • Agree to conduct all PADI certifi cation courses and experience programs using methods consistent with PADI Standards and philosophy as outlined in the PADI Instructor Manual and PADI’s Guide to Teaching.
  • Agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety.
Some Recommended Courses to Make You a Better Staff Instructor:

If you have not do so already, consider broadening you dive resume. You may want to learn about becoming a Technician, Technical Diver, or Medical Instructor. Each of these areas help to add to your dive knowledge and skills and make you not only a better diver, but a better instructor trainer as well.

If you have questions, please contact us so we can help you select the best courses to meet your goals.

  

Note: Additional requirements are needed to become cerfified in these areas. Please contact us for the details on how to do this.