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Instructor

An instructor level certification is the highest you can go in your diving certifications. Some training agencies offer instructors different levels of certification that they can go through, but it all focuses on the instructor position. An instructor is a leader and must conduct themself in this manner. Once you become an instructor, you can work at a dive shop, resort, club, etc. and teach individuals how to scuba dive. Consult your local dive shop or training agency for course requirements and expectations.

Instructor certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

OW Training Intro

Scuba diving is an underwater adventure sport. Scuba diving takes you into the underwater world for glimpses into an exciting environment for exploration and discovery. “SCUBA” stands for Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, and allows you to descend below the water’s surface for an exciting and rewarding experience. Divers are generally hooked on the sport after their first dive!

To dive, you need to be certified. The first certification you must aquire is a Basic Open Water certification. There are many elements of diving and diving safety, so getting the proper certification and training is essential before making the plunge.

Assistant Instructor

Assistant instructors are authorized to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of an instructor. By working side by side with an instructor, you develop the necessary skills to be an instructor. The assistant instructor program is designed to introduce you diving instruction basics and test your in water ability to be capable assistants. Consult you local dive shop or training agency for course requirements and expectations.

Assistant instructor certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

Basic Open Water

Scuba diving training involves taking a course from a training agency such as SDI, NAUI, or PADI.

Basic open water scuba diving training is a process of going through classroom lectures and practical exercises and making multiple dives in a pool environment and then in the open water. Once you successfully complete the classroom portion, pass your exam, and complete all of the pool and open water session requirements, you then become a certified diver. Your instructor will provide you with a temporary card until the training agency you certified under sends you your permanent card. You’re then ready to begin your diving adventure.

Once you complete your open water certification, you can move on to an advanced level certification.

When you begin pursuing getting your diving certification, there are a number of questions you may have and there are a number of questions you should ask your dive shop or instructor. See FAQs for some of these questions.

Dive Master

As a dive master, you are able to lead dives and dive trips, take certified divers on vacations, and work full time or independently supervising certified divers at a club, resort, store, or charter boat service. Diver masters often work here before moving on to instructor level certifications. Consult you local dive shop or training agency for course requirements and expectations.

Dive master certifications require specific prerequisites, and these prerequisites differ amongst training agencies, so it’s important that you contact your local dive shop or training agency to find out everything you need to know before signing up for a course.

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