Safety First: How to Dive with Care
71 percent of the world’s surface covered in water. This means that there is a lot to explore within the deep blue world and so little time to do it. However, you should never skimp out on time when it comes to preparing for a dive. It is important that you consider all aspects of your location, take a buddy with you, protect your body, and always be prepared for anything that can occur underwater.
Always Be Prepared for Anything
As with any adventure, the journey begins with the preparations. From planning out the dive to acquiring all the gear, making sure you’re prepared can reduce a lot of the risks associated with diving. First, figure out where and when you will dive. Knowing this bit of information can determine the maximum depth and pressure that you will reach, how long you will be underwater, the temperature and water conditions of the dive, and how you get to your desired dive spot. Once you have all that information, you can plan your gear accordingly. You can also use this information when you head to the store to buy or rent your gear. That way you’ll have all the knowledge ready when an employee asks what you need to pick up.
The Buddy System is not only Fun, but it’s also Smart
Whether you’re swimming in a pool or the vast ocean blue, you should always have someone there to watch your back. Just like when we learned to swim as kids, the number one safety rule is to always bring a buddy. From faulty equipment or potential dangers in the ocean, an extra pair of eyes can always reduce risks. A buddy can also help you if you get caught by objects on the bottom floor or have a medical emergency. In most cases, you should also have two buddies. This way, if something goes wrong, one person can stay with the injured party while the other can head to the shore for help. You may even want an extra set of eyes on the surface level as this allows you to have eyes in the sky.
Don’t Crack Under Pressure
When diving, instinct tells us to head deeper when we want to see something interesting there, or up when we want to get out of the water. However, these motions need to be tempered. As you travel deeper into a body of water, the pressure will change. For that reason, you should always ascend and descend slowly. If you don’t, you could potentially suffer from injuries related to pressure changes such as Barotrauma, Decompression Sickness, and Nitrogen Narcosis. Each of these conditions can have negative effects on your body now and in the future, so it is important that you take pressure changes seriously. Temper your diving and be sure to ascend or descend at appropriate times and speed.
Despite the dangers of the ocean, scuba diving is one of the most thrilling and memorable activities you can ever embark on. Be sure to follow safety guidelines and you’ll create an experience of a lifetime.
Amidst a lifestyle that often necessitates us to spend the majority of our time indoors, more people are seeking careers that will allow them to work in close proximity to nature. Scuba diving is much more than a recreational pastime for many die-hard diving enthusiasts. For many, it is a chosen career path, a way to amalgamate a means to an income with an intense passion. Becoming an accredited PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) diving instructor is a prestigious accomplishment and one that takes a lot of hard work and dedication to achieve.
Not everyone is cut out for the job
As exciting as a job as a diving instructor may sound, not everyone will make the cut as far as training is provided. Not only do you have to be in peak physical performance but you also need to be able to work with a diverse group of people under extreme circumstances. While the physical diving skills can, for the most part, be acquired through training, social skills are generally inherent. If you are up to the challenge of working 60-hour weeks, have a keen sense of adventure and are prepared to work hard to get your certification, becoming a professional diving instructor may be the right career choice for you after-all.
If you want to become a diving instructor you need to become certified. There are a number of exceptional diving courses available that will afford you all the theoretical knowledge and practical know-how required to becoming a respectable diving instructor. Diving instructor courses consist of classroom time, confined water dives and, of course, open water dives. You will be expected to not only know basic safe diving protocol relating to safe descends and surfacing, equipment care and how to deal with underwater emergencies, but also how to pass on your knowledge to rookie divers.
A lot of hard work lies ahead
Once you have obtained your basic scuba certification you can take the first step to become a qualified diving instructor. A typical IDC (Instructor Development Course) consists of 2 parts which are the courses AI (Assistant Instructor) along with the OWSI (Open Water Scuba Instructor). The majority of professional divers first complete the whole IDC before sitting for their Instructor Examination (IE). The IE is the final step towards earning your PADI Instructor certification. If you choose to only complete your AI course you will only be able to obtain his PADI Assistant Instructor qualification.
Deciding to forge a career as a diving instructor for yourself could turn out to be one of the best decisions of your life. If you are physically fit, passionate about the ocean and want to share it, together with your skills, with others, chances are you will be a superb diving instructor.
Ever wondered what happens when you stop becoming an Instructor and Leave PADI? Wonder no more, once you have been out of Teaching Status for 10 years you will receive a message similar to this
Dear [Member] | Member #[Number]
We just wanted to advise that you have spent considerable time, energy and investment becoming a PADI Instructor. Perhaps you planned an exciting new career or maybe you intended to teach only occasionally, but sometimes life interferes with even the best laid plans.
When PADI Instructors have a break in continuous annual membership renewal, they are required to complete some form of retraining before regaining Teaching status. The retraining required depends in part on how long it has been since you were last renewed and authorised to teach PADI courses.
Since you have not renewed your PADI Membership in the last ten or more years*, you are required to renew your membership and then complete the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program and a PADI Instructor Examination (IE) to return to PADI Teaching status.
You can either go to your local PADI Five Star Instructor Development Centre or find one in a location of your choice by accessing the PADI Dive Shop Locator. When you’re ready, PADI will take care of your IDC application and your initial IE fees as a way of saying “Welcome back” – that’s a value of over AU$1000!
* To confirm your eligibility, call a Regional Training Consultant or email training.
Please also note that professional insurance is recommended and may be required in your area.
PADI Asia Pacific Members certified more PADI divers in 2017 than ever before in PADI’s history. There’s never been a better time than now to get back into Teaching status as a PADI Instructor.