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.
Example Introduction Information when applying for positions in Dive centres
I am writing you to apply for the position of an Intern in your company. As a second year business student in business school in France, I am looking for a three months internship from January to April in order to put into practice what I have learnt and to develop my future professional career by adding an international experience. I would interested by marketing or digital, communication or account department. I am very interested by your company because I tink it can be very rewarding for my future projects. I can make a strong contribution to your company by my educational background and my willingness to learn. You will find attached my resume.
Here is some information about me.
I’m 34 years old, passionate with outdoor activities, travelling and nature. With more than 400 dives, being more than 200 of them guiding groups from 1 to 8 divers, I’ve got experience to guide different kinds of dives, always concerned about safety, customer satisfaction, and to live amazing memories for the guests. I love to pass the enthusiasm that I have about diving to the guests, developing a friendly and relaxed, yet secure environment for the dives. I’m an easy-going, fun-loving person and I do love working with people.
I have good sales skills achieving good number on courses and DSDs sold during the season. I’m attaching to this mail my CV and some reference letters.
I’ve lived in Peru, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Panama, Jordan and Dominican Republic. I’m used to adapt myself to various kinds of environments and I’m able to teach in Italian, English and Spanish.
I hope to hear from you soon to follow my profession as part of your team.
Reference Example (its great to have references attached to your email application)
They volunteered at Panama Dive Center S.A. from the 30th of November 2015 and for 4 (four) months. As manager of the shop, we were fortunate to have him share his numerous expertise with us over the four months that he was here.
Hist cheerful nature, positive attitude, and willingness to learn and share his skills, made him not only an absolute pleasure to be around, but also an invaluable asset to our dive shop. He helped with numerous tasks, including attending clients, maintaining the shop clean, washing equipment and planning trips. His work was proactive and diligent, his relationships with clients and staff superb.
he endeared himself with all of us with his gentle nature and unfaltering character and we were all sad to see him go. We wish him all the best in all his future endeavors and would not hesitate in welcoming him back.
Another Reference Example
To whom it may concern It is my pleasure to recommend him who has been collaborating with Azul Diving Center Madeira from the 1st
of June 2016 until 2nd of September 2016. As the base leader I worked closely with him and the quality of his work as a dive guide and receptionist for our company enables me to say that he will be a precious addition to any company.
He attended his training as SSI Dive Guide and Divemaster during a three months internship. His field of duties included assisting Divemasters and Instructors in taking care of certified divers, welcoming guests, conducting briefings and debriefings, guiding certified divers under supervision, taking care of equipment, performing equipment maintenance and filling cylinders.
His language skills were extremely valuable to us since he speaks English, Spanish like a native speaker and Italian, he has proved himself to be very enthusiastic, honest, hard working, professional and always showed a courteous and friendly attitude toward our guests and staff. He performed all the tasks required to the highest standard and took constructive criticisms very well, was always polite, willing to listen and learn and therefore it was a pleasure to work with him.
He is leaving our diving centre too soon to my liking; his performance in our company is a good indication of how well he will perform in yours. He would be an extremely positive asset to your centre and I would be happy to collaborate with him again.
I wish him all the best in future endeavours’. If I can be of any further assistance, or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.