Survey – New Open Water Divers

New Open Water Diver Survey



Thank you for participating in our new scuba diver research survey. With your help, we will be able to provide better service for new and future divers in the years to come.  We greatly appreciate your time!

Please note: This survey is anonymous.

I wanted to try a new adventureI love marine life and wanted to see it up closeI snorkeled before and loved itA friend or family member divesIt was something to do while on vacationI saw it in a magazine, on TV, or onlineIt seemed therapeuticI needed to learn for workOther

ReadingSports / FitnessSkiing / SnowboardingOther Extreme / Adventure SportsTravelingFishingArts / CraftsTelevisionPlaying An InstrumentCollectingGardeningVideo GamesOther

NoIt seemed claustrophobicAll of the gear seemed intimidatingI was nervous there would be a lot to learnIt seemed dangerousSharks!Other

I work in an officeI work a tradeI work in the service industryI am a stay-at-home parentI am a studentI am unemployedOther

They were impressedThey were jealousThey were surprisedThey were nervousThey were enthusiasticThey were happyThey were interested in learning moreOther

RelaxedConnected With NatureAccomplishedHealthyFreeExcitedAdventurousOther

Yes, as soon as I canYes, but I'm not sure when or where I'll be able to goMaybe in the futureNo, diving wasn't for meNo, it was too difficultNo, it was too scaryOther

Fun and enjoyment in lifeWarm relationships with othersSelf-fulfillmentBeing well respectedExcitementA sense of accomplishmentSecuritySelf-respectA sense of belonging


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Instructors! An exciting opportunity to participate in scuba research!

For all SDI instructors, we have an exciting opportunity to participate in research into scuba diving leadership. This important research has the potential to impact leadership training in scuba diving, the military, public safety and other areas. Any SDI instructor member can take the survey, whether in teaching or non-teaching status. We urge you to take a few minutes to complete the survey today!

Red Fisher


Red Fisher: SDI Instructor Trainer Ambassador

What was the first dive you did and how did it influence you to start a career in the diving industry?

The first dive that i ever did was at the age of 7. it was not really a dive but i loved the feeling it gave me. depth of 1.5 meters, in my pool at home. Stole my dads gear for an hour to play under the water. I did nothing but breath. was so much fun!!

What do you believe is the most important trait of a professional educator and why?

In my opinion, the most important trait of a professional educator is understanding that not all people are like you. once you have realized this, teaching them becomes so much easier.

What is your favorite SDI class to teach and why?  

My favorite course is the OW course. Why? Because of the change that you seen in the people from the first day to the last.

What is a bucket list dive you still have?

Diving under the ice.

What is one bit of advice you would give to a perspective Instructor candidate about to embark on becoming an SDI Instructor?

My advice to all instructors is the same. Don’t be brave, be afraid. This way, you will not put your students in dangerous situations.