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Instructor Trainer Workshop (ITW) for Scuba Professionals

“Be The Difference”

Advance your career to the highest level as a dive professional. Become an Instructor Trainer with SDI/TDI/ERDI!

Upcoming Dates and Locations for the next Instructor Trainer Workshop (ITW)

  1. September 24th-3oth (Newquay, United Kingdom)
  2. October 10th-12th, 14th, 17th, 18th 2022 (academics – remote through World HQ), and October 20th – 23rd (in person – Playa del Carmen)
  3. October 10th-17th, 2022 (Lisbon, Portugal)
  4. November 20th-27th, 2022 (Dauin, Philippines)
  5. November 28th-December 9th, 2022 MWF Digital / Virtual, December 13th-16th, 2022 World HQ Stuart, Florida
  6. November 27th – December 4th, 2022 (Marseille, France)
  7. February 13th-24th, 2023 MWF Digital / Virtual, February 27th-March 1st, 2023 World HQ Stuart, Florida
  8. October 23rd-November 3rd, 2023 MWF Digital / Virtual, November 5th-8th, 2023 World HQ Stuart, Florida

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Why become an Instructor Trainer

As an Instructor Trainer, you have reached the top of the food chain in the Scuba diving world. You are able to train instructors, assist / Course Director Workshops, and conduct crossover programs for diving professionals. After successfully completing the ITW, you may qualify as an Instructor Trainer for TDI and ERDI courses as you build experience teaching at those levels without needing to attend another ITW. As an Instructor Trainer, you will also have the ability to expand your dive center’s instructor base as well as increase revenue.

Sign up today to reserve your seat in the next Instructor Trainer Workshop!

To apply, complete the ITW Application; Submit the ITW application package in full, all of the required documentation listed on page 2, and a $500.00 deposit to reserve your spot. These items must be submitted to your Regional Office (outside of the North American region) or to the World HQ Training Department, via the form below for review.

On Location at the Pool

On Location at the Pool Session of our Spring Instructor Trainer Workshop

Staff Swims (for fun)

The Staff at Headquarters competes at the pool session at an ITW.

About the ITW

The Instructor Trainer Workshop (ITW) is an intense eight day course that includes academic, pool, and open water sessions. To see the prerequisites and course requirements, review the Course Director and Instructor Trainer Standards in the current SDI Standards & Procedures. Download the application to get started.

Who is this course open to?

Any Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor who meets the prerequisites (minimum 200 certification for Instructor Trainer and 150 certifications for Course Director) outlined in the SDI Standards and Procedures Manual.

What will the course consist of?

You will spend 8 days working directly with the headquarters staff or HQ appointed Instructor Trainer Evaluator presenting and evaluating various subjects such as: methods of instruction, dive leader risk management, the business of scuba diving, as well as teaching SDI, TDI, and ERDI instructor level courses. You will also present and evaluate in-water presentations and skills, participate in class discussions, take the ITW final written exam, and more!

How much is the course?

$3,000 USD

Instructor Trainer Prerequisites

  • Minimum age 21
  • Provide proof of 200 logged dives
  • Be an active SDI OWSDI or Equivalent, for a minimum of 2 years with no verified quality assurance complaints within the past 12 months
  • Have issued a minimum of 200 SDI (or equivalent) diver certifications at various levels.
  • Suggested levels as defined below:
    • 150 open water scuba diver
    • 20 rescue diver
    • 25 specialty diver
    • 5 Divemaster or Assistant Instructor
  • Candidate must show verification of using SDI/TDI/ERDI standards and materials to conduct or assist at least 5 full SDI/TDI/ERDI courses
  • Provide proof of current CPR, first aid and oxygen provider, where local law permits
  • Have a current medical examination for scuba diving signed by a licensed physician

If you meet these prerequisites, complete the ITW Application. Submit the ITW application package in full, all of the required documentation listed on page 2, and a $500.00 deposit to reserve your spot. These items must be submitted to your Regional Office (outside of the North American region) or to the World HQ Training Department for review, via the form below.

Free Webinar

Come find out “WHY” you should become an Instructor Trainer during our FREE Webinar.

Join Sean Harrison and Cris Merz for a fast-paced hour-long webinar to find out how you can advance your diving career to the highest level as a dive professional with SDI/TDI/ERDI.

Sign Up Here for the next available ITW Course

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