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ITW – Instructor Trainer Workshop for Scuba Professionals

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

  1. February 26th-March 11th, 2024 MWF Digital / Virtual, March 14th-17th, 2024 World HQ Stuart, Florida
  2. March 2nd-10th 2024 Hong Kong
  3. May 3rd-May 15th, 2024 MWF Digital / Virtual, May 15th-19th, 2024 Bermuda
  4. October 25th-November 4th, 2024 MWF Digital / Virtual, November 8th-11th, 2024 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 application fee. 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 course that includes multiple virtual classes leading to four days on location undertaking 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 multiple virtual classes and four days on location 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?

$4,000 USD

Instructor Trainer Prerequisites

  • Minimum age 21
  • Provide proof of 300 logged dives (200 logged dives to join as a Course Director Candidate)
  • 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
  • Be and active First Response Training Adult and Child Emergency Care Instructor
  • 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 application fee. 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.


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

Complete and submit application here, or fill out the form if you would like to be contacted with more details.

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