Students Take a Jump to Become Professional Divers

Scuba diving is an incredible hobby that opens up new worlds as you explore the aquatic realm – either locally or traveling to some exotic destination. Divers often find themselves wanting to take their training several steps further with advanced courses in continuing education and often in technical level courses as well.

It is not unusual for divers to want more out of this sport. They want to be a part of it. They want to be professionals as well as ambassadors of scuba to their “land-loving” friends. The reasons may vary greatly, but a common theme is that divers want to “give back” the experiences they had with their instructors and share those moments with other new divers. Many of these divers pursuing professional levels, regardless of age, look at scuba as a career of sorts, sometimes as a full time position. Others see it as a part-time gig.

“Working hard and hardly working, a divemaster is one of the best jobs in the world.”

– Taylor Rabbitt from SDI World Headquarters

The entry levels for a scuba diving professional begin with the Divemaster program and continue with the Assistant Instructor rating. These courses can be taught by any active SDI Open Water Instructor in good standing.

The SDI Divemaster Course is the first professional level certification. During this course, DM candidates will be challenged and learn what it is like to work with divers as they experience the underwater world for the first time. Candidates will also learn how to lead already certified divers and show them some of their favorite critters or dive sites. As an SDI Instructor, you will also teach them how to manage divers, work the dive deck of a boat, and conduct safe and enjoyable dives, along with further knowledge in physics and physiology, and how it is applied to everyday scuba.

The SDI Assistant instructor course is designed toward practical teaching experience with an active SDI Instructor or Instructor Trainer. Candidates may help an Instructor teach an Open Water Scuba Diver course, Advanced Diver Course, and Rescue Diver Courses, as well as preparation in lesson plans, academic presentations and general dive management techniques.
Upon completion of the course, assistant instructors may now be a part of that magical moment and instruct as well as certify Skin Divers, conduct the Inactive Diver Program, and conduct the knowledge Quest review in the Open Water Diver Course. With some additional training, an SDI Assistant Instructor could go on to teach the following SDI courses:

  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Computer Diver
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Marine Ecosystems Awareness Diver
  • Shore/Beach Diver
  • Underwater Photographer Diver
  • Underwater Video Diver
  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • CPROX Administrator
  • CPR1st Administrator

So what are you waiting for? Let your divers know that you are able to take them on their first step toward becoming a professional in scuba diving. Increase your revenues and promote your professional level courses today. Start creating quality professional members who will share the same enthusiasm with their up and coming divers as you do. Both classes have the academics available online so students can work on much of the classroom work at their own pace in preparation for their classes. Get them involved and working toward their next step: becoming an SDI Open Water Scuba Instructor. One of the biggest benefits of being a professional is making a diver’s day with a safe, incredible experiences that will make them want to get back in the water as soon as their dive computers allows!

Contact SDI TDI and ERDI

If you would like more information, please contact our World Headquarters or your Regional Office.
Tel: 888.778.9073 | 207.729.4201

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