Lost In Lau

Are you looking for your next dive trip? An untouched tropical oasis is waiting for you in the South Pacific. Lau is a chain of 60 islands south of Fiji. It is filled with bright coral reefs and vibrant sea life. Now is the perfect time to start planning. What are you waiting for? Lau is calling.

“I just received a kit that I didn’t order”

From time to time our Training and Membership Services team gets a call from a confused dealer. They have just gotten a package they didn’t order and want to make sure they aren’t being charged for it at full retail price to boot! We’re clearing up why this happens and hopefully calming your nerves while we’re at it.

Additional Ratings with OWSDI Ratings

Here we go again making things easier for even our newest members. Open Water Instructor ratings will now automatically be issued THREE ratings when they register or crossover to SDI. Learn more about how this works and the old process now.

SDI Pro Open Water Kit

Changes to the SDI Pro Open Water Instructor Kit

Change is good. With that said we are announcing changes to our SDI Pro Open Water Instructor Kit. As apart of our effort to push our green initiative in 2019 we are working to reduce the number or paper products that leave HQ. Find out more about how that effects this kit specifically.

Josh Thornton

Josh Thornton: SDI Instructor Trainer Ambassador

Hi, I’m Josh Thornton. I’m honored to be a part of the SDI Instructor Ambassador Program.

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

My first dive was when I was 12, in Cozumel, Mexico. In reality, it was a horrible Jr. Open Water course, but I survived and got hooked right away! After gaining more experience, I realized that I could and would like to help provide a much BETTER introduction to diving for others.

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

Understanding that being a great educator, means constantly improving. I’ve had some incredible moments instructing, where everything comes together and the students progress quickly and safely, everyone has a great time. Then I have had some moments where everything just seems to fall apart and nothing goes as planned. A great educator sees the holes in their teaching and constantly strives to fill in those holes and improve in personal knowledge, skills and the ability to pass on this knowledge and skill.

What is your favorite SDI class to teach and why?  

Hmmmm this is a hard question… there are a lot of really fun specialty courses, but I would have to say Rescue diver is my all around favorite. By the time a diver enrolls in the Rescue diver course, they have reached a minimum level of commitment and are dedicated to learning and building their skillset as a diver. My dive facility is named “Dive Addicts” and I love working with Dive Addicts!

What is a bucket list dive you still have?

“A” dive on my bucket list? Ha ha ha… the more diving I do the longer my bucket list gets! I really enjoy diving any new site, but for some reason, freshwater sites off the beaten path appeal to me the most.

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

I believe that the best instructors still dive for fun, enjoy getting in the water and look forward to sharing this great adventure with others. Be careful to not loose why you wanted to become a dive instructor in the first place!