The #1 Reason Scuba Divers Die

Scuba diving is a great sport and like any activity it is not without its risks.

Do What You Love as a Career

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – C. S. Lewis

Finding Your Trainer for the Instructor Development Course

Choosing a good mentor and trainer is one of the most important decisions when becoming a dive professional.

The Most Efficient Path to Becoming an IT

Individuals work and prepare for years to have the opportunity to take the Instructor Trainer course that allows them to directly impact the next generation of professionals and divers entering into our sport.

ITW Experience: Things I Thought I Knew, but Had No Idea.

The Instructor Trainer Workshop is a very rigorous and rewarding program; however, it is not something to be taken lightly.

So You Want to Become an IT?

by Dr. Thomas Powell:
become an instructor trainer

Many people around the world hold hopes and dreams about accomplishing big goals in life. For some, the idea of becoming a doctor or lawyer is the ultimate objective. For others, becoming an educator is the greatest goal to achieve. Education has many realms. These realms include academic settings such as classrooms, wondrous facilities such as museums, the natural outdoor world, and various others. As children, many of us remember the class trips to the park, the beach, the mountains, or even some swamp somewhere to look at plants, natural formations, or regional “critters.” For a few people, leaving this outdoor experience was not an option. This group of people may have consisted of individuals who chose to become park rangers, researchers, or environmentalists. All of these job positions allow people to educate others on the outdoor world.

For one small niche , there is nothing better than sharing the underwater world with others. The underwater realm is one that consists of a massive variety of flora, fauna, natural formations, and unique experiences. This realm may include the oceans, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, submerged caves, and any other place where a person can get below the surface. The idea of sharing these experiences with people is something that never gets old. Those who choose to become scuba instructors may travel the world teaching, or simply stay in a local home-town region and share experiences with friends, locals, and family members. Some may even take on very unique teaching capabilities that allow them to train public safety divers to help keep others safe, or to venture deeper, or farther into overhead-type environments.

For a very small number of dive professionals, there exists one final step to take. That step is to become an Instructor Trainer. Instructor Trainers (IT) are individuals trained to teach new instructors. Essentially, an IT gets the opportunity to mold the instructors who may train the divers of the next generation. Becoming an IT is no small task. Candidates must have a strong teaching history as an open water instructor, and then attend an intensive eight day training program put together by an examiner under the direction of International Training Headquarters.

As an IT, you can train new instructors, conduct crossover programs for instructors coming from other agencies, and staff future Instructor Trainer Workshops with the examiners from headquarters. At the same time, becoming an IT means you have reached the top of the training side of the scuba industry. You may get the chance to help develop new programs or work with experts from around the world on improving the scuba industry.

For some individuals working to reach the pinnacle of training capability is the ultimate objective behind becoming an IT. For others, the ability to “teach the teacher” makes the IT educational pathway worthwhile. The one thing to remember is that education never ends. IT professionals may still have the opportunity to move up the technical or public safety food chains and continue to earn diver, instructor, and even IT certifications in those advanced educational areas.

During the Instructor Trainer Workshops held in Jensen Beach, Florida, all students get the opportunity to interact with headquarters staff members and see how International Training operates. At some point in each program, the executive team at headquarters takes time to sit down with candidates and discuss the future of diving, International Training, and dive education. This event means that every new IT gets the opportunity to sit face-to-face with Brian Carney to discuss what is coming, what may need to be improved, and what he or she hopes to see in the future.

If you are interested in learning more about the IT program contact International Training World Headquarters. The next Instructor Trainer Workshop will be taking place from October 25th through November 1st at the headquarters facility in Jensen Beach, Florida. A second Instructor Trainer Workshop will also be held this year in Assenza di Brenzone, Italy from November 14th through November 22nd.
As an Instructor Trainer myself, one of the most rewarding experiences comes with the opportunity to return to headquarters and assist staff members with running future Instructor Trainer Workshops. Sharing knowledge and watching new Instructor Trainers learn to evaluate and train new instructors can be incredibly enjoyable. Similarly, the ability to return home and help other shops, educators, and organizations grow can make your home town region become a more active dive community. As IT professionals, one of our goals is to promote diving, help other instructors, and grow the scuba community as a whole.

Remember that becoming an educator is not an easy task. Furthermore, becoming a teacher of other educators can be even more challenging. Despite the effort, as an educator you must take pride in successfully helping others learn how to bring the underwater world into the lives of future students. If you choose to become an IT, make an effort to lead by example and help the scuba industry grow to become even better than it is today. The goal for any IT should be to shape the educational world for future divers, thereby making it a safer and more exciting place.

For immediate information on becoming an Instructor Trainer follow this link:

– Dr. Thomas Powell
Owner/Instructor Trainer – Air Hogs Scuba, Garner, NC

SDI Accepts Professional Crossovers from ALL Qualified Agencies

Teach SCUBA Diving with SDI TDI ERDI

Over the last few years, more and more scuba diving professionals have been taking a closer look at the different options available through International Training. From recreational sport diving to cutting-edge technical training and on through public safety diving practices, International Training has been a forerunner in shaping these three areas of scuba diving. Scuba Diving International (SDI), Technical Diving International (TDI) and Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) all work as standalone agencies, or in conjunction, based on your training needs.

We are accepting new members… find out how!

The International Training; SDI, TDI, and ERDI crossover program allows Divemasters (DM), Assistant Instructors (AI), and Instructors to become a certified dive professional within the International Training system if they hold an equivalent rating with an organization recognized by the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC), European Underwater Federation (EUF), and International Standards Organization (ISO).

In recognition of this, International Training has developed an equivalency table to outline the qualifications International Training will accept as a crossover, so long as the member is in good standing with their current organization.

It should be noted, this list is subject to change without any notice. Please do not download, take screen captures, or copy this information as it’s available through the website allowing viewers to have the most up-to-date information. All leadership applications are subject to review and approval of International Training’s Training Department.

You May Qualify to Crossover to SDI Divemaster If You Hold One of the Following Ratings… You May Qualify to Crossover to SDI Assistant Instructor If You Hold One of the Following Ratings You May Qualify to Crossover to SDI Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor If You Hold One of the Following Ratings…
ACUC Divemaster ACUC Assistant Instructor ACUC Open Water Instructor
ANDI Divemaster ANDI Assistant Instructor ANDI Instructor
BSAC Dive Leader BSAC Assistant Open Water Instructor BSAC Open Water Instructor
CMAS: BEFOS-FEBRAS Three Star Diver CMAS: BEFOS-FEBRAS One Star Instructor CMAS: BEFOS-FEBRAS Two Star Instructor
CMAS: CFT Three Star Diver CMAS: CFT One Star Instructor CMAS: CFT Two Star Instructor
CMAS: DSF Three Star Diver CMAS: DSF One Star Instructor CMAS: DSF Two Star Instructor
CMAS: FIAS Three Star Diver CMAS: FIAS One Star Instructor CMAS: FIAS Two Star Instructor
CMAS: TDIF Three Star Diver CMAS: TDIF One Star Instructor CMAS: TDIF Two Star Instructor
CMAS: VDST Three Star Diver CMAS: VDST One Star Instructor CMAS: VDST Two Star Instructor
CMAS: VDTL Three Star Diver CMAS: VDT One Star Instructor CMAS: VDTL Two Star Instructor
DDI Divemaster DDI Assistant Instructor DDI Instructor
IAC Dive Leader IAC Basic Instructor IAC Open Water Instructor
IDEA Divemaster IDEA Assistant Instructor IDEA Open Water Instructor
ISDA Divemaster ISDA Assistant Instructor ISDA Open Water Instructor
NASDS Divemaster NASDS Scuba Instructor NASDS OWSD Instructor
NAUI Assistant Instructor NAUI Divemaster NAUI Instructor
NDL Divemaster NDL Instructor Level 1 NDL Instructor Level 1
PADI Divemaster PADI Assistant Instructor PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
PDA Group Guide PDA Assistant Instructor PDA Instructor
PDIC Dive Supervisor PDIC Assistant Instructor PDIC Instructor
PSS Divemaster PSS Assistant Instructor PSS Sua Instructor
SNSI Divemaster SNSI Open Water Instructor SNSI DM Instructor
SSI Divemaster SSI Dive Control Specialist SSI Open Water Instructor
WOSD Dive Leader WOSD Instructor Level 1 WOSD Instructor Level 2
GUE Rec 1 Instructor

If you do not see your dive training organization listed, not to worry – there are still options available for you! Fill out the form below to receive more information from our Training Department.

If you are located outside of North America, contact your local SDI, TDI, ERDI Regional Office. A contact list can be found here:

Crossover candidates must provide verification that they are in active teaching status and in good standing with the organization they are crossing over from. If a crossover candidate is not currently in active teaching status; additional requirements may apply.

So add a new avenue to your current training curriculum by crossing over to International Training. We look forward to you joining our team.

See our Recreational Sport Diver Equivalences here!

SDI scuba-training-equivalency chart