The Pathway to SDI Leadership

 You can make it if you try

Here are our five leadership levels and the prerequisites for each. If you have any further questions, visit your local SDI training facility and talk about how you can become an SDI Professional Level Member… Good luck!

 SDI Divemaster (DM)

SDI Divemaster is the "entry level" to dive leadership. Already accomplished divers, divemasters work with divers who are experiencing the adventure of diving for the first time, and they lead certified divers on guided dives. During their term as divemasters, they also learn the people skills needed to effectively manage groups of divers, work the deck of a boat, shop floor, and the guidelines to help manage risk and make sport dives enjoyable.

Prerequisites: must be at least 18 years old*; has an SDI Advanced Diver certification (which must include: Deep, Navigation, Night / Limited Visibility specialties); be certified as an SDI Rescue Diver (or equiv.); must hold a current certification in SDI CPR1st (or equiv. CPR First Aid course); must have at least 40 logged dives in a variety of conditions and depths; and must have a current SDI medical certificate signed by a registered physician.

SDI Assistant Instructor (AI)

AI gain practical teaching experience working with an SDI Instructor to conduct many SDI programs including: Open Water Diver, dozens of SDI Specialty Programs, Rescue Diver and Advanced Diver Development Programs. SDI Assistant Instructors with the required experience and personal certification, may also teach more than ten SDI specialties as the lead educator (i.e. on their own). AIs play a very important role in SDI Leadership.

Prerequisites: must be at least 18 years old*; must be an SDI Divemaster or equivalent; must hold a current certification in SDI CPR1st (or equiv. CPR First Aid course); must have at least 60 logged dives in a variety of conditions and depths at time of graduation; must have a current SDI medical certificate signed by a registered physician; and must own at least the minimum instructional equipment as described in SDI Leadership Course Standards (Basic Scuba Gear).

SDI Open Water Instructor (OWI)

 The ultimate goal for the majority of divers interested in helping others learn to dive. The SDI Instructor Course will teach current Divemaster or Assistants Instructors the knowledge to safely function as an SDI Instructor with the abilities to teach SDI Open Water Scuba Divers, Advanced Adventures Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Assistant Instructors. The program is divided into two sections, an Instructor Development Course (IDC) and an Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC).

The IDC teaches you how to;

  • Schedule course
  • Successfully market scuba
  • Properly teach and design academic and in water sessions
  • Effectively utilize assistants.

The IEC evaluates everything you learned during the IDC.  This is typically a two day evaluation process and evaluates your abilities in:

  • Preparing and teaching academic sessions
  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Pool/confined water lessons
  • Open water lessons
  • Emergency management abilities

 

Prerequisites: Certified for at least six months; at least 18 years old; must be certified as an SDI Divemaster or SDI Assistant Instructor (or equivalent); must have 100 logged dives in a variety of conditions and depths; must be qualified as an oxygen provider and have current certification in First Aid and CPR (SDI CPROX 1st AED Administrator recommended); must have a current SDI medical certificate signed by a registered physician.

SDI Staff Instructor Trainer (SIT)

A new level of leadership within our organization. SDI members at this level may conduct a Scuba Diving International Open Water Instructor Development Course (IDC), the first component of SDI Instructor education. They cannot conduct the second, an Instructor Evaluation Courses (IEC). Candidates for this level of leadership have extensive experience as a pro-level member of SDI and have displayed exemplarary leadship skills and judgement.

SDI Instructor Trainer (IT)

The most distinguished leadership level within our family of agencies. Full-time professional educators and divers with a wealth of experience and the proven ability to produce first-class instructors for SDI and TDI.

 

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