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How to become a scuba diving instructor
Have you ever looked at all those divers with shiny dive watches, their tanks decorated with cool stickers, their bright swimming gear and wished that someday you could be like them? Do you want to start a scuba diving career but don’t know where to start? Want to learn how to become a scuba diving instructor? Here’s how.
Yup, it’s true, you can make a career out of scuba diving. But let’s get real, it’s not as easy as it looks – you need to work hard and have the right passion for this job. But if your heart is in the right place and you’re motivated to become a scuba diving instructor, then this dream can come true.
The first thing you need is experience – you need to have been diving already. This will teach you how to deal with extreme conditions under the water, handle your equipment properly and respect underwater life.
To become a PADI scuba instructor, you need to have been certified as an entry-level diver with any agency before you can take the instructor course. Also, you need to have completed the Advanced Diver certification, the Rescue certification and the Divemaster certification.
To be eligible for an instructor rating a diver must have completed at least 100 dives, and I would recommend that any aspiring instructor taking on this challenge to consider doing extra courses and becoming a Master Scuba Diver—the extra training and qualifications will put you in good stead to be a much better instructor.
Once you have completed all of the required prerequisites for your Instructor Development Course (IDC) the next step is to attend an assistant instructor course (AI). This two-part course is essential to becoming a better public speaker and helps with demonstrating your skills. Choosing the best PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre and the best Platinum Course Director for your IDC is most important decision you will make in your diving career.
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