I thoroughly enjoy this part of my profession. Helping others become a professional in this occupation is an exhilarating experience for me and I am thrilled to do this at every opportunity. The personal and professional growth that a person experiences as they move toward becoming a professional is amazing to see and I love being a part of it. They find out that this business is serious business but it is also serious fun. So if you think you would like to be a part of this serious fun, I have included two Word Docx files for you to digest. So you want to be a Divemaster and So you want to be an Instructor are two articles I wrote in 2013 because people were telling me they wanted to do what I do. So, I decided to supply them with an understanding of what it is that I do and how it is I got here.
At the end of your journey you will have earned for yourself a well deserved celebration as did this group of Instructors only moments after the successful completion of their Instructor Examination in Utila, Honduras in June 2014. This event followed the successful completion of their nearly two week Instructor Development Course.
Just know, you have some work and expense ahead of you but if you are physically fit and willing to put in the effort, you will experience a great journey resulting in great rewards. So here is your journey to Instructor, in a nutshell: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Divemaster and finally Instructor.
The Professional ranks consist of: Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor, Specialty instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor, Master Instructor and finally Course Director.
The Divemaster curriculum will probably be the most physically challenging training you will experience. As a Divemaster you will be assisting with training and anticipating what an Instructor might need to help insure that the students’ training moves forward professionally. You are an important “Role Model” to the new diver so it is important you take your role seriously.
The Instructor training will come after the Divemaster or Assistant Instructor training and will occur through attending an Instructor Development Course (IDC). The IDC focuses instruction in three areas: classroom, confined water and open water.
The Instructor training will challenge you in ways the Divemaster training did not. The Instructor training will require you to improve on the skills you learned as a Divemaster so that you will be able to demonstrate those skills at a very high presentation level. It will require you to be on guard anticipating, correcting and preventing problems.
In the classroom exercises, you will be presenting materials to a mock class, fielding questions and checking student learning.
In the confined water exercises, you will be briefing and presenting surface and underwater skills and you will be anticipating, correcting and reinforcing skills and proper behavior with an emphasis on student safety.
In the open water exercises, you will be briefing and evaluating the student’s abilities and comfort level and correcting and reinforcing skills and behavior with an emphasis once again on student safety.
The final step in the process is the Instructor Examination (IE as it is known) and it is conducted by PADI Staff personnel. As a potential Instructor, you have a heightened responsibility to “Role Model” beyond that which you did as a Divemaster. As a Master Instructor, I have the same heightened responsibility to “Role Model” to you as, in effect, you are a reflection of me when you are taking your examination before that PADI Instructor Examiner. So you can bet that I will be dedicated to give you my best just like you should dedicate yourselves to always give your best to your students.
So this is the journey; it isn’t easy but then if it were, everyone would be doing it. If you do this, just know you are but a hand-full of people in the entire world who do this.
* For more information about the Instructor Development Course and PADI eLearning , contact me from the Contact page on this website.