SCUBA diving is an amazing experience and fantastic on holiday, but is it what you want to do every day as a profession? That is the
question that you have to consider if you want to become a professional SCUBA instructor. Being a SCUBA instructor requires more than just a simple love of the water and love of diving. You have to enjoy people and be happy teaching people and guiding them through their experience diving.
How do I know if I want to be a Dive Instructor?
One of the best ways to determine if you want to become a dive instructor is to spend a lot of time diving on a continuous basis. Many
dive organisations offer dive camps, where you dive on a continuous basis for two or more weeks. This will rapidly identify for you if you still enjoy diving
if the conditions aren’t right, if its raining, if its cold, or if it starts to bore you.
If you’re still keen to become a dive instructor after this, you can become a Dive Master and work part time or full time assisting a dive
instructor and also guiding recreational divers through dive sites. By doing this for six to twelve months, you gain the hours and experience required to
become a good dive instructor (and a safe one), but you also develop an appreciation of the role of a professional diver. If you’re interested in becoming a dive master, please visit my dive master’s page.
How do I become a Dive Instructor?
Okay, so you have decided to become Dive Instructor, what are the requirements?
Instructor Development Course (IDC) is the professional development standard to become a certified Dive Instructor and requires you to meet the
1. Be at least 18 years of age
2. Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
3. Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or equivalent qualifying rating.
4. Have a current satisfactory medical assessment less than 12 months old
5. Have a current First Aid certificate less than 24 months old
6. Show proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives
7. Be a current PADI member
8. Have all required diving equipment
9. Have all books requested by the Course Director
10 .Submit copies of all Dive Certificates
How much does it costs to become a Dive Instructor?
It usually costs up to $4000-5000 to become a certified dive instructor. On top of this, you will need to purchase your own dive equipment,
and this will cost you at least $3000 to get good quality equipment.
Where can I work as a Dive Instructor?
The international dive instructor registration allows you to work in just about every beautiful spot and paradise like island, beach, or bay
on earth. You can work at a dive resort, dive shop, beach/island resorts, and cruise ship.
How much does a Dive Instructor make?
Okay, so as a Dive Instructor, you probably wont make a fortune, but you will work where you want to work and enjoy doing what you love
to do, and get paid for it.
Most dive instructors make about $ 35,000 per year depending on hours and conditions of work. Some resorts include accommodation and food as
part of the package. Some dive instructors work on commission only, meaning that they only get paid a percentage of the course cost of the dive students they teach. Alternatively, you may be able to negotiate a wage and commission price, in which you get paid a basic wage and, a small percentage
(commission) for every person you teach.
If you want to work as a professional diver, but not as a Dive Instructor, please see my Commerical Divers page.
If you’re interested in become a Dive Master, please visit my Dive Master’s page.