Open doors you have only imagined.
As a PADI Professional, you do things others only dream of.
Whether you work in a local dive center, at a resort, or on a live aboard dive boat, the adventure of a lifetime is yours for the taking.
Imagine a job where you actually look forward to heading off to work in the morning. Lead a life others fantasize about. Sailing into incredible sunsets could be the rule, not the exception, especially if you work in a tropical dive destination. The commute to work could be as easy as a ten-minute boat ride. Work now becomes an adventure in itself. While experiencing new cultures and lifestyles, you'll be surrounded by people who are always happy. When you take people diving all day - everyone's happy. It's not all fun and games in paradise, but the rewards are well worth the effort.
If you set your sights close to home and aspire to work at a local dive center, you teach people how to dive and guide trips to exotic dive destinations. There's a sense of pride sharing something you are passionate about. You help others enrich their own lives by experiencing the adventure of diving.
Since PADI is the most used certification agent in the world we'll only look  into the courses they offer. There are numerous other certification agents available with similar and/or other programs, but for our convenience we'll just look into the official Padi courses.

Divemaster
Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with a PADI Instructor, you'll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. PADI Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.
What can PADI Divemasters do?
Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations
Assist PADI Instructors with students
Lead PADI Scuba Divers on guided dive tours
Teach and certify PADI Skin Divers
Teach PADI Discover Snorkeling programs
Conduct PADI Scuba Review programs for certified divers
Lead certified divers on Discover Local Diving experiences
Teach Emergency First Response programs after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course.
What do I need to start?
PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or qualifying certification from another training organization
PADI Rescue Diver certification or qualifying certification from another training organization.
Medical clearance signed by a physician
20 logged dives
18 years old
What will I do?
Learn dive leadership through classroom and independent study sessions
Complete water skills and stamina exercises in confined and open water
Training exercises to test organizational and problem solving abilities
An internship or series of practical training exercises
How long will it take?
Two weeks - three months
What course materials are required?
The following materials are required unless they are unavailable in a language understood by the student diver.
PADI Divemaster Manual*
Recreational Dive Planner (RDP) â€" all three versions (Table, Wheel and eRDP including associated Instructions for Use booklets)
The Encyclopedia of Recreational Diving
Diving Knowledge Workbook
Divemaster Slates
Instructor Guides for the programs that may be conducted by PADI Divemasters. You may purchase these guides from your PADI Dive Center/Resort or you may download PDF versions by clicking on the links links below.

* The PADI Divemaster video must also be viewed.


Emergency First Response Instructor
Emergency First Response Corp., a PADI corporate affiliate, offers the Emergency First Response CPR and first aid program.
What can I do?
As an Emergency First Response Instructor, you can conduct Emergency First Response Primary (CPR) and Secondary Care (first aid) courses.
What do I need to start?
· At least PADI Divemaster certification
· Emergency First Response certification or qualifying certification from another certification organization
What will I do?
You'll learn how to conduct the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR) and Emergency First Response Secondary Care (first aid) courses. You'll also learn to conduct the recommended Automated External Defibrillator (AED), emergency oxygen and conscious choking management skills.
How long will it take?
· The Emergency First Response Instructor Course takes approximately eight hours.

PADI Assistant Instructor
The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You'll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you'll also start learning the PADI System of diver education.
What can PADI Assistant Instructors do?
Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
Teach the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty course
Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
Conduct PADI Discover Scuba experiences
Teach Emergency First Response after successful completion of an Emergency First Response Instructor course
What will I need to start?
PADI Divemaster rating or qualifying certification from another certification organization
At least 18 years old
Have 60 logged dives, including night, deep, and navigation dives
Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
What will I do?
Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
How long will it take?
The course can vary from as little as three days to more than two weeks
What materials are needed?
PADI Instructor Manual
Instructor Candidate Workbook
Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
The Law and the Diving Professional
The Business of Diving
The Best of The Undersea Journal
Log Book
Peak Performance Bouyancy Specialty Instructor Specialty Instructor Outline
Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
Open Water Diver Manual
Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
Adventures in Diving Manual
Rescue Diver Manual
Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
Divemaster Manual
Divemaster Final Exams Booklet


PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Program
The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor program is your final step in the quest to become a PADI Instructor. During the IDC, you'll learn to use and adapt the PADI System of diver education to individual student needs. Comprehensive training, supported by a wide variety of PADI educational materials, earns PADI Instructors respect from both students and peers. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors may conduct a broad range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba to Divemaster.
The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating sets you apart from the crowd. PADI Instructors may conduct the entire range of PADI programs - from Discover Scuba through Divemaster.
PADI Instructors do things others can only daydream about.
If you want to live an extraordinary life, you're in the right place.
What do I need to start?
PADI Assistant Instructor certification or be an instructor in good standing with another training organization for at least six months ( check with a PADI Course Director or PADI Office for qualifying credentials.)
Hold a dive certification for at least six months
Have 60 logged dives that include night, deep and navigation dives
Proof of CPR training within the last 24 months
Medical clearance signed by a physician
What will I do?
Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations
Have at least 100 logged dives prior to entering a PADI Instructor Exam
How long will it take?
Times can vary from four days to three weeks or more
What materials are needed?*
PADI Instructor Manual
Instructor Candidate Workbook
Open Water Lesson Planning Slate
Confined Water Lesson Preparation Slate
Open Water Aquatic Cue Cards
Confined Water Aquatic Cue Cards
The Law and the Diving Professional
The Business of Diving
The Best of The Undersea Journal
Log Book
Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Instructor Outline
Project AWARE Specialty Program Instructor Outline
Aware Coral Reef Conservation Specialty Instructor Outline
Open Water Diver Manual
Recreational Dive Planner, The Wheel and table, and Instructions for Use Booklets
Open Water Diver Quizzes and Exam booklet
Adventures in Diving Manual
Rescue Diver Manual
Rescue Diver Final Exams Booklet
Divemaster Manual
Divemaster Final Exams Booklet
*These are the same materials used in the PADI Assistant Instructor course.

Specialty Instructor Page
After becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) you'll want to teach divers specific types of diving dependant to what your local area offers. To do this you need to be able to teach PADI Specialties. By doing so you can heighten your students' comfort level and strengthening their underwater skills, ultimately leading to their enjoyment of diving more than ever before.
Specialty Instructors:
Teach PADI Specialty courses to divers in a variety of areas from wreck diving to underwater videography.
Prerequisites: *
PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba Instructor
Minimum Time for Completion:
There are two ways to become a specialty instructor, see PADI Instructor Manual for details
Required Materials:
None

Master Scuba Diver Trainer
If you want to train your dive students to the highest purely recreational dive level in the PADI System of diver education, you'll want to be a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer. By attaining this level, your dive students will know where to come when they want to learn from an expert.
What can PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers do?
Teach PADI Master Scuba Divers
What do I need to start?*
Hold five PADI Specialty Instructor certifications
Have at least 25 certifications
How do I become a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer?*
Apply directly to PADI

IDC Staff Instructor
PADI IDC Staff Instructors are PADI Instructors moving towards instructor-level training or teaching the Instructor Development Course (IDC). IDC Staff Instructors can independently train and certify PADI Assistant Instructors as well as help train PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors.
What can I do as a PADI IDC Staff Instructor?
Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses
Help PADI Course Directors conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course
Help PADI Course Directors conduct instructor -level continuing education
What do I need to start?*
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer certification
18 years old
What will I do?*
Master of instructor-level dive theory, knowledge development teaching presentations and confined water teaching presentations
Audit a complete IDC
How long will it take?
Two course days plus a complete IDC audit
What materials are needed?
PADI Course Director Manual
Confined Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
Open Water Presentation Evaluation Slate
All IDC required materials

Master Instructor
What can PADI Master Instructors do?
Teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses
Help PADI Course Directors conduct the PADI Instructor Development Course
Help PADI Course Directors conduct instructor-level continuing education
What do I need to start?
PADI IDC Staff Instructor certification
Be a PADI Instructor for at least two years
EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSEâ„¢ Instructor certification
Have certified at least 150 students as PADI Divers
How do I become a PADI Master Instructor?*
Apply directly to PADI

PADI Course Director
The Course Director level is the pinnacle of the PADI System of diver education, representing less than one percent of all PADI Members. Course Director hopefuls submit an application for acceptance into one of two annual Course Director Training Courses. From almost 200 applications submitted each year only about 70 participants are selected to attend the two week long Course Director Training Course (CDTC).
The Course Director rating is the equivalent of having a postgraduate degree in scuba diving instruction, there is not a more prestigious level of certification within the dive industry. Course Directors are the only people who may conduct the Instructor Development Course needed to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.
What do I need to start?*
Hold the PADI Master Instructor certification for at least six months
250 logged dives
Renewed EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONSEâ„¢ Instructor
What will I do?
You will need to successfully complete the PADI Course Director Training Course
How long will it take?
The Course Director Training Course lasts two weeks
What materials are available?
PADI Course Director Manual
PADI Instructor Manual
PADI Instructor Development Course Candidate Workbook


This information has been retrieved from the Padi.com website, for the most accurate and current information please check their official website.


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