Going Pro What’s the deal with it?
Take a look at any magazine about diving or browse the web for dive related websites and images of the tropics and exotic locales, coupled with the interactions of marine life, often inspire the idea of working full time as a scuba diving dive professional. There aren’t many jobs in the world where you could spend a morning working from home on a vessel, taking in the beautiful weather, and having clients who appreciate and admire you for the work you do however, is becoming a scuba diving professional everything you imagine it to be? If you do decide to “GoPro” and become either an instructor or a Divemaster with PADI or Instructor, and abandon a stable career or embark on an adventure that will change your life, how do you achieve the goal ? What kind of experiences are the most likely scenarios you’ll working encounter in the diving industry?
In this piece, I’m going to outline the advantages to working in the scuba diving business as an PADI professional. I also will discuss some of the downsides, and outline the path to becoming a PADI Divemaster or Instructor, and career options that are available both in the short and longer-term, that are available to PADI professionals. Whilst it would be impossible to provide every possible job scenario and environment, remember PADI dive centers and resorts operate in over 180 countries, this article offers a broad overview to assist you in the decision making process. Visit:- https://www.idcgili.com/
For most divers they’ll never forget the first time they breathed underwater, whether in a local swimming pool, or at a beach as part their initial confined-water training. Even divers who are nervous about breathing underwater, can always recall the experience. Moreover, while for the vast majority of scuba participants the entry level certification can open up a new world and environment while for others, it will lead to the goal and dream to become a scuba diving professional.
Scuba Diving is a sport that boosts self-esteem in individuals, improves physical fitness, while introducing individuals to the physics and physiology of scuba diving, and develops an awareness of the environment and respect , and teaches people how to be a positive influence on both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. In contrast to other disciplines, scuba diving’s is non-contact, 3 dimensional, and multi sensory, and the competition is with each individual to better themselves as a diver, not over other divers. Whilst many divers enjoy the quiet and tranquility of the ocean, on the topside scuba diving is also a very social activity and encourages camaraderie amongst divers and can lead to lasting friendships.
As a professional scuba diver, you get to make a positive difference to people’s lives as well as to the natural world. When someone seeks diving instruction to better understand the natural world, to achieve for self-fulfillment, to explore our underwater heritage or to test themselves, you become a facilitator , helping them connect the physical and mental knowledge they’ll need to be able to safely dive and enjoy enjoyable, fun experiences.
The PADI Diver Education system is one of the most complete educational tools and a method of taking the teaching responsibility off the instructor and allows instructors to focus more on individualised instruction, as the majority of students can take their time and pace with the independent studies manuals, DVD’s E-learning, and even e-book versions. This allows for you as the Instructor to cater to the needs of each individual as well as remediation, and teaching the course in an enjoyable and efficient way, which is what, makes PADI programs extremely popular among divers’ students. These materials can be used anywhere in the world to teach a standardised class, however instructors like you Instructor must adapt each course to your local context and culture and that’s what you’ll be taught in your PADI Instructor Development Course (PADI IDC).
PADI Instructors are able to work full or part hours in resorts that are tropical or local dive centers as a part-time job when taking sabbaticals from their full time employment, or in conjunction with other seasonal work such as in winter sports, or other outdoor Summer jobs. A lot of our candidates who train as Instructors also have their own full time jobs and work on weekends either as freelance Instructors or, more often, through an established local PADI dive centre. In the resort , the majority of Instructors prefer teaching on tropical islands, in serene, clear and warm waters, and on stunning coral reefs, with a bounty of fish and other aquatic life. It’s this dream lifestyle that motivates many individuals to switch careers and to ‘GoPro’.
We are now at the question, how exactly do you get certified as PADI Instructor or Divemaster?
From the time of certification, divers can move through the PADI diver education system beginning with beginning with the Open Water course to the Advanced Open Water course, and finally, the Rescue course which has CPR/1st assistance certification (EFR course) before enrolment into the Divemaster program. These courses can be taken consecutively and, upon successfully completing all of the elements to the PADI Divemaster course, and obtaining a minimum of 60 logged dives, a diver will be certified as a PADI Divemaster. There are many ways of finishing the Divemaster course. It can be done through a local dive center, on a part time basis and either by interning at courses or through practical simulated elements of training. Many candidates choose to take part in a course over several weeks in the tropical region and gain real-world experiences while learning. This is the favoured option for our resort in Utila in Honduras as well as Thailand as well as Thailand and the Red sea are also popular options for Divemaster internships because of the amazing diving and the low cost and excellent life style they provide.