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PADI Professional

So, you're hooked on diving.  You want to take your skills to the next level, to the point where you make everything look easy.  Maybe your friends don't dive yet, and you want to be able to help when they take their Open Water Diver class.  Or maybe you're considering a career in scuba diving (or at least, a serious mid-life crisis hobby; I totally understand that...)  Then GO PRO!  (PADI Professional, not the camera; for that, you want Underwater Photography)

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The first level of professional dive training. Learn how to lead dives and help teach scuba classes.

We'll fine-tune your dive skills, like perfecting the effortless hover, and refine your rescue skills so you anticipate and easily solve common problems.

This is more of an internship than a regular class, and can proceed at whatever pace you're comfortable with and have time for.  Some students complete the course in 3 months, others work on it intermittently over the course of a couple years.

Prerequisites: Rescue Diver, current First Aid / CPR certificate, 40 logged dives, 18 years old

What will you do as a divemaster candidate?
  • Knowledge development segments including Knowledge Reviews in the PADI Divemaster Manual or through Divemaster Online, and pass the Divemaster Final Exam.
  • Create an Emergency Assistance Plan for a designated dive site.
  • Waterskills exercises:
    • 400-Metre/Yard Swim (timed)
    • 15-minute Tread
    • 800-Metre/Yard Swim in fins/snorkel/mask (timed)
    • 100-Metre/Yard Inert Diver Tow (timed)
    • Equipment exchange (with another DMC - more or less a test of ability to handle an unfamiliar situation underwater)
  • Diver rescue assessment (like you did in Rescue Diver, but you'll do better the second time around)
  • Dive skills workshop and assessment (be able to perform all 24 basic scuba skills like mask clearing, reg recovery, CESA, etc. comfortably, at least one to demo quality)
  • Practical application skills:
    • Dive Site Set Up and Management
    • Mapping Project
    • Dive Briefing
    • Search and Recovery Scenario
    • Deep Dive Scenario
  • Divemaster-conducted programs workshops.  This is how to teach stuff you can now teach:
    • ReActivate Program (aka scuba review)
    • Skin Diver Course and Snorkeling Supervision
    • Discover Scuba Diving Program in Confined Water
    • Discover Scuba Diving Program – Additional Open Water Dive
    • Discover Local Diving in Open Water
  • Practical assessments (this is how to work with instructors and students in classes):
    • Open Water Diver Students in Confined Water
    • Open Water Diver Students in Open Water
    • Continuing Education Student Divers in Open Water
    • Certified Divers in Open Water

Assistant Instructor

The next level of professional dive training.  At this level, you're a much bigger help to instructors, because you can sign off on Open Water Diver surface skills.  You can also learn to teach some of the dive specialties.

Prerequisites: Divemaster, current First Aid / CPR certificate, 60 logged dives

Open Water Scuba Instructor

So, you're coming to take my job?  Seriously, it's a lot of fun.  And when your friends say, "I don't dive," you can say, "Here, let me fix that for you."

I help teach the Instructor Development Course (IDC) at Diver Dan's, under the direction of Dan King (yes, the Diver Dan), who is a PADI Course Director.  I'm happy to answer questions and help you get started on that path, and by the end of IDC you'll be well prepared for the PADI Instructor Exam.

Prerequisites: Divemaster, current First Aid / CPR certificate, 100 logged dives