Dive Leadership and becoming a Scuba Instructor

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Go Pro

Going Professional means taking your skills to level of demonstration quality. In this category this can either mean that you want to mix gas & meet Industry Standards, or continue your scuba dive education & meet Education standards. Maybe you'd like to be a Dive Educator or maybe just meet standards and become proficient in personal skills. Whatever the reason, choose your course of choice after meeting the prerequisites. We're here to help you become the Dive Professional!

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Gas Blender
gas blender course
How To Mix Nitrox

This course envelopes the requirements to mix gas for the purposes of diving with Enriched Air. You may want to do it yourself, or complete the certification requirement to mix professionally.


What Gas Blenders can do
  • Mix partial pressure gases to achieve the desired mix via using oxygen
  • Assist divers in logging & testing their mixes
Course Prerequisites
  • Enriched Air Diver certification
  • At Least 18 Years old
Course Requirements
  • Independent Study
  • 1 Classroom session
  • $125 Instruction- includes C-Card.
Divemaster
divemaster course
Be the Best that you Can Be

Take the first step in your dive career and become a PADI Divemaster. Working closely with your Instructor, you'll expand your dive knowledge and hone your skills as you become a dive professional. Divemaster training develops your leadership abilities by training you to supervise dive activities and assist instructors with student divers.

What Divemasters can 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.
Course Prerequisites
  • Advanced Open Water and Rescue certifications
  • 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
  • Medical Clearance signed by a physician
Course Requirements
  • Class, Pool, Independent Study with Divemaster Student Pkg or the PADI Elearning Home Study option
  • Internship
  • Swim & Scuba Skill Testing
  • Timeframe: ~Three months including Internship
  • $550 Includes many personal options & professional discounts during the course

Interested in becoming a "Divemaster"? Call Pacific Scuba Divers. The first "Orientation" night is for new students & interested divers! Your Instructor will answer all questions about the course content & fees. Courses start shortly after each orientation. Individual course schedules are also available

Assistant Instructor
assistant instructor
Almost There!

The Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI assistant instructor course PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You'll not only gain additional experience as a Professional but you'll also start learning the PADI System of diver education.


What Assistant Instructors can do
  • Work at local dive centers, on live-aboard dive boats, yachts and at exotic resort locations
  • 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
Course Prerequisites
  • 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
  • Medical Clearance signed by a physician
Course Requirements
  • 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
  • Timeframe: The course can vary from as little as three days to more than two weeks
  • $515 Includes some personal options & professional discounts during the course

Interested in becoming an "Assistant Instructor"? Call Pacific Scuba Divers. The first "Orientation" night is for new students and interested divers! Your Instructor will answer all questions about the course content and fees. Courses start shortly after each orientation. Individual course schedules are also available.

IDC (Includes Assistant Instructor & Open Water Scuba Instructor)
padi idc
The Final Step before your PADI Instructor Examination

The instructor development process is a combination of programs designed to enhance instructor candidate’s abilities as dive professionals, as well as offer specialized training programs, all of which are intended to increase their success. This process begins with the PADI Assistant Instructor course and ranges through Specialty Instructor training, IDC Staff Instructor courses and business education programs.

The foundation of PADI instructor development is the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). The program consists of two parts — the Assistant Instructor (AI) course and the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Combining the three-day AI course and the four-day OWSI program into a continuous program makes up a seven day IDC.

Successfully completing an AI course allows instructor candidates to earn the PADI Assistant Instructor rating which authorizes them to function as instructional assistants and independently conduct certain PADI programs. AI course completion also qualifies candidates to participate in an OWSI program.

Successfully completing the OWSI program (or an entire IDC) makes candidates eligible to participate in a PADI Instructor Examination (IE). The IE is a completely evaluative program that tests the instructor candidate’s teaching ability, dive knowledge, skill level, understanding of the PADI System, attitude and professionalism. Instructor candidates become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors only after successfully completing an IE. PADI IEs are standardized, objective evaluations conducted by Instructor Examiners representing one of PADI’s international offices.

OWSI programs and IDC'S are conducted at Pacific Scuba Divers. Programs are often scheduled to precede the two day IEs scheduled by PADI in the same general geographic area. However, candidates are free to choose when and where to take an IE for up to one year from the date of IDC completion. PADI reserves the right to cancel, reschedule or relocate IEs as staffing, logistics and enrollment require.

Various instructor-level continuing education courses are offered by Pacific Scuba Divers. Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor, Specialty Instructor Training Courses, DSAT Tec Deep Instructor Training (TEC) Courses, and Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT)

Preparatory Courses are designed to teach qualified PADI Instructors how to organize, promote and conduct these respective courses. IDC Staff Instructor Courses train qualified Master Scuba Diver Trainers to conduct AI Courses and IDC's.

Instructor preparatory courses allow candidates to receive remediation and preview the IDC. Status Updates are a means for PADI Instructors to regain Teaching status after a period of inactivity if authorized by PADI.

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