Why Go Pro?

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Do you want to travel and earn money doing what you have come to love? Go Pro! Become a PADI Divemaster. A DM is the first professional level in our system and DMs and higher can act as Certified Assistants, helping to control classes run by PADI Instructors. Under certain conditions, DMs may supervise students undergoing training and DMs guide certified divers. DMs run PADI SCUBA Review Programmes for certified divers. After completing Speciality Instructor Training Courses with a PADI Course Director, DMs may earn the Digital Underwater Photography Instructor and Emergency Oxygen Instructor ratings.

PADI Assistant Instructor is the second rung on the professional ladder. AIs may demonstrate skills in confined water when directly supervised by an instructor. Neither Divemasters nor Divemaster Trainees may demonstrate skills for PADI Open Water or Rescue students for the first time. AIs may evaluate surface skills in open water under an instructor’s indirect supervision.

PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructors are assessed by Instructor Examiners at Instructor Examinations (IEs). Examiners are PADI Course Directors who have been employed by PADI and who are then unable to conduct PADI Instructor Development Courses in the regions where they examine, in order to manage conflicts of interest. PADI OWSIs must complete an IDC run by a CD and pass an IE. There are no exceptions, including for crossovers from other training agencies.

A complete IDC comprises an AI and an OWSI course. Instructor candidates are trained how to deliver Knowledge Development academic presentations in the classroom, Confined Water teaching presentations in the pool and Open Water teaching presentations in the sea or a lake/quarry. Candidates must pass a PADI Systems, Standards and Procedures Examination and Dive Theory Examinations for each of Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory and the Recreational Dive Planner, Equipment and General Skills and the Environment. Candidates must also pass a skill circuit in confined water and demonstrate how to deal with an unresponsive diver at the surface in open water.

OWSIs may teach main-spine diver courses up to and including DM, plus three standardised specialties: Peak Performance Buoyancy, Project AWARE and AWARE Coral Reef Conservation. All other Speciality Instructor ratings must be applied for separately, with a one-off fee each time to PADI and no increase in the annual renewal fee. This may be done directly to PADI only if the instructor has certified 25 divers and has logged 20 dives in the relevant area. If the instructor completes a Speciality Instructor Training Course with a CD, then they do not require 25 certs and only needs 10 speciality dives. PADI fees are lower via a CD.

An instructor who has five SI ratings beyond PPB, AWARE and Coral Reef and who has certified 25 PADI divers, may apply for the PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer rating. There is no fee in the Asia Pacific region in 2013 if the five additional ratings were achieved via a CD. Employers frequently stipulate applicants must be MSDT or higher.

MSDTs may attend PADI IDC Staff Instructor courses. Staff Instructors may train AIs and may staff IDCs.

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