> April 24th, 2015
experience necessary to become a successful Dive
beings, who are almost unique in having the ability
to learn from the
experience of others, are also remarkable for their
apparent disinclination to do so."
Douglas Adams (Author)
only source of knowledge is experience."
brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience."
Paulo Coelho (Author)
starts down a new professional career path, the
urge to jump right in at the deep end is sometimes
overwhelming. In most professions, this works very
well but when it comes to SCUBA diving and teaching
SCUBA diving, when you have peoples lives in your
hands, it is so very important to know what you
system of learning gives a number of opportunities
to increase your experience, depending on your level
of certification and your timeframe. Initially the
Divemaster course sets you on this path. Then
during the PADI
Instructor Development Course (IDC) we show
you how to find, use and apply the PADI standards
to general diving situations.
when it comes to teaching a entire course on your
own it can be tricky co-ordinating all the various
elements necessary to make it an effective course
whilst keeping your customers satisfied by delivering
the course in a timely manner.
quit my job, bought a ticket to Thailand,
had the time of my life completing
Internship program with IDC
Koh Tao @ Crystal Dive and become
a PADI Instructor...."
McEvoy - PADI MSDT
can be gained in a number of ways. Firstly, working
as a PADI Divemaster before doing the PADI Instructor
Development Course. This will develop you underwater
observational and organisational abilities.
also gain an insight into how do deal with unexpected
problems that certified divers tend to have. If
you are in an environment that dives daily then
you will also get a good opportunity to see how
water and weather conditions can change unexpectedly.
after your IDC,
if you are not in a position to do the PADI Master
Scuba Diver Trainer program (more later) there are
positions available on liveaboards around the world
that involve dive guiding. In the main, companies
look for new instructors who are willing to work
in a Divemaster role with the occasional teaching
opportunity typically involving PADI Speciality
you will gain valuable insight into problem management
with certified divers whilst developing your control
and organisational abilities.
after your IDC you can enrol directly into the MSDT
Internship program. Within this PADI program you
will gain knowledge and skills to teach a number
of PADI Speciality diver courses of your choosing
and then you get direct hands on experience teaching
entry level divers. Initially you will be observing
an experienced Instructor and seeing what decisions
they make to accommodate different situations that
arise during SCUBA training.
learning points include student diver positioning,
problem solving, structure and organisation for
the courses you teach.
experience develops during this program at an exponential
rate and you will be acting as a sponge, absorbing
all this knowledge, and further developing your
culminates with you conducting courses, on your
own, with an Instructor close on hand to lend any
assistance or give any advice as necessary.
When a new Instructor looks for work the main question
asked by potential employers is ‘What experience
have you had?’ and the quality of your answers
typically dictates the ease of the decision made.
In a nutshell,
experience as a PADI Dive professional is absolutely
crucial. A solid Divemaster Internship or Instructor
Internship program as part of any PADI Professional
level training program is highly recommended.
For more information on the scuba
diving internships we offer check out our Divemaster
Internship & MSDT
only real mistake is the one from which we learn
Henry Ford (Entrepreneur)
is one thing you can't get for nothing."
Oscar Wilde (Author)