Ever considered scuba diving as a career? Can you imagine actually being excited to go to work and then going back to work on your day off for fun? Sounds crazy, right?
Life as a PADI pro is rewarding, challenging, enjoyable, sometimes exhausting and takes determination to get there. You’ll have the opportunity to become the best version of yourself, all while embarking on a valid career path that’s better than you’ve ever imagined.
Yes, it takes dedication, but we’ll be there for you every step of the way and there are many options to fit your schedule.
Once you go pro, you’ll enjoy many career opportunities. So many options exist like working at tropical resort (or here on the Island!), helping various agencies during water-related emergencies, crewing a movie set or a Vegas show, or even in marine science, underwater conservation or archeology!
Types of Professional Programs
If you’re researching your options for going Pro, you’ll find that there are many different kinds of Professional programs. Paid vs. Unpaid, Real-World Internship vs. Simulated, 6 months vs. 2 weeks – it can be hard to know what to choose so it’ll fit your lifestyle AND be a good education.
Lifelong learning is a necessity. Like most things scuba-related, we only get better by doing the job. Together, we’ll create a relationship that fosters your growth toward becoming a knowledgeable, confident, safety-conscious dive leader and mentor. We truly do have the opportunity to change lives!
We’ll be celebrating every milestone right along with you as you seize every opportunity to intentionally push yourself out of your comfort zone. We all start somewhere and many of us have been told we didn’t belong – that no matter what we did, we’d never be good enough. It’s flat out not true. Age, sex, strength – none of these are actual barriers, although you might have heard otherwise. Everyone brings a different skillset to the table.
Becoming a Divemaster is the first step in your professional journey.
We want you to become a strong confident Pro, who’s knowledgeable about the industry, equipment and required standards and who will understand the responsibilities we have to our real-world students and customers.
Once you’ve earned your Divemaster certification, consider becoming a Discover Scuba Diving Leader. You’ll learn to take the next step up in responsibility and introduce uncertified divers to the magic and wonder undersea that we get to experience every day.
There are multiple levels of PADI Recreational Instructor Training from Assistant Instructor to Open Water Scuba Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer, Instructor Development Course Staff Instructor, Master Instructor and more.
We’ve partnered with the Course Director that taught our own family of instructors all the way from Divemaster through to Master Scuba Diver Trainer and has served as a mentor to us all along the way.
Adaptive Techniques for Dive Pros
If you’re already a dive professional, consider earning the Adaptive Techniques specialty certification! This course is an expanded version of the Adaptive Support class we offer to Recreational divers and builds on the training you’ve already received as a Dive Pro.
Adaptive instruction is a holistic approach to diver education that we call “the art of possible.” This methodology allows us to accommodate virtually any student, enabling most divers to meet PADI performance requirements. In addition, you’ll learn new techniques to apply when diving with physically and mentally challenged divers that can make their experience (and yours!) much more rewarding.
Diving First Aid for Dive Pros
As Dive Pros, we have a duty to respond to unique emergency situations.
DAN’s Diving First Aid for Professional Divers course is designed for commercial, professional, aquarium, and scientific divers and it provides knowledge and first aid skills specifically for these work environments.
This course covers the information you’ll need to cover most emergencies until EMS arrives and includes CPR and First Aid, Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries, Neurological Assessment, First Aid for Hazardous Marine Life Injuries and CPR HCP plus Bloodborne pathogens.