Scuba Instructor

Scuba diving is an amazing sport and very popular among travelers.
Diving the deep blue sea and experiencing the beauty of the underwaterworld is incredible.

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Becoming a scuba diving instructor is a great way to fund your travels, while enjoying scuba diving at the same time.

Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the safety of the divers. Which is not a responsibility to be taken lightly.

Experience

You will need to have the following certifications:

  • Open Water Diver
  • Advanced Diver
  • Rescue Diver
  • Dive Master
  • Scuba Diving Instructor

Hours

The days can be very long. Getting up early in the morning to get all the gear ready. Then taking the divers out for a full day. And at the end of the day put all the gear away. A busy day can be around 12 hours of work.
You could work 7 days per week during high season.

Salary

Scuba divers don’t tend to make a lot of money. Resorts and live-aboards pay slightly better dive schools, mostly because of the tips you can make.
Some destinations are also seasonal, which means no income for part of the year.

Room & Board

Mostly not included with dive schools, sometimes included at resorts, always included with live-aboards.

Locations

Anywhere with water. But popular places are South East Asia, Australia and Central America.

Different Types of Scuba Instructors

You can become an instructor with either PADI or SSI, the two leading scuba diving agencies.
Both are regulated by The World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC).
WRSTC regulate and develop worldwide training standards and safety.

How to get the job

First of all you need be a certified scuba instructor, or you can the course at your chosen dive school. Sometimes the training can be free of charge, if you work for the dive school.

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