Scuba Instructor

  • It is the role of the diving instructor to pass on knowledge to new divers and allow them to experience it on their own.
  • Often dive instructors will be working in a ‘pool’: a controlled environment which allows them to help new divers with the sport in a safe way. For more advanced lessons, the dive teacher will take to the sea with groups of people under tuition. It is essential that the dive instructor is able to manage the group safely, while allowing their group to build their own diving skills quickly and efficiently to pass through the various grades that are a key component to developing in this sport.
  • Salary ranges from $31,280 to $46,920
  • Education: They must do may courses and supervised diving exercises before they can teach diving. Professional organizations offer programs to them. Typically, these programs first train individuals on how to supervise dive activities by assisting scuba instructors. Instructors-in-training can then take a series of courses and logged supervised diving experiences to gain their instructor certification.


  • Have a thorough understanding of dive techniques as a result of completing PADI certification
  • Have a thorough understanding of equipment used to dive
  • Be a strong communicator
  • Be able to coach a group of individuals effectively, sometimes in potentially risky environments
  • Have an enthusiasm for constant learning and improvement
  • Be calm under pressure
  • Have a knowledge of sea rescue techniques and first aid

Additional Requirements

  • SCUBA instructors must be at least 18 years old and must have current certifications in rescue techniques, CPR and first aid. Training for these certifications is  included as part of the overall instructor training program.

Average number of work hours

  • Teaching is only a small portion of what you’ll do. Mainland-based instructors often work 40 hours a week at a dive store counseling customers or repairing equipment, then teach one or two classes a week on top of that. That means 60-hour weeks are common.

Physical heath required

  • To be in excellent health, free from disease, medical conditions and injury. It is important for divers to know how to become and remain physically fit, prevent illness and injury, and rehabilitate and manage conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, and obesity.

Working conditions

  • In a pool or controlled area, or in open waters.

Personal Qualities

  • inspirational, passionate, empathetic, patient, skillful, knowledgeable, professional, up to date, environmentally aware and much more.

Education Programs

  • Ocean corporation, Santa Barbra City college, Commercial Diving academy

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