Professional Level Scuba Diving Courses

Professional Level Scuba Diving Courses

PADI DiveMaster, Assistant Instructor Courses, Technical Divemaster, Technical Support Leader and more

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Fawn outlining the roles of a an Instructor during a PADI Instructor Development workshop for Assistant Instructor Candidates

Have you fallen in love with diving as much as we have? If you love the diver’s lifestyle, enjoy learning new things, and are excited whenever people are introduced to this fantastic sport, then you may want to consider entering the dive profession.

As a diver, you know first hand that scuba diving is one of the most transformational sports to engage in. Becoming a Dive Professional brings new underwater adventures!

Whether it’s being on the team as a Divemaster or being even more involved as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Instructor, we can offer you the finest professional level dive training courses at Dan’s Dive Shop.

Setting up a decompression habitat as part of a cave diving expedition project in Mexico
Setting up a decompression habitat as part of a cave diving expedition project in Mexico with Nick and Matt

Are you a technical diver?  If not, become a technical diver and start getting involved with bigger deeper dives as a Technical Support Leader or a Support Diver!  Assist on our Cave & Technical diving courses or expeditions and keep your skills up to date, help us film students, lay lines or be a part of our push team on bigger, deeper, more challenging dives.

Technical Support Leaders are professional level members who act in a supervisory role in technical diving.  You must be certified 1 level higher than the level you are assisting.  See below for more details.

What will you learn?

The PADI Divemaster course is the first leadership level course in the PADI System of diver education.

Divers will learn advanced dive theory including physics, physiology, decompression theory, dive tables, standards and procedures and more, as well as how to perform dive skills demonstration quality and how to supervise student divers and certified divers.

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care certified (CPR & First Aid) within the last 24 months
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
  • Logged at least 50 dives

Training Agency:

PADI

Availability:

Please contact the shop or check out our courses and events calendar for upcoming Divemaster Course dates.

Additional Details:

Becoming a PADI Divemaster is your first step onto the professional diving world’s sidewalk. It is very hands on and covers a wide range of responsibilities and rewards. As a career (or even part time career), divemasters are an essential part of Dan’s Dive shop and are often relied upon by other divers and students. As a divemaster, you not only get to dive a lot, but also experience the joy of seeing others have as much fun diving as you do. You’ll work closely with our instructors and be a rolemodel to students, new divers and customers with the experience in the full spectrum of what recreational diving has to offer.

Some of the skills you’ll develop in your divemaster course and role will involve:

  • Supervising dive activities and assisting with student divers
  • Diver safety and risk management
  • Divemaster conducted programs and specialized skills
  • Business of diving and your career
  • Awareness of the dive environment
  • Dive setup and management
  • Mapping an open water site
  • Conducting dive briefings
  • Organizing a search and recovery project and a deep dive
  • Conducting a scuba review and skin diver course
  • Assisting with Discover Scuba Diving and leading Discover Local Diving programs

Candidates will also learn about Physics, Physiology, Decompression Theory, Equipment, Supervision techniques, the aquatic realm, and much more.

How do you get started?

If you’ve got the drive, proper mindset and discipline to succeed in a course of this magnitude, we’d be happy to have you. If you want to go the professional route – contact us at the shop today to see how to get started as a DDS Divemaster and the schedule for this exciting course.

Need a more flexible learning option but want to get started immediately? Sign up today on our eLearning with our eLearning website, specify Dan’s Dive Shop (store #23) as your affiliated dive shop and you’ll be able to start learning immediately. With our eLearning option, you can complete the academic portions of the course online via the PADI eLearning process. Follow up with the shop to plan out the remainder of your course requirements.

What gear will you need?

Your personal recreational dive equipment, PADI Divemaster Crewkpak, SMB, Spool, Waterproof Notebook, extra weights, save a dive kit.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • PADI Assistant Instructor
  • PADI Instructor
  • Intro to Tech
  • Technical Decompression Diver
  • Technical Support Leader
  • Technical Divemaster
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor

What will you learn?

If you have a passion for people and for scubadiving then teaching people to explore the underwater world may be just for you!

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC). You’ll not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional but you’ll also start learning the PADI System of diver education.

Prerequisites:

  • PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months
  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months
  • medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months
  • You also need to be an Emergency First Response Instructor, but you can earn this rating during your instructor training.

Training Agency:

PADI 

Availability:

Please contact the shop for 2015 dates

Additional Details:

As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be able to:

  • Teach academic presentations under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • During confined water dives, present initial skills training under the direct supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Evaluate Open Water Diver surface skills under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach and certify  PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialty Divers under the direction of a PADI Instructor
  • Teach Project AWARE Specialty courses
  • Teach the AWARE Coral Reef Conservation specialty course
  • Conduct PADI Discover Scuba Diving experiences in a pool or confined water
  • Conduct PADI Seal Team AquaMissions
  • Teach a number of PADI Specialty courses

The Assistant Instructor (AI) course is the first part of the two part Instructor Development Course (IDC). The second part is the Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program. Most dive professionals complete the entire IDC and go on to attend an Instructor Examination (IE), which is the final step to earn a PADI Instructor certification.

Successfully completing just the AI course results in a PADI Assistant Instructor qualification. When an AI is ready to progress, attending an OWSI program allows entry into an IE to earn a full PADI Instructor rating.

If you want more out of your professional diving career and have the drive to learn and be a dive leader – contact us at the shop today to see how to get started as a DDS Assistant Instructor and discuss the schedule for this exciting course.

What gear will you need?

Your personal recreational dive equipment, PADI Instructor Development OWSI Crewkpak, SMB, Spool, Waterproof Notebook, extra weights, save a dive kit.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • PADI Instructor
  • Intro to Tech
  • Technical Decompression Diver
  • Cave 1
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor

What will you learn?

Being a dive leader, assistant, training mentor and support diver is a big responsibility, but the rewards are unmatched.

Divers will learn how to be a professional assistant at the technical diver level.

You will be challenged and learn what it is like to work with divers as they begin or continue their technical diving experiences. You will learn how to manage divers, work the dive deck of a boat, and conduct enjoyable dives.

Prerequisites:

Rescue Diver
Current CPR
First Aid
Oxygen Provider
Divemaster (recreational)
Technical Certification 1 level above the level you plan to assist
Minimum of 100 logged dives with 50 dives below 100′

Training Agency:

TDI – Technical Diving International

Additional Details:

Dive physics, physiology, how conduct pre-dive briefing, how to assist technical instructors as well as how to be a professional Technical Divemaster are all part of the course. Your skills will be refined to demonstration quality and your knowledge increased to that of a professional level assistant.

Availability:

This course is taught privately by Matt MandziukEmail the store to setup an appointment to set a sample schedule together.

Students will need to purchase the appropriate materials.

Additional Details:

This Course is designed for leadership level divers who are also capable technical divers to act as part of a support team for technical diving. expeditions and training activities.

A Technical Support Leader provides assistance to teams of technical divers provided diving conditions and methods approximate those in which your TSL training occurs. Your TSL responsibilities might include shuttling of equipment, removal and replacement of staged decompression gases and equipment, rigging and setting up decompression stations and gases and monitoring divers during ascent and staged decompression stops.

A must have member of any serious dive, the TSL co-ordinates the flow of the dive, safety aspects of the dive and is a selfless individual who will at times sacrifice their dive to act as rescue support for divers on expeditions, charters or any serious technical dive.

Cost is $495+GST, training is available by request in a semi private setting.

TDI Instructor Manual will need to be purchased.

What gear will you need?

All required technical diving equipment.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Technical DPV
  • Extreme Exposure DPV
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Level 1
  • Advanced Trimix
  • Extreme Exposure Trimix
  • CCR or pSCR Diver

What will you learn?

Being a dive leader, assistant, training mentor and support diver is a big responsibility, but the rewards are unmatched.

Divers will learn how to be a professional assistant at the technical diver level.

You will be challenged and learn what it is like to work with divers as they begin or continue their technical diving experiences. You will learn how to manage divers, work the dive deck of a boat, and conduct enjoyable dives.

Prerequisites:

Rescue Diver
Current CPR
First Aid
Oxygen Provider
Divemaster (recreational)
Technical Certification 1 level above the level you plan to assist
Minimum of 100 logged dives with 50 dives below 100′

Training Agency:

NAUI Tec

Additional Details:

Dive physics, physiology, how conduct pre-dive briefing, how to assist technical instructors as well as how to be a professional Technical Divemaster are all part of the course. Your skills will be refined to demonstration quality and your knowledge increased to that of a professional level assistant.

Availability:

This course is taught privately by Matt MandziukEmail the store to setup an appointment to set a sample schedule together.

Students will need to purchase the appropriate materials.

Training Agency:

NAUI Tec

Additional Details:

This Course is designed for leadership level divers who are also capable technical divers to act as part of a support team for technical diving. expeditions and training activities.

A Technical Support Leader provides assistance to teams of technical divers provided diving conditions and methods approximate those in which your TSL training occurs. Your TSL responsibilities might include shuttling of equipment, removal and replacement of staged decompression gases and equipment, rigging and setting up decompression stations and gases and monitoring divers during ascent and staged decompression stops.

A must have member of any serious dive, the TSL co-ordinates the flow of the dive, safety aspects of the dive and is a selfless individual who will at times sacrifice their dive to act as rescue support for divers on expeditions, charters or any serious technical dive.

Cost is $495+GST, training is available by request in a semi private setting.

NAUI Leadership and Instruction, Technical Support Leader Manual and Standards and Procedures manuals will need to be purchased.

What gear will you need?

All required technical diving equipment.

Where do I go from here?

Here are some popular examples of courses commonly taken by graduates of this course:

  • Technical Wreck Penetration
  • Technical DPV
  • Extreme Exposure DPV
  • Cave 2
  • Trimix Level 1
  • Advanced Trimix
  • Extreme Exposure Trimix
  • CCR or pSCR Diver

What will you learn?

In this very practical course, you’ll learn to teach First Aid and CPR skills and as well as how to give lectures on those topics.

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Certified in CPR and first aid training in the past 24 months or a be a practicing medical professional such as a physician, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic and Registered Nurse.

Training Agency:

PADI 

Availability:

Please contact the shop for 2015 dates

Additional Details:

CPR and first aid are key skills that are important to everyone in any situation. During the Emergency First Response Instructor course, you will build on your own skills as an Emergency Responder and focus on developing your instructional abilities to teach these skills to others.

The Instructor course provides you with the additional training necessary to teach the Emergency First Response Primary Care (CPR), Secondary Care (First Aid) and Care for Children courses. Through a multi-media approach of independent study, classroom sessions and practical teaching assignments, you learn to conduct Emergency First Response courses.

The instructor course covers specific goals and performance requirements for the Primary Care, Secondary Care and Care for Children courses. Along with learning how to structure and organize EFR courses, you practice:

  • Presenting course content effectively
  • Encouraging self-discovery in students
  • Evaluating student knowledge
  • Develop students’ skill mastery during hands-on skills practice sessions
  • Managing effective scenario-based learning experiences
  • How to present an effective scenario-based learning experience
  • Coaching that creates a positive learning environment

Visit Dan’s Dive Shop to pick up an EFR Instructor Start-up Kit. It includes a complete set of instructional materials. Start learning immediately by completing the self-study knowledge reviews in the instructor guide.  Our EFR Instructor Trainer will schedule practical sessions to complete your training. For more info please contact the shop.

What will you learn?

In this excellent course, you’ll learn to to teach Emergency Oxygen Administration skills as well as how to give classroom lectures.

Prerequisites:

  • Although the PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider course is suited for divers, the course has no diving prerequisites.
  • Being a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider is the minimum requirement

Availability:

Upon request. Please contact the shop for dates.

Training Agency:

PADI 

Additional Details:

As a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor you will be able to teach divers how to recognize conditions that can be treated with emergency oxygen. This is a dry course, meaning no diving is required to take this course.

As a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor you will teach students:

  • the fundamentals for recognizing diving conditions and injuries treatable with emergency oxygen
  • how to properly identify, assemble and disassemble oxygen equipment
  • the assessment of scene for safety, response and management
  • how to safely administer emergency oxygen

Some of the course topics you will teach include:

  • Oxygen first aid for diving emergencies
  • Understanding Anatomy & Physiology
  • Oxygen, its hazards and any safety conditions
  • Benefits of oxygen for diving emergencies
  • Oxygen delivery systems and components

This course consists of easy to follow directions and an outline to qualify you to teach PADI Oxygen First Aid in diving emergencies. This course is a must for PADI Instructors who are planning to teach the Rescue course. You may even choose to combine this certification with the EFR course to complement your Rescue program. As a PADI Oxygen First Aid Instructor you will find there are many situations for people to take this course. Divemasters and Boat Captains, boat crews, and deck hands will want to keep there emergency skills sharp, and will look to you for their training.

Once you qualify as a PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Instructor, you can train divers to be prepared to assess, respond and act in a dive-related emergency.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

TILLER wreckNot sure if you want to go the Professional route but are interested in furthering your diving? Consider one of our many Specialty Courses or look into our Cave or Technical Courses. Our continuing education options provide you with specialized training that will meet your areas of interest so that you can be better prepared to dive in different conditions with the proper gear. You’ll be able to explore more of the underwater world with Dan’s!