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What are the prerequisites for becoming a scuba instructor?

A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course. You also need:

  • At least 60 logged dives and 100 dives to attend an IE.
  • Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
  • A 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.

What are the prerequisites for the Divemaster course?

PADI Rescue Divers who are at least 18 years old may enroll in the PADI Divemaster course. You also need to have:

Note that qualifying certifications from other diver training organization may apply

What if I have a yes on my medical questionaire?

All professional level courses require a medical signed by a physician, so you will have to visit your doctor for clearance anyway.

What is the difference between a DAN Instructor and an EFR Instructor?

DAN is a non profit that serves the diving community through the development of safety materials, training programs and resources. They offer courses in:

  • Basic Life Support, CPR and 1st Aid
  • Hazardous Marine Life Injuries
  • Neurological Assessments
  • Emergency Oxygen Provider
  • CPR for the Health Care Provider
Emergency First Response also follows ILCOR Standards and offer courses in:
  • Primary and Secondary Care with AED
  • CPR in the Workplace
  • Care for Children
Both provide a great service to the industry and to people in general with training that can help save lives.

I’m a Divemaster with another training agency, but I want to be a PADI Instructor… What do I do?

Enroll in the course, it's no big deal. You may want to purchase the PADI training materials for some of the other courses for a reference, and you will have to bring copies of all of your certification cards because we will not be able to look you up in the PADI system.