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Becoming a Dive Professional is an exciting adventure. You enter the program after you have completed your Rescue Diver course, and where you exit it is entirely up to you.
As a Divemaster, you are qualified to lead certified divers, conduct some experience training, and assist Instructors during training sessions. You will learn a lot about dive theory and se that knowledge on every dive you complete from now on. The Divemaster program from Eco Dive ensures you come out as a professional who can be employed anywhere in the world there is a PADI Dive Centre.
As an Assistant Instructor you have a little more responsibility, and a little more ability than a Divemaster. You can assess Open Water students completing surface skills during their Open Water dives, and there are a few specialty courses you can teach after completing the Instructor Training with a Course Director. This is a stepping stone to becoming an Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Open Water Scuba Instructor
This is the first Instructor level within the PADI System. As an OWSI you can teach the Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Rescue and Divemaster Courses. PADI throws a few bonus courses in as well, such as Peak Performance Buoyancy and Project AWARE. Now you are well on your way towards a career in diving.
You can complete several Instructor Specialties, and as a result teach those courses to students. This is where the excitement starts for most Instructors.
Master Scuba Diver Trainer
As a Master Scuba Diver Trainer you will have gained 5 Instructor Specialties and certified at least 25 students. This recognition level award marks you as an Instructor who not only enjoys teaching and diving, but who is committed to making yourself a better Instructor.
IDC Staff Instructor
IDC Staff Instructors are to Course Directors as Divemaster's are to Instructors... and so much more. Staff Instructors can not only assist Course Directors during IDC's, but they can also teach parts of the IDC, evaluate candidates, and train Assistant Instructors. There is so much more you can do as an S.I., this is only the tip of the iceberg. Staff Instructors are heralded as Instructors who are committed to the PADI system of education, and who are the cream of the crop in diver training.
Master Instructor is another recognition level certification that identifies you as a highly experienced, knowledgable Instructor. This is the last stage before becoming a Course Director if that is your ultimate aim.
Course Directors are the ultimate trainers in the PADI system. They are the people responsible for training the Instructors of the future. They groom and mentor Instructors through the Instructor Development Course, and provide guidance to their candidates. They ensure they are not only ready for the Instructor Exams, but also that they are prepared for being an Instructor in the real world.