Professional level certifications start at PADI Divemaster. This rating allows divers to take responsibility for certified divers on guided dives, assist an instructor in the conduct of recreational training at any level and to conduct certain PADI programmes including reactivate or refresher programs, such as Orca Refresher.
PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor
The minimum rating to teach PADI recreational courses is Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) and Divemasters can progress to OWSI via successful completion of a PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Exam (IE). An Open Water Scuba Instructor is qualified to teach the core range of PADI courses from Open Water through to Divemaster plus many others including Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB), Project Aware and Coral Reef Conservation specialties.
PADI Speciality Instructor
There are 25+ standard PADI Specialty Diver courses. From Deep Diver, Night Diver, Equipment Specialist, Search and Recovery Diver to Underwater Photographer, Underwater Naturalist, Underwater Navigation and Wreck Diver to name just a few. We also provide AWARE Coral Reef Conservation and AWARE Fish Identification courses, so you can choose a course that fuels your passion and expands your experience.
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer
PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer is known as the ultimate recreational diver rating. This course is available to PADI Instructors who have certified at least 25 PADI Divers and have earned five or more PADI Specialty Instructor certifications.
PADI IDC Staff Instrcutor
Instructor Development Course (IDC) Staff Instructors assist with instructor training for new PADI leaders. They can pass on years of supporting knowledge and wisdom to their students, helping to prepare and educate the next generation of PADI dive professionals. PADI’s IDC Staff Instructor course is not only an excellent dive course but a great career move.
PADI Master Instructor
PADI Master Instructors are recognized as elite diving educators and dive industry leaders. This scuba diving qualification is for those who have set outstanding standards through their scuba diving teaching efforts and professional conduct. The course can be taken by PADI IDC Staff Instructors who have been PADI Instructors for at least two years. They must also have issued 150 PADI certifications, participated in at least three PADI Seminars, issued 10 Emergency First Response course completion cards, used the complete PADI System of diver education when conducting PADI programmes and demonstrated support of the PADI organization, and have no verified Quality Management violations within the past six months.
PADI Course Director
The PADI Course Director rating is the highest and most respected professional rating in recreational scuba diving. To become a PADI Course Director, you must earn a spot in a Course Director Training Course (CDTC) through a competitive application process. Course Directors can only be trained by PADI staff at the bi-annual Course Director Training Course (CDTC). Once certified, PADI Course Directors can teach the IDC and Instructor level continuing education. PADI Course Directors can earn Silver, Gold or Platinum status based on the number of Instructor courses they teach each year.