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Divemaster

About

The Divemaster certification is the 1st level of SCUBA Professional in the PADI system. A DM is a professional member of PADI.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to become a PADI Divemaster, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 years of age to enroll in a Divemaster program
  • be a PADI Rescue Diver or equivalent
  • prior to enrolling, have a current (within 1 year) RSTC Medical signed by a doctor who is not the candidate
  • have completed a minimum of 20 dives prior to starting the program
  • have completed a minimum of 60 dives in order to complete the program
  • have a current CPR/1st Aid certification (within 2 years) EFR recommended

Program

The Divemaster program consists of:

  • Dive Theory exams encompassing
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Dive Theory
    • Recreational Dive Tables and Decompression Theory
    • General Skills and the Environment
    • Equipment
    • Divemaster Conducted Progams
  • Skills workshops and evaluations
  • Rescue Skills Assessment
  • Fitness & Stamina Assessment
  • Emergency Plan and Dive Site Mapping projects
  • Practical Application including Internship and/or simulated practical exercises

Duties

As a PADI Divemaster, you will be able to:

  • Lead certified divers on dives
  • Independantly conduct specific PADI courses such as Discover Local Diving, Discover Snorkeling
  • Independantly conduct PADI Discover Scuba Experience (Confined Water) after completing a short internship.
  • Enroll in and teach DAN courses

 

 

Assistant Instructor

About

The Assistant Instructor certification is the 2nd level of SCUBA Professional in the PADI system. An Assistant Instructor is the 1st step of Instructor.

 

A person will often become an AI in order to become more comfortable in a teaching environment while working towards an OWSI rating. This step also assists many by splitting the cost of a full instructor program and providing more opportunities to earn income.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to become a PADI Assistant Instructor you need to meet the following criteria:

  • be 18 years of age
  • be a PADI Divemaster or equivalent
  • have completed a minimum of 60 dives prior to starting the program
  • successfully complete the AI portion of the Instructor Development Course (IDC)
  • have a current CPR/1st Aid certification (within 2 years) EFR recommended
  • have a current (within 1 year) RSTC Medical signed by a doctor who is not the candidate

Program

The Assistant Instructor program consists of:

  • A General Standards and Procedures exam
  • Skills workshops and evaluations
  • Rescue Skills Assessment
  • Classroom Teaching Presentations and evaluations
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentations and evaluations
  • Open Water Teaching Presentations and evaluations

Duties

As a PADI Assistant Instructor you will be able to:

  • Independantly conduct the classroom portion of all PADI courses under the direction of a PADI Instructor
  • Independantly evaluate selected skills from the Open Water course under the direction of a PADI Instructor
  • Independantly conduct PADI Discover Scuba Experience (Confined Water).
  • Enroll in and teach DAN courses

 

 

Open Water Scuba Instructor

About

The Open Water SCUBA Instructor certification is the 3rd level of SCUBA Professional in the PADI system.

 

An Open Water SCUBA Instructor is a prestigious rating which shows the dedication and professionalism of the person who reaches this position.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to become a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor you need to meet the following criteria

  • be 18 years of age
  • be a PADI Divemaster, Assistant Instructor or equivalent
  • have completed a minimum of 60 dives prior to starting the program
  • sucessfully complete the AI and OWSI programs of an Instructor Development Course (IDC)
  • sucessfully complete an Instructor Evaluation (IE) with a PADI Instructor Examiner
  • have a current CPR/1st Aid certification (within 2 years) EFR recommended
  • have a current (within 1 year) RSTC Medical signed by a doctor who is not the candidate

Program

The Open Water SCUBA Instructor program consists of:

  • Dive Theory exams encompassing
    • Physics
    • Physiology
    • Dive Theory
    • Recreational Dive Tables and Decompression Theory
    • Equipment
  • Skills workshops and evaluations
  • Rescue Skills Assessment
  • Classroom Teaching Presentations and evaluations
  • Confined Water Teaching Presentations and evaluations
  • Open Water Teaching Presentations and evaluations

Duties

As a PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor you will be able to:

  • Independantly conduct all portions of all core PADI courses including
    • Open Water SCUBA Diver
    • Adventure Diver
    • Advanced Diver
    • Rescue Diver
    • Divemaster
  • Enroll in and teach Emergency First Response (EFR)courses
  • Enroll in and teach Divers Alert Network (DAN) courses

 

 

Specialty Instructor

About

The Specialty Instructor certification provides the PADI Instructor with an opportunity to specialize in specific areas of interest.

 

While the instructor has the opportunity to share the passion of diving with students, the instructor also has the potential to earn additional income.

 

The instructor who holds additional teaching specialties is also more marketable when looking for a dive shop or resort to work with.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to become a PADI Specialty Instructor you need to meet the following criteria

  • be 18 years of age
  • be a PADI Instructor or higher

Program

There are 3 methods for earning Instructor Specialty certifications:

  • Direct Application
    • 20 logged dives in the specialty area
    • 25 diving certifications at any level
    • use of PADI standardized Specialty outlines
  • Course Director based Application
    • complete a course with a Course Director
    • 10 logged dives in the specialty area
    • use of PADI standardized Specialty outlines
  • Distinctive Specialty Application
    • submit an instructor authored course outline
    • proof of 20 logged dives in the specialty area
    • 25 diving certifications at any level

 

 

Master Scuba Diver Trainer

About

The Master SCUBA Diver Trainer is a rating which shows a significant commitment to professionalism and diver training. The instructor who holds the MSDT rating is highly desireable to dive shops and resorts.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to earn the MSDT rating you must:

  • be 18 years of age
  • be a PADI Instructor or higher
  • hold at least 5 PADI specialty certifications beyond the standard specialties at the OWSI level.

 

 

IDC Staff Instructor

About

The IDC Staff Instructor certification provides the PADI Instructor with an opportunity to begin training candidates at the Assistant Instructor level.

 

As well, the IDC Staff Instructor is an invaluable member of the IDC training staff. Acting as an assistant to the Course Director, the IDC Staff can present classroom presentations and assist with candidate evaluations.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to enroll for the IDC Staff Instructor certification you must be a PADI Master SCUBA Diver Trainer (MSDT)

 

Program

There are 2 methods for earning the IDC Staff Instructor certification:

  1. Audit a complete IDC
    • complete an IDC Staff program
    • complete the audit of a complete IDC with a Course Director
    • present at least 1 presentation of an IDC with a minimum score of 3.5
    • evaluate IDC candidate presentations in Knowledge Development, Confined and Open Water to achieve a score within .5 of the control score of the Course Director in each area
  2. Present the AI components of an IDC
    • complete an IDC Staff program
    • present all of the modules of an AI course with a Course Director and meet a minimum score of 3.5 on each presentation
    • evaluate IDC candidate presentations in Knowledge Development, Confined and Open Water to achieve a score within .5 of the control score of the Course Director in each area

Duties

As a PADI IDC Staff Instructor you will be able to:

  • Independantly conduct all classroom portions of an IDC under the direction of a Course Director
  • Evaluate IDC candidates in Confined and Open Water presentations under the direction of a Course Director

 

 

Master Instructor

About

The Master Instructor is a rating which shows a significant commitment to professionalism and diver training. The instructor who holds the MI rating is highly desireable to dive shops and resorts.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to earn the MI rating you must:

  • be a current IDC Staff Instructor
  • have staffed a minimum of 2 complete IDC programs beyond the initial certification
  • have a certified a minimum of 150 students at various levels and meeting minimum requirements for each level
  • other requirements as specified in the General Standards and Procedures

 

 

Course Director

About

The PADI Course Director is the highest possible achievement in SCUBA Instruction in the PADI world. Only the top 1% of PADI members achieve this level.

 

Commitment to professionalism, enthusiasm for diving, empathy for divers at all levels, and perfection of skills are all traits which define the Course Director.

 

Pre-requisites

In order to earn the right to attend a Course Director training program you must:

  • be a current Master Instructor for a minimum of 2 years
  • Submit an application showing commitment to PADI and its training methodologies
  • Points are earned in several areas based on the application and only those who meet minimum criteria are invited to attend
  • other requirements as specified by PADI

 

 

Course Offerings

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IDCOntario can offer you:

 

  • Scuba Instruction
  • Scuba Instructor Training
  • EFR Instructor Training
  • DAN Instructor Training

 

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