So you’re ready for the next step and to get the chance to introduce new divers to the sport of Scuba diving, see the looks on their faces the first time they breath underwater or see things they have only seen in movies and on TV. Maybe you want to become an SDI Instructor to start or change careers or so you can travel the world. Either way; becoming a dive instructor is a challenging and rewarding profession where proper education, safety, mindfulness, and thoroughness are passed down from veteran to entrant.

There are different aspects and requirements for each tier of instructor training. A diver must have the experience and ability, to not only perform their accumulated skills and knowledge, but to pass them on properly to divers in training. Should you progress to the level of instructor, and choose to further your education: Instructors may begin their Instruct Trainer (IT) education, and become serviceable staff to SCUBA Diving International (SDI) institution

Instructor Progression

Divemaster
Assistant Instructor
Instructor
Instructor Specialties
Instructor Trainer (IT) Staff Instructor
Instructor Trainer

From non-diving specialty instructors to full-fledged Instructor Trainers, each instructor certification is designed to suit an individuals specific needs and qualifications. There are even certifications associated with teaching, assisting, and supervising disabled divers.

The first step for those who desire to become instructors is to attain their Divemaster certification, which will prove that the diver has obtained the necessary skills, dive time, and training which encompasses a truly ready and able diver.

SDI Divemaster

The SDI Divemaster Course is the first professional level certification. During this course you will be challenged and learn what it is like to work with divers as they experience the underwater world for the first time and you will learn how to lead already certified divers and show them some of your favorite critters or dive sites. Your SDI Instructor will also teach you how to manage divers, work the dive deck of a boat, and conducting safe and enjoyable dives.

Other things you can expect to learn is diving Physics and Physiology, and being a professional SDI Divemaster. Your skills will be refined to demonstration quality and your knowledge increased to that of a professional. After you have completed the SDI Divemaster course you can move onto the SDI Assistant Instructor Course where you will learn more about academic presentations and have the ability to teach certain SDI specialties.

Divemaster

$450.00

  • Req: Advanced SCUBA Diver (SDI)
  • Req: Rescue Diver & CPR(Ox)
  • Obtain 8 (eight) specialty dives
  • Obtain 50 (fifty) logged dives

Assistant Instructor

After you have completed the SDI Divemaster course you can move onto the SDI Assistant Instructor Course where you will learn more about academic presentations and have the ability to teach certain SDI specialties. The SDI Assistant instructor course is designed for you to gain practical teaching experience with an active SDI Instructor or Instructor Trainer. You will help an Instructor teach an Open Water Scuba Diver course, Advanced Diver Course, and Rescue Diver Course. Your SDI Instructor will also teach you to:

  • Prepare lesson plans
  • Give academic presentations
  • General dive management techniques

Upon completion of the course you may teach and certify Skin Divers, conduct the Inactive Diver Program, and conduct the knowledge Quest review in the Open Water Diver Course. With some additional training, you could go on to teach the following SDI courses:

  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Computer Diver
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Marine Ecosystems Awareness Diver
  • Shore/Beach Diver
  • Underwater Photographer Diver
  • Underwater Video Diver
  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • CPROX Administrator
  • CPR1st Administrator

Assistant Instructor

$475.00

  • Req: Divemaster (SDI)

Instructor

The SDI Instructor Course will teach current Divemaster or Assistants Instructors the knowledge to safely function as an SDI Instructor with the abilities to teach SDI Open Water Scuba Divers, Advanced Adventures Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and Assistant Instructors. The program is divided into two sections, an Instructor Development Course (IDC) and an Instructor Evaluation Course (IEC).

The IDC teaches you how to:

  • Schedule course
  • Successfully market scuba
  • Properly teach and design academic and in water sessions
  • Effectively utilize assistants.

The IEC evaluates your IDC training.*

  • Preparing and teaching academic sessions
  • Knowledge of subject matter
  • Pool/confined water lessons
  • Open water lessons
  • Emergency management abilities

*This is typically a two day evaluation process and evaluates your abilities

Upon completion of the course you may teach and certify Skin Divers, conduct the Inactive Diver Program, and conduct the knowledge Quest review in the Open Water Diver Course. With some additional training, you could go on to teach the following SDI courses:

  • Altitude Diver
  • Boat Diver
  • Computer Diver
  • Equipment Specialist
  • Marine Ecosystems Awareness Diver
  • Shore/Beach Diver
  • Underwater Photographer Diver
  • Underwater Video Diver
  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • CPROX Administrator
  • CPR1st Administrator

Instructor

$1675.00

  • Req: Assistant Instructor (SDI)

SDI offers a number of instructor classes, which do not require an instructor to enter the water. Most of these courses directly involve equipment management and safety checks, and some are even rescue oriented in-case of emergencies.

The SDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor course is designed to teach members of the scuba diving industry such as: store owners, service technicians, etc the knowledge to function as an independent instructor for the non-diving specialties listed below:

  • Visual Inspection Procedures
  • CPROX
  • CPR1st
  • CPROX1stAED
  • SDI Snorkeling

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates may teach the appropriate SDI Non-diving specialty. Instructor candidates may be certified to teach multiple specialties at once.

Graduates of the SDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor Course may upgrade to other non-diving specialties without completing the full course again; all prerequisites, skill performance, and graduation requirements for any additional specialty must be met and it must be conducted by a qualified Instructor Trainer or IT Staff Instructor.

During the SDI Visual Inspection Procedures course you will learn to promote safety in the care and maintenance of high-pressure scuba cylinders by way of your SDI Instructor and a comprehensive Visual Inspection Procedures manual. One of the goals is to raise the consciousness of the industry to the need to meet and exceed the minimum standards established by local Regulations. Another goal is to train inspectors in the proper handling, filling, and inspection techniques including the identification of the various defective conditions that can lead to cylinder rejection or condemnation.

The CPROX course is a straight forward no nonsense approach to teaching you as the first responder to an emergency how to handle the situation. The course is Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Oxygen administration combined into one program. You will learn how to use what is at your disposal to treat and stabilize victims until medically trained professionals arrive. Subjects that are covered included

  • Scene assessment
  • CPR
  • O2 administration

This course is a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), emergency oxygen (O2) administration, first aid, and automatic external defibrillator (AED) course combined into one program. It is designed to teach individuals the proper techniques to safely administer CPR, O2, correct first aid, and utilize an AED in emergency situations.

Who this course is for:

Anyone who wishes to be trained in the basic life support techniques to provide assistance until advanced cardiac care responds. Any certified diver who would like to advance in dive training by participating in the SDI Rescue Diver or leadership level programs.

The following topics will be covered during this course and more!
  • What CPROX1st AED is
  • When do you administer oxygen
    1. Oxygen for a non-breathing victim
    2. How to administer oxygen through an oro-nasal mask while performing CPR
    3. Oxygen for breathing victim
      • Non-rebreather mask
      • Demand valve mask
      • Nitrox cylinder/regulator options
  • Define Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
    • Performing CPR
      1. Self protection
      2. Assess scene and victim – EMS and statement
      3. ABC’s
      4. Chin lift and gentle neck extension
      5. Rule of 2’s
      6. Continue CPR as long as needed
      7. Define first aid
      8. When and how must first aid be administered
      9. Define Automatic External Defibrillator (AED)*
*Note: Manufacturers manual must be followed for proper use of the AED

Skills you will complete during this course include all of the following, and more!

  1. Emergency oxygen
    • Set up and use of oxygen cylinder
    • Use of different types of masks
  2. Perform CPR on a manikin
  3. First aid: treat a simulated injury for the following:
    • Breathing absent
    • Bleeding
    • Broken bone
    • Burns
    • Bites
    • Blows

The student will be qualified at the end of this specialty to:

  • Recognize and evaluate an emergency situation and a victim
  • Know how to activate or alert the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Be able to provide 1 person adult CPR, administer the proper first aid to a non-breathing or injured person, and administer O2 to a breathing or non-breathing person
  • Proper use an automatic external defibrillator (AED)
SDI CPROX1stAED Administrator minimum requirements:

The student will be qualified at the end of this specialty to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of oxygen administration, first aid, CPR and the use of an AED
  • Recognize and evaluate an emergency situation
  • Know how to activate or alert the emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Be able to provide CPR, use an AED unit, and administer oxygen to breathing or non-breathing person
  • Be able to provide first aid for two simulated injuries
Note: The certification is valid for 2 years and must be renewed

In this course you will learn the necessary skills such as:

  • Proper weighting
  • Fining techniques
  • Surfacing procedures
  • Ear equalizations techniques

When you successfully complete the course, you will be able to safely explore the shallow areas of your favorite body of water whether it is a beautiful azure ocean or a warm fresh-water lake. To continue your adventure you can enroll in the SDI Open Water Scuba Diver.

Diving Instructor Specialization

Instructors must train and certify to instruct specialty classes, even if they already hold a standard specialty certification. Instructors must learn how to properly plan, inform, assist, and complete proper training procedures of each specialty acquired.

Boat Diver Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Assistant Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Boat Diver (SDI)

Deep Diver Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Deep Diver (SDI)

Diver Propulsion Vehicle Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Diver Propulsion Vehicle (SDI)

Drift Diver Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Drift Diver (SDI)

Dry Suit Diver

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Dry Suit Diver (SDI)

Full Face Mask Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Full Face Mask (SDI)

Ice Diver Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Ice Diver (SDI)

Night Diver Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Night Diver (SDI)

Nitrox (Enriched Air) Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Nitrox (Enriched Air) (SDI)

Solo Diver Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Solo Diver (SDI)

Underwater Metal Detector Specialist Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Underwater Metal Detector (SDI)

Underwater Navigator Instructor

$375.00

  • Req: Instructor (SDI)
  • Req: Underwater Navigator (SDI)

The ERD Instructor course is the next step in the ERDI Professional realm. The ERD Instructor Development Course prepares and teaches candidates to conduct ERD Tender, ERD I, and ERD Supervisor courses under the guidance of an ERD Instructor Trainer.

Who is this course for?

  • Any member of a public safety dive team that provides training for other team members at any level

What can you expect to learn:

  • Teaching public safety diving
  • Risk-Benefit analysis
  • Assembling and training an operational dive team
  • Anatomy of a public safety diving accident

What’s in it for you:

A comprehensive understanding of teaching public safety diving in a standardizes manner from an international recognized organization.

ERD Instructor minimum requirements:

  • Watermanship Skills including 800, 500 and 100 metre swims
  • Demonstrate: tender skills, search patterns in blacked out conditions, lift bag skills,
  • Delivery of academic, confined water and opnewater presentations to instructor level quality

ERD 1 Instructor

$900.00

  • Req: ERD 1 (ERDI)
  • Req: ERD Tender (ERDI)
  • Req: Watermanship, Skill Demonstration, & Acedemic Delivery

The ERD Instructor course is the next step in the ERDI Professional realm. The ERD Instructor Development Course prepares and teaches candidates to conduct ERD II, and ERD Supervisor courses under the guidance of an ERD Instructor Trainer.

Who is this course for?

  • Any member of a public safety dive team that provides training for other team members at any level

What can you expect to learn:

  • Teaching public safety diving
  • Risk-Benefit analysis
  • Assembling and training an operational dive team
  • Anatomy of a public safety diving accident

What’s in it for you:

A comprehensive understanding of teaching public safety diving in a standardizes manner from an international recognized organization.

ERD Instructor minimum requirements:

  • Watermanship Skills including 800, 500 and 100 metre swims
  • Demonstrate: tender skills, search patterns in blacked out conditions, lift bag skills,
  • Delivery of academic, confined water and opnewater presentations to instructor level quality

ERD 2 Instructor

$900.00

  • Req: ERD 2 (ERDI)
  • Req: ERD 1 Instructor (ERDI)
  • Req: Watermanship, Skill Demonstration, & Acedemic Delivery

Instructor Trainer (IT) Staff Instructor

The IT Staff Instructor course is the first module of SDI’s Instructor Trainer (IT) development program. This program trains candidates to conduct the SDI Instructor Development Course (IDC) independently. In addition, IT Staff Instructors are qualified to conduct the SDI Non-Diving Specialty Instructor course and specialty ratings for SDI Instructors and Assistant Instructors. It also prepares candidates for the second module of the SDI Training program, the instructor trainer workshop (ITW).

Support materials for the IT Staff Instructor include:

  • Instructor Trainer manual
  • IT evaluation slates
  • SDI Instructor manual

SDI Instructor

The Instructor Trainer Workshop is an intensive seven day program that brings you to the highest level of training reached within International Training. You will interact with headquarters staff as well as other industry professional and hear sales and marketing ideas from around the globe. During the course you will get in-depth knowledge of:

  • How and why standards are developed
  • Interaction with SDI Headquarters
  • Evaluation techniques
  • Risk management
  • The legal side of diving
  • Marketing
  • Budgeting of Instructor level courses
  • Evaluating in water performance of Instructor candidates

You will also do a minimum of one session of confined water presentations and evaluations, one session of open water presentations and evaluations. Support materials for the Instructor Trainer include

  • Instructor Trainer manual
  • IT evaluation slates
  • SDI Instructor manual
  • TDI Instructor manual