The first steps of your professional dive training start here! Climb aboard your new floating home in Anse Marcel, get to know your new crew and training mates as you prepare for the journey ahead. Strap on your fins and fine tune your skills with some confined water circuit exercises, knowledge development and begin the basics of leadership training. Dive into what it takes to be a PADI Divemaster through knowledge development sessions and start planning for your future in the world of scuba.
All settled in and ready for more, it’s off to St. Bart’s for the next level of training and some fun. Dive deeper into your skill development, including basic compressor training, navigation practice, underwater mapping, diver safety and risk management. It’s not all work and no play though! Take a well-deserved break for some town time in this tropical French hotspot to shop, grab a cheeseburger in paradise and get some quality time at body surfing beach.
The unspoiled waters of Saba are where you’ll really learn what being a Divemaster is all about. Learn how to take charge of dive activities and lead dives by digging into the logistics of conducting briefings, mapping open water sites, dive site set up and management, search & recovery. It’s everything you need to know to lead successful dives of your own. Depending on where the group is with their training, there may be the opportunity to join another Broadreach crew beginning their dive training to help facilitate their skill development and practice leading dives with the group.
After exploring the island of Saba and a lot more diving, it’s time to take everything you’ve learned and put it to the test as we sail our way back to St. Martin. No need to worry about the final exams, after all the practicing and hands-on preparations, you’re ready! Celebrate everything you’ve learned and accomplished by relaxing on the pristine beaches of Tintamarre and having some fun with your crew of brand new certified PADI Divemasters. Those of you that are departing the program after earning Divemaster can head home knowing that you have achieved something to be proud of, and something that will open so many opportunities for your future dive career. For those staying to further their dive education by earning their Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification, enjoy a well-deserved day off relaxing by the beach and prepping for the next steps in your journey!
Settle into your home for the next few weeks and prepare for the exciting journey of earning your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification. Orient yourself and dive into the work – learning about the PADI method of teaching and working towards an instructor level of knowledge while performing knowledge reviews of your skills learned while earning your Divemaster. After class, there’s always time to head down to the beach to enjoy some time in the surf and have some fun after a full day of activities.
Learn how to share your love of the aquatic world with others by practicing different teaching techniques and receiving feedback all along the way from our IDC Course Director. After rounds of teaching different topics, both above and below the surface, earn your Assistant Instructor (AI) certification, the first IDC milestone! Don’t celebrate for too long though because it’s time to venture out into open water for more advanced teacher training and to prepare for the next steps ahead.
It’s time to check the next certification on the IDC path off your list, Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI). Refresh your EFR knowledge with primary and secondary care training scenarios and learn how to teach CPR. Continue with classroom and in-water presentations showcasing your newfound teaching abilities and hone your demonstration skills. It’s an intense few days, but you’ll be surprised at how fun, engaging and satisfying it is to be so close to your goal.
Everything you’ve been learning, doing and practicing is for this moment– your Instructor Exam (IE). After some last minute study sessions with your fellow candidates, it’s time to take the test and showcase everything you’ve learned. Post-exam, celebrate with your new fellow PADI scuba instructors and reflect at the sheer magnitude of everything you’ve accomplished in just a few short weeks. Return home from the Caribbean with a clear path to follow your passion diving, ready to nurture future generations of aspiring divers.