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Caribbean PADI Scuba Instructor

You’re a PADI Divemaster, you’ve logged 100 dives and you’re ready for the next step! This two-week PADI instructor course will equip you with the skills to pass the PADI Instructor Examination and become a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). As an OWSI, you will be rated to teach PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water, Rescue, Divemaster, Skin Diver, Discover Snorkeling and more.

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Days of hands-on instructor training

  • Live in Simpson’s Bay on St. Martin and work in partnership with a local dive shop, along with a small group of fellow dive enthusiasts, to hone your teaching methods under experienced PADI instructors.
  • Practice different instructor techniques, both above and below the surface, through teaching demonstrations and receive helpful feedback from our IDC Course Director throughout your training.
  • Refresh your EFR knowledge and prepare to become an Emergency First Response Instructor (EFRI) through intensive primary and secondary care training scenarios and by learning to teach CPR.
  • Nurture future generations of aspiring divers at challenging and beautiful dive sites in the Caribbean.
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July 18 - August 2, 2022$5,280AvailableEnroll Now
“The skill and enthusiasm the staff had truly made this experience unforgettable. They were very knowledgeable and helpful. The extra time and dedication they put into our training made all the difference. Wouldn’t have done it anywhere else, and wouldn’t have been the instructor I am today if it wasn’t for them.” Victoria, college alumna

This PADI instructor course offers:

5

College Credits

2

Scuba Certifications

Five physical education credits through the American Council on Education (ACE).

Course description: This PADI preparatory course is required to be eligible to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. This course helps students understand how to teach PADI courses academically and practically.

Course objectives:

  • Be able to effectively present knowledge gained.
  • Clearly demonstrate and teach confined open water skills of the Open Water Diver course.
  • Be able to conduct training dives and clearly demonstrate skills for Adventures in Diving.
  • Pass all written exams with 75% or higher in preparation for instructor examination at the end of the program.

Two PADI scuba certifications available:

  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI)
  • Emergency First Responder Instructor (EFRI)

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years old to participate.
  • PADI Divemaster certification.
  • Minimum of 100 logged dives prior to the start of the program.
  • Current EFR certification (preferably with Care for Children).

Itinerary

Day 1-4

Prepare for your future

Ready to turn your passion for scuba diving into your career? You’ve come to the right place! Arrive in St. Martin and head to Simpson Bay, your home for the next couple of weeks. Orient yourself and dive straight into the work – learning about the PADI method of teaching and reviewing skills honed while earning your Divemaster. After class, there’s always time to head down to the beach or explore the vibrant waterfront with your classmates after a full day of activities.


 

Day 5-7

Practice makes perfect

Learn and practice different teaching techniques and receive feedback all along the way from your IDC Course Director. The support of your teammates and instructor is important, but also makes the learning fun! After rounds of teaching different topics, both above and below the surface, earn your Assistant Instructor (AI) certification, the first IDC milestone. Then, it’s time to venture out into open water for more advanced teacher training and to prepare for the next stage


 

Day 8-13

Emergency responders

Refresh your EFR knowledge with primary and secondary care training scenarios and learn how to teach CPR to Rescue students. Along the way, continue with classroom and in-water presentations showcasing your newfound teaching abilities, and perfect 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.


 

Day 14-16

This is it

Everything you’ve been learning, doing and practicing is building to this – the Instructor Exam (IE). After some last-minute study sessions with your fellow candidates, it’s time to take the test and demonstrate 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 couple of weeks.