How do you become a scuba diving instructor?

A diving instructor is a person that helps teach and train new underwater divers. They are required to have at minimum the same level diving certifications of their trainees and could see some additional requirements as well. To become a scuba diving instructor, you have a few things you’ll want to prepare for, so let’s look at some common hurdles before you “dive in.” 
 
How long does it take? 
 
Timing on how long it takes to become a scuba diver instructor can vary from person to person, but they need to have at least 6 months of certification in open water diving along with other certifications through PADI, or the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.  
 
What are some of the requirements? 
 
To become a recreational diving instructor, you’ll need to take the Instructor Development Course through PADI and register as a certified diver for 6 months. After this, you’ll need to register as a PADI divemaster with at least 60 logged dives. You will need to get a medical statement from your doctor saying that you do not have any disqualifying medical conditions, and you’ll need to have participated in the PADI Emergency First Response training.  
 
Costs and Benefits? 
 
The cheapest places to become a diving instructor are Malaysia, Honduras, and Vietnam. In the US, the total PADI course and exam fees will cost $3,000 to $4,000. Diving instructors will make varying salaries based on location and the season. In the US, a diving instructor will average anywhere from $35,000 to $40,000 per year. It may not be a whole lot, but you get to earn doing what you love as well as break the mold from the traditional 9 to 5 burnout.  
 
Being a diving instructor will also improve your public speaking skills due to the need to instruct. You will learn how to teach effectively and break down complicated subjects into something your students can understand. You will also drastically improve your underwater skills, as well as your situational awareness as you go along with the PADI training.  
 
Learning how to become a diving instructor can be a great way to make some money doing what you love and learn some great skills along the way. 

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