It’s a brand new year scuba divers! Although this past year may have been your best one yet, it’s now time to look to the future and figure out your next move. Each new year is a time to start fresh. It’s a time to challenge yourself and try out new, fun experiences. So instead of just repeating the same adventures, why not dedicate this year to becoming a PADI Professional? Starting your journey toward becoming a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor is the perfect way to fill this upcoming year with fun, new experiences.

Why you should become a PADI Professional

Not everybody gets to do what they love for a living. As a scuba diver, however, you have the opportunity to make one of your favorite activities a part of your professional life. Plus, you can work all over the world. With more than 5,300 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts worldwide, you will not have any trouble finding the perfect place for you.

Becoming a PADI Professional isn’t just a great opportunity to hone your diving abilities to the professional level. It’s also a chance to have even more fun and experience new adventures. Whether you choose to become a PADI Divemaster or a PADI Instructor, you will have a great time meeting new friends and motivating other students to improve.

How to become a PADI Professional

Scuba divers who are 18 and want to become a PADI Professional must start by becoming a PADI Divemaster. Before you can enter the course, you will need to be certified as an Open Water Diver, an Advanced Open Water Diver and as a Rescue Diver.

Once you have become a certified PADI Divemaster, you can then enroll to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. With this instructor rating you will be able to conduct the entire range of PADI programs that range from Discover Scuba Diving to Divemaster. In order to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will need to complete the following courses:

  • Divemaster Course
  • Instructor Development Course (IDC), including:
    – Assistant Instructor Program
    – Open Water Scuba Instructor Program

You can also continue your Instructor level education up to the prestigious Course Director rating.

Are you ready to become a PADI Professional? Visit and contact your local PADI Dive shop to get started.

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