If you're fascinated with life under water, enjoy meeting new people, and have the qualities to engage others and teach them new skills, consider becoming a dive professional. Here's your chance to open the door to exploration and adventure for people of all ages while you do something you love every day. We can help you make it happen.
Sail Caribbean's dive education program includes certification as a PADI Divemaster and/or an Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI). While in training for Divemaster certification with Sail Caribbean, you will be living aboard and sailing a monohull yacht with the oldest group of students enrolled in the concurrently running Charlie program. You will be able to participate in many of the regular Charlie program activities, but to a limited degree according to the demands of your course.
Newly certified Divemasters have the opportunity to join the Sail Caribbean Divers team in an internship position and build on their development as a dive professional. After the last Charlie program ends in August, Divemasters can join the Open Water Scuba Instructor certification course given at the Hodges Creek facility of Sail Caribbean Divers. Housing will be land-based.
In the PADI system of diver education, Divemaster is the first professional certification. Be prepared to work hard, be challenged and have fun all at the same time. After earning your Divemaster certification, you will be able to assist and guide certified divers. Once you've got your professional rating the pay off begins. These are certifications that open up a worldwide network of career oppotunities with tons of travel possibilities to exotic locations.
Become a PADI Divemaster
Making a commitment to become a Divemaster means that you will be taking your diving skills to a high level. Prerequisites for the Divemaster course are 40 logged dives, Rescue Diver certification, plus current CPR and First Aid certifications. During the course, your physical stamina and watermanship skills will be assessed. You will gain knowledge of dive theory at the instructor level. Learning to assist an instructor during training exercises will be a significant accomplishment during this course. You will apply your skills and knowledge practically as well as through a variety of scenarios.
Once certified as a PADI Divemaster you are qualified to:
Supervise students enrolled in PADI experience programs
Generally supervise both training and non-training related diving activities
Teach and certify Skin Divers
Conduct PADI Scuba Review for divers who are certified
Conduct Discover Scuba (if you have completed the DSD internship component)
Enroll in the PADI Assistant Instructor or the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC)
Instructor Development Course; Charlie PRO
There are two phases to the IDC: Assistant Instructor and Open Water Scuba Instructor.
Prerequisites for Assistant Instructor is the PADI Divemaster or leadership level certification with another recreational scuba training organization, and you must have been a certified diver for at least 6 months with 60 logged dives and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving. The minimum age to qualify is 18.
Prerequisites for OWSI are a PADI Assistant Instructor or leadership level certification with another recreational scuba training organization, and you must have been a certified diver for at least 6 months, completed 100 logged dives and have documentation of experience in deep, night and navigation diving. The minimum age to qualify is 18.
The first four days of the Instructor Development Course focus on qualifying as an Assistant Instructor (AI) by learning the PADI System of Diver Education. With this achievement comes the ability to give presentations in classrooms and pools. You can also evaluate the surface skills of PADI Open Water course students so long as you are directly supervised by a PADI Instructor. As an AI, you can also teach some PADI specialty courses, and conduct Discover Scuba Diving experiences and Seal Team Aqua missions. As an AI, you've got the tools necessary to complete the IDC and earn certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI).
During the second phase of the IDC, you'll work toward your full PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) certification. You'll learn how to manage and adapt the PADI System of diver education to suit individual student needs. This comprehensive training is supported by a wide variety of educational materials available through PADI.
The PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating means you are qualified to conduct the entire range of PADI programs from Discover Scuba through Divemaster. For more specifics about the OWSI course please visit our scuba training chart.