What is PADI
PADI SCUBA Instructor Career and what’s involed.
PADI is short for Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Taken right out of their website: Under History of PADI,
The world’s largest scuba diving training organization.
PADI was dreamed up in 1966 by two friends in Illinois over a bottle of Johnnie Walker. That is true.
“John Cronin, a scuba equipment salesman for U.S. Divers, and Ralph Erickson, an educator and swimming instructor, were concerned about the scuba diving industry. They felt that the scuba certification agencies that existed at the time were unprofessional, didn’t use state-of-the-art instruction, and made it unnecessarily difficult for people to enter the sport. John and Ralph knew there had to be a safer, easier way for people to learn to breathe underwater.”
What does to mean to be a PADI OWSI?
Being a PADI Open Water SCUBA instructor is not only about the action of taking someone into a swimming pool and showing them skills.
It’s about being part of a life changing event in another person’s life.
Your teaching them SCUBA is exciting and rewarding.
You must prove to your customers that you know what you are doing, and that by learning from you they will remain safe during the training.
Additionally you must assure them that after their training they will be confidant certified certified divers.
What does it Pay?
Okay this is one question I get asked a lot. Everyone seems to think you must make tons of money to do a job where you are teaching people the second most extreme sport in the world.
Hate to break it to you if you were about to give up a job where you make over $35,000.00 a year before taxes, but you won’t make that doing this.
The average income I made each year for the last ten years was just under $30,000.00 and that was only years where I was inside all the time as Dive Shop Manager, not out in the sun & water each day.
Nearly all shops are contract work, so you need take out your own taxes from this pay.
Lot’s of money from customer tips? Sometimes you might get $15 to $30 per each half day, but then other days depending on the country the guests are from, you might get $5.00 all day if you are lucky.
What are average work weeks?
Keep in mind next time a holiday is coming up and you are planning to go on a dive vacation over this Holiday, the dive crew is working their Holidays at most shops.
It is very much like working a restaurant, you work when everyone wants to go.
Most scuba instructors work 6 or 7 days a week, 7am till 6pm to be able to afford the rent to live in the paradise locations where they work.
You will always work weekends.
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