Become a PADI Pro in Thailand: Become a PADI Instructor in Thailand
You love scuba diving, and you love Thailand. Why not become a PADI pro in Thailand. It’s not as hard as you might think, and the dive industry in Thailand is always looking for good reliable dive staff in Thailand. To become a PADI Instructor in Thailand you’ll need to take several PADI courses leading up to the course that will certify you as a PADI Instructor, the PADI Instructor Development Course, otherwise known as the PADI IDC.
The first course you’ll take on the way to becoming a PADI Pro, is the PADI Open Water Course. This course takes three days, and gives you the foundational knowledge you need to scuba dive safely and without supervision. The PADI Open Water Course certifies divers down to a maximum depth of 18 metres. To enjoy and experience deeper dive sites, the next course up from the Open Water Course, the PADI Advanced Course, will certify divers down to a maximum depth of 30 metres.
Most recreational divers stop their dive training there, especially if they only intend to dive a few times a year whilst on vacation. Many divers though, want to broaden their dive knowledge and improve their underwater skills and continue their dive education. To enroll in the PADI Rescue Diver Course, divers must be certified first aiders. PADI offer a course called EFR, or Emergency First Response, and it takes just half a day. Not only is this a good course that can help with dive accidents and emergencies, but also, it’s useful in everyday life. You learn how to treat many injuries and how to save lives. This leads into the PADI Rescue Diver Course where divers are taught how to react in certain situations, and often how to prevent problems from happening before they ever do. It’s a fun course, and it’s a good choice to take your PADI Rescue Diver Course in Thailand where the sea is as warm as a bathtub.
Many divers choose to take their PADI Dive Master Course in Thailand because it’s nice and relaxed and the sea conditions are lovely and warm. Thailand is also a good place to find cheap accommodation if you’re going to be staying more than a few weeks.
The PADI Dive Master Course in Thailand usually takes between four to six weeks, but can be completed faster than that if students have limited time. It’s a mixture of scuba diving theory and practical application. Dive Master trainees will be taught how to guide certified divers, and assist PADI Instructors teaching a variety of courses. By the time the course is completed Dive Masters will have completed a minimum of sixty dives and be proficient scuba divers. Even if you never intend to work as a
Dive Master it’s still a great course to take because it makes you feel so confident and experienced in the water. PADI Dive Masters in Thailand are certified as dive guides and can also teach Dive Master conducted programs and assist PADI Instructors.
So you’re well on you way to becoming a PADI Pro in Thailand and have completed your PADI Dive Master course. The next step is to become a PADI Instructor in Thailand. To start the course you must already be a certified Dive Master, and have 100 logged dives. If you’ve completed your PADI Dive Master course you’ve already done most of the hard work and should know all the theory inside out. The IDC in Thailand will be run by a PADI Course Director, who’ll teach you everything you need to know about how to teach all the various
PADI courses in Thailand, and adhere to PADI guidelines, and standards. The PADI IDC course take nine days, and at the end of the course you’ll be ready to take the PADI Instructor Examination, also known as the PADI I.E. Upon successful completion of the I.E. you’ll be certified as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and will be able to find work as a PADI pro in Thailand.
Don’t think that because you’ve just passed the PADI IE you’ve reached the pinnacle of the professional dive community, there are several more steps you can take to keep you busy, including PADI Master Scuba Dive Trainer, or PADI MSDT, which enables you to teach specialty courses to students, then there is the PADI Staff Instructor course which rates you to assist PADI Course Directors teaching IDC’s, then the PADI Master Instructor rating, and finally the PADI Course Director rating.
Many PADI Course Directors at some point decide to move into the upper echelons of the PADI Corporation and their career possibilities are limitless.
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