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1) Will I have to go to college for this? Where will I go?
There are no college courses needed to become a scuba diver. However, there are many colleges that offer scuba diving as a class. The College of Oceaneering in California is one institution for diver training. In order to scuba dive, you must get certified with an organization that certifies. There is PADI, NAUI, NASDS, SSI, BSAC, PDIC, IDEA, YMCA, AND TDI. Although they are different organizations, they all meet the basic requirements for training.
2) How much will it cost me, and how will I pay for it?
Cost will vary depending on where you go to take the course. The cost may include course fees and equipment. This can range from $145-$400. You have the opportunity to rent equipment for cheaper rates and also discounts may be offered.
3) What courses will I have to take?
There are five main levels. First you have the Open Water Diver Course. Then you move into the Advanced Open Water Course, Rescue Diver Program, Divemaster Course, and finally Instructor Development Course. (Optional Specialty Diver Program following the Advanced Course.)
4) Do I need any special training? Any special equipment?
Training for the Open Water Diver Course: 5 Knowledge Development sessions, 5 Skills Development sessions in a pool or pool-like conditions, and 4 scuba dives in open water. This earns full certification as a Scuba Diver, allowing you to buy/rent Scuba equipment and dive without direct instructor supervision. The equipment needed is mask, fins, snorkel, and boots, weight and weight belt. Other Related Materials and Products are the books for the course, an Open Water Crew-Pak, Open Water Diver Video, Open Water Diver Manual, RDP Table, RDP Wheel, Open Water Diver CD-ROM.
Training for Advanced Open Water Course: 5 specialty dives- Night Diving, Deep Diving, Underwater Navigation, and two other diving specialties of your choice. Equipment required: compass, dive light, Advanced Open Water Crew-Pak, Wetsuit, and regulator or tank.
The Specialty Diver Program offers activities of your interest to go more in depth. Training may be Underwater Photography, Night Diving, Wreck Diving, Deep Diving, or Multi-Level Diving. You will do two to four specialty dives. For this, you will need a Night-Pak, Deep-Pak, and Nav-Pak.
Rescue Diver Program provides the Preventing/Managing Diving Emergencies Skills. There are 12 Open Water Training Exercises. It emphasizes flexibility and adapting the diver to personal and environmental conditions. It is a demanding and serious, but fun and rewarding course. Equipment will be a Rescue Diver Crew-Pak/Video.
Divemaster Course is your first step towards a diving career. Divemaster training develops your diving leadership abilities by expanding your knowledge to a professional level, and by training you to supervise diving activities and assist with divers in training.
The final course is the Instructor Development Course. This training provides both a career in diving and the respect only afforded those divers who carry the Open Water Scuba Instructor credential. You learn to teach other divers. You practice in classroom, pool, and open water settings. After completion, it qualifies you to take the Instructor Examination (IE). The materials are the Instructor Manual with Modular Lesson Guides.
5) How much money do I expect to make? Can I survive on this? Could I support a family
The amount of money to be mad varies greatly depending on your location and the
amount of time you are willing to put into it. A very high paid instructor would make
around $36,000.00. One point to consider when looking at salaries is the cost of
living in some areas of the world. Living in Hawaii, for example, is tough. You may live in an apartment with others to pay housing expenses. Food can be a major expense let alone travel to visit family members.
6) Where could I get a job in my field? What are the opportunities?
If you become a divemaster or instructor, you can get jobs at dive shops, cruise ships and numerous resorts throughout the world. Most employers are looking for instructors' skills such as retail sales experience, retail store management, equipment repair, or book keeping experience. Owners of facilities in resort areas will very likely look harder at an employee with the ability to repair boat motors, compressors, as well as the skills mentioned above. Plus being
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