Why would you become a dive instructor? Well how about having palm trees, white sands and azure waters as your office. Imagine meeting new friends from all corners of the globe and all walks of life as part of your daily routine. Imagine the joy of traveling the world, experiencing wildlife in its natural environment and getting paid for it.
The global dive industry is a multi-million dollar industry; more and more people are taking to the oceans every day and enjoying the wonders of what lies beneath the waves. Koh Tao is renowned as one of the best destinations in the world for dive instructor training; it boasts some of the most experienced instructor trainers from the world’s most famous scuba diving agencies and is the perfect base in South East Asia to begin your professional scuba diving career.
Every month dozens of new instructors pass their final exams and head out in to the world to introduce the joys of the underwater realm to a multitude of holiday makers, wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Become one of them and we assure you, you will not regret it!
Instructor training courses are routinely run on a weekly basis furthermore they can be tailored to your own needs.
During the course you will build on the knowledge that you have learned on previous courses, however the main focus is to develop your teaching skills and prepare you for the responsibility of teaching others how to dive. You will learn the particulars of the dive industry business and gain valuable knowledge on how to make a successful living working in the industry.
kohtao.asia can arrange all inclusive packages with accommodation, transport and anything else you require. If you would like to book a course or just find out more about the instructor training facilities available on the island just contact us!
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PADI or the Professional Association of Dive Instructor is the most well-known scuba diving training agency on the planet, to such an extent that people often ask to do the “PADI” course when referring to any scuba diving course. Founded in 1966 they have more than forty years’ experience serving scuba divers and have over six thousand dive shops locate around the globe.
PADI run all types of courses, from kid’s courses conducted in a swimming pool to beginner, advanced, rescue and master right through to scuba instructor level and beyond. PADI has a few instructor development centres about the Island and some dive centres are recognised PADI 5 star resorts and offer only PADI courses while others offer certification through various other agencies.
As a member of the WRSTC (World Recreational Scuba Training Council), PADI recognises certifications from other training agencies such as SSI, BSAC, CMAS and NAUI amongst others. The above agencies are represented on Koh Tao but not all agencies are so it is a good idea to check before arriving if you hold a certification from another. Certification equivalent tables are displayed on some agencies websites if you are in doubt.
All PADI materials come in a range of languages. Though paper manuals are still common most centres are going down the digital route and offering online manuals for keeping and a “library” copy of the paper manual while doing the course. PADI also offers e-learning, this allows you to complete the academic sessions of the course including exams online before coming and doing the practical “water work” when you get here. For more information about online training please contact kohtao.asia.
PADI is a patron of the “Project Aware Foundation” environmental organisation and puts a lot of time and effort into creating awareness about the harm being done to the oceans through climate change, over fishing and shark finning. They also support marine conservation projects such as reef and beach clean ups. PADI are also long term associates of the National Geographic Society and offer marine conservation courses in conjunction with both them and the Project Aware Foundation.
The PADI website offers information on all available PADI courses. It has a shop locator, an online scuba community forum, dive holiday package deals and equipment sales. If you go as far as professional level you then get further access to the site offering the ability to conduct diver certification checks and access to training materials and updates. Wherever you decide to dive in the world there is always sure to be a PADI dive centre or PADI professional close by.
SSI - Scuba Schools International holds the title for the fastest growing scuba diving training agency in the world. They have gone from strength to strength on Koh Tao over the past few years with a majority of shops now running SSI courses alongside PADI courses from beginner right through to instructor level and beyond. Furthermore many well respected dive shops on Koh Tao now offer only SSI courses.