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Be a Scuba Diver: Take the perfect plunge in your career! Find Out!

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Scuba Diver

One of the most common questions we get asked from people is about the scope of career options in diving, especially in India. Makes sense ? would you rather be stuck in an office in an unsatisfying job that leaches away your soul, while you dream of the 2-3 weeks of vacation you get each year when you can finally go diving? Or would you rather dive daily and then spend your ample free time doing other exciting things? Yeah, thought so, too. But let?s face it ? for most of us, the dream job also has to meet a bunch of practical requirements as well

What is scuba diving and who are scuba divers?

Scuba diving is a mode of underwater diving where the diver uses a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba), which is completely independent of surface supply, to breathe underwater. Scuba divers carry their own source of breathing gas, usually compressed air, allowing them greater independence and freedom of movement than surface-supplied divers, and longer underwater endurance than breath-hold divers.

How to train as scuba divers?

To enroll in a PADI Scuba Diver course (or Junior Scuba Diver course), you must be 10 years old or older. You need adequate swimming skills and need to be in good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required, but you can try it first through the Discover Scuba Diving program.

You should get scuba certified and yes you need a license to scuba dive and you should not attempt to do so without. It is just like driving a car. The PADI open water diver course is the first diving certification course you can enroll to become a fully certified diver.

Divemaster:

The Divemaster is the first professional level in the recreational dive industry. As a Divemaster, you lead certified divers in their diving activities by providing logistics and support, on-site guiding and being an added layer of safety. You can also assist Instructors in teaching their course. Most industry insiders agree ? Divemasters tend to have the most fun, as they get to go diving at a location?s best sites along with the customers.

Assistant Instructor:

This is the next level up from Divemaster ? as an Assistant Instructor, you can independently teach some sections of various courses. In addition, of course, you can do all the tasks that a Divemaster can. Usually, most people rush from DM to Instructor ? but we feel that spending time as an Assistant Instructor is a great way to develop your teaching skills. That way, when you become an Instructor, you are really ready to hit the ground running (or hit the water swimming, as it were).

Instructor:

This is the highest level of dive professional (well, there are categories of instructors as well, but we can ignore that for now). As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (or comparable rating), you have the highest responsibility of all: you can teach people to dive and issue them certification cards to that effect. In other words, you can now introduce others to this sport that we all love. You can also teach additional advanced-level courses, all the way up to Divemaster, actually. The responsibility on you is higher ? and commensurately, the pay also tends to be higher

Non-Diving Positions:

Yes, surprisingly, there are non-diving positions to be had in the scuba industry. Like any business, there are a lot of other ancillary functions which are essential to the smooth functioning of the industry and in many of these positions, it helps to be a diver even though you are not actually going to be diving. Some of these tasks include: scuba equipment sales, equipment technician, business development/sales, customer relations and marketing, dive travel, dive resort management and more. And for those of you interested in working in the industry but without moving to a remote destination ? many of these jobs can actually be done while working from your current location.

Scuba diving is a popular sport which is enjoyed by a lot of people of all ages from all over the world! We all share the same passion for the fascinating underwater world with its beautiful reefs, interesting marine life and mystic wrecks. However, it shouldn?t be forgotten that scuba diving is a sport with its own special risks and dangers!

And with this industry growth comes the opportunity to carve out a larger role for yourself, as well ? making this not just a job but also a potential career. So don?t just sit in your office cubicle dreaming about a fun, active lifestyle ? go ahead and take the plunge!


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