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Instructor Questions...

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by sbrooks, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. sbrooks

    sbrooks Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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    I did a brief search on the Board and failed to find any answers. So I'll post my questions here...

    I'm looking at getting my instructor's certification and using it to work overseas while traveling.

    1. What do you think the "best overall" agency is to take your IDC & IEC through?

    2. If I become an SDI instructor, can I teach at a PADI resort/facility? Is there interchangeability through agencies such as this?

    - PADI seems to have the most resort operations, would it be best (in terms of finding employment) to become a PADI instructor?
     
  2. SteveAD

    SteveAD Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: danvers,ma
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    as far as numbers go it's all padi
     
  3. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Georgia
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    go PADI if worldwide employment opportunity is your goal.

    Then if you personally believe in another agencies philosophy more teach it whenever you can and be an Evangelist if you so desire.

    NAUI Tech and Rec Course Director
    PADI MSDT
    SDI/TDI Inst
    ACUC Instr.
     
  4. trtldvr

    trtldvr Instructor, Scuba

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    First of all I am a NAUI IT,so obviously that is where my loyalty is. Having said that, you will find employment easier if go you with PADI. Regardless of which agency you become an instructor for, as long as you ask yourself if you would want this person as a buddy before you sign their c-card you will do just fine.

    I may prefer one agancy over another but it still comes down to the instructor. I know good instructors and poor instructors and agancy affiliation does not seem to be a factor.
     
  5. CrawfishDiver

    CrawfishDiver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Shreveport , Louisiana
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    big Fan of SSI but PADI is the way for overseas jobs
     
  6. sbrooks

    sbrooks Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
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    Do instructor certs. carry over to other agencies?
    i.e. Can I become an SDI instructor and work at a PADI facility?
     
  7. soudan

    soudan Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Currently (Tasmania Australia), Previously (Alexan
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    I am very sure you cant do that, but there might be a way to cross over, but you cant teach for a different agency then the one your with.

    good luck.
     
  8. rakkis

    rakkis ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California
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    You can certainly teach there as long as the place isn't a PADI 5start/IDC/CDC (PADI exclusivity) and if it is an SDI shop as well (SDI requires SDI instructors to be associated with an SDI shop); but you can only certify people as SDI.

    As others have mentioned, being a PADI instructor in conjuction with another agency of your choice is your best choice as far as philosophy/marketability for most areas.
     
  9. SharkDiver36

    SharkDiver36 Instructor, Scuba

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    NAUI and other agencies give you more freedom to teach more courses as an Instructor compared to PADI.

    Get your NAUI / SDI , then crossover to PADI. PADI is the way to go for pure numbers/job's go, but if you want some freedom to teach, tailor your courses some and go above the minimum standards, PADI isn't the way to go first.


    And for the NAUI IT......AGHH!!! trtldvr... :) My Instructor course is starting next week. I'll let you know how my first set of lectures go in a couple weeks. Fun, Fun, Fun. The only thing in my favor is I've been more or less teaching for the past 5 years helping with lectures, pool and OW dives, not too worried.
     
  10. rakkis

    rakkis ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California
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    How does that work? Please explain.

    PADI doesn not restrict going above standards. This is widely spread misinformation.

    Good luck! Have fun!
     

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