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OW to Instructor in 23 days

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by AlexKilpatrick, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. AlexKilpatrick

    AlexKilpatrick Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Austin, TX
    I would have posted this in "Going Pro" but I am not enrolled in any professional courses, so I can't.

    I was wondering what people thought of course like this:


    23 days and $4200 to take you all the way from OW to Instructor.

    I suspect no one here will think this is a good idea because you would end up being an instructor with about 30 dives. However, it seems like a good way to get in a ton of instruction in a short time. You could round it out with some more practical dives before actually starting instruction.

    I'm interested in hearing opinions on this. For the dive shop owners, would you hire someone who was qualified thought a course like this, without a lot of dives under their belt?
  2. ScubaFeenD

    ScubaFeenD Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Baltimore, MD
    Even with as few dives as I have, I have been able to learn that much of what you learn in diving is from experiential dives in different conditions. It seems tempting, but I wouldnt want to take any classes from you after following this path. Just cause you can buy the instructor card doesnt mean you are qualified, and instead of worrying about if you can get hired, you should worry about the education you can provide your students.

    just my 2 cents as a student myself.
  3. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    Without getting into the specifics of the program, I will only note that you cannot become a PADI (or any other agency that I'm aware of) instructor in 23 days and with only 30 dives.

    I believe PADI requires a minimum of 100 dives to certify at the instructor level ... which is still abysmally low, to my concern, but that same minimum requirement is shared by a number of different agencies ...

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
  4. orm

    orm Instructor, Scuba

    Bob's right... but if you look at the required 100 dives then that works out to 4 dives a day.

    This is damn near impossible, for 23 days + theory.

    I've had a look at the website, but don't see the OW -> Instructor... I see the AOW... don't know how many days that is.

    As for employement... depends where you will apply. If it's abroad in a holiday destination, the only important thing is languages. If you're **** at teaching and are upsetting the clients, you won't last long... but it doesn't really matter what route you did your training through. Sad, but true.

    Will you be a good instructor? Probably not as you won't have any real-world experiences to draw from in 23 days.

    By all means skip through the foundation courses... OW, AOW, Rescue etc... but pause at DM and take it all in... it'll be the most important course you do. Then go do the IDC.
  5. Scott

    Scott ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
    You won't be an instructor you'll be an AI, you still haven't passed the IE at this point.
    You’ll need 100 logged dives to take the Instructor Exams
  6. String

    String Master Instructor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Grand Cayman
    Unless you have a course director to vouch for you then you can do it early.

    You need 100 to put put into teachig status AFTER he IE though.

    There is also the "6 months" rule to stop nothing to instructor.

    And yes i also think both these limits are ridiculously low.
  7. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
    I don't.
  8. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
    I've seen these instructors and the PADI equivalent. They are terrible divers and even worse instructors. Go to the Keys, you can't throw a stone without hitting a few of these people working for less than minimum wage.
  9. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Ask yourself this question- would you allow someone you really cared for to be trained in Scuba diving by an instructor who had only been diving for 23 days?
  10. OldNSalty

    OldNSalty Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Just this side of paradise.
    Or you could just spend the $4300 on diving :wink:

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