Career Development Scuba Instructor Certificate

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Next Course starts September 11, 2023

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What Is The Career Development Development Scuba Instructor Certificate?

We make the dream of having a Career in Diving come True!

Ocean Quest's Career Development Scuba Instructor certificate is a 7 month, full-time program specifically designed for those who are seeking a career in the diving industry. The CDSI program was put together to offer the most comprehensive PADI instructor training program available taking students through several PADI training programs and finishing with the PADI Instructor Development Course along with PADI Specialty Instructor ratings. It has evolved from over 25 years of experience training divers and PADI Instructors.

Aside from the basic training needed to become a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Scuba Instructor, our CDSI program heightens your training with several programs that increase your exposure to various areas within the business of diving and provide you with additional instructor level training to make you one of the most qualified and skilled entry level instructors in the industry. In total, you will earn as many as 21 PADI diver level certifications, including two programs exclusive to Ocean Quest – Foundations of Diving and the PADI Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialties.

We Accept Divers of Any Experience

You can join the CDSI program as a non-certified diver all the way to PADI Divemaster. The program will start with the PADI Open Water (learn to dive) certification. For certified divers we start with a review and begin to work on your professional level skills right from the first week of the program.

Upon completion of the program, you will complete your PADI Instructor Development Course and earn your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification. You will also be qualified as an Emergency First Response Instructor and hold 8 PADI Specialty Instructor certifications. During the 7 month program, you will log at least 100 dives (you will have access to unlimited diving so the more the better!), earn a multitude of PADI certifications, participate in several workshops and gain practical experience with one of Canada’s busiest and most reputable dive centres!

What Credentials Will I Recieve?

During your training, you will earn many credentials to broaden your experience, expand your skills and assist you in your diving career.

  • 21 PADI diver level certifications
  • Exclusive Ocean Quest Program - Foundations of Diving and Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialties
  • 10 professional level certifications including your PADI Instructor Development Course which will earn you your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor rating.
  • 8 different PADI Specialty Instructor ratings which will put you on the path to earn your PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating.
  • Emergency First Response Instructor rating.

Practical Experience

Throughout the program, you will have access to practical experience including in-store experience, equipment repair and maintenance, compressor operations, opportunities to lead dives, assist on a variety of courses with real students.

This experience will include:

  • In-store experience
  • Equipment maintenance and repair
  • Compressor maintenance
  • Leading certified divers
  • Interning on a variety training programs

You will also participate on field trips and workshops including:

  • Recompression Chamber Tour
  • Equipment Service Clinic
  • Many other exciting field trips and workshops are planned!

Training and Mentorship

Ocean Quest, an award winning PADI Career Development Centre, is the only PADI Career Development Centre's in Canada and one on only a handful in the world. Ocean Quest and staff have earned several awards from PADI for their training programs including certificates of excellence, recognition for the entry level training programs, and continuing education awards. In addition, Ocean Quest has been contracted to conduct scuba program by several post-secondary institutions including Simon Fraser University, BCIT and Capilano University.

Financial Aid

Ocean Quest is designated through the Private Training Institutions Branch of BC and through Student Aid BC. Students may be eligible for student loans through BC and Canada Student Loan Program. Student from outside BC may apply for student loans through their home Province Financial Aid Institution.

Students may also seek out Student Lines of Credit and other services through their financial institutions.

Funding may be available through Human Resources Canada

Students may use their RESP's

Veteran Students may be eligible for funding for retraining through Canada Armed Forces