Career Development Scuba Instructor Certificate Program

Ocean Quest Career Development Scuba Instructor Certificate Program

September 10, 2009 - March 26, 2020

Let Ocean Quest help turn the sport you love into a career you love!!

The Ocean Quest Career Development Scuba Instructor program is a 7 month, full-time program specifically designed for those who are seeking a career in the diving industry. Aside from the basic training needed to become a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Scuba Instructor, our Career Development 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.

We accept divers of any experience!

You can join the Career Development Scuba Instructor Certificate 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 Instructorcertifications. 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!


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

  • You will earn 18 PADI diver level certifications, including the exclusive to Ocean Quest program - Foundations of Diving and Wreck Penentration Distinctive Specialties.
  • You will also earn 10 professional level certifications including your PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, 8 different Specialty Instructor ratings and 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.

Training and Mentorship through an experienced, award winning PADI Career Development Centre

Ocean Quest is one of only two PADI Career Development Centre's in Canada and one on only a handful in the world. Ocean Quest and staff have earned serveral awards from PADI for thier 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 serveral post seconday institutions including Simon Fraser University, BCIT and Capilano University. Ocean Quest has been an integral part in the conduct of the Capilano University Professional Scuba Dive Instructor program since 2006.

How do I get started?

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