Scuba Career Development Certificate

Turn The Sport You Love Into A Career You Love

What Is The Scuba Career Development Certificate?

Ocean Quest's Scuba Career Development certificate is a 7 month, full-time program specifically designed for those who are seeking a career in the diving industry. The SCD program was put together to offer the most comprehensive PADI instructor training program available. It has evolved from over 20 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 SCD 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 18 PADI diver level certifications, including two programs exclusive to Ocean Quest – Foundations of Diving and the DSAT Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialties.

We Accept Divers of Any Experience

You can join the SCD 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.

  • 18 PADI diver level certifications
  • Exclusive Ocean Queast Program - Foundations of Diving and Wreck Penetration Distinctive Specialties
  • 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.

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:

  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • Recompression Chamber Tour
  • Aqualung/Apeks Reg Service Certification
  • Many other exciting field trips and workshops are planned!

Training and Mentorship

Ocean Quest, an award winning PADI Career Development Centre, 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 several 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 several post-secondary 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.

If you have any questions please send us an email at careers@diveoceanquest.com