Scuba diving jobs are popular – who wouldn’t want to enjoy their hobby full time? The most commonly available forms of scuba diving jobs are offered by resorts, dive centers and dive boats in need of scuba diving instructors. Before you decide to become a professional scuba diving instructor and start looking for scuba diving jobs, you should however thoroughly think through the difference between being a scuba diver and being a scuba diving instructor. Scuba diving jobs do not only require you to be a skilled diver, you must also be a good pedagogue that loves to work with people and feels comfortable in teaching situations. Scuba diving jobs involves theoretical as well as practical training sessions, and you must be able to work with all sorts of people.
There are however scuba diving jobs that does not involve teaching. You can for instance become a professional scuba diver that works at construction sites or an underwater photographer. Aquatic researchers, such as marine biologists and oceanographers, can also combine their scientific projects with scuba diving, but these forms of scuba diving jobs will of course require a university education. Sometimes scientists will however offer scuba diving jobs that only involve the collection of samples under water or the gathering of other forms of data. These types of scuba diving jobs can usually be obtained even by scuba divers without a university degree. Sometimes you will need to participate in a special education program before you can be hired for this type of scuba diving jobs. You might for instance need to learn how to collect samples, how to correctly identify different organisms, etcetera.
If you love diving, you can also aim for jobs that are not scuba diving jobs but other forms of dive jobs. Scuba is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus, but many dive jobs will instead involve Surface Supplied Diving, sometimes with an Atmospheric Diving Suit (ADS).
As mentioned above, most scuba diving jobs are offered to scuba diving instructors. A reputable dive centre will naturally only hire people who are experienced scuba divers or offer prospecting workers to participate in training that will make them experience scuba divers. The two largest scuba diving organizations that certify scuba divers for scuba diving jobs are PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors). If you have received training from any other organization, it is important that you clearly explain your level of training and your experience in your job application, since the dive center might be unfamiliar with the terms used by other scuba diving entities. Some scuba divers choose to combine their basic scuba diving instructor training with more specialized courses and become highly qualified in a certain field. By doing this, they can become eligible for niche scuba diving jobs, e.g. underwater photography instructor or deep-sea diving instructor.
The PADI system has several different types of certification for those interested in scuba diving jobs. When you have completed the Advanced Open Water Diver and Rescue Diver courses and have enough logged scuba diving experience, you can either proceed to become a Master Scuba Diver or follow the multileveled scuba instructor path by becoming a Divemaster. If you are interested in scuba diving jobs, you should follow the second path and become a Divemaster. According to the PADI system, a Divemaster can accept scuba diving jobs that involve assisting instructors during scuba classes, lead scuba divers on guided tours, and teach skin divers. If you want to become a more advanced teacher and further increase your chances of getting scuba diving jobs, you can proceed by becoming a certified Open Water Scuba Instructor / Assistant Instructor, a Specialty Instructor, a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, an IDC Staff Instructor, a Master Instructor, and finally a Course Director.
In the NAUI system, an advanced Scuba Diver can proceed to become a Master Scuba Diver – just like in the PADI system. The leadership and instructor levels of certification are called Skin Diving Instructor, Assistant Instructor, Divemaster and Instructor. The Assistant Instructor course or the Divemaster course is necessary if you want to attend the Instructor Training Course (ITC) and be qualified as an NAUI Instructor. The Skin Diving Instructor certification will only certify you for scuba diving jobs that involve training and certification of skin divers.
Scuba diving jobs can be found all over the world, which is one of the reasons behind their popularity. If you speak several languages, this is of course a big advantage when you apply for scuba diving jobs. Scuba diving holidays are very popular and many divers have earned their certification far away from home. If you apply for scuba diving jobs in Honduras, you should therefore not only mention your Spanish skills, but any other language as well. If you for instance speak German, French or Russian, you might end up teaching tourists from those countries. Even a German tourist who speaks fairly good English or Spanish might prefer a scuba diving centre that can offer him a German speaking instructor.