Dive Instructor Training

Join our world-leading 12-week Dive Instructor Training Course in Costa Rica. Become an internationally approved Dive and First Aid Instructor with Expedition leadership & Resort Management skills and great job options.

More than just a Dive Instructors Course, you will learn how to  set up, budget, plan and lead a Marine Dive Program. In addition, you will  learn survival skills, motivation, leadership, budgeting, boat handling and  marketing. Plus, the top performers from the course will gain paid employment.


·        Expedition Safety and Planning

·        Dive Resort Marketing and Management

·        PADI First Aid Instructor

·        PADI Dive Instructor 

·        PADI Dive Master

·        PADI Advanced Open Water Training

·        Train to lead Marine Conservation and Diving Expeditions

Who can apply?

The minimum requirement to join this course is that you must  have held your PADI Open Water certification for at least 6 months and done at  least 30 dives. If you don’t have 30 dives, then just add our “Extra  Dives Option” when you book and we'll organise an extra one or two weeks of  diving to the beginning of your course. This course is also perfect for qualified  Divemasters looking to develop their career, and they can join a shortened 7  week course.

Arrival - let`s get started!

On arrival in San  Jose, you will be transferred to the beautiful beach town of Quepos on the Pacific  coast where the Dive School is located. During the next 12 weeks you will  complete the following key training. Please note, the order of the training may  vary but will all be completed during your course

PADI Advanced, EFR & Rescue – 1 week

During your first  week, you will complete your PADI Advanced, EFR and Rescue Training. These  three certifications complete your recreational dive training meaning that you  can move on and begin the first step of your Professional Dive Training 

PADI Divemaster – 4 weeks

For the next 4 weeks,  you will be working towards your Divemaster certification. Your training during  this phase will become much more hands-on as you learn to become a leader and  take charge of activities. A large part of your training at this stage willinclude assisting with student divers as you develop your teaching skills

Resort Management – 2 weeks

Many Dive Instructors  choose to work at resorts, and some go on to start their own dive centres so an  understanding of how a resort operates is a great way to give yourself ahead-start and make yourself more employable. The main area of learning during  this phase is Resort Operations and it also includes further PADI Training in  the form of Self-Reliant Diver and Marine Conservation & Research

Expedition Leader Training – 2 weeks

As part of your  training, you will spend two weeks away from the Dive Centre as part of our  industry-leading Expedition Leader Training Course. You will link up with one  of Trainee leader groups in the rainforest to learn key leadership skills that  will be highly valuable should you look to be leading marine expeditions in the  future. The training during these two weeks typically includes Expedition  Skills training, project management and Expedition Planning

PADI Open Water Instructor – 3 weeks

The final stage of  your  training will enable you to become a fully qualified Open Water Scuba  Instructor. During this phase of training you will complete your and EFR  Instructor course and Instructor Development Course culminating in your  Instructor Examination. For your final week you will work towards your Master  Scuba Diver certification, a fun 5 day course allowing you to qualify as a PADI  Speciality Instructor.

Job Support upon completing the course

Due  to the high skills content of this course, there are opportunities for  graduates to be offered paid employment either leading one of our Marine  Conservation projects or working at the Dive School in Costa Rica.

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  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Departures: February, April, June

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