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Novice to Professional Levels of Scuba Diving

For those of you that are curious as to the structure of courses from novice to professional, the PADI structure is as follows:

Open Water Diver Course: basic certification course.

Advanced Open Water Diver Course: second level course with additional training specific to deep diving, night diving, navigation diving, multi-level diving and naturalist diving.

Rescue Diver Course with Medic First Aid: third level certification course, which can only be taken after completion of advanced open water and is a requirement to continue on to divemaster.

Divemaster Course: the fourth level course that enters the professional arena. Extensive training with rescue scenarios, skill demonstrations, physical agility tests are conducted for individuals taking this course in addition to possessing a minimum number of dives before commencing with this training.

Assistant Instructor: the fifth level. The assistant instructor is qualified to teach medic first aid and equipment courses independently and teaches skills under the supervision of a certified instructor.

Medic First Aid Instructor: taught from the assistant instructor level and up with special training and certification course.

Open Water Scuba Instructor: the sixth level. Qualified to teach basic open water, rescue and divemaster.

Master Scuba Diver Trainer: the seventh level. Must be an open water scuba instructor and have certified a minimum of 25 students and possess experience in a variety of specialty areas. Qualified to teach basic, rescue, divemaster and specialties courses.

IDC Staff Instructor: the eighth level. Must be a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and meet specific requirements to achieve this rating.

Master Instructor: the ninth level. Must be a Master Scuba Diver Trainer, IDC Staff Instructor, Medic First Aid Instructor and certified a minimum of 150 students in all areas of training.

Course Director: the tenth level. A very difficult level to achieve with a number of stringent requirements. The course director is qualified to teach all levels of diving courses including open water scuba instructors and master scuba diver trainers.

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