Program Description:
The goal of the program is to prepare you to function as an effective Scuba Instructor by thoroughly familiarizing you with the instructor level curriculum and all its diver training programs. You will draw upon your current skills and knowledge while learning how to conduct classroom, pool and open water teaching sessions. The Instructor Course is a program designed to create the best Dive Instructors possible. Our training in classroom and pool presentation techniques will prepare students for the Instructor Evaluation exam. When the instructor candidate successfully completes all requirements of this course, he/she is eligible to participate in either a PADI or SSI Instructor Examination. While successful completion of the Instructor Course will prepare you to easily pass the Instructor Examination, our program is specifically designed to arm you with the basic skills and knowledge you will need to begin your career as a scuba Instructor.

Dates: Open Enrollment
Training Time:  This is an 80 hour course. Students must complete homework, classroom instruction, and dives (with an instructor and on your own). This is a not-for-credit course.
Next Class: You are welcome to begin this class at any time.  You must have completed through to the Dive Master level. This program is self-paced (estimated completion time: six months).
$4,600 - $5,500  (includes instruction, materials, instructor supplies, certifications, and dives.) If you have already completed some of this training, proof of completion will be necessary to "test" out of those courses. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.
Location:    Four convenient locations.  Call us to find a dive shop near you!

Who Should Attend:
This program is designed for students who love the water and whose body can withstand extreme depths for long periods of time.

Aside from our normal prerequisites, students must have IDC candidates must:
 - Have been a certified diver for at least 6 months
 - Be certified as a PADI Divemaster, PADI Assistant Instructor or equivalent qualifying rating. Must be able to provide copies of their certification cards or other documentation.
 - Have a current medical less than 12 months old
 - Have a current First Aid certificate less than 24 months old (Can be arranged by Pro Dive if required)
 - Show proof of a minimum of 60 logged dives
Additional Fees
As a Dive professional it is expected that you have your own dive equipment. If you don't already own your own equipment, you will need to purchase your own scuba gear ($1,200-$4,000).
If the student enrolls in the PADI or SSI certification, s/he will receive PADI IDC or SSI certifications if they successfully complete the courses. They will also receive a Certificate of Accomplishment from MiraCosta College.

Career Pathways:
Students who complete this course may have opportunities to work in a local dive shop or open a Dive Shop, work at a diver resort, on a cruise ship, on a live-aboard dive boat, or as an instructor. Other jobs (with further training) might include underwater photography, captain of a dive boat, underwater welding, research, underwater search and rescue.

Call: (760)795-6820

"Thank you for allowing me to take part in your Open Water to Dive Master Program utilizing Tuition Assistance!  I was able to find an interest in Scuba Diving that I never knew before.  I didn't just learn to scuba dive, but I was able to build confidence in myself and it helped me to become a better leader in the military.  I can say that after the training from you and your stff, I now feel that I can have a career in Scuba Diving myself and I can help other people learn this interest as well."
Dive Master - Kasey Goulet

"I have always had a passion for diving and without this opportunity I do not know how I would have been able to finance a start in this career if I had not been able to use TA funding.  Your staff has been very professional in every step of my training and has offered more than what is required of them on several occasions to ensure I had a firm understanding.  My understanding of diving and the experiences gained through this program have opened up multiple opportunities within the diving industry that I now can take advantage of both while on active duty and even more when I pursue a career in diving after I leave the military.
Thank you again for continuing to have this opportunity for our active duty military and continue to provide the professional level training I know you and your instructors are doing."
Dive Master - Norman Knox Jr.