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How do I find an SEI instructor?

Discussion in 'SEI Diving' started by ComputerX, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. ComputerX

    ComputerX Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: SF Bay Area
    I can't seem to an instructor locator on the SEI website.
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  2. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    That's because there isn't one as yet. I have been pushing for one for a while but what we ran into is SEI Instructors who are happy with the level of business they have now and don't want to be listed. If you want to find one the best way is to call SEI HQ and ask them for an instructor in your desired area.
    Another reason some do not wish to be listed is due to the number of spam emails you get when you are public. Like me. I have several filters to deal with that.
  3. jhnmdahl

    jhnmdahl Solo Diver

    You wouldn't need to publish email addresses - just a list of names/dive shops would probably be sufficient. An online directory is by far the easiest way for a prospective diver to find a dive school that is SEI, or to verify that a dive school or instructor claiming to be SEI really is certified. As someone who has shopped around for instruction recently, this is a huge deal.
  4. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
    Sounds like they need a new Director of Sales Prevention.

  5. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    No, it sounds like the current director of sales prevention is doing just fine!
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  6. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    I have been pushing for this since 2008. They just won't. They want people to call or email. While it will always be my main agency for OW training, UW Nav, and Advanced since I wrote the courses I teach, it is one of the reasons I crossed over to SDI/TDI and now teach for both.
  7. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    One of the things I know to be true, but do not understand, is that we have instructors that simply do not want any more students than they have. 90% , if I had to guess, do not teach for nor own shops. They are independents that teach at universities, YMCA's, high schools, or out of their garages. I wanted to see them put a list up of those of us who want to be found. Sometimes you get tired of pushing the mountain.
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