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What are all levels of diving?

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by jessepcvfd6, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. FinnMom

    FinnMom Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Finland
  2. GrandpaScuba

    GrandpaScuba Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Seattle, Puget Sound
    This is a tough question. The scuba agencies have created all kinds of programs. SSI has:
    Indoor Diver (for people who just maintain zoo-quality aquariums)
    Junior Scuba Diver (under 15)
    Scuba Diver
    Junior Open Water Diver (Under 15)
    Open Water Diver (This is considered the usual starting point. Pass OW and you are "qualified")
    Advanced Adventurer
    EAN Diver
    Junior Specialty Diver (under 15, any individual specialty)
    Specialty Diver (any individual specialty)
    Stress and Rescue Diver
    Junior Advanced Open Water Diver (under 15)
    Advance Open Water Diver
    Master Diver
    Silver/Gold/Platnum/Platnum Pro 5000 Diver
    Dive Guide
    Dive Master
    Dive Control Specialist
    Training Specialist
    Associate Instructor (Passed the IT, waiting to be "certified".)
    Open Water Instructor
    EAN Instructor
    Specialty Instructor
    Advanced Open Water Instructor
    Dive Master Instuctor
    Dive Control Specialist Instructor (That's Me!)
    Master Instructor
    Instructor Trainer
    Instructor Certifier
    -Whew!! That's a lot of certification levels. This is from SSI. I'd be curious what the "full" list is from the other agencies.
  3. Frosty

    Frosty Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Auckland NZ
    Ok Jessie for this discussion I'll talk MINIMUMS.-I wont go into opinions. To go from zero dived experience to Instructor with Padiyou need.
    1)open water cert
    2)advanced Open water cert.
    3) A proper Emergency First responder certification.(required beyond advanced)
    4)padi rescue diver cert
    5)divemaster -there are a minimum number of dives you MUST have completed to start the course 60 dives
    There are then other specialities that will help you gain employment.
    Nitrox,captain,photography ,wreck,deep etc.
  4. jessepcvfd6

    jessepcvfd6 Registered

    I think everyone thinks I assume I'll have my instructor tomorrow lol. I understand that it'll be a long time and that I should have way more experience before I go that far haha

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  5. Frosty

    Frosty Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Auckland NZ
    Nope --you asked the question and got answers
  6. Coop42

    Coop42 Contributor

    That's because we often see requests like: "I started taking my OW courses last week, and I'd like to have a job teaching cave diving by Christmas. What's the easiest way to do that?" or "I think I'd like to be a Dive Master ('cause I like the sound of 'Master'), go live on a beach in an exotic locale, and train rich tourists to dive when I feel like it. Can you offer any suggestions?".

    Yeah, and I'd like a pony...

    The term for people who want to do the instant trainer thing (or any beginner to expert level) is 'zero to hero', with all of the negative connotations that that implies.

    We're all glad to see that you're not interested in that. ;-)

    Welcome the board, and to a fantastic hobby.
  7. jessepcvfd6

    jessepcvfd6 Registered

    Haha thanks!

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  8. chrisch

    chrisch Contributor

    Open Water Diver - learner with basics
    Advanced Open Water - learner with basics plus some experience
    Rescue Diver - Diver
    Divemaster - wanabee instructor gopher
    Instructor - learning to teach
    Advanced Nitrox - Diver with a bit of knowledge
    Trimix diver - now we are talking
    Trimix instructor - fair play you've made it - pack up and start playing golf
  9. victorzamora

    victorzamora Contributor

    You forgot the Cave stuff. Plus, advanced night boat-snorkel wreck diver :wink:
  10. Slamfire

    Slamfire Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Langley, British Columbia, Canada
    Adv Nitrox
    Deco Procedures
    Adv Trimix

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