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Diving Certification Helps Produce Future Generations of Deep-Sea Explorers

Ocean engineering careers have begun gaining popularity among students who want to reduce the amount of waste present in Earth’s ocean, with a projected 80% to 90% reduction possible by 2050. However, if you’re dedicated to living a marine life and have a passion for saving the Earth, there are other ways you can participate in conservation efforts, while also enjoying a career in the water.

Diving instructors are highly-trained professionals that get the chance to complete hours of underwater training courses in order to later teach students all over the world not only how to dive, but how to care for the Earth’s waters that surround us. If you think this sounds like the perfect job for you and you are dedicated to spending your days submerged in beautiful oceans all over the world, you might want to consider becoming a dive instructor.

Turning a Passion into a Cause

As a diver and instructor, you will be spending a lot of time underwater while exploring the hidden mysteries of the sea. This is a great opportunity to take photos and videos in order to get people curious about the ocean and what lies beneath its surface. You can use your skills and job position as a way to educate people about the importance of protecting not only the water but the importance of global ocean issues such as coral bleaching and recycling. On the topic of recycling, you can also encourage your dive students to pick up one piece of trash on every dive you teach. This not only helps keep the ocean clean, but it’s also a great way to challenge your students and have them practice keeping their eyes open and minds aware during a dive.

How to Get Certified as an Instructor

As a scuba diver, there are many options for programs that will allow you to become certified. However, when looking into getting professionally certified as an instructor, it will be more important to pay attention to the different methodologies used in a program when delivering the material. Before making a decision, it can be a good idea to speak with various dive instructors from different programs in order to get an idea of the methods they use and the importance placed on eco-friendly behavior while diving. Once you have decided on a program, you will need to complete the rescue diver course as well as ensure that you are up to date on your certification in first aid.

The Responsibility of a Diving Professional

Once you have completed the rescue course and have 40 dives logged you can enroll in the actual divemaster program. You will be required to demonstrate a mastery level in 24 skills, which all actually serve to help you refine them as you grow into an instructor. You can expect to do things such as give dive briefings, map a dive site and even act as a co-instructor. All of these are important in your development as a diving professional and instructor, but will also serve to help you learn more about the ocean in order to protect it.

Educating Future Generations of Divers

Becoming a professional dive instructor seems like a logical way of combining a love and passion for diving and conservation. By completing the necessary training required, you will not only learn how to craft a very lucrative career doing something you love, but you will be able to use your knowledge of the ocean and how to navigate it in order to teach future generations of divers how to care for it as well.

By Jennifer Dawson, ECO Contributor

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