PADI Divemaster & Instructor Courses

PADI Divemaster & Instructor Courses – You can become a PADI Divemaster or Open Water Instructor in Costa Rica. You can have a wonderful experience besides seeing Manta Rays, untold schools of fish, eels, puffer fish, octopus, and so much more.  Earn money sharing your passion and love of diving.

Divemaster, Assistant Instructor & Instructor Course
All of these classes to become a PADI Professional are available in Costa Rica –

During the PADI Divemaster program, you learn dive leadership skills through both classroom and independent study. You complete water skills and stamina exercises, as well as training exercises that stretch your ability to organize and solve problems as well as help others improve their scuba.  You put this knowledge into action through a structured internship or series of practical training exercises.  Get a Life as a PADI Divemaster and scuba dive for work anywhere in the world!

After becoming certified as a PADI Divemaster you will be authorized to:

  • Supervise both training and non-training-related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
  • Assist a PADI Instructor during the training sessions for any PADI Diver course
  • Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
  • Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving experience
  • Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
  • If qualified as a Discover Scuba Diving Leader, independently conduct the PADI Discover Scuba Diving program.
  • Earn the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer Specialty Instructor rating to be able to teach the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer specialty.
  • Independently guide Open Water Diver course students on the tour portion of Open Water Diver course Training Dives 2, 3 and 4 at a ratio of two student divers per certified divemaster.
  • Accompany Open Water Diver students under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor during:
    • Surface swims to and from the entry/exit point and during navigational exercises
    • When the instructor conducts a skill, such as an ascent or descent
    • Divemasters can remain with other student divers (with an individual student  or buddy team)
  • Accompany student divers during Adventure Dives or Specialty training dives under the indirect supervision of a PADI Instructor.
  • Conduct the PADI Seal Team AquaMission
  • Conduct subsequent dives under an instructor’s indirect supervision for Discover Scuba Diving participants after participants have satisfactorily completed the first dive with a PADI Instructor.
  • Teach Emergency First Response courses after successfully completing an Emergency First Response Instructor course.

Expand your scuba diving knowledge and experience as a PADI Divemaster



As a PADI Assistant Instructor, you not only gain additional experience as a PADI Professional scuba diver, but you also start learning the PADI System of diver education. You can act as an instructional scuba assistant and assume limited teaching responsibilities. It’s a great way to gain experience in order to become a scuba instructor!

The PADI Assistant Instructor course is the first portion of the PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and when followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor course (OWSI) and successful performance at the Instructor Examination (IE), leads to certification as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Fun Part

Get mentored while gaining hands-on experience teaching students.  Live the life you’ve always dreamed about as a PADI Assistant Instructor or Open Water Scuba InstructorGet College Credit.  You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Assistant Instructor course.

You build upon your abilities to organize and supervise scuba diving activities, while concentrating on developing teaching skills.

You learn through:

  • Knowledge development through self-study, quizzes, lectures and presentations
  • Confined water skill review and assessment, workshops and presentations
  • Open water workshops, rescue assessment and candidate presentations

The PADI Assistant Instructor Course consists of these sections:

Module 1: Academic Training

  •   PADI Discover Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Programs
  •   Developing Knowledge Development Presentations
  •   Teaching Project AWARE and Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialties
  •   Teaching in Confined Water
  •   Conducting Open Water Training Presentations

Module 2: Independent Study

  •   Knowledge Development

Module 3: Practical Application

  •   Confined Water and Open Water Teaching Presentations
  •   Standards Exam
  •   Dive Rescue Skills Assessment

Get practical professional experience as a PADI Assistant Instructor


Are you looking for something extraordinary? To do something others can only dream of? To help people transform their lives? To open doors you didn’t even know existed? All of this, and more, awaits you as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

The Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI) program is one of two distinct components of PADI’s Instructor Development Course (IDC)—the core of PADI Instructor training. The first portion is the Assistant Instructor course followed by the Open Water Scuba Instructor program.

The OWSI program is a minimum of four days. It introduces you to the entire PADI System of diver education and concentrates on further developing your abilities as a professional dive educator.

As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor, you’ll make life long friendships

It’s about life transformations—both yours and those around you. The fun part of instructor training is interacting with course participants while creating friendships that continue long after the course concludes.

You’ll begin networking with other professionals and begin to explore PADI Pro Diving Jobs worldwide. You’ll also have the opportunity to continue your professional education by participating in specialty instructor courses, which train you to teach specialties after instructor certification.

You may be able to earn college credit for the PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor course.

The challenging part of this course is your personal commitment to the training. The course requires you to complete all the self-study Knowledge Reviews before the course begins and to prepare daily assignments for teaching presentations daily. Organization and dedication are key.

Get a Life—an exciting one as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

You will also attend and participate in the following 14 curriculum presentations:

  •   Course Orientation
  •   Dive Industry Overview
  •   General Standards and Procedures
  •   The Role of Media and Prescriptive Teaching
  •   Legal Responsibility and Risk Management
  •   PADI Scuba Diver and Open Water Diver Course
  •   Adaptive Teaching
  •   The PADI Continuing Education Philosophy
  •   Business Principles for the Dive Instructor
  •   Adventures in Diving Program
  •   Specialty Diver Courses and Master Scuba Diver Program
  •   Rescue Diver Course
  •   Divemaster Course
  •   Diver Retention Programs
  •   How to Teach the RDP (Instructors from recreational diver training organizations other than PADI must complete.)

You will demonstrate competence at

  • Performing all 20 dive skills listed on the Skill Evaluation.
  • Performing a facedown, nonstop swim for 800 metres/yards using a mask, snorkel and fins.

During the course you’ll need to demonstrate competency in Dive theory by passing a five-part theory exam scoring 75% on each part.


You will be required to fill out and sign the Medical Liability Release & Assumption of Risk Forms prior to participation. Click Here. 

In addition, if there is any medical condition which would preclude you from diving, you would need your doctor’s signature on the Medical Release Form (signature valid for 12 months).

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PADI Divemaster & Instructor Courses

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