Scuba Instructor

What Does A Scuba Instructor Do?

A Scuba Instructor is responsible for teaching students (in the classroom, a pool, or open water) how to safely SCUBA dive.

How Do I Become A Scuba Instructor?

A Scuba instructor must complete a number of dive-related courses and certifications. There are no other educational requirements, although a high school diploma or equivalent would be helpful.

What is the Average Salary For A Scuba Instructor?

Salaries vary widely based on location.

Advice From A Scuba Instructor

"If you like people and have a passion for adventure, you might think about becoming a Scuba Instructor. Try exposing yourself to marine science, human physiology, and first aid to prepare. Plus, get some experience in mentoring or coaching, if you can, because you’ll want to teach in an interesting and fun way. You’ll need to be a good swimmer and in better than average physical condition. Earning the instructor rating requires hard work and commitment, so be ready!"

- Kevin K., PADI Master Instructor

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Scuba Instructor?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Hospitality
  • First Aid
  • Swimming
  • Scuba Diving

What Is The Work Environment For A Scuba Instructor?

A Scuba instructor may work for a dive shop, resort or cruise line, Most people who do this are only able to do this part-time.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Scuba Instructor?

There will likely be strong competition for these positions. Opportunities may differ based on geographical location.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada