Professional vs Recreational

The assumption that becoming a dive leader will make you a great diver is false. What makes someone an expert in diving is education and experience. The true difference between a recreational diver and a professional diver is the want to teach and lead.

In order to join the ranks of professional divers, you must be willing to take on massive responsibility and ready to sacrifice just as much. Once you become a leader, you'll be responsible for everyone you dive with whether or not you intend to be. For example, if your buddy breaks their depth limit by even a foot on a fun dive and has an accident, you can be held accountable. You'll also be expected to lead by example at all times. It also means you have to follow standards and procedures to the letter and do everything possible to prevent others from violating them.

The added liability and responsibility can be worth it. Sharing the wonders of the underwater world with others is rewarding, but you have to have the desire to do so. There's nothing wrong with staying a recreational or technical diver. Do you have the passion required to become a dive leader?

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Whether you want to be a Divemaster or Instructor, I can help you achieve your goals.

The biggest choice you'll need to make is to decide which traning agency is right for you. SDI-TDI, NAUI, and PADI all have great things going for them, but each are unique in their own way. As such, the first leadership class you'll attend will be an in depth orientation to all three organizations.

Besides knowing which training agency you want to become a part of, you'll also need to have your scuba skills honed to a professional level. While it's only required for gaining NAUI leadership, I recommend all future leaders go through the NAUI Familiarization-Instruction-Testing (FIT) Program. NAUI FIT is designed to test your skills to determine what areas need more development. It will also give an overview of to educate current and future divers. You'll design classroom presentations, perform confined and open water training, and learn how to handle common problems that arise while training divers. Most importantly, you'll learn what it means to truly become a dive leader.

Requirements to become a dive leader vary depending on the agency of choice. At a minimum, you'll need to have your Advanced, Nitrox, First Aid, CPR, Oxygen Provider, and Rescue certifications. While each agency requires a different amount of logged dives, I recommend having no less than 100 in various conditions, depths, and specialties.