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Step One - Begin Your Adventure

Your First Step is to Get Certified to Dive
During your first certification course, you will learn the basics of diving. You will develop your knowledge, dive skills, and actually complete your first dives in the ocean.

Step Two - Develop Your Dive Skills

Enriched Air / Nitrox
The Enriched Air course teaches divers how to dive with gas mixes that have a higher percentage of oxygen than normal air. Enriched air allows divers to dive for longer or minimize time between dives and is very popular among divers trying to get the most from their dive vacation!

During the Navigation course, you will learn how to use both compass and natural navigation to find dive sites underwater and find your way back to your exit location.

Night & Limited Visibility
Diving at night is one of the most incredible experiences divers find as they explore the sport. Many marine animals are nocturnal, so diving at night reveals a world hidden to us during day dives. You will learn how to properly use a dive light and how to navigate effectively at night. 

Deep Diving
Deep diving is a lot of fun and a course that should be taken by anyone preparing to descend past 60 feet / 20 meters. While diving deeper, we must prepare to ourselves to solve more problems underwater and be ready to complete a more focused dive due to the limitations that depth brings.

Stress & Rescue
During the Stress and Rescue class, you will learn how to manage challenges underwater and how to work as part of a team to assist a diver in distress. You will learn how to recognize the signs of distress, plan a rescue that is safe for the rescuer and victim, and techniques to work as a team to help the diver.

Step Three - Learn to Lead

Science of Diving
Science of Diving is where dive professionals learn the physics, physiology, and engineering that lets humans explore the underwater world. You will learn how to calculate air consumption and plan gas management for multi-level dives. You will also learn how your body reacts to being underwater and how we can prepare to dive safely.

During the Divemaster course, you will learn how to lead dives by managing group positioning, navigation, air management, and no decompression planning. The Divemaster course is the dividing line between recreational and professional divers.


Step Four - Teach Diving

Assistant Instructor
Assistant Instructors help to teach new divers and work with divers getting refreshed on their skills after long periods of inactivity. Assistant Instructors also condcut kids programs and help inspire the next generation of divers!

Open Water Instructor
Open Water Instructors teach new divers how to explore the underwater world. You will learn how to teach diving, beginning with the setup and preparatory work required to run a safe and effective class. Then you will learn how to create exciting classroom presentations, fun pool sessions, and how to show people the open ocean for the first time!


Advanced Open Water Instructor
Earned after teaching many new divers, this recognition acknowledges dive instructors who have the experience and training necessary to develop Advanced Divers


Divemaster Instructor
Divemaster Instructors are members of the dive professional community with many years of experience who can help teach new pros how to safely take people in the underwater world.


Assistant Instructor Trainerr
Assistant Instructor Trainers develop new Assistant Instructors, teaching the fundamentals of how to teach to new instructor candidates.


Master Instructor Trainer
Master Instructor is a recognition rating that acknowledges dive professionals who have taught more than 150 divers, including training new divers, experienced divers, rescue divers, dive professionals, and assistant instructors.


Instructor Trainer
Instructor Trainers are dive professionals so passionate about training divers that they make it their mission to train the next generation of dive instructors.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are you hiring?

While we occasionally hire an exceptional outside candidate, we hire primarily out of our development programs. We know that we produce the best dive professionals, so we know we can trust them with our customers. While we do not guarantee a job, we have frequently hired dive professionals who completed their training with us.


How do dive professionals get paid?

This varies from store to store and region to region. In some parts of the world, dive professionals are paid per student or per dive. Here, at Beyond Land Adventures, we pay all our dive professionals hourly rates to ensure that their priority is always ensuring exceptional training, without having to rush to the next class.


Are dive professionals full time or part time?

It all depends on the professional. We have both full time dive professionals and part time dive professionals. Many of our dive pros have fulfilling careers outside of diving and work part time diving to help their hobby pay for itself. Other dive professionals join the industry full time also work in dive stores, repair facilities, or offer professional dive services.


How long does it take to get certified?

It all depends on you! If you have the time and want to join the industry as quickly as possible, we have accelerated programs that can help you get from Open Water to Instructor in two months. If you want to take your time, you can do that as well and work through the program at your own pace.


Where do dive professionals work?

All over the world! There are dive professionals in all 50 states and in almost every country on Earth! Some dive professionals will travel to beautiful resorts to help guide visiting divers in locations such as the Caribbean and Southeast Asia. Others will work in some of the amazing training facilities all over the United States.


Do dive professionals get benefits?

Yes! While benefits vary from store to store, we offer our dive pros special deals on gear and training, as well as opportunities to advance their dive skills and test out newly developed gear!

Can I take the Divemaster course just for fun?
Absolutely! Not all Divemasters plan to work in the industry. Some take the course so they can feel more comfortable leading their families on dives. Some take the course to develop their own dive skills. Some take the course for the fun of challenging themselves. 

Talk to Our Professional Development Experts

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