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Go PRO —Scuba Diving Careers

Love Your Job, Your Lifestyle and Your Freedom

Get a life worth living: become a PADI Professional.
You’ll do things others only dream of. Whether you work in a local dive shop, at a dive resort or on a liveaboard dive boat, the adventure of a lifetime is yours for the taking.
Imagine a job where you actually look forward to work in the morning. Sailing into incredible sunsets could be the rule, not the exception, especially if you work in a tropical dive destination. The commute to work could be as easy as a ten-minute boat ride and work becomes an adventure in itself.

View the Instructor Development Calendar to start your dream career today.

Or, set your sights closer to home
and aspire to work at your local PADI Dive Shop where you'll teach people scuba diving and guide scuba diving trips to exotic dive destinations. You’ll experience the pride of sharing your passion while helping others enrich their lives through the adventure of diving.

 It’s about transformation—both in yourself and those around you.  As a PADI Professional, you have the ability to affect change -- to  help student divers turn anticipation into passion, fear into courage, faint-heartedness into accomplishment and timidy into confidence. You’ll open their eyes to the world underwater, introduce them to vibrant coral reefs and watch them breathe underwater for the first time.

Jobs you might enjoy when you live the dive life as a PADI Professional:

  • Enjoy your lifestyle as a PADI ProTeach scuba diving lessons to new scuba divers in a land far away or in your own backyard
  • Help scuba divers improve their skills or learn special skills like underwater photography 
  • Lead scuba divers on scuba diving trips to exotic locations all around the world
  • Captain a dive boat
  • Teach diving for your local PADI Dive Center or Resort 
  • Work on a liveaboard dive boat, where your next dive is right outside your front door

It's not hard to explain why teaching scuba diving is so rewarding. See what these PADI Pros have to say: 

I Share the Awesome Experience of Diving 

Andrew Statler, MSDT, Winner of the 2007 PADI Go PRO Challenge Professional Rating Contest"I'm a PADI Pro because scuba diving is an experience to share with everyone! As a professional, I can introduce the underwater world to someone for the first time and be the first to see them smile when they discover what fun scuba diving is!”
Andrew Statler, PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer 




I'm Living My Passion

Share your passion with new scuba divers as a PADI scuba instructor"Diving is my profession and passion. I've been a fulltime professional for over 10 years and my work has taken me to some of the most exotic places on the planet. Sharing my passion is a pleasure and a privilege as is introducing new divers, and helping the more experienced to enjoy the wonders of our exciting world beneath the waves”.
Mike Harris, PADI Master Instructor 

For the Fun, Excitement, Camaraderie

"After my first trip to Bonaire, I fell in love with the sport, and before I knew it, I was an Assistant Instructor! I enjoy passing on my knowledge and love of scuba diving to many students...some of whom have since become good friends. Our local dive shop plans social events for all of us to come to share our stories and just simply hang out with friends. Right now, we are all counting the days until our trip to Roatan, Honduras.” Karen Murphy, Assistant Instructor  

I Love My Job!

PADI Scuba Instructors love their jobs.  You can too!"I love my job! Why? It is a true pleasure working with people that are always happy, I can do it anywhere in the world, I go to marvelous places and I get paid! To look into the eyes of those who say that they have always wanted to try it but have been scared and then to have them learn and then see their smile of satisfaction is priceless! To watch your divers shine like complete professionals enjoying their dive, to get to know great people throughout the world, always enjoying work because you are always surprised at the new things you see at the bottom of the ocean, living in the Caribbean! To understand that although everyone is different once we learn to dive we all become special beings, your life can never again be the same and you had something to do with it. And I always have an ocean view!”
Laura Manjarrez, IDC Staff Instructor