From Avocation to Vocation

We all heard it.  The call of the sea.  It drew us to the shore and lured us into it’s depths.  Now fully immersed as SCUBA enthusiasts we answer the Sirens calling in our pursuit of aquatic adventure.   It is only natural that for many of us our love for all things SCUBA evolves to our desire to share our passion with others.   The transition from Diver to Dive Leader requires exceptional skill and comfort in the water as well as in depth, (no pun intended) knowledge and familiarity with the various sciences of diving.  Dive Pros SCUBA Leadership courses will prepare you for the many challenges and rewards that being at the top of the SCUBA food chain bring.   No matter what level of involvement you desire the Dive Pros Professional Instructors stand ready to teach, instruct and mentor you as you pursue your goal. 


Would you like to lead dives and dive trips; take certified divers on vacations to the world’s best dive sites? Many Divemasters are employed full-time or work independently supervising certified divers during club, store, resort or charter tour and travel activities. As a Divemaster you enjoy again and again adventures to which you introduce your clients. Another option leading to  Instructor qualification.


The  Divemaster rating is the most prestigious  leadership-level certification with the exception of Instructor. The program is designed to train experienced and knowledgeable divers to organize and conduct enjoyable open water dives for certified divers.

Assistant Instructor:

As an Assistant Instructor, you will be authorized to teach all aspects of skin and scuba diving under the supervision of a certified Instructor. This is the best possible way to develop your instructional skills. The rating can be a step toward full Instructor, or an end in itself.  Match your time, talent and interests with the various Dive Pros programs and enjoy the adventure of personal and professional enhancement as a dive leader.


The Assistant Instructor rating is a  leadership-level certification. The program is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It also tests individuals in fundamental water skills needed to be capable assistants. Certification authorizes individuals to assist active-status  Instructors in the conduct of dive training.   Assistant Instructor certification is a highly recommended step in the progression to  Instructor.

Skin Diving Instructor:

Want to begin working as a professional in the field, organizing your own courses, issuing certifications and conducting open water skin dives?  Skin Diving Instructor training will enable you to join the ranks of dive professionals  as a leadership member and independently conduct skin diving training. Because of the growing popularity of snorkeling and skin diving, this may gain you substantial financial rewards. You can also team-teach with a SCUBA Instructor, offering the skin diving portion of the Scuba Diver Course.


This is a leadership level certification course designed to train and qualify persons and issue certifications in skin (breath-hold) diving.
The course will make available to individuals; schools, camps, or similar groups certified Leaders who can effectively teach people to enjoy skin diving with minimal risk.

Instructor Training Course:

The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor members. During the course future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards.
The ITC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One, called an Instructor Training Program (ITP), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an ITP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be a STW completer and the other an IT or CD. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period.
The second or final phase of an ITC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made.
The course assures the NAUI membership that candidates who receive certification as NAUI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.

The Dive Pros have multiple Instructor Trainers on staff and a full time NAUI Course Director.   Course Director, Kevin Freeland, NAUI #8705L, is a Lifetime Member with over 25 years of teaching experience.  Kevin has certified dozens of well qualified Dive Leaders and has conducted NAUI Instructor Training Courses since 1989.   Every  Instructor training program is customized to fit the individual needs of each candidate so that they are well prepared for the Instructor Qualification Programs.