It is now over a year since we launched the PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver courses and, to use a metaphor which is particularly apt here in the UK at the moment, recreational rebreather diving is snowballing!
The demand for courses at all levels is growing steadily and as manufacturers and dive centres work together to provide more support for the travelling market, divers are getting more and more enthusiastic about recreational rebreather diving. In a difficult market this kind of potential for growth is rare and dive centres who are embracing rebreathers are using this to attract and keep divers at all levels.
Below is a step by step guide to becoming a PADI Rebreather Instructor or Instructor Trainer, but before I let you loose on that, my one piece of advice on getting into rebreathers is not to spread yourself to thinly. Do your homework and commit to one rebreather. Whether you are an instructor or dive centre this is not something you can dabble in. You need to get and maintain experience on the unit you teach and to be able to back this up with current knowledge and expertise. You’ll also need to market your services, of course, and the discerning diver will look for someone with extensive experience and a good reputation on the chosen rebreather. Developing a positive relationship with the manufacturer will also help both you and your customers and make sure your investment reaps rewards for everyone; instructors and divers get to enjoy the amazing feeling of diving on rebreathers as well as being good for business, now that’s a WIN WIN situation!
How to become a PADI Rebreather Instructor
PADI Rebreather Instructors teach the PADI Rebreather Diver and PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver Courses on the specific unit they qualify on.
1) First Steps – becoming a rebreather diver and getting the pre-requisite experience:
a. Qualify as a PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver or equivalent on the specific rebreather you want to become a PADI Rebreather Instructor for.
b. Log 75 rebreather dives including at least 50 dives and 50 hours (30 hours and dives for additional units) on the specific rebreather you aim to become an instructor for.
2) PADI Instructor Requirements – the PADI professional qualifications you need.
a. Teaching Status PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor or higher
b. PADI Enriched Air Nitrox Instructor
c. PADI Deep Diver Instructor
3) Sign up for a PADI Rebreather Instructor Course. Contact your local Rebreather Instructor Trainer or firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Medical Requirements:
Current diving medical clearance signed by a physician.
5) Additional requirements for Instructor Crossovers:
Current rebreather instructor on the specific unit with a recognised organisation.
6) “Additional Unit” courses:
If you are already a PADI Rebreather Instructor or Tec 40 CCR Instructor you can take the shorter “Additional Unit” Instructor course.
7) Contact the manufacturer to make sure you meet any additional manufacturer requirements
8) Course Materials – what do you need to prepare for the program?
9) Purchase all required diver level materials from your regional PADI sales department:
PADI Rebreather Diver and Advanced Rebreather Diver Manual
PADI Rebreather Predive Checklist Slate
PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Key Skills Video
10) Purchase all required instructor level materials:
PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Instructor Guide
PADI Rebreather and Advanced Rebreather Diver Exams
PADI Rebreather/Advanced Rebreather Diver Instructor wet guides
11) Have a copy of all the manufacturers materials:
Manufacturer’s manual and/or other support literature for rebreather used in course
Manufacturer’s checklist (if available)
12) Course Assist. This can be done before or after the instructor course or crossover.
Prior to certification as a PADI Rebreather Instructor, the candidate must assist with
at least one PADI Rebreather Diver course or one PADI Advanced Rebreather Diver
How to become a PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer
PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainers teach the PADI Rebreather Instructor Courses on the specific unit they qualify on.
- Before you can be an Instructor Trainer you will need to qualify as a PADI Rebreather Instructor on the rebreather you want to become a PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer for.
- Teaching Status PADI Course Director or TecRec Instructor Trainer
- Current diving medical clearance signed by a physician
- Contact the manufacturer to make sure you meet any additional manufacturer requirements
- Sign up for a PADI Rebreather Instructor Trainer Course. Contact email@example.com
- Gain additional experience. As an Instructor Trainer you will need to have a minimum of 150 logged rebreather dives
- Have certified at least 5 PADI Rebreather Divers and 5 PADI Advanced Rebreather Divers including at least 4 certifications on the specific unit.
For more information on PADI Rebreather Courses please contact firstname.lastname@example.org