Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can read more about our diving history HERE
Just complete our convenient form HERE and you will receive your card within 7-10 business days.
You can easily renew with us HERE.
Click HERE to find out more. We’d love to have you join us!
We can look up an instructor for you with a little more information. Go HERE to get started.
We use our digital material as a supplement to the education. We do not replace the face to face instructor contact time with e-learning. We have digital instructor guides and teaching materials. We use paper manuals for students. Most of our supplemental materials at the US office are English only but we have access to some Italian, Spanish, German, and Korean language materials as well. We have materials in other languages in development and will update once they are available.
All teaching materials are ready. We have materials for most specialties. Some specialties do not have materials BUT we do support courses for them. For example, we do not have Full Face Mask materials but can approve your Full Face Mask Course and issue that certification for your students.
Instructors only need to purchase materials if they want a paper copy. We can provide digital instructor teaching materials. Student materials ordered through the US office are paper.
Yes, we have materials up to Instructor Trainer. Course Directors are appointed on a case by case basis. Our Course Directors usually develop and run specialty programs or write educational material for Scuba Educators. Our Instructor Trainers are equivalent to the Course Director of most other agencies.
We do agency support for public safety programs and aquarium programs. This includes customized cards and record keeping. For instructors, we have some of the lowest renewal prices in the industry and support them by trusting them to do what they do best – teach scuba. We do not sell to your students directly, require minimum training numbers, or have a fee for everything you do. It is very straightforward, and our instructors enjoy teaching to the highest standards in the industry without hassle and ongoing sales pitches from us.
We have instructors all over the world. Italy, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Turkey, the Philippines, Korea, and Japan are some of the standouts. Our cards carry the PDIC International and Scuba Educators International logos. We also purchased the old YMCA Scuba program. We are recognized worldwide.
You can easily certify students online through our website here.
Simply call or e-mail us with your order from the current materials and price list. All invoicing is handled electronically. You may choose to have your card on file and charged automatically.
We can send the card to whomever you like. Certifications include USPS First Class and International service. Other shipping options for certifications are available at instructor’s expense. We do charge shipping for materials. The instructor pays whatever we pay to get the materials where they need to go.
We do not currently limit prices for our instructors as the market in each area dictates what prices the area can support. You may contact us to receive price recommendations for your area.
$15 US per certification for Open Water courses. $25 US for customized cards. Naturally, instructor certifications are more and included in the price list.
This depends on leadership level. Annual renewal ranges from $90 US for Divemaster to $250 US for Instructor Trainer. You will find our leadership renewals to be quite competitive in the industry.
We have a simple, three step crossover process for instructors. We do not have the same levels as other agencies. Leaders are Divemaster, Assistant Instructor, Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Course Director. We do have some Instructor Trainers who serve in roles with more responsibility. We do not typically crossover Instructor Trainers without them attending an Instructor Development Course. However, each application is individually considered, and we absolutely take your experience and education into consideration. Please contact us for more details.
We do have some country representatives who support independent instructors. We rely on them for help with translation, material development, renewals, etc. They are usually experienced IT’s who believe in the quality of our education.
We typically host a leader conference at the annual DEMA Trade Show in the United States.
We do not currently certify dive centers as exclusively Scuba Educators. Our dive centers who teach with us have the freedom to teach the courses and curriculum that best suits their needs – even if they are not our courses!
We do have the SCUBA Educators Professional Dive Instructor College in Houston, Texas. They are a military specialty training center.
Most of our instructors are independent. Some have dive shops. We do not require shop affiliations. We do not have manufacturer affiliations. This means you can teach courses with other agencies as well and use whatever gear you want. Our courses are better suited for divers who want comprehensive training. As a result, dive shops who teach very short, condensed open water courses are not a good fit for our basic open water or advanced courses. This is because the shorter courses do not meet our minimum standards. Some dive centers teaching condensed open water courses with other agencies will use our specialty courses because they like the quality and they can be taught in shorter blocks. This is perfectly alright as long as the diver meets our standards for the course.
We have instructors all over the world. Italy, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Philippines, Korea, and Japan are some of the standouts. Our cards carry the PDIC International and Scuba Educators International logos. We also purchased the old YMCA Scuba program. We are recognized worldwide.
For the time being, we are focused only on recreational diving. We also have Deep Quest Institute for Freediving instruction. If you are certified to teach Tec and side mount with other agencies, you may do so but will need to obtain the certification through them.
Instructor trainers can certify new instructors. Our leaders carry an incredible amount of trust with us. Once crossed over, we trust you to teach to our standard. As a Scuba Educators Instructor Trainer, you would just test and certify to our standards, then submit online for certification.
We have an equivalency agreement with CMAS and are the only US agency authorized to issue CMAS cards.