Dive Instructor

Become an SSI Dive Instructor

Instructor Training Course

Instructors get to do it all, and so are the most sought after professionals in the industry.

They can work as a Divemaster getting paid to lead dives, but also can teach people how to dive, and depending on the level attained, can teach from Open Water Diver all the way up to Divemaster also.

As a result, Instructors find themselves as valuable commodities in any dive environment due to the massive flexibility they add to a shop.

Introduction

The Instructor Training Course with New Way Diving offers you the chance to develop on some of the areas covered in the Divemaster Course and develop into a Dive Instructor who can now also teach people how to scuba dive.

As an SSI Dive Instructor you will be able to seek paid work with one of the largest diving agencies in the world.

Our Koh Tao Instructor Training Course provides everything you need to pass your training and begin your career as a Dive Instructor.

Take the Plunge and join an Instructor Course

As per many things at New Way Diving, we do things differently to the rest!

We have 2 different ways of completing your Instructor Training Course;

  • Full Time – 9 Days Consecutive Training + 2 Days Mock Instructor Examination & 2 Days Instructor Examination
  • Part Time – 9 Flexible Days of training + 2 Days Mock Instructor Examination & 2 Days Instructor Examination

Our Full Time Instructor Training Courses take place twice a month (not offered by any other shop in Thailand) although the Mock IE and the the IE can only be completed on fixed dates (unless 4 or more candidates).

Our Part Time Instructor Training Courses (not offered by any other shop in the world!!) take place on bespoke schedules that work for you – please contact us so we can work together to work a schedule that may consist of evenings only, weekends, or whatever works for you. Our only request is that it is completed within 3 months to assure knowledge isn’t lost.

The system for both methods of completing the course is quite straightforward;

Complete Part 1 – the Instructor Development Course itself

Complete Part 2 – the Mock Instructor Evaluations

Join Part 3 – the SSI Instructor Evaluation

Why do we do this?

Becoming an Instructor is the next step from being a Divemaster. When working as a Divemaster it’s often hard to get time off work. No one wants to say “No” to work – it not only hurts your pocket but also reduces your chances of getting work with a particular shop in the future.

Added to this is timings – perhaps you can only get weekends off, or the holiday time you are able to book doesn’t work with the existing schedules offered by other schools…

On Koh Tao, for example, the week preceding full moon is usually busy, as is the week after, and so the dates of the ITC may not be a sound financial decision for you at this point in time.

Whatever the reason, we want to support people in the industry and develop you all to your maximum potential.

Please note – the route you choose is not interchangeable. It is either consecutive training or part time.

Requirements

  • 100+ Dives
  • Certified as Open Water for 6+ months
  • Certified SSI Divemaster (or equivalent rating*)
  • Oxygen Provider Training within 2 Years

If you do not meet the criteria in one of these area, no worries! Everything can be done here with us, just let us know which area you need help with.

* Please note, if joining from another agency there is a SSI Membership fee of 2,000 THB.

Our Available Packages

  • Open Water Instructor

  • THB72,000

  • Digital Instructor Materials
  • Instructor Examination Fee
  • Pro Memberships
  • Pro Slates
  • 9 Days ITC
  • 2 Days Mock IE
  • Personal Coaching as needed
  • Free Diving Insurance
  • Nitrox Instructor
  • Marine Ecology Instructor
  • Perfect Buoyancy Instructor
  • Scuba Rangers Instructor
  • React Right Instructor
  • Stress & Rescue Instructor
  • 2 x Tshirt
  • Guaranteed Pass
  • 3 Days Specialty Add-on (after IE)
  • Deep Instructor
  • Wreck Instructor
  • Science of Diving Instructor
  • Night Instructor
  • Navigation Instructor
  • 1 Month Instructor Internship
  • Minimum 5 Open Water Certifications
  • Minimum 15 Con-Ed Certifications
  • Advanced Instructor Certification
  • Specialty Instructor

  • THB85,000

  • Digital Instructor Materials
  • Instructor Examination Fee
  • Pro Memberships
  • Pro Slates
  • 9 Days ITC
  • 2 Days Mock IE
  • Personal Coaching as needed
  • Free Diving Insurance
  • Nitrox Instructor
  • Marine Ecology Instructor
  • Perfect Buoyancy Instructor
  • Scuba Rangers Instructor
  • React Right Instructor
  • Stress & Rescue Instructor
  • 2 x Tshirt
  • Guaranteed Pass
  • 3 Days Specialty Add-on (after IE)
  • Deep Instructor
  • Wreck Instructor
  • Science of Diving Instructor
  • Night Instructor
  • Navigation Instructor
  • 1 Month Instructor Internship
  • Minimum 5 Open Water Certifications
  • Minimum 15 Con-Ed Certifications
  • Advanced Instructor Certification
  • Advanced Instructor

  • THB99,900

  • Digital Instructor Materials
  • Instructor Examination Fee
  • Pro Memberships
  • Pro Slates
  • 9 Days ITC
  • 2 Days Mock IE
  • Personal Coaching as needed
  • Free Diving Insurance
  • Nitrox Instructor
  • Marine Ecology Instructor
  • Perfect Buoyancy Instructor
  • Scuba Rangers Instructor
  • React Right Instructor
  • Stress & Rescue Instructor
  • 2 x Tshirt
  • Guaranteed Pass
  • 3 Days Specialty Add-on (after IE)
  • Deep Instructor
  • Wreck Instructor
  • Science of Diving Instructor
  • Night Instructor
  • Navigation Instructor
  • 1 Month Instructor Internship
  • Minimum 5 Open Water Certifications
  • Minimum 15 Con-Ed Certifications
  • Advanced Instructor Certification

The Schedule

Our Koh Tao Instructor Course is a personalized affair, whether conducted Full Time or Part Time.

This in itself is highly unusual since most shops have their fixed schedule and the courses simply run on these time-frames.

However, at New Way Diving we know that everyone is different and so cater our course accordingly.

Perhaps your diving knowledge and classroom presentation ability is fantastic from the start, or perhaps, like all of the Divemaster who complete our DM Course, your skills are already of a high demonstration standard.

To keep practicing these topics would be of minimal value and your time might be better spent on doing something else – for example perhaps better preparing your Open Water presentations.

That said, the course focuses on various areas of development;

Science of Diving SpecialtyOne of the core focuses is to develop your all round theory and knowledge, not just about diving topics, but about the SSI System of Education itself.

During a number of classroom presentations you will develop broader knowledge of the Business of Diving, the SSI Diving Programs, SSI Course standards and much more.

All of these areas come together in 2 areas – the various presentations you deliver yourself, and during the Instructor Exam.

Learning how to deliver classroom presentations is vital to delivering an effective course, no matter what level of training you are teaching.

During the Instructor Course you will be given assignments on which to prepare your own presentations of varying durations.

You will be prepared on the points of contact that must feature in these presentations, as well as more on the SSI Diver Diamond and Teaching Philosophies.

These in turn will develop your abilities in the business of diving, with a number of the presentations also enhancing your sales ability both with pieces of scuba diving equipment and further dive training or trips.

 

Open Water PresentationsA large part of learning to dive is learnt from being in the water – makes sense right!

Throughout the Instructor Course you will be taught to deliver demonstration level skills, which are vital in teaching people how to recreate diving techniques.

There are also a number of confined sessions during which you will simulate interaction with students and learn the safe procedures on how to maintain contact with the students when performing skills, as well as how to correctly brief students on what will be completed. On top of this you will learn to spot problems and resolve them in a relaxed and safe manner.

Developing from here, you will also have Open Water Presentations, during which you will continue simulating working with students. Through these sessions you will further develop your briefing ability, as well as learn additional techniques related to Open Water Training (as in not in a swimming pool) for various levels of training.

After having covered these areas over a period of 9 days, there will be a 2 day mock Examination.

During these 2 days you will be tested in all of the areas that were covered during the ITC with theory and standards exams, classroom presentations, Confined Water Presentations & Open Water Presentations.

This is then followed by a 2 day Instructor Examination conducted by an external SSI Instructor Certifier.

This is then all finished off with a night of revelry! Yes, there will be a night of celebration -We have a 100% Pass Guarantee!!

Which Package?

All of our packages are designed to create great Dive Instructors with the most opportunities and we are confident in our training.

So confident that we offer a 100% pass guarantee.

What is this?

Put simply, throughout the ITC your Instructor Trainer is in charge of your training. In the event that for whatever reason he believes you not ready for the IE you will be told in advance, and welcomed to join our next ITC free of charge.

In the even that you are put onto the IE and for whatever reason fail, we will pay the expense of your following Instructor Examination.

Our Open Water Instructor provides you the tools required to teach the core program from Open Water through to Dive Guide, and with our 100% guarantee is a great way to get into the industry.

Our Specialty Instructor Package expands on what you are able to teach, and so increases your likelihood of getting work since you will be able to teach some of the most popular specialties. You will also then be able to teach through to Divemaster.

Our Advanced Instructor Package is the most popular package.

As a part of the package you receive all of the specialties well as receive 1 month Instructor Internship (usually costing 20,000 THB by itself).

During the internship you will get hands on experience teaching courses under the guidance of our experienced Instructrional team, consequently increasing your real-world experience and then increasing your employability.

What are the Start Dates?

As mentioned, we offer 2 methods to complete your training. The first, is part time – please send us an email so we can work out a schedule for you.

All other methods take place over a fixed schedule, which can be seen on the Koh Tao Instructor Taining Course Dates here.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in our packages. However, we do assist all our customers whenever we can.

Since the training takes at least 2 weeks, and you enjoy free diving whilst with us, it is often cheapest to book accommodation by the month, unless joining us for our Flexible Instructor Training Program.

There are various options that offer monthly accommodation, and most start at around 7,500 THB per month, inclusive of all bills and wifi, for a fan room.

Prices increase from here, with AC varieties available for around 10,000 THB per month.

Generally we advise booking somewhere for the first few nights and then we can show you around so that you can decide where you would like to stay.

What’s Next

The Dive Instructor Course on Koh Tao is the beginning of a new adventure!

Being able to teach courses of all levels means you are now open to pursue your dreams as you see fit with the ability to work all over the world. Perhaps you will even decide to stay and work with us here at New Way!

We assist our candidates with finding work as well as helping to create your CV with the most efficient formatting to help you stand out among your competition, so simply let us know where and what you plan to do and we will help in any way that we can!

Become a Dive Instructor