Through their background or education some volunteers can contribute in a spectacular fashion. Volunteers with special skills, whether they be marine biologists or scuba instructors are always in high demand and are most welcome to intern with us. This page details options for PADI scuba instructors to intern with us and build experience and teach diving to fellow volunteers.
You’re already a PADI scuba instructor
You’re welcome to work with us as an instructor no matter if you’re a grizzled veteran, who’s been teaching diving for years and just want to contribute to a worthwhile cause or if you’re a green instructor right out of your IDC (?), looking to build experience through team-teaching with more experienced instructors. The lenght of your stay should be at least 2 months+ – As an experienced instructor you’ll be a great asset straight away, but as a green or fairly inexperienced instructor we’d recommend staying longer than a month to better learn the ropes and to try get involved with different scuba courses. You’ll of course get the certification credit for students you teach, even if you teach through team teaching.
If you wish to intern as a scuba instructor with MCP, there’s a number of things you should know.
- We expect our instructors to be role models as divers. If you do not have proper buoyancy control or trim, or if you kick up the bottom when you dive, then let's please work work on fixing that before you teach any volunteers. If you feel your own advanced dive skills need some work, please realise this is not unusual considering the relative ease and number of dives required to becoming a PADI instructor. We are happy to help you improve!
- Some volunteers arrive with their own scuba gear, but if they don't they'll dive in a DIR-style backplate/wing setup (do google it, if you're unfamiliar with it). We've chosen this setup because we feel it's superior to normal recreational BCDs, and as our volunteers stay for a minimum of one month it's no problem having to adjust the webbing to get it right for the first dive or two. If you are not familiar with this sort of set-up, it's no problem. You can continue diving with your old BCD or switch to one of our wings - it's entirely up to you. Despite the wing being DIR style, volunteers dive with normal regulators, not with a hogarthian long hose setup. We also use dive computers.
- We take our time to teach to a very high standard. If you've already been working as an instructor, you probably sometimes feel pressurized to certify divers who are only just meeting standards, who perhaps aren't very competent, or probably not - in reality - prepared to dive independently after the Open Water Course, even if they "passed the course". In a commercial dive shop it can be difficult to take students on extra dives (for free) - but as we're anything but a busy dive-shop and because divers with poor bouyancy and skills can't perform the work we want to do underwater, we have to teach courses the best way. This is a luxury to embrace! Imagine as an instructor having infinite time, to make the best divers ever! The divers you would teach here, you'll be proud to say you taught and certified.
- Most of our volunteers are already scuba divers when they arrive. We do not teach that many Open Water Courses - Many, more than half probably, take advantage of our unique offer of free scuba training, and as such they may do the EFR, advanced course or maybe the rescue course. These three courses probably comprise two thirds of all our courses, with the rest being divemaster courses, specialties and the occasional Open Water Course.
You're not a PADI scuba instructor yet
Once you've completed your Divemaster course, the next step on the professional scuba-learning ladder is becoming an instructor. If you feel like its too big a step, PADI also offers an intermediate assistant instructor certification, which will give you an opportunity to get added experience teaching students in a limited number of specialty areas, but this is not a prerequisite for instructor training. Marine Conservation Philippines is not an instructor development centre, but as part of your journey to become a PADI professional, we can refer you to a nearby centre, when you get to that stage after the divemaster course. The IDC is a fairly short course (around two weeks) and you'll typically rejoin us after the completion of the course. Becoming an Instructor The instructor course will not teach you how to dive! You should already have exellent water skills and diving knowledge from your divemaster training. The Instructor Development Course (IDC) is all about learning how to teach those skills and academics to new divers or divers continuing their dive education. It consists of mock training scenarios in the classroom, pool training and in open water where you will practice formatted teaching techniques, and learn about the business of diving and instructional methodology The course has two components, the Assistant Instructor Course (AI) and the Open Water Scuba Diver Instructor Course (OWSI). Together the two courses combine to encompass the entire IDC. Both courses must be completed before attending the PADI Instructor Examination (IE). Prerequisites: [list type="check3"]
- A PADI Divemaster who has been a certified diver for six months may enroll in the PADI Instructor Development Course.
- At least 60 logged dives to start the IDC and 100 dives to attend an IE.
- Emergency First Response Primary and Secondary Care (CPR and First Aid) training within the past 24 months.
- A medical statement signed by a physician within the last 12 months.
If you are solely interested in doing your IDC, not in getting additional skills through an internship with Marine Conservation Philippines either preceding the IDC, after the IDC or both before and after, we cannot help you, other of course than refer you to relevant IDC centres.