How would you like to teach your favorite sport to others at the same time you're diving!  You may also have the opportunity of added pleasure of going to exotic locations to lead trips or to do private instruction.

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Age: Minimum is 18 years. 

Experience. Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.  Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required.  CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask®, face shield.  Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.

Administrative Requirements:
– Submit a complete course application.
– Provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water.
– Provide all required texts and materials.


Meet all course prerequisites.  Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid.  Complete all portions of the course.  Meet all course administrative requirements.  Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 80% or better.


Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a SDI membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.


Leadership members of SDI are entitled to benefits detailed in the Bylaws and in the SDI standards. A SDI Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.

Instructor Training Course (IDC, IE)

The SDI Instructor Development Course (IDC) and Instructor Evaluation (IE) is designed to train and qualify SDI Instructors. During the course, future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with SDI Diving Course Standards.

The instructor training is presented in two phases.
Phase One, called an Instructor Development Course (IDC), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an IDC, candidate(s) practice performances must be evaluated by at least one qualified evaluators one of whom may be a  Staff Instructor Trainer (SIT) or an  Instructor Trainer (IT). The IDC 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 instructor training, is called the Instructor Evaluation (IE), during which an Instructor Trainer must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made.
The course assures the SDI that candidates who receive certification as SDI Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.

Resource Materials for SDI Instructor Programs

SDI Standards and Policies Manual
SDI Scuba Diver Instructor Guide
SDI Student Training Kit (including book, tables, etc.)

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