Variety is the spice of life! Don't limit your enthusiasm for teaching to just the core PADI courses. Teach your customers what THEY want to learn. You do not have to have completed the specialty courses yourself in order to become a PADI Specialty Instructor* because you will learn the skills from a PADI Course Director. Learning from Steve Prior means that you will not only learn how to teach specialties, but also pick up some useful tricks and tips that are not found in the outlines. PADI Instructor Specialty days are always a lot of fun. You learn how to conduct courses while having a relaxed and fun days diving yourself! Click here for Course Dates
*2 Exceptions to this are PADI Enriched Air Diver and DSAT Gas Blender.
PADI AWARE Fish ID - This is a must do course if you are taking a trip to the Red Sea, but having said that, you will be suprised how much interest it stirs up if teaching the course in or around the UK.
PADI Boat Diver - A great specialty to have up your sleeve when the weather prevents you from completing your planned dive. Teach invaluable information about boat etiquette as well as entry and exit techniques.
PADI Deep Diver - This speciailty sells itself because most divers want to go a little bit deeper to dive on wrecks.
PADI Digital U/W Photographer - Everyone seems to have a digital u/w camera these days and most of them would like a little bit of guidance to improve their photos.
PADI Diver Propulsion Vehicle - This specialty is THE most fun course you will teach. There may or may not be a practical application for using a DPV, but who cares!
PADI Drift Diver - Drift diving is great fun on the south coast of England and in many holiday destinations around the World drift diving is the norm. Extra equipment and knowledge of how to use it is essential.
PADI Dry Suit Diver - This specialty sells itself in the UK. The outline contains lots of information regarding suit selection, use and care.
PADI Enriched Air Diver - The MOST popular PADI specialty.
PADI Equipment Specialty - A dry course and brilliant for those cold winter nights to keep divers interest up. It covers all the basics that we expect people to know but never tell them, like how to replace a fin strap. Also a great idea to encourage divers to have their own spares so they don't keep stealing yours!
PADI Multi-level and Computer Diver - This course is brilliant because it brings to life the theory of nitrogen absorption and release and divers know what their computers are telling them and why. One of my personal favourites.
PADI Night Diver - A fantastic course to teach on Red Sea holidays. Night diving opens up a whole new world of underwater life to discover.
PADI Oxygen First Aid - Another dry course. Most people who have learnt how to administer O2 on the Recue Diver Course will want to do this course because they want to know WHY O2 is so good for divers. Once we know about the physiological benefits of O2 we can make informed decisions regarding O2 administration.
PADI Search and Recovery Diver - Everyone loves to be a hero a help to recover lost items and play with the lifting bags and knots etc.
PADI SMB Diver - Most boat skippers in the UK insist that divers use an SMB so this is a great course to pass on useful tips on SMB deployment.
PADI U/W Naturalist - Again, this is a must do course if you are taking a trip to the Red Sea, but you will be suprised how much interest it stirs up if teaching the course in or around the UK.
PADI U/W Navigator - Everyone feels a great deal of satisfaction when they have mastered the use of the compass and feel more comfortable going diving knowing how to navigate around underwater.
PADI U/W Photographer - For divers who don't have a digital camera.
PADI U/W Videographer - Simple filming techniques will turn amateur film clips into enjoyable and watchable video.
PADI Wreck Diver - Diving inside a wreck is easy but navigating your way out again needs to be just as easy!
DSAT Gas Blender - Everyone can increase their chances of employment in a dive centre if they are a qualified Gas Blender.
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Steve's Tips on Why to Teach Specialties...
When people ask you to teach them to dive they have in their mind a particular idea of what diving is. Maybe it is to discover wrecks, to see the fabulous underwater creatures and fish or maybe taking photographs. The PADI Open Water Diver Course teaches them how to dive safely but does not give them what was in their mind. PADI specialties are designed to give your customers what they want. In short, specialties ARE diving. PADI Specailties teach invaluable skills and fuel the enthusiasm to keep people diving.
Being a PADI Specialty Instructor is great for you because you get to teach a variety of subjects and skills that interest you and that you are naturally enthusiastic about.