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Fitness & Health FAQ

Fitness & Health FAQ

Helpful answers to commonly asked questions about Fitness & Health

Q: Do I need to be extremely fit to be a dive instructor?

A: No. But it helps. The fitter you are the easier you will be able to deal with the rigors of being a PADI Scuba Diving Instructor. This industry will require you to carry scuba tanks, move scuba equipment and help in a variety of ways around shops and boats. Adding to this, diving is a physical sport, it places stresses on your body and cardiovascular systems, so it’s best these are in good shape before you become an industry pro!

Aussie Divers IDC Phuket New Instructors

Aussie Divers IDC Phuket New Instructors

Q: What level of fitness and strength should I have?

A: Simply put, you should be able to carry 2 scuba cylinders, one in each hand for a relatively short distance. You will need to be able to swim at least 400 Meters and you should be able to snorkel 800 meters. Since these are basic IDC candidate requirements for becoming PADI instructors it’s essential you can do this before starting your IDC.

Q: I’m not a very good swimmer, can I still be an instructor?

A: No & Yes. You need to be comfortable in the water without scuba equipment, if you are not happy in water without flotation devices you will simply never be a good instructor. Swimming is an essential part of becoming a good PADI instructor, though it doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t become one. So long as you can pass your two swim tests and meet the other in water requirements you can be an instructor.

We highly recommend you practice swimming before starting your IDC or take professional instruction before you arrive if you are that bad at it. We will not provide swimming instruction to IDC candidates. Though we do have swimming coaches available if necessary or on prior request.

Q: I suffer from Asthma, can I be a scuba diving instructor?

A: Depends on the severity, if you are capable of managing your Asthma and you can get a certificate from your doctor then there is no reason you can’t complete the IDC.

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Living The Dream After Instructor Graduation

Finding work after becoming a Scuba Diving Instructor can sometimes be a daunting task, you are competing against people with much more experience who have been working in the industry longer. The best thing about doing your Instructor Course in Phuket is that there is almost always work for new instructors and Aussie Divers will help you to get it. We have awesome and varied post graduation programs, ranging from 'Ride Alongs' with our elite instructors to instructor internships where experience & responsibility can be had in real world environments with real customers, getting you the qualifications & certifications you need to be attractive to employers.

The absolute best way to ensure employability after you graduate to a fully fledged (OWSI) Open Water Scuba Diving Instructor is to continue your training with PADI, especially when it comes to the PADI instructor specialties we teach here at Aussie Divers. Once you have five Instructor specialties under your belt you will become an M.S.D.T or Master Scuba Diver Trainer, which looks much better on your diving resume'. Specialties include being able to teach the PADI Deep Diver (40m), Enriched Air Nitrox, PADI Wreck Diver, Sidemount Diver, Digital Underwater Photographer courses, plus many many more!

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The Best Instructor Development Center In Thailand

Here at Aussie Divers IDC Phuket we do not worry about the number of divers or IDC candidates we have, we worry exclusively about the quality of your education, be it one person or many, you'll never feel abandoned or bored when training, working or diving with us. Maintaining relationships before during and after any courses done with us is what Aussie Divers is all about. To help manage such a huge base of divers & industry professionals we built this diver network, connecting on every social media platform we can think of coupled with extremely helpful blog articles, to keep you engaged & to keep you engaged with us for the entirety of your diving career!

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