Phuket Thailand's best scuba diving (+66) 080 696 1461
Do I Need to Know How To Swim to be a Scuba Diving Instructor?

Do I Need to Know How To Swim to be a Scuba Diving Instructor?

Do I Need to Know How To Swim to be a Scuba Diving Instructor?

Do I Need to Know How To Swim to be a Scuba Diving Instructor? The short answer is YES, yes you do. This is simply because as a PADI scuba diving instructor you are an ambassador for the oceans and scuba diving as a sport, which also means promoting safety and comfort in the water for your customers and students when you are teaching.

Without quality swimming skills and your own personal in-water comfort being of an extremely high level, you will simply never be a ‘ great scuba diving instructor’ if the medium in which you teach is always frightening to you because you know you can’t swim effectively without a flotation device that will shine through in your teaching.

When an instructor is 100% comfortable in the water, inside of a BCD or not, that is when true potential is reached and your students will exemplify this behavior in their own actions while training with you. Everything you do as a scuba diving instructor will be emulated by your customers and students, it’s that simple. So you 100% need to be confident in the water as a swimmer to be a good instructor.

Alix IDC Endorsement

Alix PADI Scuba Diving Instructor

What About Safety?

Personally, if I found out or suspected my diving instructor was not a strong swimmer, I would not get into the water with them. Without strong swimming skills you are not only endangering yourself but you are surely endangering your customers lives as well. In an emergency, in the water strong swimming and water skills will help you effectively solve or rectify emergency issues quickly.

Nonswimmers who attempt to help someone else in the water will almost immediately find themselves in a bad situation and be ineffective in helping to solve the emergency, they will most likely just be adding more problems to an already bad situation, where as a strong swimmer could offer help or assistance to someone in need of it.

Add to this that a nonswimming dive instructor might choose to not get in the water at all if someone required help, they might freeze or take to long to offer assistance because they are not comfortable swimming.

Then there is also the matter of your own safety, you spend a lot of time in the water and pool as an instructor, much of this time is spent teaching people who are not immediately comfortable in water and will do things that endanger your safety, like snorkelers who cling to you for buoyancy but push you under the water instead. If you can’t swim then that is going to be a bad day for you indeed.

There is absolutely no excuse for not being a good swimmer, if you are embarking on becoming a professional scuba diving instructor consider it a requirement, not a nice to have.

PADI Open Water Instructor Phuket IDC

PADI Open Water Instructor Phuket IDC

Swimming Is Essentially Free

If you are not a strong swimmer, than finding water or a pool to practice in is very simple, again there is no real excuse for not learning swimming basics before becoming a PADI instructor.

Becoming a strong swimmer is of course a slight matter of dedication, but doesn’t take very long to master, a few days with a swim coach and you will be gliding in the water like a dolphin.

Are There Swim Tests In The IDC?

Yes there are. The basic swim tests in the IDC are as follows.

  • 400 Meter Swim
  • 800 Meter Snorkel

Both will need to be demonstrated the ability to swim to a high degree.

Contact Us Today

Posted in Instructor Pro IDC Tips on .

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!

Instructor Specialty Courses
Aussie Divers Phuket IDC Nai Harn each Endorsements

Alban Fabre

Working in a very stressful environment, I decided to take a long break (1 month, which I considered very long:)) in December 2018. Being passionate about scuba diving, which I discovered with my Open Water Course 7 years ago, I wanted to take a first step into professional diving and do my PADI Divemaster course. South East Asia & Thailand has always been a region that I loved. I therefore started to look at where I should do my PADI Pro journey. I always heard that finding the best PADI Instructors, and a team that you get along with, is the key in professional training, I hence looked after who would be the best. After reading [...]

Read The Story
Thomas PADI Divemaster Course Aussie Divers Phuket Everything Else

Divemaster Flashback #1 – Thomas Wetteland Kristiansen

Thomas was from Skjeburg in Norway. He did his PADI Divemaster course with Aussie Divers Phuket way back in 2013. He was Aussie Divers Phuket first ever Divemaster Trainee. He was originally here for a bartenders course, walked into Aussie Divers Phuket to book a day trip dive and left Phuket as a PADI Open Water Instructor. Thomas possessed excellent underwater buoyancy and score very high in both his exams and skill circuit. He completed his PADI Instructor Development Course with ease and again score highly in all areas. He also possessed excellent social and customer service skills and was a loved and respected member [...]

Read The Story
Brad PADI IDC Phuket Thailand Endorsements

Brad Pilbeam – PADI IDC Phuket June 2022

I am writing to endorse the PADI IDC program offered by Aussie Divers Phuket. I completed the Phuket PADI IDC program in June 2022 and successfully passed the PADI IE in Phuket the same month. The IDC program at Aussie Divers Phuket is comprehensive and well-structured. It covers all of the essential knowledge and skills that you need to become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. The instructors are experienced and knowledgeable, and they are committed to providing you with the best possible training. I particularly appreciated the emphasis that the IDC program placed on safety. The instructors made sure that we understood the impor [...]

Read The Story

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!