Many people will participate in a scuba diving certification course to learn the basic diving skills they need to be able to dive at exotic locations during a vacation. These beginner level courses are designed to give people the general knowledge that they need to be able to safely dive in open water. The courses are often taken online for the book learning part of the course and then move to the pool setting to learn the basic diving skills and techniques before going to the open water for a first dive. There are also some ‘test diving’ situations that can be experienced in a pool setting where individuals who are not sure if diving is the experience for them can test the experience in a shallow dive in a controlled setting to see if they enjoy it. After that they can take the entire course if it is something they want to pursue.
In order to become a scuba diving instructor, advanced certification is required. Scuba diving instructor certification requires that the people participating master certain dive skills in the water as well as learn theory on diving that they will have to show mastery over on a written test. They will learn the basics on different types of diving such as rescue diving, as well as certain master diving skills and the educational philosophy of the particular scuba diving instructor certification program that they are participating in. Not only will the scuba diving instructor courses allow individuals to teach diving to novice divers but they will also certify them to participate in different professional diving situations where professional divers are needed.
The scuba diving instructor certification can also be pursued in specialty areas. There are some scuba diving instructor courses where underwater photography is the focus. There are others where night diving or wreck diving is the specialty. In other cases, it is deep water diving or enriched air diver courses that the person will want to pursue. In every case, the advanced certification makes the diver more attractive to be asked to do professional dives in the areas which he is an expert. The great thing about these courses is that the training is standard world wide so that the scuba diving instructor certification can usually be used in all parts of the world that the person wants to dive in or instruct in, thus opening up a wide variety of opportunities for the diver.