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SSI Job Board

As an SSI professional you also have access to the job placement site on MySSI


 In diving, like in most (if not all) careers, the best way to get the job you want is through networking. Many jobs are filled by word of mouth and aren't even listed. How many times have you met someone working in a recreational dive job that never left after a vacation? I know we have met a lot.

That is probably the best and easiest way to find a dive job. Talk with the current workers, show them your skills and see if they are looking to hire anyone. If you have certifications such as divemaster, instructor, etc. this is probably one of the most common paths to a dive career.

If you don't have that opportunity, don't overlook the people in your own backyard. Go the local scuba shop, call up your old instructor, talk with other divers you know, etc. All of these people may have a lead to the job you want (or would at least be willing to start and try). Sometimes, it is just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.

 E Mailing of CV’s

CV’s can be e mailed directly to dive centres etc. in response to a particular job opportunity or simply compiling

a list of e mail addresses and mass e mailing them.

This can be a long boring job but can prove very effective. Remember that mass e mailing is a numbers game, the more you send the bigger your chance.

Send each e mail individually, do not cc a large number of addresses, you look desperate.

 A list of SSI Dive Centres can be compiled from the centre locator on MySSI

Simply Pitching Up

Finding a job in the scuba industry is largely being at the right place at the right time.

This can be an expensive and time consuming method but is very effective. Many countries

prefer to hire Instructors on the spot so if you pitch up you get the job. Asia is a prime example

of on the spot hiring.

 Internet and Social Media

Social media abounds with job websites. Some are effective, some are not.

You can either advertise yourself or reply to posted job opportunities.


So how do you find a job?

Scuba diving jobs can seem like a dream come true. After all, you are now getting paid for something that you used to pay to do.

Which scuba diving job is best for you is all about your personal preferences and skills.

You need to assess what you want and what level of training and skills you have to offer.

 Like most jobs, your first job in the diving industry does not go so much about where it is,

what you are doing or getting paid. It is simply about getting experience to be able to

include in your CV.

Obviously, the more training and skills you have the more job opportunities in scuba

diving will be open to you. But how do you get one of these jobs? And what types of

dive jobs are available.

This guide will attempt to answer those questions, and more, about starting that dive career. We hope we help you land the job of your dreams.

 Retail Shops

This is probably the most popular and most common way to start a career in the dive industry.

A retail dive shop is a good place to start no matter what you want to do in the dive industry. You'll get great experience and may also have the opportunity for free dive travel.

Dive shops typically hire people who are certified divers to work in the retail portion. Sales experience is thus an advantage, though not necessarily a requirement. Besides sales, responsibilities at a dive shop could also include renting equipment, filling tanks and repairing and/or maintaining equipment.

This is a great place to go if you are an instructor or want to become one. Many (if not most) people take their book and pool portion of their dive certification at home and most dive shops offer certification courses. So there is a lot of opportunity for teaching here. Teaching opportunities also include specialty courses as more people are going beyond the basic open water certification.

 Opportunities at Resorts

There are many scuba dive job opportunities in resorts. Going this route (working in a resort that offers scuba diving) is a popular avenue to a scuba diving job. With resorts popping up all over warm water destinations, there is plenty of opportunity out there.

An instructor at a resort is probably the most popular scuba job at a resort. However, just like in a retail dive shop, an instructor typically does more than just lead dives or teach classes. Other tasks that a dive instructor may have to fulfill is working the retail shop, filling tanks, handing out gear, loading gear, rinsing gear, captaining a boat, repairing/maintaining scuba equipment, etc. What responsibilities a dive instructor may have of course depends on the particular operation you work for.

When you are working at a resort, housing and meals may be provided. Again, it differs from operation to operation. If your room and board is included, you can expect to receive less in salary.

Another aspect to consider when looking at scuba dive job opportunities at a resort is your marital status. Some resorts may give preference to singles while others may not be able to accommodate a spouse or significant other.

A work permit is usually required to work in a foreign country. Your employer will be your

sponsor to allow you to work in the country. A permit, of course, costs money. So you need

to clarify who will be paying for the work permit - you or your employer. And any necessary

extensions. In some resorts, the worker will pay the fees initially and then be reimbursed

by the employer on a monthly basis.

The time it takes to get a permit varies by country. In some countries it only requires a

matter of days before you can get your permit, while in other countries it may take weeks

before you can start working. A valid passport will also be required.

You should also be aware that many resorts hire out dive operations. That is, the dive shop at the resort you work at is a separate entity than the resort. It may be an extension of a dive operator in town. Thus you are working directly for that dive shop and not the resort.

 Commercial Diving

Commercial diving jobs can make for an incredibly rewarding career. Individuals who enjoy scuba diving are likely to find it especially rewarding. Being paid to do something that one loves and would gladly do for free, is what most people desire but never realize.

For professional divers, this is often the case. It is important to note that while diving for a living can be incredibly exhilarating, it does require a great deal of hard work, dedication, skill and training.

However, commercial diver jobs do pay well and there are a myriad of opportunities available to those willing to do the work.

It is important to note that one of the best things about this field is that it is possible to find a job almost anywhere in the world. This bodes well for individuals who appreciate the flexibility of being able to work anywhere on the globe, not to mention the job security that this affords.

 Cruise Ship

Many cruise ships have full water sport programs and Scuba Diving available on the vessel.

Instructors need a valid instructor’s certification and a CPR certificate.

They are also expected to generate enthusiasm for a water sport program. Some ships even provide windsurfing instructions and equipment. Since almost all ships have pools, people with lifeguard experience have a definite advantage.

Cruise lines like to see applicants with creativity, confidence, and expertise. These are usually salaried positions with contracts anywhere from three months to six months.

Yacht Dive Instructor

An Instructor is the one primarily responsible for all aspects of diving for the owners and guests. The Instructor’s job responsibilities are teaching and instructing for dive certifications, ensuring the safety of the diving excursions, and maintenance of the dive equipment. Also, since there will not be a consistent flow of dive work to be accomplished, will most likely be used as a deckhand as well.

 This is by no means a conclusive list of opportunities in the industry. Other career opportunities include:

Equipment Manufacturers

Training Agencies
Travel Agencies
Freelance Instructor
Travel Writer

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