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Diving Instructor

What do they do?

As a dive instructor you’ll look after, educate, train and assess students or clients who want to become underwater divers. Your job could include teaching free-divers, recreational divers, technical divers and professional divers (military, police, commercial, public safety, and scientific sectors).

If you love diving, you’re passionate about the marine environment and you have the patience and understanding that’ll make a great teacher, then perhaps a career as a diving instructor could be for you.


  • Care for and maintain your own dive equipment and that of your students / clients / organisation
  • take bookings
  • pilot and maintain a boat
  • provide guide services to customers
  • teach customers about reefs and marine life
  • responsible for the safety of the diving party
  • keeping accurate running records of equipment, stock, dives, logs, engine and compressor running times
  • take part in ongoing training programmes

Skills required:

  • friendly and outgoing, with great customer service skills
  • responsible, patient and empathetic
  • enthusiastic with superb communication skills
  • organised and confident
  • respond well in emergency situations and when under pressure
  • be a good role model in and out of the water
  • physically fit and able to work long days
  • passionate and well educated about the marine environment, organisms, laws and regulations
  • willing to work long hours and do shift work
  • knowledge of other languages could be a bonus


The main pathway is to obtain complete an Instructor Development course. To be eligible you’ll generally need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years old or more
  • have been a certified open water, advanced, and rescue diver for at least 6 months
  • successfully completed a certified dive master course
  • provide proof of a minimum of 100 logged dives
  • pass a medical (no longer than 12 months between medicals)
  • have a current first aid certificate

You could apply to become a Clearance Diver with the ADF, if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Working as a CD in the ADF you could expect to receive an annual salary package of $93,374 per year – $66,235 plus allowances.

Working as a full time or part time instructor you could expect to earn $800 per week as a dive master and $850 per week as a dive instructor. If you work casually masters earn on average $26.50 per hour and instructors $28.16 per hour basic rate (Source: fairwork.gov.au).

Job growth in this area is predicted to be very strong (joboutlook.gov.au).

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