How to Turn Your Passion into a Career

How to Turn Your Passion into a Career

By Jennifer JACKSON

Are You Ready To Make A Living Out Of Diving?

If you live and breathe diving and just can’t wait for a free moment to dive into the bluest depths, then you may wish to go from amateur to pro, or make a complete career change, dedicating 100% of your time to diving. If so, it’s time to begin your IANTD Instructor Trainer Course, designed to hone your diving skills, but also to teach you to communicate with students and supervise them so you can lead a group in dives that are as safe as they are entertaining. If you are ready to take the next step, be sure you have all the requirements and equipment you need, and research further into what the life of a professional diving instructor is like.

What is so appealing about life as an instructor?

Diving instructors are able to live their passion daily while making a living. Being an instructor isn’t just about having fun, however. For many, one of its most appealing features is the challenge - the way it pushes you to adapt to new circumstances and to react quickly to both your own and your students’ needs. Diving is a profession that requires constant growth and further training. There are always new specialties to learn, and new needs to be met (both technically and in terms of safety). With diving, there is never a dull moment and no two days are the same.

What prerequisites will you need?

Current prerequisites for IANTD Instructor level are varied and include having completed a current First Aid course with AED + CPR; having a current Oxygen Administration rating; and Rescue Diver certification, to name just a few. Ask the team at Deep Fathoms for the full list of requirements. If you are lacking any of them, it may take a few weeks or months until you are fully ready. As an instructor, you will need to be comfortable in your chosen diving depths, and this means having to build up experience over a reasonable period of time.

Which course to opt for?

If you wish to dedicate your life to diving, continual training is key to avoid stagnancy and to offer your students a wider range of underwater adventures. There are an array of specialized courses you may consider depending on the type of dives you wish to lead. IANTD has a wealth of leadership and professional programs available, including those of Cavern Divemaster (for those wishing to safety guide professional cavern tours), Open Water and Open Water Nitrox Instructor courses, and the Technical Supervisor course, which recognizes one’s leadership qualifications. You might also wish to gain further experience in wrecks, caverns, or medical response (the Automatic External Defibrillator Instructor course is one focusing on saving lives).

What equipment will you need?

You will usually need to bring all your own full diving gear used by diving professionals, including a mask and snorkel, fins, an exposure suit, wetsuit, and semi-dry or drysuit, pressure gauge, diving computer, and more. The team at Deep Fathoms will inform you of the full list of items you will need to bring along. Ensure all your equipment is in tip-top condition and capable of withstanding the many hours of diving involved.

If you are ready to take your diving to the next level, become a fully qualified instructor by completing IANTD instructor level (as well as additional specialized) courses. Make sure you have the equipment and prerequisites you need to start. Finally, remember that completing an instructor’s course does not mean you have to give up your current job. Rather, it opens doors to the possibility of really taking the plunge and dedicating your life to helping others discover the wonder of the underwater world.

Jennifer Jackson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who turned her passion for diving into a full-time career as an instructor, starting off during college and then full-time for several years after until she settled down and started a family.

Support the New Ocean Discovery Centre Initiative!!

Support the New Ocean Discovery Centre Initiative!!

A group of local Nanaimo Philanthropists are working hard to fund and construct a world class Deep Ocean Discovery Centre right here in Nanaimo. This is the greatest tribute to Ocean Sciences and Diving Technology there has ever been! It will include an interactive display of Phil Nuytten's fantastics achievements.

The Ocean Discovery Centre is a unique Ocean experience attracting local, regional and global visitors to an exciting range of displays and activities, some static, some virtual, some interactive, and some living. It will reflect on the history, engage with the present, and look to the future. Visitors will experience and participate in the impact we have had and are having on the Oceans environment and what we can do to preserve and protect the vast natural resource.

Please go to there site at for more information and to sign the support sheet.

 A conceptual drawing of the proposed Nanaimo Ocean Discovery Centre

A conceptual drawing of the proposed Nanaimo Ocean Discovery Centre

Surrendering to Social Media

We have avoided it for years - probably because we feared it. But after much pressure from friends, clients and our industry network we are going down that rabbit hole. Remarkable considering has been up and running since the dawn of the World Wide Web  

Clearly its way to help get our message out, stay in touch with everyone and stay in tuned with changes in the business. As such we are slowly learning what a tweet is, how to share interests and promote the Ocean Sciences through picture sharing and basically swap virtual postcards with portals like Facebook. 

Be patient with us, it's still a learning process but help support our efforts to emerge from the dark ages by connecting, linking, liking, and joining our social media accounts. We promise to not abuse or post stuff we ourselves would likely avoid reading. 

We are already on board with Twitter (@DeepFathoms) and Pinterest, soon to follow will be Facebook and Instagram (baby steps). Look for the social media icons at the footer on all of the pages on this site and our sister site

Rules of the Road ColRegs Introduction Course

Introduction to the Collision Regulations

Next Course - March 26, 2017, 9-4PM, Nanaimo, Cost $85, Includes Materials and Taxes

This 6 hour course is a great introduction to the Collision Regulations or in layman's terms - the rules of the road for sea going vessels. Everyone, both recreational and commercial, be you a ship's masters or crew, are responsible for knowing these rules. But understanding them can be difficult. We will break down the ColRegs in a way you can understand and apply.

Collison Regulations


  • Collision Avoidance
  • Separation Schemes
  • Night Lights, Day Shapes and Signaling Devices
  • Protecting yourself from Negligence

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How much longer can open circuit survive?

When people see a Rebreather or hear the term closed circuit underwater breathing apparatus they think of the future or something relatively new in the dive industry. It has been proposed that the Rebreather concept has been around for thousands of years. In 885 BC an illustration was discovered in an Assyrian Bas-Relief- which showed a diver breathing from an air filled leather bag strapped to his chest suggesting that perhaps this individual was breathing in and out of the same source. Since that time a huge evolution in Rebreather technology has occurred and is continuing at an ever-increasing rate.
Today there are dozens of Rebreather models available on the market at a fraction of their original cost. The reliability and benefits of these units are quickly being discovered and there is no question that the Rebreather will soon become as accepted as a dive computer or BCD. But just exactly where did these gizmo's come from, how do they work and what is all the scuttle about people getting hurt? Is the Rebreather just a fad or what?

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