The Divemaster is the first professional level in the recreational dive industry. As a Divemaster, you lead certified divers in their diving activities by providing logistics and support, on-site guiding and being an added layer of safety. You can also assist Instructors in teaching their course. Most industry insiders agree – Divemasters tend to have the most fun, as they get to go diving at a location’s best sites along with the customers.
Approximate expense: Rs 125,000 – Rs 150,000 **
Typical salary range: Rs 15,000 – 35,000***
2/ Assistant Instructor:
This is the next level up from Divemaster – as an Assistant Instructor, you can independently teach some sections of various courses. In addition, of course, you can do all the tasks that a Divemaster can. Usually, most people rush from DM to Instructor – but we feel that spending time as an Assistant Instructor is a great way to develop your teaching skills. That way, when you become an Instructor, you are really ready to hit the ground running (or hit the water swimming, as it were).
This is the highest level of dive professional (well, there are categories of instructors as well, but we can ignore that for now). As a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (or comparable rating), you have the highest responsibility of all: you can teach people to dive and issue them certification cards to that effect. In other words, you can now introduce others to this sport that we all love. You can also teach additional advanced-level courses, all the way up to Divemaster, actually. The responsibility on you is higher – and commensurately, the pay also tends to be higher
Approximate expense: Rs 165,000**
Typical salary range: Rs 35,000 – Rs 65,000***
4/ Non-Diving Positions:
**This is for the training only and is meant to be indicative only – prices vary from location to location. It does not include meals, stay, personal expenses
***This varies by location, experience, specific role of the candidate, other skills that they bring to the table, etc.