Why Become a PADI Instructor and Teach Conservation Specialties
Are you planning to take your PADI IDC in Bali and become a diving Instructor? Are you already a diving Instructor? If you can answer yes to either of these then the chances are you don’t just want to teach diving – you want to be the most successful PADI Instructor that you can be. Being successful in any career requires an understanding of what makes the difference between “just doing” and really “achieving”.
With our years of experience in developing PADI professionals and through developing Blue Corner Dive, we’ve learnt that the diving industry is ever evolving and conservation is not only our personal passion, but it’s at the forefront of the most recent developments in the diving industry.
How Does Conservation Affect PADI Instructors?
With growing awareness of the importance of coral reefs and their fragility, scuba divers around the world are seeking out ways in which they can learn more about what they love and how to protect and positively contribute to the underwater realm. As a PADI Instructor you are in a unique position in which to help them achieve their goals by teaching conservation specialties.
Being able to teach conservation specialties not only helps your students, it also increases your employment opportunities by putting you ahead of the competition with more teaching qualifications – this is especially attractive to dive centers as well as NGO’s and research organizations.
Getting Started in Teaching Conservation Specialties
There are numerous conservation specialty certifications which include both those offered by PADI as well as by external conservation organizations such as Reef Check Foundation, Coral Watch Organization, the Marine Megafauna Foundation and many more. At Blue Corner Dive we are committed to coral reef and marine conservation and that’s why we offer a broad spectrum of conservation specialties and specialty instructor training programs. If you are taking your PADI IDC in Bali with us, why not opt to add on your MSDT training too and get certified to teach five PADI Specialties while you are here?
Did you know that Blue Corner co-founder Andrew Taylor is a marine biologist who has also designed a unique conservation based scientific diver program? Andrew has a wealth of experience and phenomenal knowledge about reef conservation and coral restoration which he is passionate about sharing with others.
Which Conservation Instructor Specialties Should I take?
We offer a complete range of conservation specialties which can be viewed here, but here are a few of our favorites which we recommend all diving instructors get certified to teach:
Shark Conservation: As a PADI Instructor this is a highly sought after teaching certification. Seeing sharks while diving in a highlight for many divers and they want to know more about these fascinating species’. Teaching the Shark Conservation Specialty, especially in regions where shark sightings are prevalent, is sure to increase your certification count in no time as well as contributing to the ongoing survival and understanding of shark species worldwide.
Manta Ray Conservation: Manta rays are one of the most iconic marine species known to both divers and non-divers. Educating other divers about how to recognize individuals and the threats that face manta ray populations is a valuable skill to have – especially for instructors who are hoping to secure diving instructor jobs in Bali!
PADI Fish Identification: Can you remember back to when you first learned to dive? Wouldn’t it have been awesome to know more about the reef fish species you were seeing during your dives? This specialty can be taught in all regions which makes it an essential specialty to instructors around the world.
Dive Against Debris: Diving against marine debris is one of the easiest ways for many divers to get involved in marine conservation. As a Dive Against Debris specialty instructor you’ll teach students when it is and isn’t safe to remove items of debris and how to record and report the debris which they collected underwater. This is an excellent specialty instructor rating which can be used all over the world.
Find out More…
Are you ready to take the next step in your diving career by either becoming a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor (by taking the PADI Instructor Development Course) or by increasing your existing instructor skill set by adding conservation specialty instructor ratings to your resume?
Blue Corner Dive has PADI 5 Star and IDC Dive Centers on Nusa Lembongan (Jungut Batu and Yellow Bridge) as well as on Nusa Penida and in North Bali. We are committed to marine conservation and professional dive training. We promote dive education, marine awareness and education in our local communities and we hope to be able to welcome you to one of our PADI dive centers in Bali soon!