28 Sep

What can you earn as a PADI Instructor & Divemaster?

Some people make the decision to become a PADI instructor right after their Open Water Diver course. Others may have begun diving a while ago and continue his or her passion for it during their spare time and holidays. Until one day they feel like a part of them is lost while working a 9 to 5 job on a daily basis. That’s when the decision arises to make diving a part of their lives. If you’re one of these people, read on to find out more.


There is one thing that needs to be clarified straight away: if you’re only interested in the money – don’t waste your time to become a diving professional!

Being a good Divemaster or a PADI instructor requires you to have the burning passion for diving, a genuine interest in educating people about the underwater realm in a fun and safe way, and the desire to enjoy and live the diving lifestyle.

PADI instructor and Divemaster working at their dedicated

To broaden the topic even further, there is no exact amount to answer this question. As you begin your search to find a diving profession, you’ll start to notice that most of the job requirements call for a diving instructor, not a Divemaster, so if you want to go in diving full time you want to consider becoming an instructor.

How much you earn as a dive instructor or a Divemaster depends on a multitude of factors. This Includes:

  • Your professional certifications
  • Your diving and teaching experience
  • The number of languages you speak
  • Your age and life experience
  • Additional skills such as marketing and sales knowledge, IT Skills, etc

There is no one location where you will teach diving. This is one of the perks of a dive job for a lot of people! Becoming a PADI Instructor or Divemaster involves a lot of traveling. Especially if you want to grow your diving experience. Different parts of the world will have different types of pay depending on the living standards of where you plan to teach.

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If you decide to go on and become a diving instructor, you will also broaden your experience. As well as doing the regular guiding during dives and doing the everyday Divemaster jobs, you will be able to get the opportunity to do a lot more.  As an instructor, you will be able to teach courses like the Discover Scuba Diving, Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver and multiple Specialty courses (if qualified to do so). You’ll get more variety in your diving and your work experience by being able to guide and teach.

For more information about the road to becoming a PADI instructor or Divemaster, contact us!

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