PADI Instructor Development Courses, Divemaster Internships, and Recreational courses
BEcome a Scuba Instructor or Divemaster
Coconut Tree Divers have been a leader in providing professional level dive courses Roatan for many years. Whether you are looking to start a career in scuba diving or just want to become a PADI pro for the fun and challenge of it, we believe we offer the most comprehensive and enjoyable training available.
Unlike most of the other Roatan Divemaster Internships or Instructor courses, we have invested in the facilities needed to be able to offer you a complete tailor-made package, including accommodation in a private room with or without AC, for any length of stay you desire. We do not have fixed start and end dates for our divemaster internship, nor do we limit the length of the course or the number of dives you do. The instructor course does have fixed dates based on the PADI Instructor exam timetable.
Watching the short video to the right is the easiest and best way to find out what sets us apart, and why you should look no further if you are interested in becoming a PADI Scuba instructor or Divemaster. After watching, this website contains a wealth of information about our training and the island of Roatan.
Coconut Tree is the only dive center on Roatan offering Technical dive courses.
The instructor course is taught by our course director William Welbourn, who is one of the most experienced and sought-after Course Directors in the industry. He has been awarded multiple Platinum Course Director Awards by PADI during his career and is backed by a team of instructors with a wealth of experience. He has been working at Coconut Tree Divers for 15 years. The quality of his teaching can be illustrated by the fact that his instructional videos on YouTube have millions of views.
Whether you have only completed an open water diver course, or are already a rescue diver or divemaster, we have packages specifically tailored to your current dive experience, with or without accommodation next to Roatan Oasis restaurant, included.
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How do you become a Scuba instructor?
It does not matter if your dive training to date has been with PADI or other training agencies such as SSI, BSAC, CMAS. We can help you become an instructor, qualifying you with the most sought after scuba diving training agency in the world.
As long as you have an entry level scuba diving certification within the last three months you can reach the level of instructor within three months of arriving in Roatan.
If you are not yet certified you can train to the level of PADI divemaster in the first three months and can build your dive experience for a while before taking the IDC once you have been a certified diver for six months. If you are from outside Honduras you will need to leave the country during this period as the maximum length of time you can remain in Honduras on a visitor visa is 120 days.
If you want to make a career out of scuba diving you should target being a PADI OWSI or even MSDT. Paid work is available as divemaster in some locations, but it is almost impossible to find in Roatan or the Bay Islands.
As a scuba instructor you will not always be teaching courses. Being a dive instructor is the best of both worlds. You get to teach people to dive, introducing them to the stunning underwater world for the first time in many cases, as well as guide more experienced divers on underwater tours. Most dive shops in Roatan use PADI instructors to do the job of both divemaster and instructor. That is why it is much easier to find work as an instructor than it is as a divemaster.
If you wish to do the IDC (Instructor Development Course) and become an Open Water Scuba Instructor, you will first need to be a divemaster. This six week course gives you all the fundamental dive a nd supervisory skills you need. The PADI instructor development process then orients you to the PADI system of dive education and how to use it to create safe enthusiastic scuba divers.
As an Open Water Scuba instructor you will be qualified to teach, The PADI open water course, Advanced open water course, Rescue diver course and Divemaster course amongst others.
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