International Dive Academy is the only VA approved Technical Instructor training facility in the Pacific.
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At International Diving Academy, we do more than prepare you for diving 101 - we train ‘Explorers.' From the basics to the extremes, we prepare and guide divers through all levels of certification, underwater exploration, and cutting edge diving techniques - all while actively promoting aquatic environmental awareness and conservation.
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At this time, International Diving Academy is offering a 12 week PADI Dive Master Course. Includes Open Water, Advanced Open Water, Emergency First Response, Nitrox, Recovery, and Dive Master comprehensive equipment package.
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In addition, over the duration of this program, you will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights by way of peer education, practice sessions and workshops designed to develop professional diving skills. You will also gain valuable real world experience. Your instructor will provide feedback based on his knowledge and experiences, and help mold individual training style.
The Divemaster certification allows professionals to conduct the following:
1. Supervise both training and non-training related activities by planning, organizing and directing dives
2. Conduct the PADI Skin Diver course and PADI Discover Snorkeling program
3. Conduct the PADI Discover Local Diving
4. Conduct the PADI Scuba Review program
The International Agency of Nitrox and Technical Diving (IANTD) is dedicated to producing knowledgeable and skillful divers. One of IANTD differentials in the formation of any confident and safe IANTD Diver is their training philosophy known as: WATER – Wisdom, Attitude, Training, Experience and Repetition. Ocean Legends International Diving Academy’s IANTD Open Circuit Tek Instructor Program takes students with no prior dive experience and turns them into confident instructors who can teach traditional backmount and side mount diving configuration certifications at greater depths.
Sidemount configuration is the preferred configuration for open circuit technical diving which is gaining in popularity around the world.
This 25 week program, consisting of 546 total hours, utilizes both classroom and extensive in-water skills development. IANTD and Ocean Legends International Diving Academy believes in incorporating skills and stress management into every diving course to develop safe divers, divemasters, and instructors. As students advance through the program, they will have opportunities to assist in instruction and develop their skills while receiving constant feedback from our IANTD instructors to become successful instructors.
Closed Circuit Rebreathers are becoming increasingly popular with recreational divers because they open new and exciting options to dive deeper and/or longer. As a result, there is a growing demand for Closed Circuit Rebreather Divemasters who can lead dives at resort locations around the world. Ocean Legends IDA’s Closed Circuit Rebreather Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor program takes a student with no dive experience necessary and gives students the confidence and skills necessary to lead dives at greater depths and with greater skill.
A Supervisor is a similar rating to Divemaster, but the student gains more experience and is able to lead more advanced dives which is an in demand skill for closed circuit rebreather divers. IANTD and Ocean Legends International Diving Academy believes in incorporating skills and stress management into every diving course to develop safe divers, divemasters, and instructors. This 19 week program, consisting 428 total hours, also gives students the freedom to choose between several different models of rebreathers, so they can learn to dive on the unit that best fits their needs and physiology.
As closed circuit rebreathers become more popular in the recreational market, there is growing demand for closed circuit rebreather instructors. Closed circuit diving is unique in comparison to open circuit diving because instructors can only teach the specific closed circuit rebreather model they are certified to instruct. Ocean Legends IDA gives students the freedom to choose from a wide variety of rebreathers, so they can become an instructor on the closed circuit rebreather model that is in demand in the region of the world where they want to seek employment. Over the course of this 17 week program, consisting of 390 total hours, students will learn how to safely and competently dive their chosen closed circuit rebreather
model, and naturally progress in their skills and confidence until they are ready to become closed circuit rebreather instructors.
Because closed circuit rebreather diving is more dangerous than open circuit diving, Ocean Legends IDA’s standards for the CCR Instructor Program are extremely stringent to ensure only highly competent divers are submitted for certification to IANTD and the rebreather manufacturer. Prospective students should note that they must achieve a score of 95% on every skill and test in the Instructor Development Course in order to be submitted to IANTD and the manufacturer for approval as an instructor. Students that fail to meet this standard will still receive their IANTD Advanced Nitrox Instructor and Advanced Recreational Trimix Supervisor ratings.