Anyone who has enjoyed the beauty and freedom of scuba diving has thought at least once how amazing it would be to dive for a living. If this dream is alive and well in a recreational diver, it is actually very easy to obtain! Being a professional diver can be a very fun and lucrative profession. Many professional divers work in resorts, with the military or law enforcement, offshore, and with research groups around the globe. There is no doubt diving for a living is one of most amazing professions out there!
- Take recreational dive classes and gain your Open Water Dive Certification. There are numerous dive organizations that offer such certificates such as, PADI, SSI and NAUI. There is no right one to choose, it just depends on which organization offers classes in your area.
- Decide what area of professional diving you are interested in becoming a part of. This may be the hardest decision of all because there are so many amazing opportunities worldwide for professional divers.
- Contact a professional diver who works within the area you are interested in. Most will be more than happy to answer any questions you have about the profession and tell you the good and bad of the profession.
- Save as much money as possible because professional dive school, also called commercial dive school, can cost thousands of dollars. There are commercial dive schools throughout the country, but some of the most highly touted ones are in Florida and California. Most commercial divers graduate from a school in one of these states.
- Decide on a foreign language that you are interested in learning. Most of the time, Spanish and French are the best bet. Regardless where you decide to be a professional diver, that language will come in very handy for you.
- Work as much as you can around divers and in dive shops. Even though you want to be a professional diver, you will need to know as much about the profession and the equipment as you possibly can.
- Earn your DiveMaster Certificate from the same organization you received your basic open water certificate from. Keep in mind; you must have 20 logged dives to be considered for the course.
- Teach basic open water dive classes. This is considered a branch of professional diving and a perfect way to get your foot in the door. It is not only a wonderful way to begin your professional diving career but also a great way to build your professional diving resume. A plus of teaching dive classes is the money you make to apply to commercial dive school.
- Enroll in a commercial dive school of your choice. Do not rush into choosing one. Take a good look at all that is offered at each one and what you will get for the money. Ask around and read all reviews on each school.
- Begin your career as a professional commercial diver.