Dive Leader Guide

Leadership Training and Development

Our Leadership level is unique in the Diving Industry as we do not just train this level to supervise divers in training as many agencies do... But we offer a number of upgrade options which can be included in the Dive Leader Certification or may be added as traiing modules... We also offer crossovers and upgrade paths for divers from other agencies

ITDA Dive Leadership Level 2 - Professional Dive Guide

The ITDA Group Dive Leader is a cut above the rest...dl1

They require a unique set of diving skills, social skills and advanced safety training...

It takes a very special person to make the grade of ITDA Dive Leader...

All of the major training agencies have their leadership levels and many are very good but our advanced skills and advanced theory training meets and exceeds the Industry standards by a long way... Making the ITDA Dive Leader Program both challenging and highly rewarding.

Crossover and Upgrade to ITDA Dive Leader

Any agency leadership levels, Dive Master, Dive Con, lead diver etc.etc. May crossover to the ITDA Sytsem and upgrade to ITDA Dive Leader.

Dive Leader as a Club Instructor

ITDA Dive Leaders may become certified as an upgrade to Club Instructor....  And may also enter directly our Instructor Programs ITP....  See ITDA Instructor page.instructor_training.htm

What does it take?

To become a dive leader from April 2014 you must have as a minimum:

  • 75 Dives, 10 of which may be training dives from the dive leader course program
  • Be 18 Years olddl3
Must have Advanced and Rescue Certifications

Must Have an Oxygen First Certification or it maybe included in the Leadership Course

  • Have at least 30 logged dives on Nitrox or to / below 30m/100ft.
  • Have 5 Specialist Certifications Minimum (Nitrox maybe included)

A Rewarding Choice 

The traditional role of the dive master has long been a form of "not quite an Instructor and a "Wanna Be" Dive professional...  The role of the ITDA Dive leader is one of real leadership and professional status. We offer leadership course programs and internships in 56+ Countries around the world.

Our Dive Leader Generic Course Program Modules:

Introduction to Leadrship (Types of Diving - Beach Entry / Boat Diving / Other Entry and Exit Options)
What makes an ITDA Dive Leader
Dive Equipment and Safety
Decompression Theory
Dive Planning and Management
Supervising Divers in Training (Identifying problems)
Advanced Rescue and Diving First Aid (Oxygen First Aid from IHMP or DAN maybe added)
Working with Instruction staff and Supervisors
Administration and Reporting Procedures (Risk Assessments and Decision Making)

An ITDA Dive Leader can / may:

  • Act as a professional Guide
  • Be an Instructional Assistant / ITDA Club Instructor (Under the supervision of a Trainer or Senior Instructor)
  • Automatically pre-qualify for our Instructor Training Programs
  • Become a Specialist Instructor / Nitrox Instructor
  • Upgrade to become a Resort Scuba Instructor / 2**Star Instructor or pre-qualify for Sports Instructor

Dive Leader as a Dive Guide


nstructional Assistant is an additional set of training modules which is added to the Dive Leader Program and includes:

Advanced Dive Planning and Dive Management
Group Diving Techniques (Controlling Dive Environments)
Communication Skills Development
Assessing Diver Abilities and Skills
Muliple Rescues and Emergency Management
Effective use of Assistants


Certification is: ITDA Dive Leader (Professional Dive Guide)