Scuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructors train and instruct recreational or commercial open water divers in diving techniques, safety and the correct use of diving equipment.

Specialisations: Dive Master, Scuba Instructor, Snorkelling Instructor, Surface Supply Breathing Apparatus (SSBA) Instructor.

You usually need formal qualifications and extensive diving experience to work as a Scuba, Snorkelling or Dive instructor. You can undertake courses in diving instruction through an Accredited Training Establishment.

Tasks

  • Coaches, trains and instructs sportspersons by analysing performances and developing abilities.
  • Motivates sportspersons and supervises practice.
  • Promotes sports and skills development, and oversees participation in sport.

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  • Very strong Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Scuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructors

  • 590 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 49 hours Average full-time
  • 32 years Average age
  • 28% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Scuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructors (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
from 570 in 2011 to 590 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Scuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructors work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Transport, Postal and Warehousing; Education and Training; and Arts and Recreation Services.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 49 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 32 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 28% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Transport, Postal and Warehousing29.7
Education and Training29.5
Arts and Recreation Services14.0
Administrative and Support Services10.4
Other Industries16.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateScuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructorsAll Jobs Average
NSW18.431.6
VIC7.725.6
QLD59.320.0
SA3.27.0
WA9.110.8
TAS2.42.0
NT0.01.0
ACT0.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketScuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.2-5.05.0
20-2415.9-9.39.3
25-3439.3-22.922.9
35-4419.7-22.022.0
45-5413.3-21.621.6
55-595.3-9.09.0
60-642.3-6.06.0
65 and Over2.0-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationScuba, Snorkelling and Dive instructorsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate7.1-10.110.1
Bachelor degree22.2-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma18.8-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV27.1-21.121.1
Year 1220.4-18.118.1
Year 112.6-4.84.8
Year 10 and below1.8-12.512.5

You usually need formal qualifications and extensive diving experience to work as a Scuba, Snorkelling or Dive instructor. You can undertake courses in diving instruction through an Accredited Training Establishment.

You must also be registered with Professional Association of Diving Instructors and the Australian Diver Accreditation Scheme.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • first aid certificate
  • medical test

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Sport, Fitness and Recreation VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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Employers look for Sports Coaches, Instructors and Officials who are reliable, caring, compassionate and empathetic, with the ability to provide good customer service.

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Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and training

    69% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. English language

    68% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Customer and personal service

    60% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Administration and management

    55% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Psychology

    53% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    98% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Teamwork

    95% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  3. Telephone

    94% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  5. Competition

    89% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

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