Kick start your career with our 12 week Expedition Dive Instructor Training Course in Costa Rica and become a fully qualified PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor with Expedition leadership & Resort Management skills


  • Train to lead Marine Conservation and Diving Expeditions
  • PADI Dive Master
  • PADI Dive Instructor
  • PADI First Aid Instructor
  • Resort Operations training
  • Costa Rica Jungle Expedition skills and planning
  • Only PADI Centre in Central America offering training and certification in unique marine conservation specialties

Who can apply?

    The minimum requirement to join this course are as followed:
  • You must have held your PADI Open Water certification for at least 6 months before departure
  • You must have at least 30 logges dives*
  • You must complete your PADI Advanced Open Water certification before program start date*

    * If you don’t have your Advanced Open Water certification or 30 dives, then just add our “Extra Dives Option” when you book and we'll organise an extra one or two weeks of diving to the beginning of your course to get you up to the required level! *

  • If you already hold your Divemaster certification, contact us for a shortened program option


    Phase 1: PADI EFR & Rescue (1 week)
    On arrival in San Jose, you will be transferred to our PADI five star dive centre on the Pacific coast. You’ll dive straight into your training this week with your Emergency First Responder and Rescue certifications. Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is crucial to your dive progression this training will complete your recreational dive training and prepare you for your first step into the world of being a professional diver!

    Phase 2: PADI Divemaster and Marine Conservation (5 weeks)
    Next it’s time to take your first step in the world of professional dive training as you spend the next five weeks working towards your Divemaster certification. Your training during this phase will become much more hands-on as you learn to become a leader and take charge of activities. A large part of your training at this stage will include assisting with student divers as you develop your teaching skills.

    Marine Conservation: This dive centre is a 100% PADI AWARE partner, meaning that we are committed to ocean protection. You will experience marine conservation work first hand during these 5 weeks, completing your PADI Marine Conservation and Research specialty. This is a unique PADI distinct speciality qualification, that takes you into the world of ecology and identification of reef fish, invertebrates and corals. In addition, you will learn a variety research and survey techniques. By the end, you will have the opportunity to set up and complete your own survey

    Phase 3: Resort Operations Training, PADI Self Reliant and Adaptive Support Training (1 week)
    Many Dive Instructors choose to work at resorts, and some go on to start their own dive centres so an understanding of how a resort operates is a great way to give yourself a head-start and make yourself more employable. Training this week includes an introduction to boat handling, basic equipment maintenance and GPS mapping of dive sites. The skills learned this week cover all aspects of resort management through hands-on self-reliance and leadership training alongside practical adaptive management tools. You will additionally bring your land skills into the water this week, and gain two more PADI certifications.

    During your PADI Self-Reliant course, you learn about potential risks of diving alone, and gain the chance to develop skills for self-reliance and independence, while becoming a stronger partner in a dive pair or team. You will bring your skills to a live setting, considering the needs and backgrounds of all that may enter into your care with the PADI Adaptive Support Diver course. With this PADI certification, you will explore adaptive techniques to apply while diving.

    Phase 4: Instructor Development and Certification (3 weeks)
    The final stage of your dive training will enable you to qualify as a fully-fledged Open Water Scuba Instructor. This stage includes your Instructor Development Course (IDC) which teaches you how to conduct all the PADI courses, as well as your Emergency First Response (EFR) Instructor training. You will now be ready for your external Instructor Examination (IE), a two-day evaluation of everything you have learned on the course, and after successful completion of this you will have earned your Instructor certification!

    The perfect way to round off your training is with the PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer preparation course, an impressive addition to your resume! This fun 4- 5 day course is a package of 5 specialty instructor training courses and there are a variety of options available subject to your interests.

    Phase 5: Expedition Leader Training(2 weeks)
    As well as dive and resort training, you will also change up the scenery a bit and take part in a two-week Expedition Leadership training course in the Costa Rican jungle. Under the supervision of our Highly qualified Gapforce Instructors, you will learn the fundamental skills required to lead marine expeditions in the future. Many marine conservation programs are in remote environments with basic living conditions so understanding how to operate with limited resources is a key part of being a successful expedition leader in the future. The training during these two weeks typically includes Expedition Skills and Leadership Training, Incident Management, and Expedition Planning.

    Your 2 week course will finish with a practical leadership experience, with the opportunity to lead a section of a Gapforce program in the jungle, where you will assume the responsibility of planning and implement your itinerary.

    * The exact timing of this two-week phases in your program will change depending on when you are scheduled to sit for your off-site, IE examination. Therefore, you may leave for the jungle before Phase 4 of the program or after. More information will be provided upon booking*

    On successful completion of the course, there may be opportunities for the top performers to work at the dive school in Costa Rica to gain more experience and really boost your career prospects. Your instructors also have extensive experience working in the Dive and Outdoor industry and will happily discuss with you what opportunities exist given your personal circumstances and aspirations and develop plan of how you might go about achieving them.

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