- Provide an advanced knowledge of dive instruction.
- Complete the instructor candidate’s education to the highest level
- Instill in the candidate a sense of responsibility and a commitment to professional and ethical conduct.
- Safety education by way of setting a personal example.
- Participate in the advancement of recreational diving.
- Must be a minimum age of 21 at the start of the class.
- Must hold a valid health check-up.
- Must hold a valid TIDF membership.
- Must have met all pre-class training requirements and submitted a signed pre-class training form.
- Must be approved by the TIDF training committee.
- Must have a minimum of 120 logged dives.
- Must have held a valid dive certification for at least one year prior to the class.
Instructor exams prerequisites
- Successfully passed Instructor Training and received Training Director’s signature.
- Has completed the Instructor Training in one year or less.
- May register for two Instructor Exams periods without re-taking the Instructor Training class if less than one year has passed since completion of the Instructor Training.
- An instructor candidate who fails to meet one of the three criteria above must re-take Instructor Training.
Instructor exams Certification requirements
Has successfully passed the Instructor Exams.
- All certifications are valid only when working within a TIDF-certified dive shop / dive club.
- May instruct the TIDF Divemaster class and conduct Instructor Exams only under the supervision of TIDF Senior Instructor.
Certification and limits:
- May teach academic classroom modules at any level.
- May conduct in-water skills modules at any level.
- May instruct up to 6 students in One Star (Open Water) and Two Star (Advanced Open Water) Courses.
- May instruct up to 10 students in One Star (Open Water) and Two Star (Advanced Open Water) Courses with an Assistant Instructor present.
- May instruct up to 8 students in Two Star (Advanced Open Water) Courses with a Divemaster present.
- May certify divers up to and including Two Star(Advanced Open Water) level, including Specialty Classes.
- May manage a TIDF-certified dive school.
- May participate as training staff in all levels as per guidelines set by the Training Committee.
- May teach required and optional Divemaster Training Specialty Classes.
- May perform checkout dives with an instructor-to-diver ration of 6:1.
- All Assistant Instructor certifications.