Career training packages

We have 6 Career Training Packages at Pura Vida Divers that streamline the process of building your Pro Dive Career. There is a program for everyone, from non-divers who dream of becoming scuba pros to current pros who want to level up. The 6 programs listed below are all eligible for Veterans Benefits using the GI BILLĀ®.

If you wish to take courses a-la-carte, we offer that option as well. You can learn more about taking individual classes in our a-la-carte course section.


Non-Diver to PADI Divemaster

Our Fast Track program takes you all the way from a non-diver to a pro diver. Once you’ve finished the program, you’ll be able to work as a PADI divemaster, the first pro level in the dive industry.

Dive Professional Career Level 1

Rescue Diver to PADI Divemaster

The Dive Professional Career Level 1 program is for certified divers who are ready to go pro. Once you complete the program, you’ll be a PADI Divemaster. From there, you can work as a pro in the dive industry or take the next step and become a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Dive Professional Career Level 2

PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor

Our Career Level 2 Program is for current divemasters who want to become PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. You’ll learn the PADI method of teaching during your Instructor Development Course (IDC). Then you’ll take a 2-Day Instructor Exam. Upon passing the exam, you’ll be able to certify divers in core PADI courses, all the way up through Divemaster. All PADI OWSI Instructors must also be certified as PADI Emergency First Response Instructors.

Dive Professional Career Level 3

Resort Operations

Our Resort Operations training package is the ultimate program for the well-rounded dive pro. It will make you even more desirable to employers through a combination of PADI and DAN Instructor Courses. Once you complete the program, you’ll have all the PADI instructor specialties you need to apply for your MSDT Rating. You’ll also be certified as a DAN Instructor for 5 Courses. The amount you can offer as a dive pro grows tremendously during this program.

Dive Professional Career Level 4


The Tec Deep Program includes PADI Tec 40, Tec 45, and Tec 50 Courses. Once completed, the program prepares students to take the next step in Technical Diving.

Tec Sidemount Diving

Dive Professional Career Level 5


The Tec Deep Sidemount Program bundles PADI Technical Sidemount with PADI Tec 40, Tec 45, and Tec 50 Courses. The addition of sidemount to this program gives students more options when technical diving. Once completed, students will be prepared to advance as technical divers in the sidemount configuration.

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