Vocational Training Program

The Dive Shop (TDS) Vocational Training Program


This program is designed for you to enter into the entry level Open Water Scuba Diver Course and graduate as a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor. Some courses have flexible starting dates and all are weekend schedules. Most academic portions of the classes are completed online (eLearning).

The Dive Shop offers the finest technology, best-practices curriculum, and equipment for student scuba training and is staffed with qualified, approved instructors. The Dive Shop (TDS) Vocational Training Program is under the auspices of The Dive Shop Tucson, a 5-Star Instructor Development Center authorized by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (referred to as PADI).

Exciting Rewarding Fun Career

  • Only Arizona Licensed Vocational School For Scuba Instructors

  • 5 Star PADI Instructor Development Center

  • Only facility with onsite indoor heated pool for year-round training

  • Weekend Schedules year-round

  • May enroll at anytime

  • Program can be completed in 9-18 months

  • Go Pro Career Night dates (RSVP): Dec 18, Jan 25, Apr 18

A Few Requirements

  • Length of PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor Program: 9 – 18 months

  • Minimum age – 16 years old

  • Experience – None (Prior experience may be considered)

More Info

  • More questions? You can contact the staff at The Dive Shop (520) 326-3483 or contact Meg Chandler, Program Administrator, at vocationalschool@azdiveshop.com
  • Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education
    License #V1611

Call 520-326-DIVE for more information.


The PADI System of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages. PADI courses are student-centered and provide maximum practice and realistic application.