PADI Course Directors, the highest level of PADI Professional, are much sought after individuals within the diving industry.
Becoming a PADI Course Director is one of the toughest challenges an experienced PADI Professional will face throughout their career. Many rigorous prerequisites must be met before the aspiring PADI Pro may submit an application to be selected for the Course Director Training Course (CDTC). While many PADI Pros aspire to becoming instructor trainers, only the very best are selected. The CDTC itself is intense, teaching prospective Course Directors everything from how to conduct an Instructor Development Course to how to market and grow their business. Each candidate is subject to continuous evaluation in the classroom and in water, and it is not until the final evaluation on the final day that the individual knows whether they have made the grade.
This elite group of PADI professionals is responsible for creating the highest caliber of instructors around the world: PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors. Course Directors also train PADI Instructors in their continuing professional development to become PADI Specialty Instructors, IDC Staff Instructors, and EFR Instructors. The responsibility on Course Directors to keep standards high cannot be underestimated and PADI is proud to have the best instructor trainers in the diving industry.
To that end, each year PADI applauds and rewards its most productive Course Directors in the form of the Frequent Trainer Program (FTP). Dependent on PADI Professional training productivity during the preceding year, PADI awards Course Directors who meet minimum FTP requirements with either Silver, Gold or Platinum status for the current year.
Join us in congratulating the 2018 Frequent Trainers, and find out more about the CDTC here.