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Scuba Instructor Pay for Open Water Course
Greg - 8/17/2012 8:13 AM
Category: Survey
Replies: 39

How much do you think a scuba instructor should be paid for teaching an Open Water Course? Not including expenses like books, entry fees, air fills, certification cards, etc. What should the scuba instructor walk away with at the end of the course?
Scuba-Stu - 5/15/2013 8:21 AM
[Choose #3] Really it isn’t about the money. its more about sharing knowledge and sharing your enjoyment of the underwater world
Anonymous - 2/02/2013 7:29 AM
[Choose #5] An instructor should walk away with a MINUMUM of $300 for an OW class with the scale going up $100 a head until the class maxes out.
jasonkleone - 9/04/2012 12:50 PM
[Choose #5] I would love to go to where they work and dictate how much they get paid. Remember when you panicked in the water and that calm cool instructor was there to make sure you didn’t hurt yourself? How much was that worth? Priceless!
Greg - 8/20/2012 1:31 PM
[Choose #4] $250 per student is about right. I spend about 6 hours worth of classroom and testing, 6 hours in pool, and 8 hours for open water dives. 20 hours total. 4 student minimum to make weekend class worth it.
devilchaser - 8/20/2012 12:13 PM
[Choose #3] This would be in the US of A but we were getting at least 150 for a standard 5 day OW course in a group of 4 or 5, budget style. In a 5 star area, we were paid still 150 but the tourist were billed for 600 all in.
Eric_R - 8/19/2012 3:29 PM
[Choose #5] A striaght per student would be unfair not only for the instructor but the dive shop as well. A sliding scale would work for both and to still keep the lessons affordable for the student. I think the instructor should make the most from the lesson.
zgrunt - 8/19/2012 10:41 AM
[Choose #2] Seems a fair price, but in taking into account the number of students per class average and the number of instructors the shop is cycling through its hard to make sure the instructor is getting enough to make a real living on.
DamonWest - 8/18/2012 9:34 PM
[Choose #3] The instructor should get $200-$250 I think is ok. It was 4 days classroom and 2 days open water dive instruction. I paid $425 including all gear and food during the one week classrooom/pool training before the trip for the open water dives
RockRat2008 - 8/18/2012 5:43 AM
[Choose #3] I went with #3; classroom sessions/confined water ~8 hours; 4 o.w. dives ~4 hour; 12 hours total and I think $20 is a very fair pay rate for an instructor = $240.00
arenjacobsen - 8/17/2012 3:50 PM
[Choose #1] Is this a simple Confined and then O.W. course, or does it cover physics and medicine. And an array of dive gear, full face, MK 48’s, Jack Brown’s, Kirby Morgan Band Mask etc... If the course is extensive the price should go up:)
dalehall - 8/17/2012 11:13 AM
[Choose #2] My instructor gets paid $25 per student in the Confined portion and $25 per student in the O/W portion. He would estatic to get over 100 per student for the classes. Especially since he’s a fulltime Police Officer.