May 5, 2008: Diving instructor program a ticket to paradise

      Monday, May 5, 2008
      Contact: Jim Rossi at 604.885.9310

      Diving instructor program a ticket to paradise

      (SECHELT, B.C.)—If getting paid for travelling the world, exploring coral reefs, swimming with dolphins, experiencing new cultures and working with adventurous people sounds appealing, then Jim Rossi has the program for you.

      “You can be doing all that in less than a year – even if you’ve never dived before,” says the program manager of Capilano’s Professional Scuba Dive Instructor certificate program at the Sunshine Coast campus.

      “We have graduates working as instructors with dive companies, luxury hotels, cruise lines and other diving-related tourism operations in British Columbia, Costa Rica, Australia, Egypt and tropical resorts all over the world.”

      The eight-month full-time program includes six tourism management courses, 100 hours of underwater instruction and 19 dive certifications, including Open Water Scuba Instructor, Master Scuba Diver Trainer Preparation and Specialty Instructor credentials from PADI, the world’s largest diver training organization. It concludes with a three-week practicum in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

      Graduates can also apply their credits toward Capilano’s Outdoor Recreation Management or Tourism Management Co-op diplomas. Their credentials will carry Capilano’s new designation of Capilano University

      “It’s an exciting, rewarding career,” says Jim, a 23-year diving veteran. “I love it.”

      For more information on the PSDI program, visit, e-mail for an information package, or call 604.885.9310.