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

If you like people, have a passion for scuba diving and want an extraordinary life – become a PADI Instructor. Teaching scuba diving allows you to share your love of the aquatic world with others while doing what you enjoy – being in, around and under water. PADI Open Water Scuba Instructors and PADI Assistant Instructors are the most sought-after dive professionals around the world because they’ve completed the program that sets the standard for training dive professionals. You earn a PADI Instructor rating through hard work and commitment, but you’re rewarded with a job that lets you share incredible underwater adventures with others – transforming their lives for the better and enriching yours.

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Why The Dive Shop's Vocational School?

Why Choose The Dive Shops Vocational School?

The Dive Shop is the only Scuba Diving business in Arizona with a vocational license issued by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

The Dive Shop is a PADI 5 Star instructor development center. Founded in 1981 with 15,000 certifications. Over 500 professional certifications and 22 Instructors and 10 Divemaster on staff

You are protected!!!

  • Tuition price increases
  • online learning price increases
  • State regulated refund policy’s
  • State regulated grievance policy’s
  • Recovery Fund

How To Start

To enroll please contact  Meg Chandler our Program Administrator at vocationalschool@azdiveshop.com to arrange a orientation and The Dive Shop to sign up

A Few Requirements

Prerequisites: Students must be 16 years old to enter the PADI Open Water Dive Course Program and be physically fit to dive as documented by a medical questionnaire and, if there are “yes” answers to any question, a physician’s review and approval.

Work experience: N/A

Formal education: N/A

Specific position or job level: N/A

What does it cost?

  • Registration Fee – $100
  • Total Tuition – $5753
  • Online Elearning – $1260
  • Books/Materials – $1619 (not required to be purchased at The Dive Shop)
  • Scuba Gear Range – $1200 – $3500

More Info

  • More questions? You can contact the staff at The Dive Shop (520) 326-2424 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.