Is it really a good idea to spend your hard earned money on becoming a dive instructor during a pandemic? Are there any jobs in the dive industry? We asked PADI Course Director Kai Steinbeck this question.

There are certainly not as many jobs around as there were pre the pandemic, but having said that since March 2020 out of my candidates who did not have employment prior to commencing their IDC I have two candidates working on Herron Island, two have secured employment in Cairns, one has started her own specialized dive business, one works on the Tweed, two have secured jobs on the Sunshine Coast and one is working in Mexico.

I recently visited many dive shops between Sydney and Cairns and every one of them was busier than pre pandemic with local divers flocking to the local dive sites as travelling overseas is not an option. So, to answer the question, if you look hard, present well and have the right attitude finding employment is possible.

To start off 2021 on the right foot here is some great news. There are now PADI Instructor Development Courses scheduled in Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast five times per year. To make the news even greater, candidates do not have to travel to attend the Instructor Exams as PADI has scheduled five new IE’s on the Sunshine Coast.

The Sunshine Coast is known for great beaches, great surf as well as great diving. With the HMAS Brisbane wreck located just 2.9 miles off the coast offers divers an incredible experience. Imagine doing your instructor course whilst diving on this world class wreck.

Kai Steinbeck from Dive Instructor Academy is running these Instructor Development Courses on the Sunshine Coast in conjunction with Sunreef. The next IDC starts on February 12. For more information please contact Kai Steinbeck on 0419172910 or visit