Roatan Live Aboard Honduras Scuba Diving

Scuba Instructor School - YES YOU CAN!

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Here at Divers at Play, we have found being a Dive Master or a scuba instructor can be the most rewarding field you can choose, and we are pleased to assist you to become a Naui, Pdic, Hsa, and SDI/TDI. Dive Master, or an open water scuba instructor. Our staff course director, has over 25 years of diving experience. He is committed to training you to become the best open water scuba instructor you can be.

Our comprehensive instructor training programs are both fun and educational. You will learn how to teach in the class room, pool and open water. Your skills will be evaluated the same day which gives you the feedback to challenge you to become an even better open water instructor.

Consider These Factors:

Courses include all course materials, room and board and three meals per day with internship.

Caribbean Living - Train on a Caribbean Island! You will have the opportunity to experience first hand the pluses and minuses of "Island Life " and have an opportunity to check out job opportunities first hand.

Small, Personal, Classes - You are one of around 5 to 7 students. You will be taught by a Course Director and staff who live on the island with pride, not staff who come and go.

Outstanding Support - Our training facility provides outstanding support along with our spacious classroom on the boat equipped with the latest educational materials. Beach dives are right in front of our dive operation.

Diver Certification Courses:

Instructor Certification Courses:

  • Open Water Diver to Instructor: 6 Weeks - $3,950
  • Advanced Open Water Diver to Instructor: 5 weeks - $3,500
  • Rescue Diver to Instructor: 4 weeks - $3,200
  • Master Scuba Diver to Instructor - 3 Weeks - $2,500
  • Dive Master or Assistant Instructor to Instructor: 2 weeks- $1,995

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What Our Students Have To Say:

Your patience, confidence, and the way you put people to ease made it a comfortable, educational, and enjoyable experience. I look forward to recommending you and Roatan to many friends.
- Bev


I find it extraordinary that Jami was able to unleash me from my apprehensions and enable me to have the experience that lead me to certification almost 20 years ago.

- Joe Robicheau (Former Submarine Sailor)


We would certainly recommend Jami to anyone interested in learning to dive or upgrading their skills to Dive Master or beyond.

- Beth and John Tally

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Dive Master - $1,100 - (10 days) - 4 Week Internship

This is the first step in leadership. During the Dive Master course you will learn to organize dive trips, give dive briefings, safety checks, assist divers with their equipment, assist the Instructor in guided dives and assist the Instructor in the classroom, pool and open water.

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  • Rescue Diver Certification
  • Age: Minimum 18 years
  • Logged dives in environment and depth
  • Certification as a Rescue Diver with CPR/First Aid. If the candidate does not have the knowledge of oxygen administration, a course with 3 dives will be required. (extra fee)
  • Verification of good health condition documented by a physician
  • Equipment - Leadership candidates shall furnish and be responsible for the care and maintenance of their own equipment.
  • 700 yard free style swim, in 17 minutes and a 800 yard free style swim in 18 minutes for instructors.

Students save $250 each when two sign up for the open water diver to instructor course at the same time and get a free internship. Room, board, 3 meals a day, books and materials, transfers and paperwork all paid for!






Skin Diving Instructor Course - $1,200 - (10-Days)

This course is designed for leadership level skin diving instructors who will train and qualify persons and issue skin diving certifications in (breath - hold) diving. You will gain the knowledge and skill to operate a skin diving course. Topic covered include finances, promotion, course contents, legal aspects, insurance.

Prerequisites:

  • Dive Master or Assistant Instructor Certification
  • Certified Skin or Scuba Diver
  • Minimum of 25 logged skin dives
  • Knowledge of how, who, when, where, what and why of diving

Students save $250 each when two sign up for the open water diver to instructor course at the same time and get a free internship. Room, board, 3 meals a day, books and materials, transfers and paperwork all paid for!






Assistant Instructor Course - $1,295 - (10-Days)

This course is designed to introduce students to diving instruction basics. It will also test individuals in the water skills needed to be capable assistants.

Prerequisite Skills:

  • Dive Master Certification
  • Teaching Skills - classroom
  • 50 Logged Dives
  • Swimming Skills
  • Skin Diving Skills
  • Assisting Skills - Confined and Open Water
  • Debriefing

Students save $250 each when two sign up for the open water diver to instructor course at the same time and get a free internship. Room, board, 3 meals a day, books and materials, transfers and paperwork all paid for!






Instructor Cross Over (ICC) - $1,395 - (9-Days)

The Instructor Cross Over (ICC) is designed to train and qualify as a NAUI, PDIC, HSA- Instructor applicants current in good standings with other scuba organizations recognized by NAUI, PDIC, And HSA Instructors from organizations not recognized must meet prerequisites for and complete an ITC. During the course, candidates instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI, PDIC, AND HSA Diving course standards.

The ICC may be presented in two phases. if done so, phase one called an Instructor Crossover program (ICP ), contains all preparatory training except for the final evaluations. During an ICP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be by a STW completer and the other an IT or CD . The ICP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a day to an internship over an extended period.

The second or final phase of an ICC so organized is called the IQP, during which a Course Director must be in residence and all final evaluations will be made.

Prerequisites:

  1. Meet all requirements leading to Instructor
  2. Pass the Naui, Pdic, and Hsa. Instructor Pre qualification Exam with a score of 75%
  3. Instructor Certification
  4. Provide and be responsible for own instructor level equipment suitable for teaching in open water.
  5. Have 50 or more logged open water dives which shall be varied in environment, depth activities.
  6. Have taught or assisted in diving instruction for two or more courses
  7. Have attended one or more diving related activities per year since certification as a scuba instructor.
  8. Must complete a 800 free style swim in 18 minutes

Students save $250 each when two sign up for the open water diver to instructor course at the same time and get a free internship. Room, board, 3 meals a day, books and materials, transfers and paperwork all paid for!






Instructor Training Course (ITC) - $1995 - (9-Days)

The ITC is a 9 day course designed to train and qualify instructor candidates. During the course candidates learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI-PDIC-HSA course standards.

Prerequisites:

  • Passing the NAUI-PDIC-HSA Instructor Prequalification Exam with a score of 75% or better
  • Dive Certification - Dive Master, Assistant Instructor
    or a NAUI Prep program completed within the last 12 months
  • Equipment - provide and be responsible for own instructor level diving equipment, suitable for teaching
  • Experience - 50 logged dives - varied in environment, depth and activities
  • Materials - contact our course director
  • Dive Master or Assistant Instructor Certification

This course includes:

Students save $250 each when two sign up for the open water diver to instructor course at the same time and get a free internship. Room, board, 3 meals a day, books and materials, transfers and paperwork all paid for!

Each successful instructor candidate is responsible for his/her own Dive Instructor insurance.

Room and board, meals, books, materials, transfers, and paperwork included in all courses.






Open Water Diver to Dive Master - $2995 - (5-Weeks)

This course will take five weeks and will have an internship.

Courses include all course materials, room and board and three meals per day with internship.

Does not include dive master insurance.






What Our Students Have To Say:

Subject: Reflecting on a fun and adventurous week

On the plane heading home, reflecting on a fun and adventurous week. Thanks for your part in making it special as I completed what will no doubt be the first of many SCUBA adventures. Your patience, confidence, and the way you put people to ease made it a comfortable, educational, and enjoyable experience. I look forward to recommending you and Roatan to many friends. I'll send along a disk with photos this week. I'm also taking the liberty of including shots from my snorkeling on the reef off West Bay, which I think you'll enjoy. I've noted a significant improvement in the snorkeling as a byproduct of the SCUBA lessons! And when you see the turtle picture that I desperately hope looks good, I want you to know I had to go really deep without breathing for a loooooong time to get the shot, blowing bubbles all the way :-)

Bev :-)



Subject: Great instructor, great instruction

Just wanted to let you know how pleased we were with Jami Betheaepstein in his instruction of our daughter and her boyfriend last week. Lyn was PADI certified fifteen years ago, but hadn't been diving in over ten. Drew had no diving experience. Jami worked diligently with both. He not only taught every skill, but also made clear the reason for learning them. He was serious yet patient which put the kids at ease but instilled a desire to master the skills. As a result, they now feel comfortable with SCUBA diving and look forward to many years enjoying the underwater world.

We would certainly recommend Jami to anyone interested in learning to dive or upgrading their skills to Dive Master or beyond.

We were also impressed with the NAUI curriculum and approach to diving. The focus on safety makes it a very strong program.

Sincerely,
Beth and John Tally



Subject: What A Blast!!!

To Whom It May Concern;

This past April (2009) I was crewing on a friend’s sailboat and made landfall in French Harbor, Roatan, Honduras. While ashore at the Fantasy Island Resort and Marina, I encountered Dr. James Batheaepstein, owner/operator of Divers At Play. I am a sailor and fisherman and, although I became a certified scuba diver in 1990, I had long lost interest in the sport and had no intention of taking advantage of the countless dive opportunities in Roatan. My chief interest at the time was bonefish and tarpon.

While chatting with Jami, I told him that since certification I had only been diving 4 times in the intervening years and, due to lack of confidence, I was so totally preoccupied with my wellbeing that I was unable to enjoy any of these experiences. Jami suggested that a recertification under his instruction might rekindle my interest. Although the proposal was not even on my radar screen, I found Jami so engaging, I could not refuse.

Jami refreshed my understanding and tested me on the concept, use and implications of dive tables, then completely outfitted me for a dive at a nearby site. Jami advised that we would separate from the dive party on our way to the site of a plane wreck and then on to a 65 foot tug. Jami and I peeled off from the others and he proceeded to give me a one-on-one instruction, demonstration and execution of all essential skills necessary to deal with life threatening events at depth. His communication technique was superb and may have been the single most important aspect of his instruction. Not only did Jami calm my instantaneous trepidations with a leaking mask, but, within 15 minutes, or so, Jami w as able to instill me with such confidence we were able to rejoin the dive party and I was able to enjoy a scuba experience for the first time in my life. Upon surfacing, my first words to Jami were “what a blast!”

As a 64 year old retiree and former submarine sailor, for which a free ascent from 50 feet was an unnerving, mandatory experience, I find it extraordinary that Jami was able to unleash me from my apprehensions and enable me to have the experience that lead me to certification almost 20 years ago. "What a blast!"

Sincerely,
Joe Robicheau



Jim and I just finished our week with Roatan Live Aboard in Roatan, The Bay Islands of Honduras. For me it was the most luxurious living quarters I have ever had on board a dive ship.

Divers will experience friendly and helpful support – especially for handicapped divers. Living accomodations are spacious, clean and comfortable.

The members of the crew were particularly friendly and eager to provide excursions for sightseeing ashore. Generous cuisine reflect local flavor.

All in all a collegial atmosphere prevailed for both passengers and crew.

Jim Leimkuhler & Luther Johnson

80 year Luther Johnson and 70 year old Jim Leimkuhler were in Roatan Honduras diving with Dr. Jami Epstein who is a HSA Scuba Instructor (Handicapped Scuba Instructor). Dr. Epstein has been working with divers with disabilities for the last four years.



Hi Dr. Epstein

Great Instruction. Very patient Course Director. Well thought out schedule for the ten days, very educational. Dr. Betheaepstein (Course Director) and staff took their time with each student working well into the night to make sure we all understood what it takes to be a Open Water Scuba Instructor. Well worth the time and money. The accommodations and food were great. In my opinion you guys get a 9 and a half out of ten. Will recommend to people who are serious on becoming a Open Water Scuba Instructor.

Thank You Guys,
David Rogers
New Open Water Scuba Instructor