Become a PADI Instructor in Sicily

Become a PADI Instructor in Sicily, Italy

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The most progressive PADI IDC center in Sicily.

Becoming a dive professional with Sea Spirit Diving Resort (Taormina, Sicily) and start your dive career in any part of the world you want. Sea Spirit in cooperation with Mark Soworka make this a reality. Our Sicily IDC Candidates are spread out all over the world to make their dream come true and work as a dive instructor. Some of our new dive instructors started to work in Koh Tao, Thailand, others moved to the Maldives and Dominican Republic. Some IDC Candidates end up working in the Sea Spirit Team, continuing their dive career in the Mediterranean Sea!


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Happy new PADI Instructors in Sicily, that have gone on to work as dive instructors from Maldives to Dominican Republic and Palau.


Sea Spirit is located in Giardini-Naxos/Taormina, Sicily and is the only PADI 5* IDC Dive Resort with international IDCs. Located in one of the best hotels Sicily has to offer, the ATAHOTEL Naxos Beach, we can give a great service organizing our IDCs in a conference room for the academic part, an Olympic Swimming pool for the confined part and the Isola Bella Marine Park for the Open Water part. Just perfect!

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At disposal are our minibus for transportation, our 8-meter-long zodiacs for the diving and our office for information and the washing and drying area for all comfort for your scuba gear.

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Beautiful view of Mount Etna where we launch for our IDC open water presentations

To get an idea about the IDC, you can watch our video of the last IDC,, held together with Mark Soworka from, Territory Director Jonas Samuelsson from PADI and Gilbert de Coriolis, technical director from SCUBAPRO. A one of a kind IDC! Sea Spirit is an unique diving resort, organizing SCUBAPRO Events, PADI Events and at the same time continuing to receive customers from all over the world, introducing them to diving, improving them as divers and showing them our beautiful under-water-world at the Isola Bella Marine Park in Taormina. For more information about our activities visit our website and leave a message, or visit or facebook page

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A scuba diving story from Dubai

Working as a PADI Dive Instructor in Dubai

Nick completed his PADI Dive Instructor trianing in Sri Lanka with then returned to work weekends as a dive instructor in Dubai, maintaining a real job during the weekdays.  Now plans are full in motion to make teaching diving his full time career.  

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Nick Hawkins looking towards a future as a dive instructor

Okay, I  passed my PADI OWSI in April 2017. Now what? I still have my current job in Dubai and my contract has me tied in for another 10 months. Do I wait? How will that gap look to future employers once I take the plunge (couldn’t resist) into the dive industry?

These are probably questions everyone that completes their IE asks himself or herself. I made a simple choice, get working now. But how? Where?

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Nick the sailor questioning his decision about becoming a dive instructor

It took 10 minutes to google several dive centers in the UAE and obtain their email addresses. A quick look at their webpages and some social media stalking and I got a feel for each one of them and their main customer type. I was after a high volume of students not just recreational divers.

Next step, I emailed the ones I thought suitable, introducing myself and what I could offer in terms of freelancing for them. I also inquired about their policy when it came to me bringing students that I sourced myself to their center; mainly, how much of a cut of the course fee they would take.

Most replied within 24 hours.

The next step, go and visit each manager and simply have a chat. Nothing too specific just an opportunity to meet and greet.

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Nick learning to control Nuwan and his hair

So, here I am, a bit over a month from completing my IE and I have certified 2 Advanced Open Water students, 2 Open Water students, 2 Junior Open Water students,  conducted 5 DSDs and have 3 students currently under training. All this while still working my regular desk job.

My message to new instructors is BE ACTIVE.  In the yacht industry “dock walking” with CVs is common practice. I see no reason why, if you’re in a popular dive location, this approach shouldn’t be your first action.

Happy hunting and remember why you did your IE.

Nick Hawkins

P.S. I will be available from the end of this year for anyone looking to hire a fulltime (phenomenal) OWSI with full commercial skipper license

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Nick helping Justine out of the water on their Sri Lanka IDC

If you are interested in getting into diving in Dubai be sure to contact Nick at for a great experience and quality training.  

Nicks review on about his instructor training in Sri Lanka with

Perfect solution

I discovered Dive Careers when the IDC I was preparing to attend elsewhere was cancelled. A quick internet search led me to the IDC in Sri Lanka. The sign up was simple and from the very beginning Mark was very professional and supportive with the theory preparation.
The IDC was very smooth and was conducted in a relax but informative manner and the candidates were able to see each other develop daily with each practice lesson we delivered.
I felt very confident going into the IE and the results for each candidate were very high.
I would definitely recommend the company and Mark personally to anyone looking to complete their IDC.