Diving C.V.

Applying for Dive Jobs

All diving instructors should have an up to date Diving CV

Sending a blanket blanket e-mail to 1000`s of dive schools with a job request might seem like a good option, experience has proven it to be time consuming and not very effective.

It is  heard of some instructors deleting such e-mails without  the dive center manager even seeing them.

It is very important for you to spend some time putting together a professional looking CV and cover letter and making sure you know who the correct person is that will be dealing with your application. Once you know the dive school do some research to find out who the manager is, what they offer etc and then you can tailor your CV and cover letter accordingly, knowing it will get in to the right hands.

Obviously,the best options are to be recommended by another instructor or actually going into the dive center in person. This allows you to present your self and build a rapport with the staff, who can turn out to be very good allies when the manager makes the decision of who to hire.  Being prepared with a CV and cover letter to leave at the dive center is much better than going there empty handed.

Browse our Dive Job Board for all of the posted Dive Jobs and apply for any job you think fits. For this, we strongly advise that you TARGET YOUR CV and Cover Letter to the job you are applying for.

Targeting your Diving CV

The CV is a vital part of your die job application. It tells a potential new employer something about you. The only information available to the employer is in your application and we always advise out die job seekers  to target every job application with a tailor made CV.

So, what do we mean by a targeted CV?

Targeting your CV is  pretty simple:

  • Make sure every part of your CV directly relates to the current job application.
  • Use exactly the same descriptions for skills, experience, and qualifications as on the job ad or application guidelines.
  • Always cover the essential job skills, qualifications, and experience in your CV.
  • Ensure that everything in your work history is clearly relevant to the job application.


This is a lot easier than it may sound so don`t panic . You have the raw material available from your basic CV, all you  have to do is adapt that material to any dive job.

Let’s go through the basic CV outline:


The objectives part of your CV defines your motivations. You’re telling the employer why you want the job. Write the objectives section showing a clear reason based on a career track motive like, ‘I am working towards my PADI Staff Instructor.’ This will explain why you want to work at an IDC center.


Skills are often keywords in job applications, like essential criteria. Any job for which you can apply will include a range of diving skills you can use. You may not have all of them, but you must include all the required skills as much as possible. Use exactly the same description of these skills as used in the dive job ad.

Transferable skills

Transferable skills are just as important as your diving skills. This is all about what Other things you can bring to the table which may not necessarily be related to diving. If you have any sales experience, let them know. Languages skills are a major plus. Can you cook? How are you at fixing machines? On a live aboard, being able to cook is an asset. In a resort or on a cruise ship, sales skills are a must. In our opinion, languages are one of the most important transferable skills you can posses. You can and should read more about that here.

 Work History

Your work history needs particular care and good use of terminology. Give a clean and concise explanation of your job roles and tasks. Again, use the same terminology as in the job requirements, particularly the essential skills, as the framework for your description. Spell it out in those terms.

Use multiple examples, and if possible show how your skills developed through your work history, making clear your level of experience.


Achievements give added value to a diving CV as they provide a measure of your abilities, particularly when you show obvious relevance and value to the employer. Use examples that are clearly related to the new job application. 


Many dive applications contain a set of required diving qualifications. You must provide a list of qualifications that meets those requirements. Your qualifications also need to be spelled out in detail. Broad descriptions of qualifications aren’t good enough, particularly when all the other applicants will have similar qualifications. Again, spell it out, so you’re obviously qualified for the job.

Include all the Dive Specialties that you can teach

Once again, be sure to hi-light the specialties that are relevant to the job and also the diving area. This can be the Make or Break of being successful in your dive job application. For instance, If you intend to work in the Yucatan, Mexico having a cave diving specialty will open a lot of doors as it is one of the prominent cave diving areas of the world. A boat driving license can put you ahead in the running

So there you have it, targeting a CV isn’t difficult. Get the content right, and you are on the way to getting the dive job of your dreams

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Good Luck!!