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Instructor for Diving Instructors alias Instructor Trainer

Instructor for Diving Instructors alias Instructor Trainer

What was the reason for me to become an Instructor Trainer?

I enjoy passing on my knowledge, which is why I am a diving instructor and have been practicing this profession for over 22 years now. But the personal confirmation that I am doing it right has only really become clear to me in recent years, after I successfully managed to overcome two catastrophic events in my life. Also as a technical diving instructor, I have trained mostly experienced divers, many of whom are already diving instructors themselves. The feedback from my customers and non-customers over the last year has been overwhelming (for me) and so positive that my inner critic finally quietened down. And finally, the ITW – Instructor Trainer Workshop was held in Playa del Carmen, and in Spanish, which was a further motivation and challenge at the same time.

What is the difference in the Instructor Training with SDI Instructor Trainer Christine Loew?

My inner voice will always be with me and ask me if I’m doing it right, the way I’m doing it. But that’s a good thing and part of getting better. The concept of lifelong learning does not stop at the – almost – highest level of a diving instructor.

Through my own courses and diving career as a diving instructor since 2002 and cave diver since 2006, I have a strong background in technical diving and have been a Razor Sidemount Instructor since 2014.

Instructor candidates have the option to do a skill update with me before the course starts, where I work out the most common mistakes and misconceptions and offer ways to correct them.

Instructor Training IDC in German with examination IEC in English (German by arrangement). For candidates who are not planning to work abroad, this is the opportunity to complete their training in warm climate under the best conditions.

Instructor Training in English/Spanish conducted together with my Razor Instructor colleagues and SDI Instructor Trainer Geraldine Solignac and Camilo Garcia. A hattrick that combines strong personalities, 50 years of concentrated experience, different teaching styles, extensive knowledge and the many strengths of each individual.

Preparation for working abroad, with CV and application coaching. We help with the preparation of CVs and with real tips and tricks when looking for a job.

Relaxed atmosphere without time pressure, because planning and carrying out diving under time pressure is nonsensical and dangerous, so why do the instructor course?

Possibility to individually add further modules for instruction such as first response (first aid) or speciality courses at diving instructor level or other diving courses at diver level as well as fun dives such as cenote diving or ocean diving excursions or other excursions.

IDC and IE are offered throughout the year and we can customise our offer, both in terms of timing, length, intensity and scope.

The IEC (Instructor Evaluation Course) takes place after successful preparation on site and is carried out by local SDI Instructor Trainers.

Travelling without heavy diving equipment. We offer high-quality diving equipment for rental. Just bring your wetsuit, mask, fins and computer, the rest is available here.

I plan to bring the IDC to you in 2025 and beyond, and we are expanding our connections with partners worldwide.

TDI Instructor Search

TDI Instructor Search

The news is already old that TDI installed a tool on their webpage that interested divers can search for individual instructors in one specific country for a specific course. So why don’t you recommend your friends and divers that are interested in furthering their diving career this link? If you want to find me, just put in “Mexico” at country and “Select a TDI Course” you will find me with the following courses (as per April 2014):

  • TDI: Cavern Instructor
  • TDI: Full Cave Instructor
  • TDI: Intro to Cave Instructor
  • TDI: Intro To Tech Instructor
  • TDI: Nitrox Instructor
  • TDI: TDI Cave Sidemount Instructor
  • TDI: TDI Sidemount Instructor

Finally here is the link to go to the TDI Instructor Search page.

Razor Sidemount Instructor

Razor Sidemount Instructor

Sidemount diving is nothing new. It may seem new to you when you come from the recreational diving and look nowadays in all the diving magazines and forums. It seems that sidemount started only a few years ago. Which is actually not true, in technical diving and especially in cave diving and exploration, diving in sidemount configuration had been a choice since a very long time. We are now only introducing the equipment, procedures and training to a wider diving clientele. Don’t be afraid that it is going to be too technical. Whether you want to switch from your regular backmounted single tank to sidemount diving for ocean dives or if you are already a technical diver and decided to take the step into the world of sidemount diving. We can assist you.

I have choosen the Razor Sidemount harness for my personal diving almost from the beginning and never regretted it. I am very honored to be part of the official Razor Sidemount Instructor team which represent one of the finest divers, explorers and instructors I have met.

Please visit My Go Sidemount Razor Instructor Profile on their page and you may as well browse through the courses offered.

Courses will be taught only with the student having his own harness. Inquire about the best purchase options while you look for the best course dates with me.

Check out the calendar or our FACEBOOK page for an invitation for Razor Tryout Dives. These will be short sessions with a small theory portion, some equipment workshop and a water session.

DAN Divers Alert Network

DAN Divers Alert Network

DAN Divers Alert Network Training available with Diving CavesIn 2012 DAN has made a huge change and updated almost all of their courses. It is not an easy task to change all material, instructor guides, videos, promotional materials, so let’s give them the time to do in properly. Meanwhile I upgraded and renewed my credentials as DAN O2 instructor including the instructor for Advanced Oxygen and both courses with be merged together in the future and will be called

Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries

This course represents entry-level training to educate the general diving (and qualified non-diving) public to better recognize possible dive-related injuries and to provide emergency oxygen first aid while activating the local emergency medical services (EMS) and /or arranging for evacuation to the nearest available medical facility. Providers learn to use the demand inhalator valve, non-rebreather mask, manually triggered ventilator and a bag-valve mask (BVM).

So what is the difference to the old course? DAN included the use of the Bag-valve mask which is one of  the best tools for a layperson.

Why should you consider to become trained in Emergency Oxygen for Scuba Diving Injuries?

Imagine this set-up. You plan your dive vacation here. Let’s say you are a cave diver. The guide you booked with should have the first aid and oxygen kit always on the trip. So do you really know how it works? And seen it from the eyes of a technical diver, would you not want to be trained fit for the dive location you dive in? Caves are often somewhat remote to the highway, villages, hospitals. Do we have frequently accidents? Of course not, but in that one-in-a-million chance, I would like to be the best possible prepared to help a fellow diver in need and I would feel more comfortable if I know that my buddies have the same knowledge.


Cave Diver

Cave Diver

Congratulations to Martin who finished his cave training with me in February 2012. Martin has started his training in 2010 with me and after getting Intro-to-Cave  (with Harry as I was not yet there) we went on a couple of dives with me. This time we had all the fun and went to some of my favourite caves.

Thank you very much Martin, it was a pleasure diving with you. Have safe dives whereever you travel. Don’t wait another two years before you come back though.