Swim & Water Safety Instructor

Teaching To Swim Saves Lives

Love the water and all its amazing wonders?  If so, perhaps you may want to consider a career path doing what you love, while saving lives and empowering others.

Scuba Dogs is proud to be the only PADI Dive & Aquatic Center teaching swimming and water safety in Puerto Rico since the year 2000.  Affiliated with the globally recognized Starfish Aquatics Institute, our “PADI Swim School” program includes professional training certification to “Swim & Water Safety Instructor”.


Your Benefits


  • Global leader in swim instruction with over 2000 facilities worldwide
  • Professional training experts with over 20 years of experience
  • Structured training method including online knowledge development, in-water practicum with trainers, and all levels of internship experience to acquire the required experience
  • Aquatic tools to enhance the teaching experience such as visual aids, shallow and deep diving area, and swim platform
  • Excellent facilities in Guaynabo with a 40’ X 20’ heated pool, plus additional locations in Escambrón Marine Park in San Juan and Copamarina Resort in Guánica with parking, lockers, restrooms, classroom, showers, Wi-Fi, and full retail shops
  • Focus on two (2) main areas:
    • Swim Skills teaching all levels in freestyle, elementary & competitive backstroke, butterfly, sidestroke, breastroke, skindiving, snorkeling, and more
    • Water Safety Skills focused on survival swim, back & front flotation, self-rescue, boating, diving, submerging, and more
  • Internationally recognized insurance and certification to teach Starfish, Swim, and Stroke levels, plus offer snorkeling tours & water safety lessons
  • Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to be insured and contracted to lead aquatic experiences and teach with the Scuba Dogs’ team of professional Instructors


3 Stages:

The PADI Swim & Water Safety Instructor program is a progressive training offered in the following three (3) sages:

  • KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT– Complete a thorough self-study online to learn the PADI Swim School standards, guidelines, teaching techniques, and procedures. This theory portion is divided into a series of modules, animated videos, quiz reviews, and exams to assure an accurate understanding of the best teaching techniques practiced worldwide.
  • AQUATIC TRAINING– This stage includes direct contact with your Trainer conducting classroom reviews, pool teaching sessions, swim practice drills, open water swimming and snorkeling tours, and simulated lessons to master your teaching techniques.  You will be able to see, practice, and learn the most current and recommended procedures for teaching swimming at all levels.
  • INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – Once the knowledge development and aquatic training stages are in progress or fully completed, you are now ready to apply these concepts in real-life scenarios with students.  Ranging from 6-month babies up to children and adults of all ages, the internship program is designed to build confidence acquiring the necessary skills and experience that you need to lead your own swim and water safety lessons.


  • Candidates must know how to swim and be at least 16 years old to participate
  • An Aquatic Service Agreementmust be signed to confirm you accept our terms & conditions
  • Liability Releasemust be filled and signed by all participants confirming that you are in good health and accept the risks involved with all water related activities.

Materials Checklist

The following swim gear is required to properly learn all levels and be able to teach accordingly:

  • Single-piece Swimsuit (Streamline)
  • Goggles
  • Floating Fins
  • Swim Cap (Long Hair)
  • Kickboard
  • Swim Paddles
  • Pull Buoy
  • Swim Snorkel
  • Optional: Nose Clip, Ear Plugs, Mesh Bag

Training Fee

  • The PADI Swim School training has a total cost of $950 plus tax and fees.  This includes:
    • Access to online eLearning platform and registration fees
    • Student participant manual and sample of all progress patches / tokens
    • Approximately 20 hours of classroom work, aquatic sessions, and internship program
    • PADI Swim & Water Safety certification and membership valid for 1-year
    • Waterproof Instructor rashguard uniform from Scuba Dogs
    • Opportunity to join the Scuba Dogs professional team to offer swim lessons and snorkeling tours, plus have access to VIP Dogs” special discounts

Hey, who doesn’t love a good bargain?

We are happy to offer the following discounts on all tours and trainings to our customers:
  • $25 discount per person when booking for 2+ participants
  • 50% discount for groups of 15+ participants perfect for birthdays,  special celebrations, and corporate events
  • $10 discount when bringing your full gear
  • $10 discount for Copamarina Resort guests in Guánica
  • 20% discount for 6-month extended aquatic program
  • 30% discount for 1-year extended aquatic program

For more information, feel free to contact us here with any questions or inquiries.

Disclaimer Clarification

Our tours and trainings require all participants to be in good health and dully qualified for the respective services. If unsure, kindly contact us via email, we’ll be happy to advice in order to assure your safety.

Availability Agreement

All bookings are subject to change due to factors like weather conditions, staff availability, quorum and unexpected events.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is required to make your reservation; this confirms your commitment with us. Our duty is to coordinate all resources needed to render the best available service; that is our commitment to you. Full refunds are applicable for cancellations notified 48 hours prior to the reservation date. A 50% refund is applicable for cancellations notified 24 hours prior to the reservation date. We do not offer refunds for no-show, cancellations made less than 24 hours, or extreme circumstances on-site that may be life threatening like a storm, near drowning scenarios, or a “Mayday” call. Safety is always our #1 priority. At Scuba Dogs we strive to be “Diver’s Best Friend”. We sincerely appreciate your support and understanding.