scuba dive instructor course prerequisites

Dive Instructor Courses

Policies Applying to All Leadership & Diver Instructor Courses:

Prerequisites and Requirements:

  • Age – Minimum is 18 years.
  • Experience – Specified for each Leadership course. Required logged dives shall be varied in environment and depth.
  • Rescue Certification. At a minimum, Scuba Rescue Diver certification is required except for Skin Diving Instructor, for which a life-guarding certification is adequate.
  • CPR & First Aid Certification. Current certification or verified competency in CPR and First Aid is required for registration. Certification training shall include one person adult CPR, infant/child CPR, two person CPR and the use of rescue breathing barrier devices, e.g. pocket mask, face shield.
  • Medical Approval. Verification of good physical condition as documented by a medical examination and unconditional approval for diving by a licensed physician within the preceding 12 months.
  • Administrative Requirements.
    – Submit a complete course application.
    – Provide and be responsible for dive gear suitable for open water.
    – Provide all required texts and materials.

Certification Requirements:

  • Meet all course prerequisites.
  • Be currently certified or have verified competency in CPR and first aid.
  • Complete all portions of the course.
  • Meet all course administrative requirements.
  • Pass the applicable leadership exam with a score of 75% or better.

Membership Application and Registration:

Upon completion of all certification requirements, each Leadership graduate must complete a membership application which the instructor will process in accordance with current procedures. Applicants will be registered as Leadership members in the appropriate category and status and be sent new member information.

Qualifications of Leadership Members:

Leadership members of are entitled to benefits detailed in the Association Bylaws and in the standards. A Leader may renew membership annually in any one of several statuses by meeting renewal requirements.


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Qualifications of Certified Graduates:

  • Certified Dive Instructor course graduates (ITC or ICC) are qualified to apply for Scuba Instructor membership in in any status provided for in the bylaws of the association.
    • An active-status Instructor may independently teach sanctioned courses and authorize certifications for graduates.
    • An active-status Instructor may independently conduct recognition and experience programs and authorize formal recognition for graduates.
    • An active or sustaining-status Instructor is a voting member of.
  • A member Instructor may renew such membership annually (in any one status) by meeting the requirements set by the Training Department and Membership Committee.

Instructor Training Course (ITC)

Overview:

The Scuba Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify Instructor members. During the course future instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with Diving Course Standards.

The ITC may be presented in two phases. If done so, Phase One, called an Instructor Training Program (ITP), contains all developmental training except for the final evaluations. During an ITP, candidate practice performances must be evaluated by at least two qualified evaluators, one of whom may be a STW completer and the other an IT or CD. The ITP can be conducted in many formats, ranging in length from a week to an internship over an extended period.

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

The course assures the membership that candidates who receive certification as Instructors have the knowledge, skills, fitness and proper attitude to do so.

Prerequisites:

  • General. Meet prerequisites applying to all Leadership courses.
  • Dive Certification. Be a currently certified Assistant Instructor or Divemaster; or a PREP Course graduate within the past 12 months.
  • Equipment. Provide and be responsible for own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in open water.
  • Experience. Have at least 50 logged scuba dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.
  • Materials. See current Guide to Membership. A detailed and current list of necessary materials shall be provided each candidate in a supplemental fact sheet for specific ITCs.

Dive Instructor Crossover Course (ICC)

Overview:

The Instructor Crossover Course (ICC) is designed to train and qualify current non- recreational scuba instructors to train diving students and register them for certification. During the course, candidate instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with 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 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 for entering the Course:

  • General. Meet the requirements applying to all Leadership courses.
  • Instructor Certification. Be a currently certified Instructor in good standing with a recognized diving organization.
  • Instructor Training. Have 80 or more hours of underwater dive instructor-level training as a candidate or course staff member.
  • Equipment. Provide and be responsible for own instructor-level diving equipment suitable for teaching in open water.
  • Experience. Have at least 50 logged dives. Dives shall be varied in environment, depth and activities.
  • Teaching Activity. Have taught or assisted in diving instruction for two or more courses.
  • Continuing Education. Have attended one or more diving related activities per year since certification as a scuba instructor.
  • Materials. See current guide to membership.

The above course description is general in term. There will be variations on the diver course depending on certification agency.

 

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