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Who is this page for?

This page is for any member in the Region who wishes to develop their own instructing skills. This covers

  • Beginners,
  • Candidates for the Open Water Instructor Exams,
  • Open Water Instructors developing their skills,
  • Advanced Instructor Exam Candidates,

Beginners

Instructor Foundation Course

The first step in qualifying as a BSAC Diving Instructor, (including the Instructor cross-over programme), is to attend the two day Instructor Foundation Course (IFC), where the essential elements of instruction are taught. The comprehensive student pack provides candidates with course notes and a copy of the BSAC Manual 'Teaching Scuba Diving'.

This course is open to Sports Divers and above.

You can find out details of courses run in the Region at our ITSPOE page.

Candidates for the Open Water Instructor Exams

Open Water Instructor Course

Following completion of the IFC, members who are Dive Leaders can further build their teaching experience by attendance at an Open Water Instructor Course (OWIC).

This one day course which combines both classroom and practical activities is designed to develop the Club Instructor's skills so they are better prepared to teach trainee Club and Sports Divers in open water. Subsequently those holding the Club Instructor grade can log teaching experience to complete the OWI certification process. Those who are not Club Instructor will be eligible to take the Practical Instructor Exam (PIE).

You can find out details of courses run in the Region at our ITSPOE page.

Practical Instructor Exam

Following OWIC attendance and after further practice and experience at Branch level those who have gained Dive Leader status can apply for the Practical Instructor Exam (PIE). (For details of the cross-over programme contact Central Bookings at HQ). The PIE is of one day duration at an Open Water Venue and could be either the Saturday or the Sunday. Performance in practical teaching in the Open Water is assessed.

You can find out details of exams run in the Region at our ITSPOE page.

From time to time, the Regional will arrange preparation events a few weeks in advance of the exam. These events will allow you to practice your skills in realistic conditions, and gain valuable feedback from experienced team members. You can find out details of preparation events run in the Region at our SDCPOE page.

Theory Instructor Exam

Members who have attained Dive Leader grade can complete the Theory Instructor Exam (TIE) at any stage after attendance on the IFC.

The TIE is of one day duration and could be either the Saturday or the Sunday. Performance in classroom teaching and theory knowledge is assessed. Candidates will receive further instructions once their application has been accepted.

You can find out details of exams run in the Region at our ITSPOE page.

From time to time, the Regional will arrange preparation events a few weeks in advance of the exam. These events will allow you to practice your skills in realistic conditions, and gain valuable feedback from experienced team members. You can find out details of preparation events run in the Region at our SDCPOE page.

Open Water Instructor

Successful completion of all elements of the TIE & PIE will lead to the award of the BSAC Open Water Instructor grade.

Combined Instructor Courses/Examinations

Members also have the opportunity to qualify as a BSAC Open Water Instructor by attending IFC/OWIC/TIE/PIE combined events. Costs vary and details/application forms for each event are available from Central Bookings at BSAC HQ.

Open Water Instructors developing their skills

The Region is always looking for new instructors to join the Regional Team. If you are already an Open Water Instructor, then why not assist us in teaching Regional Skill Development Courses.

You will get support in teaching, and go through a structured system where you will receive mentoring from a Senior Instructor who will provide guidance in developing your teaching and personal diving skills. Teaching on Regional SDCs is a very good way to start your preparation for the Advanced Instructor courses and examinations.

Further information can be found in our Training pages, particularly the Instructor page, which contains details of obtaining approval to teach on certain skill development courses.

Advanced Instructor Exam Candidates

Advanced Instructor Course

This course provides further coaching in open water instructional techniques, dive organisation, dive leadership and boat diving, preparing candidates for the Advanced Instructor examination.

You can find out details of exams run Nationally at our OtherPOE page.

Advanced Instructor Exam

The theory examination is taken in advance of the practical using local IFC and TIE venues. Those who pass the theory examination are invited to take the practical examination which takes place over one weekend.

You can find out details of exams run Nationally at our OtherPOE page.

Candidates for the exam are encouraged to contact the Regional Coach who will be able to recommend a mentor to assist with specific preparation for the exam. This will generally take the form of revision of many of the points from the Advanced Instructor course, and will allow you to practice your skills in realistic conditions, and gain valuable feedback from experienced team members. Participation in the REDS will additionally help develop leadership and expeditions skills.

Combined Instructor Courses/Examinations

Members also have the opportunity to qualify as a BSAC Advanced Instructor by attending AIC/AIE combined events. Costs vary and details/application forms for each event are available from Central Bookings at BSAC HQ.

 

This page was last updated on : 01 Jun 2011

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