For teaching you need tools. It is the responsibility of a diver training organisation to provide you with these. The philosophy if SCUBA C&P is that you need access to such training aids wherever you are. This is why we have made all these tools available on the internet – free of charge!
If you are not a SCUBA C&P qualified professional, you can still have access to a limited number of teaching items. Just click on this link in order to access our public Dropbox. If you like the system and consider becoming a SCUBA C&P professional, then you will find the information on your options here.
SCUBA C&P certified professionals have access to the complete set of tools, including confidential files, such as exams. Follow this link to the password protected Dropbox.
The special tools that are needed for Instructor Trainers only are found here.
As a professional you will want to advance yourself. Below you will find the different courses that are available for certified instructors. Be informed that also instructors from other diver training organisations can do our ICE programmes. They would then be certified to teach the specialty programmes that were covered in the course as an “affiliate instructor”.
Advanced and Master Scuba Instructor
To fulfill expectations from students as well as potential employers, it is strongly recommended that Scuba Instructors continue their training after having been certified. Instructor Trainers offer programmes for that purpose, each addressing another aspect of recreational diving. These are Teaching Scuba Guides, Technical Aspects of Diving, Environmental Aspects of Diving, Teaching Practical Specialties, Underwater imaging and Teaching Abstract Theory.
Completion of each of these modules results in one or more additional authorizations to organize and conduct courses. There is no required sequence. Instructors may chose according to course availability and their personal interests. Completing any two of these courses qualifies an instructor to obtain the title: Advanced Scuba Instructor. Completing all six courses is one of the requirements for becoming Master Scuba Instructor (other requirements relate to experience).
Teaching Scuba Guides
The Teaching Scuba Guides module is a training programme to prepare Scuba Instructors to organize and conduct the guiding divers module. In essence it is an introduction to a new type of teaching which requires comprehension of the difference between objectivist and constructivist learning processes. Scuba Guides take responsibility for other people. To assume that responsibility they must adapt to circumstances. Objectivist teaching (with its right/wrong approach) is not suitable for developing that ability. Before teaching a constructivist programme, it is thus necessary to learn how that method is applied. This two day module is meant for that purpose. After successful completion, the instructor can be authorized to teach the Guiding Divers module which is required for certification as Scuba Guide.
Technical Aspects of Diving
The technical Aspects of Diving module covers diving equipment, compressors and Nitrox installations. Dive professionals must have a solid basis in the technical aspects of diving. Training in the water is not part of the course, but there are several practical sessions. The training takes three to four days depending on logistics. After successful completion, the instructor can be authorized to teach the equipment and compressor & Nitrox installation courses.
Environmental Aspects of Diving
The environmental aspects of diving module is about the relationships between the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the underwater environment. The training takes two to three days depending on logistics. The course is essential for all scuba professionals. In part because of the additional programmes they can be allowed to teach, but mostly because the increased knowledge of the underwater environment allows them to live up to diver expectations. Divers expect from a diving professional that they are able to explain what they have seen underwater. After successful completion, instructors can be authorized to teach the naturalist, research diver and scuba-eco programmes.
Teaching Practical Courses
The module for teaching practical courses provides input on techniques for teaching deep diving, navigation and search and recovery. It allows instructors to teach interesting and rewarding practical courses. Most of the course is practical and takes place in open water, but there are some theoretical aspects as well. The programme is recommended to take three days. After successful completion, instructors can be authorized to teach deep diver, navigation and search & recovery courses.
Photography is an important skill for all diving professionals. Pictures are needed for internet pages, brochures and other purposes. Taking pictures of students in beginner courses can be an important aspect of the marketing strategy of a diving operation and courses in underwater photography are popular.
For end-users, there can be a demand for a course for taking snapshots of an acceptable quality, or a desire to really learn the “ins and outs” of underwater photography. Instructors however must master techniques for manual photography in order to take good quality pictures. The knowledge about manual photography is also needed to be able to explain automatic functions of a camera. In the three day course, instructors learn all aspects of photography for both automatic and manual settings. After successful completion, instructors can be authorized to teach both automatic and manual photography.
Teaching Abstract Theory
An understanding of abstract theory is needed to respond quickly and correctly to questions from students. As Assistant Scuba Instructors are in a position to answer such questions, participation in the respective module is required. The programme for teaching abstract theory prepares instructors to teach that module. During training, parts of abstract theory are taught, followed by a discussion of the approach that was taken to relay the information. This programme is not meant to learn abstract theory, but to develop the ability to teach it. If the level of knowledge of the participants is adequate, the programme can be completed in two days. After successful completion, instructors can be authorized to teach the abstract theory module that is required toward certification as Master Scuba Diver and Assistant Scuba Instructor. They are also authorized to teach the diving instruments course.
Ice Diving Instructor
Ice diving is very popular in some regions, but impossible at most dive locations. It is therefore not part of the “normal” development of a scuba instructor. The course to become an ice diving instructor takes two days. After successful completion, instructors can be authorized to teach courses in ice diving. This course does not count toward Advanced Scuba Instructor and Master Scuba Instructor certification.
The SCUBA C&P system does not (nor intends to) offer courses for all diving activities. Only courses for which a full set of supporting materials are available are part of the system. Instructor Trainers who have specialized knowledge and skills in a certain aspect of diving, who have a corresponding outline for instructors to use and who can supply adequate course materials for the students of those instructors may ask authorization to teach that subject.
Assistant Scuba Instructor Trainer
Certified Advanced Scuba Instructors may participate in an Assistant Scuba Instructor Trainer programme. That programme consists of a two day course and performing as a junior staff member in a Scuba Instructor course. The programme emphasizes the approach to learning that is used in instructor level programmes. For that purpose it is an advantage if the candidate has already completed the Teaching Scuba Guides module. As part of their training, Assistant Scuba Instructor Trainer candidates are also required to pass exams on theory and standards and must demonstrate an adequate level of teaching skills in the classroom, pool and open water. After successful completion, instructors can be authorized to teach the Skill Improvement Module, SCUBA C&P System Module and Remedial Training Module. These modules are required for certification as Assistant Scuba Instructor. On invitation, Assistant Scuba Instructor Trainers can serve as staff in the Scuba Instructor Training Course.
Scuba Instructor Trainer
The requirements to participate in a Scuba Instructor Trainer course are strict. Instructors who fulfill the requirements listed in the Services, Standards & Procedures manual may express interest to participate. A limited number of applicants will be selected. The course takes eight days and is conducted by Advanced Instructor Trainers assigned by SCUBA C&P.
Advanced Scuba Instructor Trainer
There is no formal course to advance from the Scuba Instructor Trainer rating to the Advanced Scuba Instructor Trainer rating. A large part of the process consists of serving as Staff for other Advanced Instructor Trainers. During their staffing the Advanced Instructor Trainers will guide their staff to a better understanding about the way they teach, as well as the content of the courses. To assure optimum results, a personalized learning plan will be made with each individual who wishes to achieve this level.