The Diving for All Instructor Course (DfA IC) will prepare you to teach diving to people with disabilities in your club or centre, making our sport truly accessible to all.
If you are a qualified BSAC Open Water Instructor familiar with teaching core diving skills and ready to increase the scope of people that you can train, then this course is for you.
The one-day Diving for All Instructor Course is a great way to find out how you can adapt your teaching techniques to help and support people with disabilities. There is the opportunity to practise everything that you learn, above and below the water.
To enrol you must already be an active BSAC OWI (or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency) who has taught Ocean Diver or Sport Diver courses from beginning to qualification, including both practical and theory elements. When you apply for the DfA IC, your branch chair will be asked to endorse your application against several simple criteria, including that you are current and experienced in teaching diving courses.
The Diving for All Instructor Course focuses on all the practical techniques needed to deliver diver training to people with disability. The day includes theory sessions on motivations and terminology for disabled divers, medical, legal and equipment-related topics and the concept of conditional qualifications; and workshops on diving with people with disabilities and planning expeditions with them. You will also plan how to deliver a pool-based practical training session and there will be the chance to try out your newfound skills teaching your fellow attendees in the pool.
Course instructors will have plenty of time to deliver personal feedback and at the end of the course you will understand your responsibilities and appreciate the opportunities that Diving for All brings for everyone involved. The purpose of the DfA IC is to give you a different mindset in order that you can apply your new skills across a wide range of disabilities or impairments.
Having completed the Diving for All Instructor Course you will become an Assistant Diving for All Instructor (ADfAI) and can begin to teach Ocean Diver skills to a person with disability under the direct supervision of a Diving for All Instructor.
As usual as a BSAC instructor, exactly what level in the Diver Training Programme you will be able to teach depends on your personal diving qualification, as well as your core instructor qualification.
The Diving for All Instructor Course is run nationally several times a year.
Find dates and book the Diving for All Instructor course online
On application for the DfA Instructor Course, the organiser will request an endorsed letter from the Branch Chair to state that the instructor applying is an active club instructor and that the branch will actively support the BSAC DfA programme.
Not a BSAC member? You can do this course by joining your local BSAC club. Find a club
When you attend the course you will be given a training pack that includes links to the materials you will need afterwards. For the course, you will need dive kit suitable for use in sheltered water (usually a swimming pool), including thermal protection suitable for the local conditions. You will also need writing materials and a slate.
Your next steps – developing your skills
Having consolidated your Diving for All instructional skills on this course, you can begin to teach people with disabilities under the direct supervision of a Diving for All Instructor.
To qualify as a Diving for All Instructor (DfAI) you will need to be assessed delivering at least one open water lesson to students with a disability from the BSAC Diver Training Programme or suitable SDC by a Diving for All Instructor Trainer. Successful assessment will qualify you as a DfAI.
To support aDfAI's who may not have access to students currently a small number of Assessment Events have been arranged to allow assessment of teaching and Risk Assessment for a student with disabilities.
You could also go on to develop specific skills to expand your personal diving interests. Imagine learning to drive a dive boat or becoming an underwater photographer. Check out the Skill Development Courses (SDCs) you can get involved in.
Or you may want to continue your diver training to the next level.