For a Technical Diver, there is no substitute for teaching more complex skill sets involved in more adventurous diving and increasing the pool of divers to go diving with.
Becoming a Technical Instructor with BSAC, combines your technical diving experience and builds on what was learned on your experience as an Open Water Instructor. Working with experience BSAC Technical Instructor Trainers to develop your own skills and teaching techniques allows you the opportunity to further develop your instruction as you progress.
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The two-day Technical Instructor Course extends a Technical Divers practical teaching ability to the more advanced planning and skills required to teach Sport Mixed Gas Diver (50m), Explorer Mixed Gas Diver (60m), Advanced Mixed Gas Diver (80m) , CCR Diver (40m), Sport Mixed Gas CCR Diver (50m), Explorer Mixed Gas CCR Diver (60m) and Advanced Mixed Gas CCR Diver (80m) Courses, with the opportunity to see and practise all the skills required on a BSAC Technical Course.
To enrol you must already hold the relevant BSAC Technical Qualification and required experience (number of dives in specified depth range) or have equivalent certification from another recognised training agency and the required experience. You must also be at least 18 years old.
The technical Instructor Training Course develops your instructor talents to deliver advanced diving knowledge through the use of comprehensive PowerPoint presentations. It also develops your practical teaching skills to deliver complex skillsets.
In addition you will learn about the ethos, standards, process and documentation of BSAC Technical Diver Training.
During in-water practical sessions, you will develop your personal instructing skills, use scenarios requiring student response and you’ll get plenty of feedback as course instructors will give you advice and guidance on your personal progression.
You will develop your practical instructing skills including:
- How to teach students with different equipment configurations.
- How to safely develop the skills of a technical trainee in open water.
- How to teach scenarios with student responses underwater.
- How to give constructive feedback to trainees.
- Practising your instructing skills using the materials provided.
The two days includes a demonstration and skills practise day followed by a day of practising teaching the skills required on the BSAC Technical Courses. Other responsibilities that apply to instructors are also considered.
After attending a Technical Instructor Course you will become an Assistant Technical Instructor. You can only teach up to the level of your personal technical diving grade and experience, under supervision of a BSAC Technical Instructor Trainer at this level.
If you are interested in doing the Technical Instructor Training Course or becoming a Technical Instructor Trainer, please email Technical Group leader, Mike Rowley, with the following information:
Your name and address
BSAC membership number
Please include the following in your email so we can understand your training and experience to date:
- Highest recreational diver grade (Training agency and date gained)
- Highest recreational instructor grade (Training agency and date gained)
- Recreational diving instructing experience (brief summary)
- Highest technical diver qualification(s) and experience (include agency details if not BSAC)
- Highest technical instructor (if relevant) and experience (include agency details if not BSAC)
- Any other relevant information
Once the team has received your email they will get back to you to take things forward. In the meantime if you need any further assistance please email BSAC or call us on 0151 350 6203.
Your next steps – assessment
Having consolidated your skills, you can become a qualified Technical Instructor by teaching the relevant BSAC Technical Course under assessment by a BSAC Technical Instructor Trainer or by attending a BSAC Technical Instructor Assessment.
Exactly what you will be able to teach depends on your technical diving qualification and experience. In essence you will be able to teach BSAC Technical Diving Qualifications up to the level of your personal technical diving qualification, so can only complete your supervised assessment up to that level.
To request a supervised assessment you should contact BSAC Technical Group Lead
Your next steps – developing your skills
You could also develop specific skills to expand your technical diving instructor interests. Imagine learning becoming a BSAC Technical Instructor Trainer.