Professional level training for Divemasters (or equivalent), Assistant Instructors and Instructors
To be eligible to participate in the Pro Training course, candidates must be DMs (or equivalent) or above, in full, active teaching status, and submit copies of their diving medicals and CPR qualifications.
The training also includes all the relevant training manuals and teaching materials, as well as our on-going support to help build your confidence working with divers with disabilities.
DMs & AIs are not required to undergo additional raining as their “primary agency” qualifications progress (PADI, SSI, BSAC etc.), provided they have maintained their active involvement in disabled diver’s programmes.
What will the course cover?
In the knowledge development section you will learn about the types of disabilities you can expect to encounter when training divers. The depth of the topics covered includes the history (cause), physiological effects, psychology and the relationships of disabilities to scuba diving. It is important that you, the dive professional, have a good understanding of the disability you are dealing with and not rely on hearsay, as it is of utmost importance that you feel confident with your students. It is equally important that your students feel confident in your knowledge and ability in dealing with their specific disability.
The practical training section deals with specific diver training, what to expect, and how to deal with issues encountered by your students. It is important that you understand the difficulties your students may experience during training and how you can assist them in overcoming these. By simulating being disabled and then alternating as the Instructor for disabled students, you develop a clearer understanding of problems that are encountered (during the training disabled divers may also be invited to assist). You will need to consider the disabilities of the divers you will be training and be sensitive and aware of the special requirements that are specific for each student.
In the water environment, you are placed in the role of being the disabled diver and subsequently as the instructor/guide for disabled divers. You learn about how to evaluate dive sites and their accessibility, and develop a general awareness of other logistic considerations, which are necessary when you are training or accompanying divers with disabilities.
To become certified as an instructor you must demonstrate that you have the ability to successfully train and guide individuals with disabilities. Learning to deal with all types of disabilities a dive professional can encounter is not possible in a short training programme. In order to develop your experience you must work with divers with disabilities, continue to develop your knowledge and training methods, work with rehabilitation centres and research information specific to the disabilities you encounter. All this will assist you in becoming a more able, competent and understanding dive professional.
Furthermore, after you have completed your training, should you wish, we will be available to help you succeed in establishing yourself, helping you to get diving underway for people with disabilities within your own local area.