BSAC Open Water Instructor Training
BSAC Instructor training can be completed at any BSAC Centre of Excellence or with BSAC Thailand HQ directly.
The requirements to enter the BSAC Instructor course are that you must be:
• At least 16 years old
There are four steps to the BSAC Instructor Course:
1. BSAC Instructor Foundation Course (IFC) [2 days]
Let’s take a look at each step.
BSAC Instructor Foundation Course [IFC] – 2 days
The IFC introduces you to the basic principles and approaches to teaching scuba diving, including teaching both theoretical and practical lessons.
You’ll practice teaching, receive feedback on how to further improve your teaching style and learn how to incorporate BSAC materials and teaching aids to enhance your presentations.
BSAC Open Water Instructor Course [OWIC] – 1 Day
The OWIC builds on what you’ve already learned, further enhancing your ability to teach in an open water environment.
On completing the OWIC, you qualify as an Assistant Instructor, allowing you to assist instructors teach courses up to BSAC Dive Leader level.
Theory Instructor Examination [TIE] Half a Day
To enter the TIE you must be at least 18 years old and be qualified as a BSAC Dive Leader or equivalent.
There are two elements to the TIE.
During a classroom presentation, you be required to give a 10 minute teaching presentation to a group of students, covering a specific diving topic. You’ll be assessed on your ability to deliver the correct information and incorporate BSAC materials and teaching aids to enhance you presentation.
You’ll be informed of the topic of your presentation two weeks prior to the TIE.
Then during a one hour written examination you’ll be assessed on your diving knowledge, including topics such as physics and physiology, diving first aid and medicine, BSAC ’88 Decompression Tables, dive equipment and logistics, seamanship and boat handling, and the principles of teaching scuba diving.
Practical Instructor Examination [PIE] – 1 day
To enter the PIE you must be at least 18 years old, have completed an OWIC and be qualified as a BSAC Dive Leader [or equivalent].
In the PIE you’ll be required to demonstrate your practical teaching skills under assessment by an examiner.
Once you’ve passed both the TIE and PIE you’ll qualify as a BSAC Open Water Instructor, allowing you to teach all diver grades up to and including BSAC Dive Leader.
Dive Leader crossover to BSAC Instructor
This course is designed for other diving professionals who are not yet Instructors and come from other agencies. These dive professionals should be at a similar dive grade to the equivalent of the BSAC Dive Leader. See the list below:
The BSAC entry-level course; the BSAC Ocean Diver, has a similar course syllabus to other agencies courses. However, once the diver has trained beyond this level, the theory and dive skills required for the higher BSAC grade are very different than the other agencies courses. There are many new topics and skills to learn. These new elements range from Staged Decompression Diving, Chartwork and navigation to running Distance Lines, recovering and moving objects underwater, Oxygen Administration and Advanced Dive planning etc.
The duration of this course is 8 days.
Dive Leader Crossover Course Contents
The theory sessions start with a series of 5 lessons, which are all related to Oxygen Administration for diver and diving related injury topics. These lessons are followed by a lesson on dive planning. In this lesson, we look at how to locate new dive sites with the use of sea charts. We look at tidal predictions, calculating actual depths of the site and what type of underwater topography and seabed compositions are likely to be found on the site.
This session is aimed at introducing you to some new dive skills. Skills that you may have not already covered within your previous dive agency. In total there are 3 dives in which the following skills will be covered.
Dive 2 - will introduce you to some alternative rescue and rescue lifting techniques. These technical skills are almost certainly different to those covered in other agencies syllabuses.
Dive 3 - On this last dive you will learn the different techniques for deploying a Delayed Surface Marker Buoy DSMB. This is an important skill to master when conducting decompression dives. There are a number of deployment techniques to be used depending on what dive you are conducting.
On completion of these lessons you will then be rated as a BSAC Dive Leader and will be eligible to take the Instructor program, starting with the IFC.
The BSAC Open Water Instructor qualification meets International Standards - ISO 24802-2
BSAC is EUF Certified