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  • Individuals Qualified to Teach Scuba Diving

    Posted on September 6th, 2012 Patricia No comments

    Although many people often assume that the “divemaster” is the instructor because the word “master” is in the title, this is not the case.

    The divemaster assists the instructor with supervision both on the surface and underwater. While the instructor is teaching skills underwater, another set of eyes are required to supervise and monitor students in order to prevent any potential problems, while the instructor is occupied. On the surface, the divemaster assists the instructor with gear handling, preparation and skill demonstrations. Although the divemaster level represents a substantial amount of experience, a scuba instructor is the only person trained and qualified to teach scuba diving.

    Instructors work under the teaching standards of training institutions such as PADI, NAUI or CMAS.

    Basically, the instructor is teaching exactly what is outlined in the teaching manual but adding color, descriptions and applying personal experience to bring the materials being taught to life.

    Scuba instructors can be assisted by other scuba professionals who are in training to become instructors, however, only someone with instructor status can teach the basic open water course.

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