Branch Instructor Award

Overview

The Branch Instructor (BI) qualification is our core instructor award allowing BIs to instruct new members of their own Branch take their first steps in learning to dive. During the BI course and training, you will learn the basic skills needed to instruct diving safely and in a way that is fun. You should be keen to relay your own knowledge to others and help them to grasp the skills they need to enjoy the sport. It will be hard work sometimes but can also be very rewarding. At the end it will have been your training that gave your branch that newly qualified and competent diver.

Scope of the award

  • Complete the one-day ScotSAC Branch Instructor Course.
  • Complete 2 practical pool sessions of at least one-hour sessions under supervision of your Branch Diving Officer and Regional Coach or nominated Regional Instructor or Examiner.
  • Complete 2 practical open water sessions under supervision of your Branch Diving Officer and Regional Coach or nominated Regional Instructor or Examiner.
  • If required have completed a successful Enhanced Disclosure check via Scottish Criminal Records Office. Disclosure must be registered to ScotSAC.

Course Dates

Branch Instructor Courses are held throughout the year. Course dates are available in the events section.

Contact the BI Course Director for further information. The cost of the course is currently covered by the training budget and is therefore FREE to candidates. This reflects ScotSACs committment to volunteers.

Course Director: Gordon Young

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Instructors from other organisations who are crossing over and do not meet the above pre-requisites should contact the BI Course Director via ScotSAC HQ.

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Course Pre-Requisites

All divers must satisfy the following prerequisites;

  1. Hold current membership of ScotSAC.
  2. Hold a current medical certificate.
  3. Be aged 18 or over.
  4. Have been a ScotSAC Sport Diver or equivalent for at least 18 months.
  5. Have at least 75 correctly logged dives in UK or similar waters.
  6. Have completed the ‘Master Diver’ Dive Leader training component, or hold a recognised ‘Dive Leader’ qualification.
  7. Have attended the ‘Master Diver’ lectures: Advanced Decompression and Safety & Emergency Procedures.
  8. Have the recommendation of the BDO or in the case of an Acting BDO the recommendation of your Regional Coach.

Post Course Assessments

  1. Complete 2 practical pool sessions of at least one-hour sessions under supervision of your Branch Diving Officer and Regional Coach or nominated Regional Instructor or Examiner.
  2. Complete 2 practical open water sessions under supervision of your Branch Diving Officer and Regional Coach or nominated Regional Instructor or Examiner.
  3. If required complete a successful Enhanced Disclosure check. Disclosure must be registered to ScotSAC.

The Post Course Assessments shall completed within 12 months of Course attendance.

Candidates who do not complete within this time are required to attend a further course.