East Coast Divers’ instructors have the knowledge and confidence to run open water training programs here or any where else in the world. While the Dive Control Specialist program will teach you the methods, philosophies and applications of teaching theory it is all done in a controlled environment. Whether that be in the classroom or pool, The safety of the students and control of a group is easily managed. In the Instructor Training Course we build on these teaching techniques and also teach the how to safely and efficiently control a group of scuba students. Once completed graduates of the Instructor Training Course can teach all aspects of the open water program and are eligible for specialty instructor ratings.
When you are certified as an SSI Open Water Instructor, you can also qualify for further SSI Specialty Instructor ratings. To teach additional SSI Specialties, you will need to qualify by attending a Specialty Instructor seminar, co-teaching or by resume. These Specialty programs include: Deep Diving, Digital Underwater Photography, Dry Suit Diving, Equipment Techniques, Ice Diver, Navigation, Night/Limited Visibility Diving, Science of Diving, Search & Recovery, Stress & Rescue, and Underwater hunting & Collecting.
Advanced Open Water Instructor (AOWI)
Once you have four Specialty Instructor certifications and you have issued 15 Specialty program certifications, you will automatically be upgraded to Advanced Open Water Instructor. After certification, Advanced Open Water Instructors are qualified to teach, supervise, or issue certifications for Advanced Open Water/Junior Advanced Open Water, Dive Guide, Science of Diving, Divemaster and Snorkel Instructor programs, plus any additional Specialties you are qualified to teach.
There are a couple of forms that can be done ahead of time. Most important is the medical. Go through the medical now and check to see if you need to answer “YES” to any of the questions. If so no big deal – you’ll just need to get a doctors’ sign-off before we can let you in the pool. The doctors’ note is in the same file as the medical – Just scroll down to the next page. Remember IF you answer “YES” to anything in the medical it is COMPULSORY to get a doctors’ note BEFORE getting in the pool.