BSAC Instructor Course in Thailand
Girl power dominates the scuba diving instructor course with BSAC!
Koh Tao, Thailand
Big Blue Tech celebrates the graduation of Emma Millet and Jennifer Mathews from their BSAC (British Sub Aqua Club) Instructor Course conducted over a week in the tropics of Thailand on Koh Tao Island. In accordance with standards the instructor course was conducted by BSAC National Instructor Les Skelton and Examined by BSAC Instructor Trainer James Thornton-Allan
The girls who are both from England joined the course for different reasons. Emma is a Lifeguard from Plymouth and already achieved her BSAC Assistant Instructor rating and joined the course to complete her open water instructor portion. Jen is the head of Big Blue Conservation and joined BSAC as her first instructor rating so she can start to develop the future of BSAC Ecological programs.
The first step in qualifying as a BSAC Diving Instructor, is to attend the two-day IFC, where the essential elements of instruction are taught. On completion of the course, students are awarded the BSAC Assistant Diving Instructor certificate, which allows them to teach under direct supervision of a BSAC Open Water Instructor. Following completion of the IFC members who are Dive Leaders can further build their teaching experience by attendance at an Open Water Instructor Course (OWIC). Members who have attained Dive Leader grade can complete the Theory Instructor Exam (TIE) at any stage after attendance on the IFC. Following OWIC attendance, and after further practice and experience at Branch level, those who have gained Dive Leader status can apply for the Practical Instructor Exam (PIE). Minimum grade to attend Sports Diver.
This one-day course, which combines both classroom and practical activities, is designed to develop the Assistant Instructor’s skills so they are better prepared to teach trainee Ocean and Sports Divers in open water. Following completion of this course, members will be recognized as an Assistant Open Water Instructor and be eligible to take the Practical Instructor Exam (PIE). Minimum entry requirements Dive Leader + IFC attendance.
The TIE is a half day duration. Performance in the presentation of a 10-minute classroom teaching lesson and theory knowledge (1 hour, 60 question paper) is assessed. Candidates will receive further instructions once their application has been accepted. Following successful completion of the TIE, students will be awarded the BSAC Theory Instructor certificate, which allows them to teach, unsupervised in the classroom.
Candidates will receive further instructions once their application has been accepted. Minimum entry requirements Dive Leader + IFC attendance.
The PIE is of half day duration. Performance in practical teaching in the Open Water is assessed by the presentation of a 45-minute practical lesson in the open water. Following successful completion of the PIE, if the student holds a pass in the Theory Knowledge examination paper, they will be awarded the BSAC Practical Instructor certificate that allows them to teach practical skills unsupervised.
Successful completion of all elements of the TIE & PIE will lead to the award of the BSAC Open Water Instructor grade.
Emma and Jen also received their BSAC Oxygen Provider instructor Rating after completing an additional day of training.
Well done girls, welcome to the club!