ACUC CERTIFICATION CARDS
SCUBA DIVER 15
This optional course is designed for those who wish to dive to relatively shallow depths and always under direct supervision of an ACUC Divemaster or higher level, or similar level from other ACUC recognized organisations. It is recommended for young people (minimum age is 12 years old) or for older people (no maximum age).
OPEN WATER DIVER 25
This course is designed for those that wish to obtain the knowledge to safely dive without supervision and up to the maximun depth allowed for recreational divers. The minimun age is 12 years old and there is no maximun age. Being certificated as an “ACUC Open Water Diver” also allows you to take more advanced and specialty courses and it does no have the limitations of the “ACUC Scuba Diver” certification.
In this course you will expand on the theory that you learnt in the OWD course. You will also be introduced to some specialty diving, so that you can later decide which specialties you like most and which specialty courses you might wish to take. Minimum age is 12 years old. You will learn more about matters such as: Equipment Maintenance; Reduced Visibility Diving; Confined Space Diving; Underwater Navigation; Deep Diving and other notions as well.
This course is the minimum level to which ACUC recommends all divers should be trained to. The course will train you to recognize diving problems and emergencies before they occur, and if they occur anyway, then you will learn also how to handle these problems and emergencies. ACUC highly recommends that candidates to this course also take the specialties of First Aid Provider and Emergency Oxygen Provider. Minimum age is 16 years old. As a Rescue Diver, you may enter the ACUC Professional levels if you wish, or continue on to obtain the “Master Plus Diver” or the “Specialties Plus Diver” rating.
You can apply for the Master Diver card when you have completed your training up to the level of Rescue Diver, having also made 3 specialties of your choice.
MASTER DIVER PLUS
The Master Plus Diver card is for those people who have 5 specialties, two of them which must be First Aid and Emergency Oxygenation. These are 2 safety related specialties highly recommended by ACUC.
We will see more thoroughly the maintenance of the different equipment and how to perform simple repairs when necessary. This course does not require to be a diver.
You will learn the basics of nitrox diving and all the information you need to dive with 2 different types of mixtures, depending on the depth. This course is sufficient to handle the nitrox dives offered by diving centers.
Here we offer the necessary knowledge for safe wreck diving, including the possibility of going inside, depending on the wreck’s characteristics and mantaining safety.
DEEP DIVER 40
It is an initiation to deep diving, for those people who want to go deeper, staying safe and learning by steps under supervision.
This course teaches us to navigate underwater, to correctly use the compass and its applications, as well as the precautions to be taken.
We will learn the techniques and skills to rescue a diver under water or on the surface, but above all we will learn prevention so that nothing happens.
DRY SUIT DIVER
Because we can inject air inside the dry suit, we must learn the techniques of its use, as well as how to do a proper maintenance.
This course teaches the techniques to move safely in drift conditions, as well as to dive by letting ourselves be carried by the currents.
This course offers the necessary knowledge to take advantage of our camera under water and at the surface, obtaining better results in our pictures.
Here we will learn the part of the work of Divemasters and Instructors in which they deal with the control of divers and groups out of the water. No need to be a diver.
We will learn how to perform the calculations for any dive at any altitude, also to make the correction calculations in the tables, in the decompression stop depths and in the different ascent speeds according to the altitude.
When we complete this course, we will experience the dives in a different way. Details that previously went unnoticed take prominence when we know how and what to observe.
We will learn to recognize possible archaeological sites and how to proceed when we see them. We will also learn precautions to have with them and how to collaborate in archaeological works.
We need to learn how to teach other people. In order to teach it is not enough to know, but you have to know how to transmit what you know.
Here you will learn how to handle Diver Propulsion Vehicles, also known as underwater scooter, precautions, maintenance and care to observe for a safe dive.
For ice diving it is necessary to learn specific precautions and techniques, as well as the protection against the cold, both personal and for our equipment.
This course prepares you to act as a Dive Controler, to lead certified divers in open water dives, to assist in the training of new divers and to teach some non certification ACUC Scuba courses such as Introduction to Diving (Discovery Diving) and more.
It is the mandatory first step to become an Instructor. Minimum age is 18 years old
This is an optional certification by which you will be able to:
- Certify Scuba Divers
- Certify Open Water Divers
It is a course recommended for those that wish a slower progression to the Open Water Instructor level.
Minimum age is 19 years old.
OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR
As an Open Water Instructor you will be able to do what the Entry Level Instructor does (see above), and you will be able to also certify Advanced Divers, Rescue Divers, Divemasters and any specialty for which you hold the corresponding Specialty Instructor rating.
This course WILL NOT teach you about diving. As an ACUC Divemaster you must already have all the necessary knowledge and skills. This course will teach you how to teach others about diving. Minimum age is 19 years old.
As an Advanced Instructor you will be able to do what the Open Water Instructor does and you may also teach, but not certify, the Entry Level Instructor level.
To obtain this rating, you must be a First Aid Instructor and an Emergency Oxygen Instructor (from any ACUC recognised agency). Minimum age is 20 years old.
You will learn the basics of cave diving, its characteristics and how to do these dives safely, learning navigation techniques, signaling and specific equipment for these environments.
Use of these equipments, generally using Nitrox as a breathing mixture and widely used in different types of technical diving. You must be a nitrox diver.
This is an extended method to attach our tanks used in technical diving, but perfectly applicable to recreational diving. Here we will learn this technique.
This course teaches how to prepare nitrox mixtures with any percentage, methods used and necessary checks, as well as safety requirements. This course does not require to be a diver
FIRST AID COURSES
FIRST AID PROVIDER
It is a highly recommended course that teaches you to do first aid to a diver who has a problem and handle other situations that could happen outside diving. This course does not require participants to be divers.
First aid in many diving accidents requires the supply of oxygen. Here we will learn how to operate oxygen equipment with the necessary precautions. This course does not require to be a diver but participants must have the First Aid specialty.
INSTRUCTOR TRAINER AND INSTRUCTOR TRAINER EVALUATOR
As an Instructor Trainer you will be able to certify Entry Level Instructors. You may also teach, but not certify the Open Water Instructor level. You will be able to do Instructors “crossover” courses for Instructors from other ACUC recognized Organizations, certifying them up to and including the Open Water Instructor level. Minimum age is 22 years old.
To obtain this rating, you must have the ACUC Instructor level of several specialties which are specified in the ACUC standards.
INSTRUCTOR TRAINER EVALUATOR
The Instructor Trainer Evaluator is an honorific certification, therefore, there are no specific training program involved. It can be obtained by those Advanced Instructors or Instructor Trainers that fulfil a series of prerequisites. This certification can only be offered by the President of ACUC, either at their own decision or as a request of at least one ACUC Instructor Trainer Evaluator. Minimum age is 24 years old.
The Instructor Trainer Evaluators are able to train and certify all levels, up to and including the Instructor Trainer level. In regards to diving training and certification, they must work exclusively with ACUC.