This course prepares you to act as a Dive Controller, 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.
SCUBA INSTRUCTOR (AI)
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.
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.