BSAC - Instructor Training

The BSAC Instructor Training Scheme provides training and assessment at all levels for both amateur and professional instructors.

INSTRUCTOR FOUNDATION COURSE (IFC)
(Sport Diver)
The first step in qualifying as a BSAC Diving Instructor, (including the Instructor cross-over programme), is to attend the two day IFC, where the essential elements of instruction are taught. The comprehensive student pack provides candidates with course notes and a copy of the BSAC Manual 'Teaching Scuba Diving'. 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).
THEORY INSTRUCTOR EXAMINATION (TIE)
(Dive Leader + IFC)
The TIE is of one day duration. Performance in classroom teaching and theory knowledge is assessed.
Successful completion of all elements of the TIE & PIE will lead to the award of the BSAC Open Water Instructor grade.
OPEN WATER INSTRUCTOR COURSE (OWIC)
(Dive Leader + IFC)
This one day course which combines both classroom and practical activities is designed to develop the Club Instructor's skills so they are better prepared to teach trainee Club and Sports Divers in open water.
Subsequently those holding the Club Instructor grade can log teaching experience to complete the OWI certification process. Those who are not Club Instructor will be elligible to take the Practical Instructor Exam (PIE)
PRACTICAL INSTRUCTOR EXAMINATION (PIE)
(Dive Leader + IFC + OWIC)
The PIE is of one day duration at an Open Water Venue. Performance in practical teaching in the Open Water is assessed.
Successful completion of all elements of the TIE & PIE will lead to the award of the BSAC Open Water Instructor grade
COMBINED INSTRUCTOR COURSES/EXAMINATIONS
Members also have the opportunity to qualify as a BSAC Open Water Instructor by attending IFC/OWIC/TIE/PIE combined events.
INSTRUCTOR INDUCTION PROGRAMME
(For Instructors trained by other agencies)
ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR COURSE (AIC)
(OWI + Advanced Diver + Boathandling SDC attendance)
This course provides further coaching in open water instructional techniques, dive organisation, dive leadership and boat diving, preparing candidates for the Advanced Instructor examination.
ADVANCED INSTRUCTOR EXAMINATION (AIE)
(OWI + AIC + Advanced Diver + Boathandling SDC attendance)
The theory examination is taken in advance of the practical using local IFC and CIE venues. Those who pass the theory examination are invited to take the practical examination which takes place over one weekend.
COMBINED INSTRUCTOR COURSES/EXAMINATIONS
Members also have the opportunity to qualify as a BSAC Advanced Instructor by attending AIC/AIE combined events.
NATIONAL INSTRUCTOR EXAMINATION (NIE)
The examination is open to Advanced Instructors who have passed the First Class Diver theory exam within the past two years.

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