Scope and Purpose

This standard provides minimum content requirements for recreational dive Divemaster (Dive Leader) training. However, these requirements should under no conditions be considered to defi ne a level of optimum training of a recreational dive supervisor. Instructional programs that extend beyond these requirements should, in fact, be encouraged. The requirements of these standards are meant to be comprehensive, but general in nature. That is, the standards present all of the subject areas essential for minimum dive supervisor training, but it does not give a detailed listing of the skills and information encompassed by each area. These items are simply listed in the standards; training organizations shall publish detailed course outlines that meet these standards, which would include specifi c techniques.

Although the information categories are outlined in what may appear to be a logical sequence, the outline should not be reviewed as a lesson plan. That is, the order in which the information is presented in the standards, while logical as a framework for the basic requirements of this standard, does not necessarily defi ne the sequence of a class lesson plan. Similarly, the requirements presented in this standard do not indicate the emphasis that should be placed upon a particular subject area, or the manner in which subjects are to be taught. Rather, course outlines, lesson plans and other training aids prepared by training organizations responsible for training recreational scuba dive supervisor shall be used as guidelines for the sequencing and emphasis of course content requirements presented in these standards. Decisions as to sequencing and emphasis are at the discretion of the certifying training organization, to be made within the context of environmental factors, instructor characteristics, and other relevant considerations.

The intent of these standards is to provide individuals with sanctioned training as dive supervisors. The standards cover the supervision of recreational divers and assistance in the training of such divers. A certifi ed dive supervisor is qualifi ed to apply the knowledge and skills outlined in these standards to assist certifi ed instructors in conducting educational and scuba skills training of recreational scuba divers, and to conduct supervised diving activities as outlined by his/her respective training organization.

Definitions Certification.

Document indicating that the bearer has completed all requirements of a scuba Dive Supervisor Certifi cation Course. This verifi cation is issued by a training organization upon the confi rmation of the satisfactory completion of all course requirements, as documented in the bearer’s individual log/training record and PTRD’s equivalent documentation.

Current. Certifi cation or document issued which has not reached its expiration date prior to the issuing dive supervisor certifi cation.

Diver Rescue. Training offered by a training organization that includes diving-specifi c classes in emergency planning and accident management, along with open water training in the areas of selfaid, self-assist, buddy-aid, buddy-assist, locating, surfacing and egress of an unresponsive diver, diver emergency planning and accident management procedures.

Dive Supervisor. An individual who is currently qualifi ed and sanctioned by a training organization to assist an instructor in teaching recreational scuba divers, and to conduct supervised diving activities as outlined by his/her respective training organization. Completion of formal training in planning, management and control of diving activities, fi rst aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and diver-rescue techniques is required. The dive supervisor shall also have passed a written examination demonstrating dive supervisor-level knowledge, as required by PTRD. To be sanctioned, the dive supervisor must meet the annual renewal requirements of PTRD.

Dive Supervisor Course. The training course of dive supervisor training leading to dive supervisor certifi cation issued by a training organization. Successful completion of a course which meets or exceeds this standard qualifi es an individual to apply the knowledge and skills outlined in these standards to assist a certifi ed scuba instructor in conducting educational and scuba skills training and to supervise diving activities as outlined by his/her respective training organization.

Minimum Dive Supervisor Diving System. This equipment is required to be worn by candidates while performing the skills listed in 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6. This equipment includes, as a minimum: fi ns, mask, snorkel, cylinder and valve, buoyancy control device with low pressure infl ator, backpack, regulator, alternate air source (active scuba/air delivery system), submersible pressure gauge, weight ballast system and exposure suit (if appropriate), timing device, depth gauge, knife/diver’s tool (unless prohibited by law or regulation at the dive site), dive tables, compass/direction monitor and emergency signaling device.

Out-of-Air Emergency Alternatives. Procedures allowing a diver to ascend to the surface in the event of an out-of-air situation. Dependent procedures include: alternate air source; buddy breathing; redundant air supply (provided by a buddy). Independent procedures include: emergency ascent; redundant air supply.


In order to qualify for enrollment in a dive supervisor course an individual shall meet the following minimum prerequisites.

(1) Age. The individual shall be at least eighteen (18) years of age; there is no upper limit.

(2) Dive Experience. An evaluation conducted by the instructor of the candidate’s dive experience that includes, but is not limited to: 1. 20 logged dives 2. Additional experience (e.g., advanced, night, deep, navigation, and search and recovery) since entry-level certifi cation, as documented in the candidate’s individual log book/training record or equivalent documentation.

(3) Minimum Candidate Diving System. The candidate shall possess (the minimum dive supervisor candidate diving system.

(4) Minimum Candidate Certifi cation. The candidate shall have completed the requirements and be certifi ed beyond open water diver, at an advanced diver level, as required by PTRD.

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