CONTENT OF EXAMINATIONS – CLASS A INSTRUCTOR
— Content listed in Schedule 4 under the heading “Theoretical examination”.
— Ability to explain oral presentation techniques, to plan a lesson, to establish learning objectives and to use training aids.
— Basic educational principles and the psychology of teaching.
— Ability to explain the structure, by-laws and services of the designated organization.
— Ability to explain the principles of planning and organizing a dive, the operation of clubs and other group activities.
— Safety requirements during swimming pool and open water lessons.
— Water supervision techniques specific to diving.
— Appropriate rescue techniques to assist a swimmer or a diver in difficulty and the first aid to be given.
— Planning a lesson in open water, identifying potentially dangerous situations and emergency and cardiopulmonary resuscitation procedures.
— The instructor’s ethical and civil responsibility.
PRACTICAL EXAMINATION IN CLASSROOM
— Ability to teach at least 3 prepared lessons, lasting at least 60 minutes total, and to react appropriately to different situations that may arise.
PRACTICAL EXAMINATION IN SWIMMING POOL
— Scuba self-rescue skills and techniques and efficient and correct use of rescue techniques to assist or rescue a diver simulating distress.
— Ability to teach at least 3 prepared lessons lasting at least 30 minutes total and to react appropriately to different situations that may arise.
PRACTICAL EXAMINATION IN SWIMMING POOL OR IN OPEN WATER
— With no diving equipment, swim underwater 25 m without surfacing, with no dive or push-off.
— With no diving equipment, swim freestyle 400 m nonstop in less than 10 minutes.
— With no diving equipment, tread water for 20 minutes.
— With no diving equipment, tow another person of equal weight 50 m nonstop.
— Ability to correctly and efficiently display all of the diving skills listed in Schedule 2 under the heading “Practical examination in open water”.
— Ability to appropriately simulate first aid that must be given to a swimmer or a diver in the following conditions: unconsciousness, near-drowning, pulmonary barotrauma, perforation of the tympanic membrane, cold shock, marine animal bites and stings, injury to the vertebral column, decompression sickness.
— With snorkelling equipment, swim 800 m nonstop in less than 18 minutes, without using hands.
PRACTICAL EXAMINATION IN OPEN WATER
— Buoyancy control at the surface and under water while scuba diving.
— Using a scuba system, tow a diver wearing a scuba system 100 m.
— Organizing a dive, evaluating a site and outlining a diving plan, checking diving equipment, installing a dive flag to mark out a site and making a check dive.
— Diving rescue skills and techniques, including the complete rescue of a diver over a distance of 100 m, assistance to a diver simulating distress and towing a diver in difficulty to shore.
— Ability to teach at least 3 prepared lessons lasting at least 30 minutes total and react appropriately to different situations that may arise.