Entries by WRSTC

Minimum Course Content for Common Hand Signals for Scuba Diving

Revised Standard Available for Public Comment   The Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC), the secretariat for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in regards to recreational diving instructional standards, has revised the Minimum Course Content for Common Hand Signals for Scuba Diving standard and is being submitted to ANSI for accreditation.  As is a required […]

RAID Joins RSTC US Council

Rebreather Association of International Divers (RAID) has joined the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) US as an Associate Member. By unanimous vote, the RSTC Board of Directors welcomes RAID as its newest member. Rebreather Association of International Divers was formed in 2007, and will join PADI, PDIC, SDI and SSI as members of the RSTC. […]

RSTC Approves Supervised Diver Standard

Effective August 2010 RSTC approved the Supervised Diver standard. This standard covers the requirements to conduct dives for divers with a limited diver rating. These divers must dive under the supervision of a certified dive professional to a limited depth. The Supervised Diver standard is a subset of the Open Water Diver standard. All the […]

WRSTC Website Revised

The WRSTC website has been revised to provide clearer contact information for both WRSTC and the RSTC groups located around the world The contact information for the WRSTC lists an email address as well as a mailing address. A separate email address for RSTC US has been developed, and is located on the contact page […]

ISO approves 6 Diving Standards

ISO approves 6 Diving Standards The International Standards Organization (ISO) is the largest developer of technical standards which positively impact our global society. In January 2007, six (6) recreational diving standards were approved. With the involvement of diver training organizations from many countries, ISO was able to act as a bridging organization to bring them […]

RSTC Endorses DAN Diabetic Guidelines

Dr. Guy Dear from Divers Alert Network (DAN) presented the new guidelines for those with diabetes to the RSTC committee at their last meeting in August 2006. These guidelines allow for some individuals with diabetes to dive. DAN has advised diabetics against diving for many years until the mid 1990s when they determined that a […]

RSTC Canada’s Position Regarding Agency Neutral On-line Training Programs

At a recent meeting, the members of the Recreational Scuba Training Council of Canada determined it was important to provide collective clarification regarding agency neutral on-line training programs.Over the past two to three years a number of websites not affiliated with a training agency have launched on-line scuba training programs. On these sites, the customer […]

Enriched Air Nitrox

At its August 2006 meeting, the RSTC approved a standard for Enriched Air Nitrox diver. This standard is a recreational entry level nitrox diver standard for depths shallower than 130 feet/40 metres. Standards for Enriched Air Nitrox have been posted to the downloads page.