RSTC Members State their Positions regarding Agency-Neutral On-line Training

At a recent meeting, the members of the Recreational Scuba Training Council 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 is lead to believe that all training agencies will accept these programs to meet their academic requirements for scuba training. This is not correct. Because of concerns about the educational validity of these programs and the inability to monitor the quality of education and services, as well as liability and insurance issues, each RSTC member organization has independently determined it cannot accept these non-affiliated training programs to meet its academic requirements.

Before customers sign up for any on-line training program, they should first check with the retail store, instructor or training agency they wish to receive certification through to verify if that on-line program is acceptable for meeting the training agency’s requirements.

SDI is approved for RSTC Canada Membership

Scuba Diving International (SDI) was approved for RSTC Canada Membership February 16, 2006.

By unanimous vote, the Recreational Scuba Training Council of Canada’s Board of Directors welcomed its newest member. Scuba Diving International, which came into existence in 1999, will now join ACUC International, PADI Canada and SSI Canada in establishing minimum training standards at all levels of recreational scuba diving in order to promote public safety in Canada. RSTC training requirements are recognized around the world as the global industry standard.

“SDI is very pleased to join with the charter members of RSTCC”, stated Brian Carney President of SDI. “We look forward to working together in the promotion of consistent and safe diver education for the benefit of future dive enthusiasts.”

RSTC Approves Hand Signals

In November of 2005 RSTC approved standard hand signals and common hand signals used by divers. Many of these standard signals were originally an ANSI standard. They are based on the standard hand signals used by training agencies when training entry level divers.

The approved hand signals are posted here on the World Recreational Training Agency (WRSTC) web site under the download area.

Recreational Scuba Training Council Officers for 2006

According to the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) by-laws the officers rotate annually. The agency fills the position not necessarily an individual. The Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) officers for 2006 are:

President PDIC
Vice Pres SSI
Vice Pres IDEA
Vice Pres SDI
Secretary PADI
Treasurer YMCA

The individuals that attend the RSTC meeting for each of the agencies are:

IDEA David Scoggins and Pam Sattler
PADI Jeff Nadler and Brad Smith
PDIC Mel Murphy and Tony Davidson
SDI Brian Carney and Sean Harrison
SSI Ed Christini and Dennis Pulley
YMCA Tom Leaird and Dan Marelli

Individuals that have an idea that may be considered by RSTC should contact one of the individuals listed above.

SDI joins RSTC

Scuba Diving International (SDI) was approved for RSTC Membership at the August 2004 meeting.

By unanimous vote, the RSTC Board of Directors welcomed its newest member. Scuba Diving International, which came into existence in 1999, will now join IDEA,PADI,PDIC,SSI and the YMCA in establishing minimum training standards at all levels of recreational scuba diving in order to promote public safety. RSTC training requirements are recognized around the world as the global industry standard.

“SDI is very pleased to join with the charter members of RSTC”, stated Brian Carney President of SDI. “We look forward to working together in the promotion of consistent and safe diver education for the benefit of future dive enthusiasts.”

RSTC Approves Revised Instructor Trainer Standards

The most recent standard to be reviewed and updated is the Instructor Trainer Standard. Originally developed in 1993, the Instructor Trainer Standard was revised to stay consistent with the wording changes that have taken place with the Instructor, Open Water Diver, the Introduction to Scuba standards, Dive Supervisor standard and, most recently the Assistant Instructor Standard.

Notable change that was made is:
Candidates must have a broad base of teaching background and have taught at least 150 divers.

These standards were approved in October 2003 and in effect as of January 1, 2004.

WRSTC Meets

After several years in formation, the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) held it’s first official meeting at DEMA 2002 in Las Vegas, NV.

Representatives from every WRSTC Member Council were in attendance. Members of RSTC Europe, the C-Card Council (Japan), RSTC Canada and the US-based RSTC attended the meeting.

The first order of business for the WRSTC is the approval of a global Open Water Diver standard and discussion on the draft standard was the main topic of the meeting. Each Member Council gave its input into the draft standard.

Additionally, it was decided to simultaneously develop a global Instructor standard.

Ken Brock retires from RSTC

Ken Brock retired as the Coordinator for the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) after 16 years. Ken has been retired from Anthony?s Scuba Center in Tampa, FL since 1996 and now wishes to truly enjoy retirement. Ken plans on spending more time with his wife April, his children, his grandchildren, as well as doing what he loves to do most, travel.

In addition to co-coordinating the RSTC meeting for the past 16 years Ken also handled inquiries about RSTC. Some of Ken?s accomplishments throughout his 42 years in the dive industry include:

  • First National Director of the YMCA Scuba program
  • Executive Director of NAUI
  • One of the founding members of the National Scuba Training Council the (predecessor of RSTC)
  • Consultant to Israel Minister of Tourism in 1974 & 1975
  • 1988-1996 Manager of Anthony’s Scuba Center in Tampa, Florida
  • Have certified or had a hand in training some of diving?s best known instructors. Tom Mount, Peter Hughes, Sheck Exley (Deceased), and Rick Frehsee
  • 1993 Recipient of Scuba School International’s Pro 5000 Diver Award.
  • Listed in Best’s Publication of Who’s Who in Scuba

In addition to coordinating the RSTC meeting for the past 16 years, Ken also handled inquires about RSTC. Ken was beneficial in developing the World Recreational Scuba Training Council web site (www.wrstc.com) in 2001. The site not only contains information on RSTC and RSTC Standards, it also has information about affiliated agencies throughout the world.

Ken will be missed by all of the participants of the RSTC and those individuals who came in contact with him over the past 42 years. The RSTC Board of Directors all wish him the very best with his retirement and time with April. Next time you see a motor home driving down the highway wave, as it just might be Ken and April.

WRSTC Member Council Application posted

The Adobe PDF files for the WRSTC Member Council Application and the WRSTC Member Council Application General Information have been posted to the Downloads section of the site.

Member Council Application
http://www.wrstc.com/downloads/Member_Application.pdf

Member Council Application Information
http://www.wrstc.com/downloads/Application_General_Info.pdf

Downloads Page
http://wrstc.com/standards-downloads/

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