WRSTC News and Information
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 all together to approve one standard that will be implemented world wide.
The ISO is a network of national standards institutes from 157 countries with a central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland that coordinates the system. For the United States, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is the ISO representative. As the ANSI Accredited Standards Developer for recreational diving standards and safety, the Recreational Scuba Training Council (RSTC) actively participated in the ISO standards approval process.
Although some of the terminology is different, the long-standing industry standards developed by the RSTC are consistent with the applicable ISO Standards, as identified in the following chart.
|RSTC Standard||ISO Standard||Alternative ISO Title|
|Introductory Scuba Experience||No equivalent|
|No equivalent||Level One Diver||Supervised Diver|
|Open Water Diver||Level Two Diver||Autonomous Diver|
|Dive Supervisor||Level Three Diver||Dive Leader|
|Assistant Instructor||Level 1 Instructor|
|Scuba Instructor||Level 2 Instructor|
|Instructor Trainer||No equivalent|
|No equivalent||Service Provider|
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 percentage of their members were not only diabetic but those with insulin requiring diabetes.
With this information DAN launched a study from 1997 to 1999 to determine the possibility of those with diabetes being able to dive. The finding of that study prompted the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) and DAN to hold a workshop in 2005 with the diving medical experts from around the world to seek formal guidelines for diabetes and diving.
After a thorough overview of the new guidelines RSTC unanimously endorsed the guidelines. RSTC will also work to with the UHMS to add the new information to the current RSTC Medical Guidelines to the Physician.
A copy of the guidelines can be obtained from DAN. You can go to the home page of DAN www.diversalertnetwork.org, search for “diabetes” and you will find DAN Divers Alert Network : Medical Research : Diabetes & Diving click on that link and you will find an article about the research. At the end of the article you will find the citation for the complete work shop and also a one page summary of the guidelines.
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 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 RSTCC 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 training agency they wish to receive certification through to verify if that on-line program is acceptable for meeting the training agency’s requirements.
The RSTCC consists of American and Canadian Underwater Certifications (ACUC),Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), Scuba Diving International (SDI)
Scuba Schools International (SSI) and meets throughout the year to deal with issues involving training in the scuba industry.
For additional information on Recreational Scuba Training Council of Canada, contact any member organization or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.”