Overview IAHD Courses

The IAHD has compiled her dive training package so that it is fully in the directives as determined by International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

This makes the IAHD courses recognized worldwide.

  • General

    IAHD has dive courses for beginners, advanced students and instructors. Therefore the IAHD courses are divided in different groups.


    Youth courses

    Youth courses

    For children from 8 to 12 years old who want to follow a primary course or a specialty course, there are the IAHD youth courses.

    IAHD youth courses are characterised because the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the courses are adapted to the level of knowledge and motor skills of children.

    Primary courses

    Primary courses

    The primary IAHD courses are entry-level courses that have been developed specifically for people with physical or mental disabilities who have little or no experience in the underwater world.

    Every course is adapted for each individual trainee to meet their level of knowledge of dive theory and their specific physical abilities.

    Partner courses

    Partner courses

    For the non-diving family and friends who want to assist with the diving activities of the diver with a disability we have the partner courses.

    In addition, experienced scuba divers can be trained in guiding divers with disabilities.

    Recreational specialties

    Recreational specialties

    The recreational specialty programs of IAHD are developed to gain more advanced understanding in a specific diving activity.

    During a recreational specialty program normal compressed air is used as a breathing gas and a direct ascent to the surface is always possible.

    Technical specialties

    Technical specialties

    The technical specialty programs of IAHD are developed to gain a more advanced understanding of the dive theory and practical skills, which are required in a specific diving activity.

    During technical specialty courses a breathing gas other than compressed air is used, or a direct ascent to the surface is not possible.

    Instructor courses

    Instructor courses

    IAHD dive courses for divers with disabilities basically have the same content as comparable courses for divers without a disability.

    However, the Instructor needs to adapt his or her methods in order to give the trainee the best opportunity to learn the required theory and skills.

    Instructor recreational specialties

    Instructor recreational specialties

    This contains all IAHD instructor recreational specialty courses which do not belong to the primary instructor courses.

    During an instructor recreational specialty course you will learn more advanced theory and skills that are required in order to run a specific IAHD diver recreational specialty course in a safe and responsible manner.

    Instructor technical specialties

    Instructor technical specialties

    This contains all IAHD instructor technical specialty courses which do not belong to the primary instructor courses.

    During an instructor technical specialty course you will learn more advanced theory and skills that are required in order to run a specific diver technical specialty course in a safe and responsible manner.

  • Youth courses

    For children from 8 to 12 years old who want to follow a scuba course, there are the IAHD youth courses.

    IAHD youth courses are characterised because the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the courses are adapted to the level of knowledge and motor skills of children.


    • Snorkel Diver

      Logo SNORThe IAHD “Snorkel Diver” course is designed for people who want to enjoy the underwater world, but do not want to use scuba equipment. During this course the techniques required to snorkel on and underwater using standard snorkel equipment. Following completion of the course you can enjoy the underwater world in a safe and relaxed fashion.

      The IAHD "Snorkel Diver" course consists of the following sections:

      foto SNORTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this section you learn about snorkel equipment works and what requirements snorkel equipment must meet. You are also taught how the body reacts in an underwater environment and of course, safety both underwater at the waters edge is covered in detail.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section, together with a Snorkel Instructor you learn how to snorkel in a swimming pool and in the open water, including how to use the snorkel equipment.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 8 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Snorkel independently in a swimming pool or in the open water;
      • Snorkel with another Snorkel Diver or higher.

    • SCUBA Diving introduction

      Logo IAHD INTROIf you have always wondered what it would be like to breathe underwater, but you do not want to follow a full course, then the IAHD 'Scuba Diving Introduction' course (diving with compressed air) is the perfect solution for you.

      Scuba is an acronym for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus”. Scuba was first developed around 1940 for use by the armed forces. Since then Scuba equipment has undergone substantial developments and this has helped lead to Scuba diving becoming one of the safest recreation sports.

      The IAHD ‘Scuba Diving Introduction’ can be followed by individuals, pairs or groups and is also a perfect ‘challenge’ for bachelor and ‘hen’ parties, school outings, team-building, etc.

      The IAHD “Scuba Diving Introduction” is comprised of the following sections:

      foto INTROTheoretical knowledge:
      In this section the basic operation of diving equipment will be explained and you will learn how your body reacts to an underwater environment. You will then know how to use the various items of diving equipment so that you can enjoy the underwater experience from the start of the introductory dive.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part of the course, you will, together with a IAHD Instructor, dive in a swimming pool, confined water or open water environment using Scuba equipment and have the opportunity to experience the underwater world.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 8 years of age (swimming pool or confined water) or 10 years of age (open water);
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Conduct introductory non-decompression dives using Scuba equipment under the direct supervision of a qualified Instructor;
      • Maximum dive depth: 12 metres.

      Recognition:
      This IAHD course is ISO 11121 certified. This means that this IAHD course meets the highest international standards for quality and safety.

      WARNING:
      Many diving schools have a private SCUBA Diving introduction course that may be different from this IAHD course. This official IAHD SCUBA Diving introduction course contains an IAHD certificate AND IAHD photo identification card with your student information that can be used worldwide.

    • Pirate Fish Diver

      Logo I_PFThis program is developed for both children and adults with mental disabilities, who want to learn to dive and experience freedom of movement underwater in a swimming pool. The various dive skills are learnt in a playful manner using challenging, but fun, exercises.

      Upon completion of the course, the certified 'Pirate Fish Diver' is not a fully-fledged diver. For this the 'Open Water Diver' or 'Confined Water Diver' course must be completed.

      The IAHD “Pirate Fish Diver” course is comprised of the following modules:

      Theory knowledge:
      The amount of theory that is covered during this course is dependant on the mental capacity of the trainee. The IAHD Pirate Fish Diver course is not a complete dive course, but a programme which can be adapted to suit the abilities of each individual trainee. The IAHD Instructor can convey the amount of knowledge that he or she feels appropriate for the trainee.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part of the course, the trainee will, together with an Instructor, dive in a swimming pool to search for the Pirate Fish treasure. The Pirate Fish Diver will follow 6 (dive) assignments to find clues as to the whereabouts of the treasure.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 12 years of age (or the mental capacity of a 12-year old);
      • Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Carry out non-decompression dives using scuba equipment in a swimming pool;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 2 metres;
      • Only dive in a swimming pool under the direct supervision of an IAHD Instructor Assistant or higher in active status.

    • Confined Ranger

      Logo IAHD CRThe IAHD course “Confined Ranger” is the “beginners” scuba diving course for children.

      Travel with Lex and Sandra who when on holiday, have the opportunity to follow a dive course at an IAHD dive centre. Share their adventures and learn about the beauty and wonders of the underwater world as you learn the basics of scuba diving in a swimming pool or confined water.

      The IAHD “Confined Ranger” course consists of the following sections:

      foto-CRTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this section you learn how dive equipment works and what requirements dive equipment must meet. You are also taught how the body reacts in an underwater environment and of course, safety both underwater at the waters edge is covered in detail.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section you are introduced to scuba equipment and learn how to dive in the safety and comfort of a swimming pool.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 8 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Approved medical Statement;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Dive with scuba equipment in a swimming pool or confined water;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 2 metres;
      • Dive only under the direct supervision of an 'Autonomous Diver' (Diver Level 2) or higher who has reached the age of majority that applies in the country where the dive is conducted;
      • The “Autonomous Diver” may only accompany one Confined Ranger.

    • Ocean Ranger

      Logo IAHD ORThe IAHD course ‘Ocean Ranger’ is the advanced scuba diving course for children.

      Lex and Sandra are now 10 years of age and can follow a more advanced dive course. Not only do they further develop their dive skills, they also go diving in the open water. During this course you learn to use additional equipment and learn to take more responsibility for yourself and your buddy. The emphasis is of course, to enjoy the underwater world.

      The IAHD ‘Ocean Ranger’ course consists of the following sections:

      foto-ORTheoretical Knowledge:
      Following on from where you left off in the IAHD Confined Ranger course, in this section you learn more about diving equipment, including how it works, the requirements and the maintenance. In addition, you learn more about the open water environment and the safety aspect in the open water, because in this course, that is where you will be diving.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section, together with your dive Instructor, diving in a swimming pool or confined water and in the open water, you will learn how to use new items of diving equipment and perfect your dive skills in the underwater world.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 10 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Approved medical statement;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding;
      • Certified as an IAHD 'Confined Ranger' or equivalent.

      Authorised to:
      • Carry out non-decompression dives with Scuba equipment in a swimming pool or confined water;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 5 metres;
      • Dive only under the direct supervision of an ‘Autonomous Diver’ (diver level 2) or higher, who has reached the age of majority that applies in the country where the dive is conducted;
      • The ‘Autonomous Diver’ may only accompany one Ocean Ranger.

  • Primary courses

    The primary IAHD courses are entry-level courses that have been developed specifically for people with physical or mental disabilities who have little or no experience in the underwater world. Every course is adapted for each individual trainee to meet their level of knowledge of dive theory and their specific physical abilities.


    • Snorkel Diver

      Logo SNORThe IAHD “Snorkel Diver” course is designed for people who want to enjoy the underwater world, but do not want to use scuba equipment. During this course the techniques required to snorkel on and underwater using standard snorkel equipment. Following completion of the course you can enjoy the underwater world in a safe and relaxed fashion.

      The IAHD "Snorkel Diver" course consists of the following sections:

      foto SNORTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this section you learn about snorkel equipment works and what requirements snorkel equipment must meet. You are also taught how the body reacts in an underwater environment and of course, safety both underwater at the waters edge is covered in detail.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section, together with a Snorkel Instructor you learn how to snorkel in a swimming pool and in the open water, including how to use the snorkel equipment.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 8 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Snorkel independently in a swimming pool, confined water or in the open water;
      • Snorkel with another Snorkel Diver.

    • SCUBA Diving introduction

      Logo IAHD INTROIf you have always wondered what it would be like to breathe underwater, but you do not want to follow a full course, then the IAHD 'Scuba Diving Introduction' course (diving with compressed air) is the perfect solution for you.

      Scuba is an acronym for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus”. Scuba was first developed around 1940 for use by the armed forces. Since then Scuba equipment has undergone substantial developments and this has helped lead to Scuba diving becoming one of the safest recreation sports.

      The IAHD ‘Scuba Diving Introduction’ can be followed by individuals, pairs or groups and is also a perfect ‘challenge’ for bachelor and ‘hen’ parties, school outings, team-building, etc.

      The IAHD “Scuba Diving Introduction” is comprised of the following sections:

      foto INTROTheoretical knowledge:
      In this section the basic operation of diving equipment will be explained and you will learn how your body reacts to an underwater environment. You will then know how to use the various items of diving equipment so that you can enjoy the underwater experience from the start of the introductory dive.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part of the course, you will, together with a IAHD Instructor, dive in a swimming pool, confined water or open water environment using Scuba equipment and have the opportunity to experience the underwater world.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 8 years of age (swimming pool or confined water) or 10 years of age (open water);
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Conduct introductory non-decompression dives using Scuba equipment under the direct supervision of a qualified Instructor;
      • Maximum dive depth: 12 metres.

      Recognition:
      This IAHD course is ISO 11121 certified. This means that this IAHD course meets the highest international standards for quality and safety.

      WARNING:
      Many diving schools have a private SCUBA Diving introduction course that may be different from this IAHD course. This official IAHD SCUBA Diving introduction course contains an IAHD certificate AND IAHD photo identification card with your student information that can be used worldwide.

    • Confined Water Diver

      Logo IAHD CWDThe IAHD Confined Water Diver course is developed for people with physical or (minor) mental disabilities, who want to learn to dive but cannot, or do not want to, dive in open water.

      The theory and swimming pool dive skills are identical to those of the Open Water Course, but dives are only made in a swimming pool or confined water. No open water dives are made. On completion of the course, the diver is certified to dive in a swimming pool or comparable confined water environment.

      The IAHD “Confined Water Diver” course is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto IAHD CWDTheory Knowledge:
      In this section, you learn how dive equipment works and what requirements dive equipment must meet. You are also taught how the body reacts in an underwater environment and of course, safety both underwater and at the waters edge is covered in detail.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section, you will, together with an Instructor, dive in a swimming pool or confined water to learn how to use dive equipment and how to behave in an underwater environment.

      Confined Water Skills:
      In this section, the trainee will demonstrate that he or she can put all the acquired knowledge and skills into practice. Under guidance of a IAHD instructor in a confined water environment, the trainee will repeat the skills that were learnt during the 'Practical Skills' section. The trainee will experience the freedom and weightlessness of the breath-taking underwater world.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 12 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Carry out non-decompression dives using scuba equipment;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 12 metres;
      • Only diving in a pool or confined water;
      • Only dive under the direct supervision of an IAHD Instructor Assistant or higher in active status (or equivalent);
      • An IAHD Instructor Assistant may supervise a maximum of 4 IAHD Confined Water Divers.

      Recognition:
      This IAHD course is ISO 24801-1 certified. This means that this IAHD course meets the highest international standards for quality and safety.

      For IAHD divers certified as a 'Confined Water Diver', there is a special IAHD "upgrade" course so that they can become an 'Open Water Diver'.

    • Open Water Diver, upgrade

      Logo IAHD OWDThe upgrade program from IAHD 'Confined Water Diver' to 'Open Water Diver' has been especially developed for confined water divers who want to take the next step and explore the underwaterworld of the open water environment together with one or more buddy's with the necessary Partner Level.

      Because the requirements are higher than for a “Confined Water Diver”, the theoretical and practical sections are more detailed.

      The IAHD “Open Water Diver upgrade” course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD OWDUTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this section, the trainee will learn how to use the IAHD dive planner so that he or she can independently plan dives, calculating the safe dive time and depth limits. The trainee will also learn how a compass works and how to navigate underwater using natural navigation techniques and a dive compass. In addition, the trainee will learn how to inspect and maintain dive equipment.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section the trainee will, together with an Instructor, dive in a swimming pool or confined water to learn some more advanced dive skills. Some Confined Water skills will also be repeated.

      Open Water Skills:
      In this part you exercise all the skills one more time, along with your diving instructor. In addition, you will learn some navigation skills and will make some deeper dives than you was allowed to during the 'confined water diver' certification.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified as an IAHD “Confined Water Diver” or equivalent;
      • Minimum 14 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Carry out non-decompression dives with Scuba equipment;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 20 metres;
      • May dive together with one or more divers (dependant upon the partner level).

    • Open Water Diver

      Logo IAHD OWDThe IAHD Open Water Diver course is designed to teach people with physical or mental disabilities, the theory and dive skills needed to dive safely in an open water environment.

      All exercises focus on correct and safe execution of the skills required to meet the learning objectives. Because all divers with physical or mental disabilities have varying levels of ability, each course is tailored to meet the needs of individual participants.

      The IAHD “Open Water Diver” course is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto IAHD OWDTheory Knowledge:
      In this section, the trainee will learn how dive equipment functions and what the minimum requirements are. In addition, he or she will learn the effects of an underwater environment on the body and what the time and depth limits are, which must be adhered to in order to dive safely. Safety aspects, on the surface, at the waters edge and underwater are covered in detail.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section the trainee will, together with an IAHD Instructor, dive in a swimming pool or confined water to learn how to use dive equipment and how to behave in an underwater environment.

      Open Water Skills:
      In this section, the trainee will demonstrate that he or she can put all the acquired knowledge and skills into practice. Under guidance of an IAHD instructor in an open water environment, the trainee will repeat the skills that were learnt during the 'Practical Skills' section. The trainee will experience the freedom and weightlessness of the breath-taking underwater world.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 14 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Carry out non-decompression dives using scuba equipment;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 20 metres;
      • May dive together with other divers (dependant upon the partner level).

      Recognition:
      This IAHD course is ISO 24801-2 certified. This means that this IAHD course meets the highest international standards for quality and safety.

      For IAHD divers certified as a 'Confined Water Diver', there is a special IAHD "upgrade" course so that they can become an 'Open Water Diver'.

  • Partner courses

    The courses that IAHD provide are not limited to courses specifically for people with disabilities and related Instructor courses.

    There are also courses for non-diver family members and friends.

    In addition, courses are available to teach divers how to assist and escort divers with disabilities.

    Depending on the course you will learn the techniques to assist a diver with a disability in order to make the dive experience safe and enjoyable.


    • Surface Support Specialist

      Logo IAHD 3SThis training program has been developed for both divers and non-dive who intend to assist divers with a physical or mental disability, at the waters edge.

      Divers with physical or mental disabilities are often accompanied by friends or family members, who bring them and their equipment to and from the dive site, help them kit-up, etc. After following this program, non-divers may actively participate in dive planning and help other divers, performing useful and enjoyable tasks. Following the dive, the IAHD diver and the Surface Support Specialist can discuss the dive and share their experiences.

      The IAHD “Surface Support Specialist” course is comprised of the following modules:

      Theory Knowledge:
      In this module you learn about the various items of dive equipment, including how they function and how a scuba set should be assembled. In addition, you learn how to plan dives. Various aids and medical-related situations are also covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this module you learn how to help a diver with a physical or mental disability, to enter and exit the water. You also learn more about dive planning and emergency procedures.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 16 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      ADDITIONALLY, THE FOLLOWING IS RECOMMENDED:
      • Certified DAN Basic Life Support provider or equivalent First Aid and CPR certification (ask your instructor for training opportunities);
      • Certified DAN Oxygen Provider or equivalent medical oxygen administering certification (ask your instructor for training opportunities).

      Authorised to:
      • Assist divers with a physical or mental disability at the waters edge;
      • Assemble and de-assemble scuba sets for divers with a physical or mental disability.

    • Dive Partner

      Logo IAHD DPThe IAHD Dive Partner course is an advanced course specifically developed to train certified (Rescue) divers to supervise divers with physical or mental disabilities.

      The IAHD “Dive Partner” course is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto I_DPTheory Knowledge:
      In this module you learn about the various types of disabilities and the related physiological effects. You also learn how to signal for instance to a blind diver. Various aids and medical-related situations are also covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this module, during several dives, you learn how to enter and exit the water and what the correct procedures are for diving with a disabled diver. You also learn more about dive planning and emergency procedures.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 16 years of age;
      • DAN Basic Life Support Provider or equivalent;
      • DAN Oxygen Provider or equivalent;
      • Certified Rescue Diver (with a recognised organisation);
      • At least 40 logged dives (excluding training dives);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Assist divers with a physical or mental disability at the waters edge;
      • Assemble and de-assemble scuba sets for divers with a physical or mental disability;
      • Dive with divers with a physical or mental disability.

  • Recreational specialties

    The recreational specialty programs of IAHD are developed to gain more advanced understanding in a specific diving activity.

    During a recreational specialty program normal compressed air is used as a breathing gas and a direct ascent to the surface is always possible.


    • Equipment Specialist

      Logo IAHD EQUIPAll good divers know that the correct maintenance of their diving equipment can make the difference between a fun and safe dive and a life threatening situation. Some maintenance tasks need to be carried out by a certified equipment technician, while other tasks can be carried out by the diver themselves.

      The IAHD “Equipment Specialist” specialty course is developed to provide divers with extensive knowledge regarding the functioning of both mechanical and electronic dive equipment. This knowledge enables the diver to judge whether and why, items of equipment are (still) safe to use. In addition, the trainee will also learn how to make minor repairs to the equipment.

      This is not a service engineer course. Such a course is the responsibility of the equipment manufacturer or importer. Neither will this course judge which brands of equipment are best. All modern dive equipment confirms to current standards and is as such, safe when used in the conditions for which it was designed. Following successful completion of the course, the trainee will be a certified IAHD “Equipment Specialist” and will receive the IAHD “Equipment Specialist” certification card.

      The IAHD “Equipment Specialist” specialty course is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto IAHD EQUIPTheoretical Knowledge:
      During this part of the course you will learn how dive equipment functions. In addition to gaining in-depth knowledge regarding balanced and unbalanced regulators, the trainee will also learn what determines whether or not a regulator provides air or not. Various inflator systems will also be explained as will the functioning of various diver gauges and instruments. The trainee will learn which maintenance tasks they can perform themselves and which they should refer to a certified service engineer.

      Practical Knowledge:
      In this part of the course, you will, together with your instructor and using the knowledge gained in the theoretical section, practice performing the repairs which do not need to be referred to a certified service engineer.

      Pre-Requisites:
      • Certified IAHD “Ocean Ranger” or equivalent;
      • Minimum 12 years of age;
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

    • Multi-level Deep Diver

      Logo IAHD MLDDiving deeper than 20 meters is only permissible for certified "Deep Divers" (to a maximum depth of 40 metres), or for certified "Technical Divers" who use a breathing mixture comprised of 3 or more gases (to a depth of 100 metres or more). The deeper you dive, the shorter the maximum dive time may be.

      Multi-level diving, is a technique by which the dive time between a depth of 20 and 40 metres can be safely extended, because nitrogen absorbed at the start of the dive can be expelled later in the dive.

      During the IAHD specialty course 'Multi-level Deep Diver" you learn how to easily and safely, carry out dives to a depth between 20 and 40 metres. In addition you learn how you can you will learn how to safely extend the time that you can spend at depth, without having to make decompression stops. Following successful completion of the course, you will become a certified "Multi-level Deep Diver" and will receive the IAHD Multi-level Deep Diver certification card.

      The IAHD course "Multi-level Deep Diver" is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto IAHD MLDTheoretical knowledge:
      In this part of the course you learn what effects increased depth has on the human body. The theory of the saturation and de-saturation of the body tissues will be covered in detail. Most importantly, you will learn how to safely extend the time that you can spend at depth, without having to make decompression stops.

      Practical skills:
      In this part of the course during open water dives, you will, together with your instructor, practice the techniques covered in the theory section. At the end of the course you will be able to safely make deep dives and multi-Level dives.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified IAHD 'Autonomous Diver' (Diver Level 2) or equivalent;
      • Minimum 15 years of age;
      • Competent Swimmer;
      • Approved Medical Statement;
      • Signed Statement of Understanding.

    • Night Diver

      Logo IAHD NIGHTThe setting sun does not have to mean that the possibilities for diving are over for the day. Although many divers believe that at night, just like on land, there is not much to see, in fact, the opposite is true. In many locations, the underwater life is much more active at night time than during the daylight hours. Under the cover of the night, many creatures, including Moray Eels and Lobsters to name but a few, go in search of prey. In addition, you are likely to notice a lot more details at night, because you will focus on what you see in the beam of your dive lamp torch. When diving at a dive site where you thought that you had seen everything, you will have a new and interesting experience.

      In the IAHD 'Night Diver' specialty course, you will learn the techniques required to enable you to enjoy diving long after the sun has set, in a safe and easy manner, with the use of an appropriate dive torch, as well as the techniques required for diving in reduced visibility. Upon successful completion of the course, you will become a certified IAHD Night Diver.’

      The IAHD 'Night Diver' course is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto IAHD NIGHTTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this section, the trainee will learn what changes occur underwater at night and how the various underwater life forms react. The selection, use and maintenance of dive torches will also be covered.

      Practical skills:
      In this section the trainee will, together with a IAHD Instructor, dive in an open water environment, applying the knowledge and various techniques that were gained in the theory part of the course.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified IAHD 'Supervised Diver' (Diver Level 1) or equivalent;
      • Minimum 12 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician;
      • Signed Statement of Understanding.

    • Rescue Diver

      Logo IAHD RESCPrevention is better than cure. A phrase that you have no doubt heard countless times. What it amounts to is “Think about how you can do something correctly before doing it, rather than having to fix something that you have done incorrectly”.
      Unfortunately, many divers are rather laconic with regard to the dive preparation and planning and safety prior to, during and after a dive. This is especially the case with the more experienced divers who tend to think that with so much experience, nothing can go wrong. This is just the sort of mentality that can lead to diving accidents.

      During the IAHD Rescue Diver course, participants learn to recognise potential dangers that can be faced when diving and how to act when faced with those dangers. In addition to gaining dive related medical knowledge, participants learn many practical skills relating to observing situations, accident prevention and diver and non-diver rescue, in and around water. Of course, attention is also given to the use of rescue aids and communication with the emergency services.

      Upon successful completion of the rescue Diver specialty course, the participants are certified “Rescue Diver".

      The “Rescue Diver” course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD RESCTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this section, the trainee will learn which actions a rescue Diver must be able to perform. In addition, he or she will increase their knowledge of (dive-related) medical disorders, how the various emergency aids function and how and when to use them.

      Practical Skills:
      In this section the trainee will, together with a IAHD Instructor, “act out” various emergency scenarios, during each of which progressively more and more advanced, rescue skills will be covered. The final scenarios will require the combined use of multiple skills in a complete rescue situation.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified IAHD ‘Autonomous Diver' (Diver Level 2) or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN 'Basic Life Support Provider' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN 'Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
      • Minimum 16 years of age;
      • At least 40 logged dives (excluding training dives);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

    • Underwater Navigator

      Logo IAHD NAVEvery diver basically just wants to be underwater and to enjoy the underwater flora and fauna or other dive sites such as a wreck. Unfortunately, we have a limited air supply and dive time and we often have to end a dive earlier that we would ideally like to. The last thing we want to do is waste time underwater searching for the dive site, so that there is even less time to enjoy the dive. By utilizing navigation techniques, we are more aware of our location underwater and therefore able to determine which direction to swim in. As a result, we can quickly find the site where we want to dive and therefore enjoy the dive to the full.

      In the IAHD specialty course 'Underwater Navigator', you can learn how to navigate, easily and safely, using both natural objects and compass techniques. Following successful completion of the course, you will become a certified "Underwater Navigator" and will receive the IAHD Underwater Navigator certification card.

      The IAHD course "Underwater Navigator" is comprised of the following modules:

      Foto IAHD NAVTheoretical knowledge:
      In this part of the course you learn how to use natural objects combined with a dive compass, to navigate effectively underwater. You will also learn how to use triangulation to locate a specific object. Additional analogue and digital tools are also covered.

      Practical skills:
      In this part of the course during open water dives, you will, together with your instructor, practice the techniques covered in the theory section.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum IAHD 'Confined Water Diver, Partner Level 3' or equivalent;
      • Minimum 12 years of age;
      • Competent Swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Statement of Understanding.

  • Technical specialties

    The technical specialty programs of IAHD are developed to gain a more advanced understanding of the dive theory and practical skills, which are required in a specific diving activity.

    During technical specialty courses a breathing gas other than compressed air is used, or a direct ascent to the surface is not possible.


    • Enriched Air Diver, Level 1

      Logo IAHD EANL1Unfortunately the maximum duration of any dive is limited. How often does it happen that you are exploring a great wreck or admiring the wonderful life forms on a coral reef when your dive computer indicates that it is time to end the dive to prevent exceeding the non-decompression dive limit?

      Diving with an enriched air nitrox breathing gas mixture enables the maximum dive duration to be safely extended without the dive becoming a decompression dive. Enriched air nitrox has been in use since the 1950’s. It was used mainly by professional divers, but using this breathing gas also offers major benefits for recreational divers.

      During the IAHD specialty course, ‘Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Level 1’, you learn how to dive safely using enriched air nitrox with a maximum of 40% oxygen.

      The IAHD specialty course, ‘Enriched Air Nitrox Diver Level 1’, is comprised of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD EANL1Theoretical knowledge:
      In In this section you learn exactly what enriched air nitrox is and how you can calculate the maximum dive depth and corresponding dive time limits for each gas in an enriched air nitrox mixture. The safety aspects of diving with enriched air nitrox will be covered in detail and you will learn how to obtain and test nitrox.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part of the course, you will dive in an open water location, under the guidance of a IAHD Instructor, putting all that you have learned into practice. The dives will be conducted using various gas mixtures.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified IAHD 'Autonomous Diver' (Diver Level 2) equivalent;
      • Minimum 14 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Conduct non-decompression dives using enriched air nitrox equipment;
      • May dive together with another 'Enriched Air Nitrox Diver' or higher, as long as one of the divers has reached the age of majority that applies in the country where the dive is conducted.

      Recognition:
      This IAHD course is ISO 11107 certified. This means that this IAHD course meets the highest international standards for quality and safety.

    • Wreck Diver, Level 1

      Logo IAHD WRECKL1A shipwreck is often a part of history telling a story about events of the past. Nearly all divers dream of diving on wrecks. By their very nature however, wrecks can be unpredictable. A wreck diver must take extreme care to avoid sharp edges and decaying parts.

      It is therefore very important that you always thoroughly explore a wreck externally and evaluate its condition prior to penetrating it. This helps prevent injuries and accidents such as cuts and abrasions, losing your way in the wreck (with a possibility of running out of air), getting stuck, etc. and will help make the wreck dive successful and exiting adventure.

      The IAHD course “Wreck Diver, Level 1”, is comprised of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD WRECKL1Theoretical knowledge:
      In this section of the course, you will learn the techniques used for the external observation and exploration of a wreck, how to lay lines for navigation purposes in a wreck and how to penetrate a wreck, including the guidelines for diving in an ‘overhead environment’, while maintaining sight of daylight at all times.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part of the course, you will dive in an open water location, under the guidance of an IAHD Instructor, and put the skills that you learnt in the theory section, into practice. You will use various techniques that are essential for a safe wreck dive.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified IAHD ‘Autonomous Diver’ (Level 2) or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN ‘Basic Life Support Provider' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN ‘Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD ‘Rescue Diver’ or equivalent;
      • Minimum 16 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding.

      Authorised to:
      • Dive to, penetrate and explore a wreck, while maintain maintaining sight of daylight at all times.

  • Instructor courses

    IAHD dive courses for divers with disabilities basically have the same content as comparable courses for divers without a disability. However, the Instructor needs to adapt his or her methods in order to give the trainee the best opportunity to learn the required theory and skills.

    The additional techniques that are required to achieve this are taught during the IAHD instructor courses. You also experience how it is to have to live with a disability, so that you can better understand the challenges that your trainees face. During these courses you learn about the types of physical and mental disabilities that you may come across, what special attention is required for specific disabilities, how you can integrate an IAHD course with a specific disability and how to use the IAHD certification procedures.

    IAHD also offers special cross-over courses for diving professionals. By following these courses, Dive Leaders, Assistant Instructors and Instructors from recognized diving organizations can gain IAHD Instructor level certification, for accompanying and/or training divers with disabilities.


    • Instructor Assistant

      Logo IAHD IAThe IAHD 'Instructor Assistant' course is the first 'professional' certification in the IAHD range of courses. Following successful completion of this course, an IAHD 'Instructor Assistant' may assist an IAHD Instructor during courses and may also independently run 'Scuba Experience' sessions.

      During this course, medical-related issues that may be encountered when training a person with physical or mental disabilities are covered in detail. Trainees are also taught how to run 'Scuba Experience' sessions and how to escort divers with physical or mental disabilities.

      An IAHD Instructor Assistant is a highly regarded professional who can escort divers with physical or mental disabilities throughout the world.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Minimum 17 years of age (must have reached the age of majority that applies in any country where the Instructor Assistant will run courses);
      • Competent swimmer (swimming diploma not necessary);
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding;
      • Signed IAHD Licence Agreement;
      • At least 60 logged dives (excluding training dives);
      • Certified IAHD 'Open Water Diver' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD 'Underwater Navigator' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD 'Night Diver' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD 'Multi-level Deep Diver' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD 'Equipment Specialist' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN 'Basic Life Support Provider' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN 'Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD 'Rescue Diver' or equivalent'.

      Authorised to:
      • Carry out non-decompression dives using scuba equipment;
      • Dive to a maximum depth of 40 metres;
      • Escort divers with physical or mental disabilities;
      • Run "Scuba experience" sessions;
      • Assist an IAHD Instructor.

    • Instructor, cross-over

      Logo IAHD cross-overFor Instructors from recognised dive organisations, who wish to become an IAHD Instructor there, are IAHD cross-over courses.

      The IAHD cross-over course has been specifically developed to teach certified Dive Instructors, the knowledge, skills and give them the practical experience that is required to provide diver training and certification for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. A certified IAHD Instructor is also authorised to run the IAHD Partner course and, with IAHD approval, all IAHD speciality courses for which he or she is a certified Instructor with a recognised dive organisation.

      Because an IAHD Instructor is directly responsible for his or her trainees and assistants, the certification requirements for an IAHD Instructor have been set at a high level. The IAHD cross-over courses do not have a specific format or content, but are adapted based on the requirements of each individual candidate. The benefit of this approach is that the cross-over candidate does not need to devote time to subjects which he or she clearly already has a good working knowledge, but can focus on the additional information that is specifically relevant for certification as an IAHD Instructor.

      The information provided in an IAHD Cross-over course can include:
      - The IAHD Standards and Procedures;
      - The ISO standards;
      - The IAHD courses and course organograms;
      - The IAHD Digital Learning System (D-Learning);
      - Theory and Practical presentations utilising a modular didactic approach, adapted to the specific capabilities of the mental or physical disabilities of each trainee;
      - The IAHD Dive Planner;
      - The IAHD (Dive) Skills;
      - The IAHD Members Login System;
      - The IAHD Instructor Login System.

      Pre-Requisites*:
      • Above the age of majority in the country where the course is held;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Approved Medical Certificate (no older than one year);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding;
      • Signed IAHD License Agreement;
      • At least 120 logged dives (excluding training dives);
      • Certified and Active Status Instructor with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified Underwater Navigator with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified Night Diver with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified (Multi-level) Deep Diver with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified Equipment Specialist with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified Rescue Diver with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified First Aid and Reanimation Provider with a recognised organisation;
      • Certified Oxygen Provider' with a recognised organisation.

      * Because the IAHD course have been developed in accordance with the ISO standards and guidelines, a cross-over Instructor candidate may be required to gain additional certifications in order to become a fully certified IAHD Instructor at all levels.

      Authorised to:
      The activities for which an IAHD Instructor is authorised, depends on their entry level and match the permitted activities for their specific Instructor certifications. Refer to the details of each specific IAHD Instructor course for an overview.

    • Instructor

      Logo IAHD IL2The IAHD Instructor course has been developed to give the Trainee Instructor the knowledge and experience that is needed to teach all IAHD Primary and IAHD Partner courses in a safe and enjoyable manner and to be able to certify successful participants in those courses. In addition, a certified IAHD Instructor can teach all IAHD speciality courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor.
      Because an IAHD Instructor is directly responsible for his or her trainees and assistants, the certification requirements for an IAHD Instructor have been set at a high level.

      The IAHD Instructor course is comprised of the following modules:

      Instructor Training Course (ITC):
      In this part of the course, you will learn how to work with the IAHD D-Learning training system. Not only will your didactic skills improve but also your evaluation skills will be enhanced. You will be required to teach both theory and practical lessons and together with your IAHD Instructor Trainer, you will evaluate these and identify improvements. Finally, we will cover relevant laws and regulations and administrative procedures.

      Instructor Exam (IE):
      In order to ensure that the IAHD Instructor meets and will maintain the required level, at the end of the course Trainee Instructor is required to pass an exam. The exam serves to evaluate if the IAHD Trainee Instructor will be successful in training IAHD divers safely and professionally.

      Pre-Requisites:
      • Above the age of majority in the country where the course is held;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Approved Medical Certificate (no older than one year);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding;
      • Signed IAHD License Agreement;
      • At least 120 logged dives (excluding training dives);
      • Certified IAHD specialty 'Underwater Navigator' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD specialty 'Night Diver' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD specialty 'Multi-level Deep Diver' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD specialty 'Equipment Specialist' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN specialty 'Basic Life Support' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN specialty 'Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD specialty 'Rescue Diver' or equivalent;
      • Certified IAHD brevet 'Assistant Instructor' or equivalent.

      Authorised to:
      • Conduct non-decompression dives using compressed air and relevant equipment;
      • Maximum dive depth to 40 metres;
      • Train and certify trainees for all youth and primary IAHD courses;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD partner courses;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD recreational specialty courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD technical speciality courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor.

      Recognition:
      This IAHD course is ISO 24802-2 certified. This means that this IAHD course meets the highest international guidelines for quality and safety.

    • Staff Instructor

      Logo IAHD STAFFThe IAHD Staff Instructor course is the first step in the transition from training divers to training Dive Instructors.

      An IAHD Staff Instructor may assist an IAHD Instructor Trainer during Instructor Training Courses.

      Pre-Requisites:
      • Minimum 21 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Approved Medical Certificate (no older than one year);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding;
      • Signed IAHD License Agreement;
      • Minimum one year as certified IAHD Instructor (Level 2);
      • Certified at least 25 trainees in IAHD primary, partner or speciality levels, with a minimum of 5 in each level;
      • Certified DAN specialty 'Basic Life Support' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN specialty 'Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
      • Assisted in at least 2 complete IAHD Instructor (Level 2) Training Courses as trainee Staff Instructor.

      Authorised to:
      • Conduct non-decompression dives using compressed air and relevant equipment;
      • Maximum dive depth: 40 metres;
      • Train and certify trainees for all primary IAHD courses;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD partner courses;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD recreational specialty courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD technical speciality courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor;
      • Assist an IAHD Instructor Trainer during an IAHD Instructor Training Course.

    • Instructor Trainer

      Logo IAHD ITJust as an IAHD instructor is responsible for training IAHD divers, an IAHD Instructor Trainer is responsible for training IAHD Instructors and IAHD Staff Instructors.

      An IAHD Instructor Trainer is expected to train Trainee (Staff) Instructors in such a way that they have an optimal chance to succeed in their final exams. For this reason, the IAHD Instructor Trainer course is only run by the IAHD head office.

      During the IAHD Instructor Trainer course, the candidate learns how to help Trainee (Staff) Instructors reach their maximum potential. The aim is to further improve the didactic, management and dive skills. The attitude and appearance of the Trainee Instructor Trainer are also evaluated.

      Pre-Requisites:
      • Minimum 25 years of age;
      • Competent swimmer;
      • Approved Medical Certificate (no older than one year);
      • Signed Certificate of Understanding;
      • Signed IAHD License Agreement;
      • Minimum two years as certified IAHD Staff Instructor;
      • Must have certified at least 50 trainees in IAHD primary, partner or speciality levels, with a minimum of 10 in each level.
      • Certified DAN specialty 'Basic Life Support' or equivalent;
      • Certified DAN specialty 'Oxygen Provider' or equivalent;
      • Assisted in at least 3 complete IAHD Instructor Training Courses (ITC) as Staff Instructor;
      • Assisted in at least 1 complete IAHD Staff Instructor Training Courses (SITC) as Staff Instructor.

      Authorised to:
      • Conduct non-decompression dives using compressed air and relevant equipment;
      • Maximum dive depth: 40 metres;
      • Train and certify trainees for all primary IAHD courses;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD partner courses;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD recreational specialty courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD technical speciality courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor;
      • Train IAHD Instructors;
      • Train IAHD Staff Instructors;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD recreational specialty Instructor courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor Trainer;
      • Train and certify trainees for all IAHD technical specialty Instructor courses for which he or she is a certified IAHD Instructor Trainer;
      Upon approval from IAHD Head Office:
      • Train and certify cross-over Instructors from recognised organisations.

  • Instructor recreational specialties

    This contains all IAHD instructor recreational specialty courses which do not belong to the primary instructor courses.

    During an instructor recreational specialty course you will learn more advanced theory and skills that are required in order to run a specific IAHD diver recreational specialty course in a safe and responsible manner.

    Because the emphasis is on training, the instructor-candidate must be already in possession of the relevant specialty certification.


    • Equipment Instructor

      Logo IAHD EQUIP_IDuring the IAHD specialty instructor training 'Equipment Specialist Instructor' you will learn how to prepare and conduct an IAHD equipment specialist course. After successful completion of this specialty instructor training you receive the IAHD 'Equipment Instructor' certificate.

      The IAHD "Equipment Specialist Instructor" course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD EQUIPTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this part you will learn how to teach a student the knowledge and skills of the IAHD specialty course 'Equipment Specialist'. In addition, you will learn what hazards and details you should keep an eye on when conducting this course. Also all administrative acts are covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part you teach, under the guidance of an IAHD Instructor Trainer, an equipment specialty as candidate instructor where you have some assignments to conduct correctly.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified as an IAHD 'Equipment Specialist' or equivalent;
      • Be an IAHD instructor in active status;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old).

      Authorized to:
      • Independently prepare and conduct an IAHD 'Equipment Specialist' specialty course.

    • Multi-level Deep Instructor

      Logo IAHD MLD_IDuring the IAHD specialty instructor training 'Multi-level Deep Instructor' you will learn how to prepare and conduct an IAHD Multi-level deep diver specialist course. After successful completion of this specialty instructor training you receive the IAHD 'Multi-level Deep Instructor' certificate.

      The IAHD "Multi-level Deep Instructor" course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD MLDTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this part you will learn how to teach a student the knowledge and skills of the IAHD specialty course 'Multi-level Deep diver'. In addition, you will learn what hazards and details you should keep an eye on when conducting this course. Also all administrative acts are covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part you teach, under the guidance of an IAHD Instructor Trainer, several Multi-level and deep dives as candidate instructor where you have some assignments to conduct correctly.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified as an IAHD 'Multi-level Deep diver' or equivalent;
      • Be an IAHD instructor in active status;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old).

      Authorized to:
      • Independently prepare and conduct an IAHD 'Multi-level Deep diver' specialty course.

    • Night Dive Instructor

      Logo IAHD NIGHT_IDuring the IAHD specialty instructor training 'Night Dive Instructor' you will learn how to prepare and conduct an IAHD Night diver specialist course. After successful completion of this specialty instructor training you receive the IAHD 'Night Dive Instructor' certificate.

      The IAHD "Night Dive Instructor " course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD NIGHTTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this part you will learn how to teach a student the knowledge and skills of the IAHD specialty course 'Night Diver'. In addition, you will learn what hazards and details you should keep an eye on when conducting this course. Also all administrative acts are covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part you teach, under the guidance of an IAHD Instructor Trainer, one or more night dives as candidate instructor where you have some assignments to conduct correctly.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified as an IAHD 'Night Diver' or equivalent;
      • Be an IAHD instructor in active status;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old).

      Authorized to:
      • Independently prepare and conduct an IAHD 'Night Diver' specialty course.

    • UW Navigator Instructor

      Logo IAHD NAV_IDuring the IAHD specialty instructor training 'Underwater Navigator Instructor' you will learn how to prepare and conduct an IAHD Underwater Navigator specialist course. After successful completion of this specialty instructor training you receive the IAHD 'Underwater Navigator Instructor' certificate.

      The IAHD "Underwater Navigator" course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD NAVTheoretical Knowledge:
      In this part, you will learn how to teach a student the knowledge and skills of the IAHD specialty course 'Underwater Navigator'. In addition, you will learn what hazards and details you should keep an eye on when conducting this course. Also, all administrative acts are covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part, you teach, under the guidance of an IAHD Instructor Trainer, one or more underwater navigation dives as candidate instructor where you have some assignments to conduct correctly.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified as an IAHD 'Underwater Navigator' or equivalent;
      • Be an IAHD instructor in active status;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old).

      Authorized to:
      • Independently prepare and conduct an IAHD 'Underwater Navigator' specialty course.

  • Instructor technical specialties

    This contains all instructor technical specialty courses which do not belong to the primary instructor courses.

    During an instructor technical specialty course you will learn more advanced theory and skills that are required in order to run a specific diver technical specialty course in a safe and responsible manner.

    Because the emphasis is on training, the instructor-candidate must be already in possession of the relevant specialty certification.


    • Enriched Air Instructor, Level 1

      Logo IAHD EANL1_IDuring the IAHD specialty instructor training 'Enriched Air Instructor, Level 1' you will learn how to prepare and conduct an IAHD Enriched Air Diver, Level 1 specialist course. After successful completion of this specialty instructor training you receive the IAHD 'Enriched Air Instructor, Level 1' certificate.

      The IAHD 'Enriched Air Instructor, Level 1' course consists of the following sections:

      Foto IAHD EANL1Theoretical Knowledge:
      In this part you will learn how to teach a student the knowledge and skills of the IAHD specialty course 'Enriched Air Diver, Level 1'. In addition, you will learn what hazards and details you should keep an eye on when conducting this course. Also all administrative acts are covered.

      Practical Skills:
      In this part you teach, under the guidance of an IAHD Instructor Trainer, several enriched air dives as candidate instructor where you have some assignments to conduct correctly.

      Pre-requisites:
      • Certified as an IAHD 'Enriched Air Diver, Level 1' or equivalent;
      • Be an IAHD instructor in active status;
      • Medical Statement approved by a physician (no more than one year old).

      Authorized to:
      • Independently prepare and conduct an IAHD 'Enriched Air Diver, Level 1' specialty course.

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