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Divemaster Roles and Responsibilities
Objectives Identify and discuss the roles of the NAUI divemaster. List and describe the duties of the NAUI Divemaster. Distinguish between the roles and duties of the NAUI divemaster.
Definitions Role –A function or office assumed by someone Duty –Conduct based on moral or legal obligation. –Any action, task, etc. Required by or relating to one’s occupation or position. (Taken from Webster’s New World Dictionary)
Divemaster Roles NAUI leader role model –Promote NAUI = promote yourself All Assistant Instructor Roles –When acting as an AI –See later slides Emergency management leader –As long as you are the most qualified Dive activity Organizer and coordinator –Certified divers only
Divemaster Roles Dive trip Organizer and leader –Certified divers only Diving Advisor –Private/recreational –Professional –Transfer Responsibility Underwater guide –Arranged in advance –Business contract
Divemaster Duties All AI duties and responsibilities –When assisting Planning, organizing, promoting and coordinating diving activities for certified divers. Conducting pre-dive equipment inspections –Transfer responsibility Announce everyone is responsible for his/her own equipment You are all certified divers –Perform inspections For everyone or no one Only by request Not at all
Divemaster Duties Helping divers estimate weighting requirements –Transfer responsibility –Provide estimates For everyone For no one Only by request Not at all
Divemaster Duties Helping divers prevent or resolve problems –When is the best time to do this –Suggested techniques Get to know your divers Listen Ask open ended questions Be approachable not judgemental Anticipation/Advanced visualization No undue pressure
Divemaster Duties Guiding certified divers underwater –When pre-arranged Managing emergency situations –Until instructor or more qualified individual takes over
Acting as an Assistant Instructor Objectives Describe the relationship between the divemaster and the instructor. Describe the relationship between the divemaster and the students. Describe who other than instructors, may escort entry level students, when they may do so, and the maximum allowable ratio.
Divemaster/Instructor Relationship Instructor is in charge Teaching/supervision Style vs Technique –What if the instructor is unsafe? Standards Burnout Job description –What does the instructor expect of you? Challenging students Compatible styles and personalities
Divemaster/Instructor Relationship Divemaster/Student relationship Responsible for teaching –Skills demo must be teaching quality –Knowledge of scuba theory –Equipment knowledge and comfort Responsible for student safety Role model as a diver
Instructor / Student Ratios Maximum ratios apply to ideal conditions! Entry Level Instructor alone –8 students Instructor with 1 active-status assistant –10 students Instructor with 2 or more active status assistants –12
Instructor / Student Ratios Courses beyond entry level Instructor alone –10 students Instructor + 1 Active status assistant –16 students Instructor + 2 active status assistants –20 students Instructor + 3 active status assistants –22 students
Active Status Assistants NAUI Instructor –Active status –Sustaining with insurance NAUI DMs active status NAUI AI active status NAUI Skin Diving Instructor –Scuba certified –Rescue certified Other agency members with corresponding ratings
Escorting Students Certified assistants may escort students during –Surface excursions and exits –Ascents and exits –Temporarily attend to students while the instructor conducts a skill with other students.
Touring During the second or subsequent open water dives, pairs of students may be escorted on tours The instructor must evaluate the following skills for each student before that student is allowed to tour with a certified assistant:
Touring Student skills to be evaluated: Regain, replace and clear a regulator Regain primary regulator from behind the shoulder Mask clearing including removal and replacement Hover without support or significant movement Give, recognize and respond appropriately to common underwater communications
Touring Share air with another diver as both donor and recipient Monitor air supply and, upon request, communicate amount remaining
Training Assistant Does not count toward ratios but may escort 2 students on underwater tours Requirements NAUI Advanced or Equivalent NAUI Scuba Rescue or Equivalent CPR and FirstAid Navigation –Reciprocal course within 10 feet –Square pattern within 10 feet
Training Assistant Assist divers simulating –Muscle cramp –Anxiety –Breathing difficulty –Signs of pre-panic Assist/escort a tired and an incapacitated diver to safety Be in charge of and satisfactorily act as an escort during an open water dive for 2 other divers Demonstrate a satisfactory scuba diver rescue