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New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Open Water Instructor (SOC 303)

Location: 
New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.
Length: 

Version 1: 80 hours (10 days). Version 2: 100 hours (13 days). Version 3 and 4: 100 hours (10 days).

Dates: 

Version 1: May 2002 - September 2007. Version 2: October 2007 - October 2012. Version 3: November 2012 - June 2017. Version 4: July 2017 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1, 2, and 3: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate competency in instruction methodology, group presentation, teaching scuba skills, and supervision of students. Version 4: The NAUI Instructor Training Course (ITC) is designed to train and qualify NAUI Instructor member applicants.   During the course, candidate instructors learn methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving Course Standards.   NAUI Instructor candidates will be able to: demonstrate satisfactory knowledge, skills, fitness and attitude to teach skin and scuba diving in accordance with NAUI Dive Course Standards; present eleven graded oral presentations, six graded in-water presentations, perform evaluated in-water demonstrations of staff selected skills, and perform an evaluated demonstration of open water scuba rescue.  

Instruction: 

Version 1 and 2: Major topics include: Scuba School International (SSI) Education Philosophy; SSI Education System, SSI Customer Loyalty Cycle, scuba diving industry; teaching at a professional scuba school; lesson planning and delivery; teaching the SSI Dive Tables; techniques for teaching in a pool environment; open water problem solving; opportunities for the professional diving instructor; non-instructional duties; standards and procedures; and marketing and promotion for the professional instructor. Version 3 and 4: The National Association of Underwater Instruction (NAUI) is designed to train and qualify NAUI member applicants. Instructors learn effective methods to teach skin and scuba diving in compliance with NAUI Diving course standards; demonstrate competence in skills, fitness, and attitude to teach skin and scuba diving in accordance with NAUI Dive course standards by presenting eleven graded oral presentations, six graded in-water; perform in-water demonstrations of staff selected skills; perform evaluated demonstration of open water scuba rescue.

Credit recommendation: 

Version 1: In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Physical Education or Recreation (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education). Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Educational Methods, Physical Education, or Recreation (11/07). Version 3: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Educational Methods, Physical Education, or Recreation (5/12 revalidation). Version 4:  In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Educational Methods and 3 semester hours in Physical Education or Recreation (7/17 revalidation). 

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