First Quarter 2010
As members of International Training, you have agreed to review all Standards and Procedures changes in Training Updates throughout the year. This is required reading for all TDI/SDI/ERDI Members. Make the revisions in your SDI, TDI or ERDI Instructor Manual upon reviewing this update. SDI/TDI/ERDI Manual Current Version is Revision 10.0, issued 12/31/2009
In This Update:
- Diver and Leadership level registrations
- Leadership Level Crossover Procedures
- Unique Specialty Outlines
- Online Leadership Level Courses
- Intro to Tech Instructor Training Standards introduced
- Poseidon Discovery MKVI CCR Training Standards introduced
- Instructor Upgrade procedures for Discovery MKVI CCR
- Contaminated Water Diving Ops Training Standards introduced
SDI Standards & Procedures Changes
- Correction to IT Staff Instructor standard
Registrations. Members are reminded that in order to ensure rapid processing of diver and leadership level registrations, they must be submitted to the correct office, as follows:
- Diver Level. Submitted to the Administrative or Regional Office where the instructor is registered.
- Leadership Level. Submitted to the Administrative or Regional Office which covers the country where the candidate being certified resides.
Registrations submitted to an incorrect office will not be processed and will be returned to the Instructor/Instructor Trainer, resulting in the certification being delayed. A list of Regional Offices and the countries they administer is available via https://www.tdisdi.com on the ‘Contact Us’ page. If a country is not listed, members should contact International Training HQ for information.
Leadership Level Crossover. Current documentation, including a price list (for North America) checklist and guidelines, for Instructor Trainers and IT Staff Instructors conducting leadership level crossovers is available in the Members’ Area of https://www.tdisdi.com. In order to ensure rapid and problem-free approval and processing of crossover documentation when submitted to the HQ Training Dept, it is important that all guidelines are followed carefully.
Members should note that a certification credit is not available when crossing over a professional from another agency, however, it is perfectly acceptable for the conducting member to charge for the time taken in the crossover/familiarization process. The exception to this is if a refresher/update is required by the applicant – for instance if he/she has not been teaching for over two years. Only in such cases, and only if the conducting IT/IT Staff Inst completes the required update/refresher, may an ‘assist’ credit be applied (update procedures and documentation normally used for existing members may be utilized in addition to crossover paperwork).
Where possible, crossover applicants should complete the SDI/TDI/ERDI Online Familiarization Course (currently only in English language). Codes are available to members conducting crossovers from their regional office if the applicant has not already signed up online via www.sdi-onlinetraining.com (preferred method in North America).
Unique Specialty Outlines. SDI, TDI and ERDI members considering creating a unique specialty are advised to contact the HQ Training Department initially. Standards for numerous unique specialties are already held on file and, as many submissions are similar, one may already exist which meets the requirements of the potential applicant. In such instances, verification of experience – in the same way as a regular SDI specialty, for example – may be all that is required for allocation of an existing unique rating. Other specialties on file may require certain pre-requisites or the author’s permission prior to allocation. If a unique specialty is not already available, an outline may be submitted to the HQ Training Department for review. To expedite the review process, outlines should be submitted in the same format as the core ratings in current Standards & Procedures and include copies of any associated exams and a detailed summary of the applicant’s experience in the relevant activity. Ideally, an electronic Word™ version of the outline should be made available to the Training Department. Approval of a unique specialty outline is not guaranteed and members should note that additional supporting information may be required and the review process may take several weeks or longer. If approved, the initial approval fee is currently $100.
Online Leadership Level Courses. SDI’s online courses for knowledge development of DM, AI and OWSDI candidates are proving to be extremely popular. Feedback from instructors and ITs suggests that the comprehensive information contained in the programs is preparing candidates extremely well for their leadership courses. Current members who wish to receive a demonstration code for the level they are certified at should contact SDI HQ or their Regional Office.
A frequently asked question since introduction of the online programs is “do they replace the requirement for classroom work?” and, more specifically “does online learning replace the IDC and can a candidate go straight to IEC?”. The answer to both questions is no. The thrust behind development of online academics for leadership level programs is the same as the diver level programs which have been available for several years now. Online training does not replace the need for classroom work; it does however, give the Instructor or IT a chance to apply what they would normally do in the classroom in a new way. When using online training,
an instructor can monitor the progress of the candidates, send them emails or call them to discuss problems, answer questions, etc. When candidates complete the academics online, they are essentially cutting out the ‘fat.’ Doing so facilitates a more efficient interaction between the candidate and instructional staff in the classroom.
Intro to Tech Instructor. In line with the eligibility changes made for Intro to Tech Instructor in the 2009 4th Qtr Update, a new training standard for the rating has now been introduced. The standard is available to view/download in the Members’ Area of https://www.tdisdi.com and will be incorporated into 2011 Standards & Procedures. Click here to view now.
Poseidon Discovery MKVI CCR. In agreement with the manufacturer, TDI now offers certification on the Poseidon Discovery MKVI CCR and a new training standard for the unit has been introduced. The standard is available to view/download in the Members’ Area of https://www.tdisdi.com and will be incorporated into 2011 Standards & Procedures. Click here to view now.
Upgrade procedures for Discovery MKVI CCR. There are 3 possible ways for existing CCR instructors to become qualified to teach the Discovery MKVI through TDI. They are as follows:
· Procedure 1 – Applies to Active Status TDI CCR Instructors on other CCR units.
1. Provide documented proof of completion of a formal familiarization program with Poseidon or a current Discovery MKVI Instructor. The Familiarization Program is to include:
a. Minimum 3 hour lecture
b. Minimum 1 hour diving time on the unit
· Procedure 2 – Applies to a Current CCR instructor with another Agency (not yet qualified on the Discovery)
1. Provide documented proof of completion of a formal familiarization program with Poseidon
or a current Discovery MKVI Instructor. The Familiarization Program is to include:
a. Minimum 3 hour lecture
b. Minimum 1 hour diving time on the unit
2. Provide proof of Open Water Instructor certification
3. Provide proof of other unit CCR Air Diluent Instructor rating
4. Provide a certificate of completion of TDI Online Familiarization Course
· Procedure 3 – Applies to current Discovery CCR Instructors with another Agency
1. Provide proof of Open Water Instructor certification
2. Provide proof of Discovery MKVI CCR Air Diluent Instructor rating
3. Provide a certificate of completion of TDI Online Familiarization Course
Non CCR Instructors may complete training with an Instructor Trainer on the unit, subject to course pre-requisites being met.
A Contaminated Water Diving Ops (CWD) Training Standard has been introduced, for use in conjunction with ERDIs newly produced CWD course materials and online training program. The standard is available to view/download in the Members’ Area of https://www.tdisdi.com and will be incorporated into 2011 Standards & Procedures. Click here to view now.