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Dear Carol and Scott,
I just wanted to drop a note to let you and your staff know how great a job you are doing. I have been legally blind all of my life so I’ve become accustom to it. At this point I don’t think of myself as having a disablement or a handicap. I’m a PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer and thanks to you two, now I’m an HSA Instructor as well!
Thank you Scott and Carol for all of the time you spent working with us.
Jeff and I came away from your HSA instructor/dive buddy course with our minds going faster than our jet plane coming home! As instructors, we see people grow every day, but this class takes the growth and excitement to a whole new level for someone that wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity of life as WE see it or get back into the life that they once had as previous divers.
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Thank you for your interest in our Handicapped Scuba Association Instructor Qualification Course.
This three-day program is filled with fun, challenges and loaded with information.
Please review the following information.
You'll start by meeting your fellow candidates, turn in the required forms (see below) and complete some of the other necessary paperwork (tons of fun). This will follow with some in-depth review of the HSA course standards and move into the actual multi-level certification process. From there, you'll head to the pool to begin a series of role-playing exercises in teams as paraplegics and quadriplegics. You'll have a chance to act as a dive buddy and as a disabled diver. You'll love it!
We’ll continue in the classroom and dig further into the Physical Performance Standards and certification procedures of the HSA course. After that we’ll head back to the pool to resume skill training by introducing you to the techniques and tactile communication used when teaching someone who is blind. You’re guaranteed to discover the meaning of trust, faith, belief, confidence, expectation, reliance and dependence.
Here's your chance to put many of the techniques you learned in the pool to use in an Open Water environment at the Downtown Aquarium. Once again, you'll be working in buddy teams and performing several of the skill learned in the swimming pool. As in the pool, you'll be playing the role of a disabled diver and as a dive buddy.
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To enroll in the course all you need to complete an IQC application and pay for the course.
We begin Day 1 and 2 at 8am and should be finished by 6pm. This of course depends on the size of the group and the amount of participation of the various group members. Day 3 begins at A-1 at 8am. Then we’ll head to the Downtown Aquarium at 10:30am, for the Open Water training dives and should finish by 6pm.
Tanks and weights will be provided for the pool. You will need to provide your own: Mask, Snorkel, Fins, BCD, Regulator, Alternate Air Source (Octopus) and gauges. Tanks and weights will be provided. All open water equipment will be provided by the aquarium.
Make-up sessions will be arranged on a per person basis. The can be difficult to set up and at $85 per hour can be very costly. Please make every attempt to attend all required sessions.
Day to day attire should be that of a professional instructor. Clothing displaying lewd pictures and profanity are unacceptable.
This is a fun class but like all classes it can be challenging at times. I ask that you have a blast and conduct yourself in a professional manner - even if you get frustrated.
Because there is a tremendous amount of material to cover in the course, you will need to come to class prepared and on time ----------- please.
$385.00 includes: all classroom instruction, confined water training, the HSA Instructor Manual, Dive Buddy Manual, Confined and Open Water Cue Cards, HSA Registration Fee, pool tanks and weights.
There is a separate $125 fee for the Downtown Aquarium open water training dive. This includes the use of all equipment. Note: Does not include the parking fee.
The key to your success is to be sure and come prepared, willing to learn new skills and information and have a desire to have a great time.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to give me a call. Here is your chance to challenge yourself, sharpen your personal skills and introduce a special group of people to the wonderful sport of scuba diving. It is sure to open your eyes and maybe even your heart.
HSA Course Director #11